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. Dr. Kilgore currently practices in our Cherokee Village clinic.
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. Dr. Smith practices in our North Little Rock clinic.
Dr. Elena Lopez is a native of Morrilton, Ark., and was a valedictorian of Morrilton High School, class of 2006. In December 2009, she graduated cum laude from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Biology and Chemistry. From there she worked as an Optometric Technician for nearly two years before attending and graduating from Southern College of Optometry (SCO), located in Memphis, Tenn. Throughout her four years at SCO, she was active in several clubs, including Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO), the Lion’s Club, and Optometric Private Practice (OPP). During her third year she served as president of FCO.
Dr. Lopez is passionate about helping others see as well as possible. Her interests include pediatrics and ocular disease. Other passions include helping others through community volunteer efforts and medical missions.
Dr. Lopez was selected to be a member of the Gold Key Honorary Optometric Society in 2014. Membership is restricted to 10 percent of the SCO fourth-year class, and is awarded to students demonstrating outstanding leadership as well as professional and ethical attitudes toward the College, the Optometry profession, and society.
Dr. Lopez’s hobbies include reading, quilting, and photography. She recently relocated to Piggott and is an active member of the South Thornton Church of Christ. Dr. Lopez is looking forward to becoming involved in local community activities.
Dr. Michael A. Wheeler, originally from Birch Tree, Missouri, graduated number one in his class from Alton High School in 1997. Dr. Wheeler obtained his Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains in 1999. Then he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry, at Southwest Missouri State University-Springfield in 2001. Dr. Wheeler then obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2005 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Dr. Wheeler is licensed in the state of Arkansas and Missouri and has passed the competency examinations given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Before working at Progressive Eye Center, Dr. Wheeler worked in different Optometric and Ophthalmological settings including a private surgical ophthalmological practice as well as private, commercial, and retail optometry settings. He also works currently as a part time Optometric Physician with the Missouri Department of Corrections through Corizon Health at Southcentral Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri.
Dr. Wheeler loves listening to music, reading, and spending time with his close knit family. Taking good care of his patients is a high priority for him.
Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 12pm
Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 12pm