Dr. Parker's leadership began at the early age of 15. He was made assistant greenskeeper at Briargate Country Club and oversaw the day-to-day maintenance of the course. He, at this young age, had a group of five workers he was responsible for (all older than he) and continued in this capacity for three years.
During undergraduate studies at Christian Brothers University, Dr. Parker helped work his way through college by working at Federal Express. Within a few months of hire, he was promoted to assistant team leader and had a group of 30 workers he oversaw on a nightly basis.
Dr. Parker founded Olive Branch Eyecare in 1995 and Horn Lake Eyecare in 2014. He began with one employee then and handled all of the administrative duties of the then-small office. He established the office policies and formed the company's needs from the ground up. Early on, Dr. Parker determined that employees needed access to health care. He began a policy early on of covering the healthcare insurance expense of each employee. He has encouraged employees to participate actively in an office retirement plan and has encouraged and led employees in financial planning seminars. Today his business has 20-25 full-time employees, and he continues to use the same principles that allowed him to begin the practice. He enjoys managing the day-to-day aspects of the practice and oversight of the employees.
Dr. Parker has served as a mentor doctor in the role of preceptor for over 50 students of Optometry. He tries to instill these same principles of leadership in these future practice and business leaders. These doctors are now in practice in over 20 different states nationwide and regularly contact Dr. Parker for continued advice. Dr. Parker was recognized with the James Brownlee Optometrist of the Year Award in 2011 and 2017 and the 2013 Public Service Award by the American Optometric Association, and the AOA Presidentâ€™s Award in 2021.
Dr. Parker was encouraged to run for the MS Senate during a summer optometry convention. With the overwhelming help of his fellow optometrists and the community, he was successful in his election. He has been active in issues that involve health care, local taxation, drunk driving, and foster care delivery in the state. He lectures locally and throughout the state and has been named an honorary member of the Lionâ€™s Club and Civitan Clubs.
During his service in the Senate, Dr. Parker has received numerous merits and awards but is most proud of the work to expand the scope of Optometry in Mississippi. Dr. Parker drafted the 2021 scope bill along with the MOA and worked daily to spirit this legislation along the way. The passage of this bill was a fulfillment of work that began during service in Optometry School.
Dr. Parker has served on multiple committees at his local church and was chair of the childrenâ€™s recreation committee for 12 years. He has coached basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, and competitive baseball for various age groups. He is married to his wife Ashleigh, and the two have four children, Allie 27, Jack, 25; Luke, 22 and Jude, 13.
Dr. Sean Aldinger was born in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. His father was in the Air Force so he moved frequently. He lived in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, and New Mexico. The summer of 1990, he moved to Memphis and attended Kirby High School.
After graduating he attended the University of Mississippi and completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1996. He attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tn and graduated with Cum Laude honors in 2002.
While attending optometry school Dr. Aldinger worked part time with The Memphis Family Vision practice, and with Olive Branch Eyecare as a optometric assistant. He was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, and received the first year science award.
After graduating in 2002, Dr. Aldinger started practice with Olive Branch Eyecare. He is practicing in Olive Branch most of the time but is also in Memphis one day a week with Southern Eye Associates specializing in refractive surgery evaluations.
He is currently working on the development of the LASIK Center of Olive Branch and LASIK Center of Southaven.
He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Mississippi Optometric Association, as well as the North Mississippi Optometric Society.
Dr. Aldinger married his wife Stacey, July of 1998. They have two children, Vince and Valerie. He enjoys playing softball, exercising, and restoring classic cars. He is a member of Mineral Wells United Methodist Church in Olive Branch.
Dr. Nicole Monroe is a life long resident of Desoto County. She graduated from Horn Lake High School on 1990.
Dr. Monroe graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Memphis earning a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in Chemistry.
Following graduation from the University of Memphis, she received her Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 1999.
While at Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Monroe served as a research assistant in the contact lens department.
Dr Monroe was awarded the Outstanding Clinician Award in her third and fourth year of optometry school .
After graduation, she completed a one year residency in ocular disease at Omni Eye Services in Memphis, TN.
She is a current member of the American Optometric Association, Mississippi Optometric Association, and Northwest Mississippi Optometric Association. Dr. Monroe and her husband Mike reside in Southaven with their two children. She and her family are members of Getwell Road United Methodist Church
Dr. Walter Pang is originally from Batesville, MS. He graduated from Mississippi College in 2007, with honors, and Southern College of Optometry in 2013, with honors.
Dr. Pang is also a member of the MOA and AOA.
In Dr. Pang's spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing golf.
Dr. Mallory Bodford a native of DeSoto County, Dr. Mallory Bodford attended college at the University of Mississippi and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in 2014. She practiced in Dallas, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee before returning to her hometown of Olive Branch where she has been practicing since 2019.
She enjoys helping patients to see their best, whether that help comes in the form of a simple but accurate pair of glasses; contact lens fitting; or diagnosis and management of an ocular disease condition. As a wearer of glasses and contacts from a very young age, she understands just how important good vision is. Fun fact-Dr. Bodford's first pair of glasses and initial interest in optometry can be attributed to a young Dr. David Parker!
When not practicing optometry, Dr. Bodford loves spending time with her husband Ian, their dogs Riggins and Izzy, and their new baby girl, Kit. She and her husband are avid sports fans, foodies, and travelers. Go Grizz and Hotty Toddy!
At Olive Branch Eyecare, our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized eye and vision care that you deserve. Our focus is providing quality eye health care to people of all ages. The key is listening. Getting to know our patients and what they do, so we can actively meet their needs and wants. We are here to answer your questions so you can make a more informed decision.
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