Meet our Optometrists
Dr. Patricia Flippin Bell, a Searcy native as well as a Harding University graduate, received her Doctorate of optometry in the spring of 1999 from the Southern College of Optometry. Upon graduation, Dr. Bell joined her father, Dr. Howard Flippin, continuing a family legacy of over 50 years in optometric care. Dr.Bell is an active board member for the Arkansas Optometric Association from whom she has received many distinguished awards including Young Optometrist of the Year and Optometrist of the Year. She is also Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry. She has served as Treasurer and President for the Arkansas Optometric Association. She is also a member of The American Public Health Association, Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, the Arkansas Eye Associates and is a board member for the Arkansas Department of Health. Dr. Bell participates with many local organizations including the Searcy Lions Club, Searcy Day of Caring and the Special Olympics. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development. And is diplomate of the A.B.O. With her extensive background in the diagnosis and management of many ocular diseases including Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinopathy and the treatment of certain ocular conditions through Vision Therapy, Dr. Patricia Bell and her staff come first for all of your Optometric needs.
Dr. Alexandra Reid Meredith, O.D. is a licensed Optometrist at Searcy Eye Care Center. An Arkansas native, Dr. Meredith grew up in Mountain Home, AR and graduated from Cotter High School. She received a B.S. in Biology at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. As an undergraduate, Dr. Meredith discovered her passion for eye care. She attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN where she recently graduated with her doctorate of Optometry.
Dr. Meredith has a wide variety of training in ocular disease treatment and management including Glaucoma, Diabetes, Macular Degeneration, Hypertension, Dry eye therapies and post op care of Cataract and Corneal surgeries. She also is trained to fit contact lenses and specialty contact lenses such as toric, multifocal, and monovision lenses.
Dr. Meredith and her husband, Dr. Winn Meredith of Heber Springs Eye Care Center, live in Heber Springs along with their dog, Revo. She enjoys fitness and being outdoors, whether it be fishing, floating, and paddle boarding, or sitting on the porch. She loves to cook, sketch, and paint. Dr. Meredith and her husband enjoy volunteering and interacting with the community.
Dr. Ryan P Anderson is a licensed Optometrist at Searcy Eye Care Center. Raised in Thousand Oaks, California Dr. Anderson attended and graduated from Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona May of 2014. After graduation Dr. Anderson started his residency in Primary Eye Care at San Diego VA Healthcare System and then completed a fellowship with The American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Anderson started working at Milauskas Eye Institute in Palm Springs, CA in 2015.
Dr. Anderson is Board Certified by The National Board of Examiners of Optometry, Licensed in the state of California and Arkansas. The interest of the eye and neurology coupled with the desire to help people is why Dr. Anderson chose to become an Optometrist. Dr. Anderson states “that he tries to think of his patients as a whole and not focus only on the eyes, as a lot of times eye problems can be an indication of something else wrong in the body that needs treatment or investigating.”
Dr. Anderson met his wife Joanne while she was doing pre-medicine in Arizona and he was in Optometry school. Dr. Joanne is also, from the Los Angeles area. Dr. Joanne Anderson will be doing her Residency in Internal Medicine at Unity Health White County Medical Center. They are expecting their first child in August.
Dr. Anderson’s hobbies include hiking, backpacking, camping, and all water sports.
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