Our Doctors

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Steven Elliott, O.D.

Optometric Physician Steven Elliott earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1996, and his doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in 2002. Dr. Elliott completed externship rotations at the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Hospital in Johnson City, as well as with a private practice in Athens, Tennessee.

A native of Anderson County, Dr. Elliott has been in private practice in Anderson County since 2002 and Knox County since 2004. Dr. Elliott is the founder and president of Volunteer Eyecare.

Dr. Elliott practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Elliott is a member of the American Optometric Association, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and East Tennessee Society of Optometric Physicians. He served as President of the East Tennessee Society of Optometric Physicians in 2013.

Wayne Connell, O.D.

Optometric Physician Wayne Connell graduated from the University of Memphis in 2004 and received his doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry in 2008. Dr. Connell completed external rotations at Commonwealth Eye Surgery in Lexington, Kentucky as well as at a private practice in Miami, Florida with Dr. Stephen Morris.

A native Tennessean, Dr. Connell relocated to East Tennessee, where he has been in practice since 2008. Prior to joining Volunteer Eyecare he practiced in Morristown and Knoxville.

Dr. Connell practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Connell is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and the East Tennessee Society of Optometric Physicians.

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William Pedersen, O.D.

Optometric Physician William Pedersen was born and raised in Knoxville. He graduated from East Tennessee State University and received his doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry in 1974. After graduation, he immediately began his successful optometry practice in Maryville. He fell in love with Maryville and has practiced there for over forty years.

Dr. Pedersen practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Pedersen has served on the board of directors for the Tennessee Association of Optometrists. He has held the position of President for the East Tennessee Optometric Society and the Baptist Eye Institute advisory board. He is active in the community and a member of First United Methodist Church. He has a passion for all things football and is a proud member of the Vol Navy.

Michael Kolarik, O.D.

Optometric Physician Michael Kolarik earned his undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College in 1975, and his doctorate from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1979.

Although born in Maryville, Dr. Kolarik grew up in North Canton, Ohio, with stops in Scottsboro and Birmingham, Alabama before returning to Maryville after Optometry School graduation. Dr. Kolarik has practiced optometry in Maryville for 36 years. His focus is on his practice and patients, but he does find time for enjoying the Great Smoky Mountains, reading science fiction, and traveling when time permits. He and his wife Janet are members of New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. Their daughter Annie is a third year medical student at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

Dr. Kolarik practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Kolarik has been a member of the American Optometric Association, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and East Tennessee Society of Optometric Physicians.

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Caroline Poveromo, O.D.

Optometric Physician Caroline Poveromo graduated from The University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2012 and received her Doctorate from The Southern College of Optometry in 2016. Dr. Poveromo completed external rotations at SouthEast Eye Specialists in Knoxville, as well as a private practice externship in Newport, TN.

An East Tennessee native, Dr. Poveromo returned to the area she calls home to practice optometry.

Dr. Poveromo practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Caroline Poveromo is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and the East Tennessee Society of Optometric Physicians.

Kenneth Nix, O.D.

Optometric Physician Kenneth Nix earned his undergraduate degree from Southwestern State College in 1972, and his doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry in 1976.

Dr. Nix practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Nix is a former Captain in the United States Air Force where he served as a military optometrist. He served on the Tennessee Board of Optometry for 12 years and is a member of Tennessee Eye Care Alliance, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and the American Optometric Association. He is very active in the Dunlap community where he has been involved in the Lion’s Club and the City Planning Commission.

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Rochelle Parks, O.D.

Optometric Physician Rochelle Parks earned her undergraduate degree from Tennessee Technological University in 2003, and her doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in 2007. She has been in practice in her hometown of Dunlap since graduation.

Dr. Parks practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Parks is a member of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. She loves to perform school screenings for the children in Dunlap and the surrounding areas. In her spare time, Dr. Parks enjoys scrap booking, reading, and spending time with her children.

Matthew Page, O.D.

Optometric Physician Matthew Page earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Technological University in 2011, and his doctorate from The Southern College of Optometry in 2017. Dr. Page completed externship rotations at Southeast Eye Specialists in Chattanooga, as well as with a private practice in Athens, TN.

Dr. Page practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, including routine examinations for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections.

Dr. Page is a member of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and the American Optometric Association. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

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