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W. D. 'Trey' Sullins, III, O.D. W. D. 'Trey' Sullins, III, O.D.
William David 'Trey' Sullins III, OD is a widely recognized clinical optometrist. Born at the Naval Hospital in Albany, Georgia. He was raised and educated in the Athens and McMinn County school systems. He attended and received a Bachelors of Science Degree at Auburn University in 1991. Dr. Sullins attended and received his Doctor of Optometry degree at University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry in 1995. The following year he completed his residency at Nova Southeastern and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He was a leader and class president of his Optometry School Class. He was a founder and first Vice President of Pi Epsilon Chi Optometric Fraternity. He was a member of UABSO Student Advisory Committee and an active member of American Student Optometric Association. He was active in lobbying the Tennessee General Assembly for the optometrists of Tennessee to be able to give increased patient care. He was president of Students in Optometric Service to Humanity and led two mission trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. Dr. Sullins and his wife Dr. Christa Sullins returned home after concluding his residency in 1997. He is a partner in the practice and serves as the Chief of Clinical Services. He has clinical privileges on the Medical Staff of Woods Memorial Hospital. He serves on the Infectious Disease Committee at Woods Memorial Hospital. He is the resident eye doctor and director of eye services at Woods Memorial Nursing Home. He is a member and Past President of the Madisonville Kiwanis Club. He serves as adjunct faculty at Southern College of Optometry and University of Alabama at Birmingham. He enjoys teaching eye care to interns and peers who seek his counsel. He is an outstanding ocular photographer and uses his skills to teach and lecture. He enjoys recreational photography and has sold some of his work. He is a writer for the National Board of Examiners in Ocular disease that examines new doctors before they can be licensed to practice His hobbies are photography, cycling and fathering four sons Tim, Jon, Sam, and Ben. He and his wife Dr Christa practice in both the Athens and Madisonville clinics.
Christa Harrison Sullins O.D. Christa Harrison Sullins O.D.
Christa Sullins, O.D. was born in Chattanooga, TN and educated in Columbia, SC. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1991. She attended and received her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995. Dr. Sullins was Vice President of Students in Optometric Service and participated in two mission trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. In 1996, she worked at a private practice specializing in contact lenses and sports vision in Pembroke Pines, FL. She was one of three eye care providers for the Miami Dolphins. Dr. Sullins and her husband, Dr. Trey Sullins returned to Athens in 1997. She has an interest in contact lenses, and enjoys the challenge of hard to fit patients. She was chosen as the People’s Choice for Optometrist in 2003. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Maternity Center. Her hobbies are hiking, camping, and raising her four sons: Tim, Jon, Sam, and Ben.
Stuart A. Sullins, O.D. Stuart A. Sullins, O.D.
Stuart Andrew Sullins, OD is a native of Athens and was educated in both the Athens City and McMinn County schools. He attended and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from Auburn University in 1997. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honorary. Dr. Sullins received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry in 1997. He received the ALCON Excellence Award and the VSP Excellence in Primary Care. Upon completion of his Doctor’s degree he completed a one-year residency in ocular disease at Northeastern State College of Optometry, Tahlequah, OK. In addition to his personal clinical training, Dr. Sullins did mentoring and clinical teaching of the optometry students. Dr. Sullins returned home to practice with his father, brother and sister-in-law in the practice that his grandfather began in 1939. He is a full partner and Chief of Optical Services. His responsibilities include the high technology lens and contact lens part of the examination experience. Dr. Sulllins keeps the practice up-to-date on new thinking related to contemporary eye care instrumentation. He is a member of the medical staff and has clinical privileges at Woods Memorial Hospital and Sweetwater Hospital. He has special interests in Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Sullins is active in his community, serving as a member of the Athens-McMinn County YMCA Board of Directors, the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board, the Springbrook Golf and Country Club Board, and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, where he also teaches senior high Sunday School. He is a member of Athens Kiwanis Club, and he assists in the coaching of the McMinn County High School Tennis Team. Dr. Sullins and his wife Amy, Instructor of Secondary Education at Tennessee Wesleyan College who is completing her PhD at the University of Tennessee, have two sons George and Andy. Dr. Sullins’ hobbies are golf and tennis. They are wonderful assets to the Athens community.
W. David  Sullins, Jr, O.D., F.A.A.O, D.O.S. (1942-2005) W. David Sullins, Jr, O.D., F.A.A.O, D.O.S. (1942-2005)
Dr. William David Sullins, Jr. (Rear Admiral USN, Ret.), age 62, loving husband, father, grandfather, devoted optometrist and serviceman died peacefully Sunday morning, February 6, 2005, at Baptist West Hospital in Knoxville. A lifelong resident of Athens, he graduated from McMinn County High School in 1960. He attended Tennessee Wesleyan College and the Southern College of Optometry. Practicing optometry in Athens for almost forty years, he cared for thousands of patients and held privileges at three area hospitals. He was director of eye care services at Woods Memorial Hospital. His contributions to the field of Optometry and to the U.S. Navy were vast, rewarding him with the highest honors in both. He was a prolific author and noted speaker in Optometry, contributing to the clinical education of two generations of America’s eye doctors. Over the course of his remarkable career, he served as the national president for the American Optometric Association, and was later inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame. He chaired the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, the Tennessee Optometric Association, as well as numerous committees in the American Academy of Optometry. He also received the Carel Kock Medal for inter-disciplinary activity. While serving his country, he became the first Optometrist to ever attain the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, serving later as deputy director of the Medical Service Corps until 1995, when he retired from the Navy. He was a founding member of the Armed Forces Optometric Society. The “Admiral David Sullins Award” was created in his honor, by the U.S. Navy, to annually honor the most outstanding junior officer in the Medical Service Corps. Since 1965 he had been a leader and innovator in optometry. One of his most cherished programs developed into a nationwide public eyecare program to promote healthy eyes in infants, known as InfantSee. He was a pioneer in cooperative management of surgical cases between Optometrists and eye surgeons, pairing local doctors with gifted surgeons to bring the best eye care to patients in rural and underserved areas. He was co-medical director and board member of The Laser Center (TLC), the largest provider of laser vision correction services in North America. Civically, he contributed much to Athens and McMinn County, serving as Mayor of Athens from 1979-1982. He was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce in 1977, and later served as president. He was also president of the Athens YMCA and chaired the Capital Campaign to fund its new facility in 1971. He directed the Boy Scouts’ Unaka District, served as president of Athens Kiwanis Club, winning the Distinguished Club President award and was Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks #1927. He served on numerous civic and corporate boards, including Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association; Springbrook Golf and Country Club, First National Bank and Trust, and BB&T. Last May, he was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Tennessee Wesleyan College for his universal humanitarian contributions. Sullins was a life-long member of Keith Memorial United Church, where he taught Sunday school and served on numerous committees. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Mildred Fair Sullins. Surviving are his wife, Leslie Methvin Sullins of Niota; his father and stepmother, Dr. William David, Sr. and Martha Ann Sullins, two sons and daughters-in-law, Drs. William David “Trey,” III and Christa Sullins, and Dr. Stuart and Amy Sullins; five grandsons: Timothy Blake Sullins, Jonathon David Sullins, George William Sullins, Samuel Harrison Sullins and Andrew David Sullins, all of Athens; his former wife, Judith Jones Sullins of Athens; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Fair and Robert Bowmaster, and Susie and Peter Dufresne, all of Marietta, GA. Memorials can be made to the Dr. William David Sullins, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o American Optometric Association, 243 North Lindberg Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141-7881 or the Rear Admiral Sullins, Jr, MSC Scholarship Fund (SCH-120), c/o The Virginia Beach Foundation P.O. Box 4629, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.
W. D. Sullins, Sr, O.D., D.H. W. D. Sullins, Sr, O.D., D.H.
William David Sullins was born in Knoxville TN and raised in the Fountain City, TN. He attended Knoxville Central High School. He attended University of Tennessee. He attended Pennsylvania State College of Optometry and received his Doctor of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry in 1939 with honors. He began practice in August 1939. He built the practice on a functional approach to vision care with an emphasis on children. He became active in the Athens and McMinn County area early in his career. He was elected to the Counties first County Council. He has been very active in service to Tennessee Wesleyan College and the Colleges Board of Trustees. The College most recently named the Boardroom in his name for his sixty plus years of service. The College bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Dr Sullins has been a member for sixty-three years and President of the Athens Kiwanis Club in 1945. He was selected as The Clubs Distinguished Service Award in 1991 and Tablet of Honor 1996. He is currently the senior member of the club. He served as Chair of the United Way and Presidents Council of the organization. Dr Sullins has served in every capacity of leadership in Keith Memorial United Methodist Church. Dr Sullins has been the father of Tennessee Optometry. He served as President of the state optometric association in 1947-49. He is a Life member of Tennessee Academy of Optometry, The Optometric Extension Program and Southern Council of Optometrists. He served as President of The Southern Council in 1965. He received the Optometrist of Tennessee and the South. He was most active in re-defining the practice of optometry in Tennessee. He has mentored a plethora of young men and women to enter the profession of optometry. Including four that rose to the President of the AOA the National Association. He was in active practice for over fifty years. Indeed, his retirement from active practice, albeit well deserved, was a loss to Tennessee optometry. He currently serves the practice as the coordinator of screening and public relations. He enjoys the ability to discuss patient cases with his son and grandsons. “Daddy Doc” as his family calls him is the epitome of an optometrist, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
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