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Meet the Optometrist

Matthew E. Hoffman, O.D.

Matthew E. Hoffman, O.D.

Dr. Matthew Hoffman was born a Northeasterner, raised a Midwesterner and is a Southerner by marriage. He grew up in Cape Girardeau, MO and attended college at Truman State University in northern Missouri. In addition to graduating with a BS in Biology and a minor in anthropology, he developed a love of travel during his college years through time spent in Europe and the Middle East.

During his junior year at Truman he made the decision to pursue a career in eye care. That decision led him to the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. While completing his training he met and married his wife Dr. Courtney Hoffman. Upon completion of optometry school Dr. Matt spent several years practicing in West Tennessee. This time was highlighted by his involvement in the establishment of the first full time pediatric optometry clinic in that area.

These days Dr. Matt enjoys spending time with his children, working with the youth at his church and dreaming of his next travel adventure.


Courtney Gardner Hoffman, O.D.

Courtney

Dr. Courtney Gardner Hoffman is living out the goal she set for herself when she was 11 years old. It was at that time that she began seeing Dr. Neta Wood, who became her mentor, then employer, and eventually business partner, for her eye care. It was thanks to Dr. Neta that Dr. Courtney could see the leaves on the trees clearly for the first time. That experience inspired a desire to give the gift of clear vision to others. After graduating from Valley View High School, Dr. Hoffman attended ASU, where she earned a BS in Zoology and enjoyed many activities, including the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Dr. Courtney attended the Southern College of Optometry, a private college in Memphis, and earned not only her Doctor of Optometry degree, but also her MRS. Degree. Before their last year of school, Courtney married her classmate, best friend and business partner, Dr. Matt Hoffman. They share two brilliant and lovely children, Allison and Bennett, who both attend Valley View Schools.

Dr. Courtney enjoys the adventure of discovering new places while traveling, loves to read and sing, and has a great time coaching her daughter’s volleyball team. The Hoffman family attends Southwest Church and enjoys serving in various community activities. On most Saturdays between August and January, you’ll find Dr. Courtney howling like crazy for Red Wolves football. In addition to primary eye care, Dr. Courtney is particularly interested in Dry Eye Syndrome/Ocular Surface Disease and fitting specialty contact lenses for people with corneal irregularities.

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Douglas R. Wood, O.D.

Douglas R. Wood, O.D.

Dr. Doug Wood graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1968 and from Arkansas State University in 1973, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He is an alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. While at Southern College of Optometry, he was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity and has maintained his membership with BSK for over 35 years. 

Dr. Wood has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Arkansas Optometric Association, Mercantile Bank, and Union Planters Bank of Northeast Arkansas. Dr. Doug Wood served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry for several years. Dr. Wood served in the Jonesboro Rotary Club and was designated as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1985. Dr. Doug Wood and his wife, Dr. Neta Wood, began their optometry practice, Wood Vision Clinic, in Jonesboro in 1977 and were joined by the Drs. Hoffman in 2004. Dr. Wood enjoys the practice of optometry and hopes to continue to be of service to his patients in the years to come. Dr. Doug and Dr. Neta have two wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

Although Dr. Neta Wood retired in May of 2014, she is still an important part of the foundation of the practice that is now Visionary Eye Care. Dr. Neta is a Searcy native and attended the University of Arkansas, where she was in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Dr. Neta Wood was presented a prestigious award in the 1980’s by the Arkansas Optometric Association for her contributions made to expand the scope of practice in optometry in the state of Arkansas. She was then appointed by Governor Bill Clinton to serve on a committee that regulated the use of optometric pharmaceuticals. She is now enjoying splitting time between being a grandma and relaxing at the beach – retirement is good!