Our Staff

Dr. Ronald Smith – Therapeutic Optometrist

I started my practice in Tyler, Texas, April 2, 1976 with my wife, Rebecca as my receptionist.

As our optometric family grew the practice has become avant-garde by using the most advanced technology for optometrists.  We have a new procedure using placenta membranes for dry and damaged eyes.  We continue to evolve as the 21st century technology does.   We proceed to improve our eye care as our optometric family deserves the best and we are dedicated to enhancing your vision.


Dr. Ronald Smith

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Dr. J. Mark Hooton

Dr. J. Mark Hooton is a native East Texan.  He was born and raised in Mineola.  After graduating Mineola high School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and  served as a member of Force Recon in the 4th Battalion.

He graduated from Texas A&M in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science.  While attending Texas A&M he was named to the Texas Collegiate All Star Rugby Team.

He graduated from NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2005 with a Doctorate of Optometry.  That same year he was nationally certified as a Therapeutic optometrist, Optometric GS, and Optometric Physician.  Dr. Hooton has continued his education and in 2015 he became certified as an American Board of Optometric Diplomate.

For seven years Dr. Hooton worked alongside many surgeons.

As of 2013, I am proud to have such a good man join me who has the same core values and desires in caring for our optometric family.  Dr. Hooton has the same vision for the future of our practice.  I am so grateful that God sent Dr. Hooton to be part of our family. 


Dr. Ronald N. Smith

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Leslie - Senior Tech

Robert and I moved to Tyler in 1988 to settle and start our family.  In 2005 I enrolled in the TJC Vision Care technology Program and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in 2006.  I started working for Dr. Ronald Smith in August 2006 and have been blessed ever since.

I am married to my best friend and we have two amazing sons.  Our eldest is married and is a staff sergeant in the Air Force.  Our youngest is currently continuing his education at UT Tyler.

I thoroughly enjoy working for Dr. Smith and Dr. Hooton.  This has always been a family oriented practice.  Their main focus is always whatever is best for our patients and their staff.  It is also nice to work for doctors who don’t just see us as employees, but as members of their family.

Elle – Tech

I graduated from TJC Vision Care Technology Program in 2008 and immediately started working for a retinal specialist.  Within his office my primary responsibility was special testing, but I also assisted during retinal surgeries.  After five years I decided it was time for a change of pace and I joined Dr. Ronald Smith’s office in June 2013.  I have enjoyed the relationships I have cultivated with our patients and my co-workers.  Being fluent in English and Spanish has been an asset in communicating with our Spanish patients. 

My husband and I are the proud parents of five wonderful children.  There is never a dull moment in our home.

I look forward to learning more about my field and growing with this amazing practice.

Mandi – Insurance Specialist

I was born and raised in East Texas and attended Chapel Hill High School.  I was a stay at home mother until my children entered school.  I started a part time career as a secretary for a family friend so that I would be home with my children in the evenings.

I started working as an optometric assistant and joined Dr. Smith and Dr. Hooton in June of 2015.  Since starting in this practice, I have been cross trained in assisting, reception, and insurance filing.  I believe this career and office have been an answer to a long standing prayer.

Laura – Tech

I am a native East Texan and graduated from Lindale High School.  I continued my education at LeTourneau University where I graduated with my Bachelors in Business. 

After college I was looking for a new challenging field involving patient care.   I enrolled in the Vision Care Technology Program at TJC and graduated with honors.  I have enjoyed working with patients and helping them achieve a higher quality of life.  I joined Dr. Smith and Dr. Hooton in June 2014 and continue to grow within this optometric family. 

When I am not at the office I enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends.

Celebrating 40 years of business