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Our Eye Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

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Joy Bate, O.D., PhD, FAAO

Dr. Joy Bate is an award winning optometrist, excited to serve her community. She earned her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 1998, a Doctor of Optometry from University of Houston College of Optometry, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physiological Optics from University of Houston College of Optometry in 2006. She is also a Certified Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and is qualified to prescribe therapeutic pharmaceuticals. Her specialties include Contact Lenses and Glasses Ocular disease management including Diabetes and Glaucoma, Eye infections and foreign body removal from the front surface of the eye, Dry Eyes and Speciality Contacts including RGP and Scleral Lenses.

She has also performed research in the areas of multifocal contact lens research and adaptive optics retinal imaging, as well as developing a way to measure blood flow non invasively to help further glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy research using an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope at the University of Houston and University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Bate has been in practice for 13 years, and she is a proud Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and member of FAAO, Texas Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. Her numerous awards include the American Optometric Foundation/Cooper Vision Innovative Research Award, and the American Academy of Optometry Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics.

Dr. Bate grew up near Rhome, Tx, in a small Texas Town. She was active in music and played the French horn in Northwest High School bands and at Tulane university bands, and participated in Drum Corps and travelled one year with Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps. She says she has always had an interest in medicine and science, and Optometry is a field where one can help many patients see better and have better ocular health. She says that vision is one of the most important senses and optometrists play an important role in helping patients keep healthy vision.

When asked for some of her favorite patient stories, Dr. Bate relates, “I remember a time when a patient of mine came back to me and told me that I had detected ocular cancer and that it had not metastasized and that I had saved her life by insisting she have a dilated eye exam. I also remember a young girl telling her mom she could see her mom’s eyelashes when she put her contact lenses on that were much stronger than other doctors had prescribed for her in the past and she said this is the best I have ever seen.

In her spare time, Dr. Bate loves to travel with her husband, who is a pilot for American Airlines, and their 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter. She loves going to the beach and visiting national parks with her children, walking her dog, gardening, reading, sewing and quilting.

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Jessica Kenney, O.D.

Dr. Kenney was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida. After receiving her B.S. Microbiology degree in 2012 from the University of Florida, she moved to Memphis Tennessee and attended Southern College of Optometry where she graduated in 2016. While at SCO, she was involved in Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) in which she went to Merida Mexico to provide eye health exams and glasses.

After graduating from SCO, Dr. Kenney moved to Atlanta Georgia to complete a one year residency in ocular disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta where she worked with cataract, cornea, glaucoma, and retina specialists. She is a certified optometric glaucoma specialist and able to prescribe therapeutic pharmaceuticals. She also prescribes contact lenses, glasses, and manages ocular surface.

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Whitney Thomas, O.D.

Education and Certifications:

  • 2013 Doctor of Optometry, Graduate from The University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry
  • 2009 B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University
  • 2005 Graduate from Granbury High School
  • Certified Optometric Glaucoma Specialist
  • Certified to prescribe therapeutic pharmaceuticals

Areas of Expertise:

  • Contact Lenses and Glasses
  • Ocular Disease Management including Diabetes and Glaucoma
  • Dry Eye and Health of the front surface of the eye