Dr. Jerry H. Ellis, originally from Ridge Farm, Illinois, graduated valedictorian of his high school class in 1983. Dr. Ellis pursued his undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University, then obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1990 from the University of Houston, College of Optometry. Dr. Ellis finished in the top 10 of his graduating class and received awards for excellence in pathology and contact lenses. Dr. Ellis is licensed in the state of Arkansas and has passed all examinations given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Upon completion of his education, Dr. Ellis joined the Air Force and was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base near Jacksonville, Arkansas during the first Gulf war. In 1993, he relocated to Cherokee Village Arkansas.
Dr. Ellis & his wife, Brenda, have owned and operated Progressive Eye Center, in Cherokee Village, since 1993. They have three children, Nathan, Kayla, and Hannah, and are active members of Ward Street Church of Christ.
In 2003, Dr. Ellis and Dr. Sra teamed up to build a medical building for their two practices. They have expanded the facility to house the WRMC North Complex, which helps to provide the local community with additional medical services.
Dr. Ellis is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Arkansas Optometric Association, and is a member and past president of the Cherokee Village Lions Club.
Elizabeth M. Kilgore, Optometric Physician
Dr. Elizabeth Kilgore received her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed internships that emphasized ocular injury, pediatrics, dry eye, and glaucoma. Dr. Kilgore was a recipient of the Outstanding Clinician Award for overall exemplary clinical performance during senior year.
While attending optometry school, she was active in several organizations including the Optometric Private Practice Club, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, and the Lions Club, in which she served as President.
She also served with Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity by taking mission trips to rural East Tennessee and internationally to Jamaica and twice to Belarus to provide glasses and eye exams for those in need.
Prior to optometry school, Dr. Kilgore grew up in Hampton, Arkansas. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2006. While in college she was a member of the Razorback Marching Band and worked as an optometric technician. During her spare time she enjoys reading, music, hunting, and traveling.
Emily L. Smith, Optometric Physician
Dr. Emily Smith grew up in Batesville, Arkansas and pursued her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Central Arkansas. During her time at UCA she served as the president of the Pre-Optometry Club and graduated in 2010 with honors. She obtained her Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. While in optometry school, Dr. Smith was an active member of the Optometric Private Practice Club, the Lions Club, and the Arkansas Optometric Student Association. During her free time Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting, and traveling.