Dr. Smith was born and raised in Rexburg, Idaho. He grew to love Utah while attending BYU, where he also met his wife. After taking two years off to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina, he returned to BYU and finished his Bachelors degree. He then received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry. He enjoys singing with his family, movies, and audiobooks.
Dr. Smith graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors degree in Physiology and Developmental biology. He then received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry (Memphis, Tennessee), graduating cum laude. He is currently working towards being board certified in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy, and Vision Rehabilitation.
My optometric journey began as a senior in high school when I took my first anatomy and physiology class. As we learned about the eye, I found everything about it fascinating. Just a few weeks after studying a cow’s eyeball, I had an allergic reaction in my very own eye. My mother took me to my optometrist, and the whole time that I was interested and excited by what the doctor did. I walked out that day and told my mom “I’m going to be an eye doctor.”
Fast-forward four years to the first time I heard Dr. Duval speak at BYU. That was the first time I heard about vision therapy. I shadowed Dr. Duval and eventually became his first vision therapist. I was fascinated by the fact that “vision is more than 2020” and learned that in fact, it is so much more. I found joy in working with all patients, but especially with children.
I left Child and Family EyeCare as a therapist in 2017 in order to attend SCO, with the hope that I would soon return as a doctor. All throughout optometry school I did everything I could to expand my knowledge of pediatrics and vision therapy. Working with children and helping correct their learning-related vision problems became my passion as I continued to learn. I am thrilled to be back working side-by-side with Dr. Duval and the rest of the Child and Family EyeCare Center team once again.