Welcome to Blount County Eye Center!

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Alex is originally from Chicago, IL.  He received his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry.  He also received the honor of membership into the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, and the Tomb and Key Honor Society at ICO for excellence in academics and ethics.


He completed multiple internships around the country to further his education.  These internships included a rotation at the William Chappel Veterans Affairs Clinic in Daytona Beach, FL, Ochsner Clinic in Metairie, LA, a private practice in Westmont, IL, and the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, IL.  After completing these internships, he spent 6 years practicing full-scope optometry in the Chicago suburbs.


Dr. Alex currently holds licenses in Illinois and Tennessee.  He has special interest in glaucoma, diabetic eye care and retinal disease.  He also loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking and golf.

Dr. Bonk

Alex Bonk, OD

Optometric Physician

CURRENT AVAILABILITY: Currently seeing patients Monday through Saturday

Dr. Matt was born and raised in the small town of McKenzie, TN. After graduating from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in cell and molecular biology, Dr. Matt earned his doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. During optometry school, Dr. Matt completed clinical externships at Ducklo Eye Care in Nashville and Southeast Eye Specialists in Knoxville. During his rotations, Dr. Matt gained extensive experience in managing glaucoma, retinal pathology, contact lens care, pediatric eye care, and more. Dr. Matt earned multiple clinical honors distinctions throughout his time in optometry school.


After graduating from SCO, Dr. Matt completed his residency in ocular disease and hospital-based eye care at the Memphis VA Medical Center. His particular areas of interest include glaucoma care and retinal disease, including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Matt practices full scope medical and primary eye care, and enjoys seeing patients of all ages!


Dr. McBride


Optometric Physician

AVAILABILITY: Currently seeing patients Monday through Saturday.

Dr Sarah is originally from Northwest Ohio.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology and Pre-Optometry from Ohio Wesleyan University. She attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in Vision Science concurrently.  She completed several clinical internships to complete her training. The internships included rotations through various clinical services at Ohio State, a primary care rotation at Family Eye Care Centers in Sandusky and Clyde, Ohio, and an ocular disease rotation at the Dayton, Ohio VA Medical Center. She also participated in a eye care mission trip to Masaya, Nicaragua.


Following optometry school, Dr Sarah completed a residency in Primary Care at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She earned her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry shortly after finishing her residency.  She has practiced in East Tennessee since 2007 and recently joined BCEC.


Currently, Dr. Sarah holds her license to practice full-scope general and medical optometry in Tennessee and Ohio. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, hiking and traveling. She is involved with both the Knoxville alumnae association and University of Tennessee chapter advisory board of her undergraduate sorority. She also plays her flute in her church orchestra and is a founding member and officer for The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Knoxville. Dr. Sarah loves taking care of patients of all ages and enjoys that "ah-ha" moment when people see better for the first time or fully understand the problems their eyes are experiencing.

Dr. Watkins


Optometric Physician

CURRENT AVAILABILITY: Currently seeing patients several days each week by appointment.

Meet the Directors


Coming Soon!


Clinic Director

Laura Anthony

Office Director

Meet Our Team


Optical Assistant


Front Office Assistant


Clinic Assistant

Adrianne, CPO

Clinic Coordinator

Brittany, CPO

Clinic Assistant

Clinic Team Lead


Clinic Assistant


LAB Coordintor


Clinic Assistant


Optical Assistant


Front Office Assistant


Clinic Assistant

Get to Know BCEC

What do you get when you build a culture of service, create an atmosphere of positivity & praise, and assemble a team of skilled & compassionate physicians? You go beyond "healthcare" and enter into the ultimate eye care experience!


Blount County Eye Center has been serving this community for over 50 years! During that time we've moved locations, added services and innovated eye care. Today, we are proud to be Blount County's most comprehensive eye care provider offering the region's largest eyewear selection through The Optical Shoppe. We're humbled by our past and extremely excited about where we're headed in the future!


Our Facility

In August 2015, Blount County Eye Center created one of the most innovative and unique eye care facilities in the country right here in the foothills of Blount County, TN. This award-winning facility is in our backyard and we'd love for you to come explore it!

BCEC is Award-Winning

Eyecare in Maryville, TN!

Office Design Contest Winner 2017

- 2018 Finalist -

Community Impact Award

Frequently Asked Questions





702 S. Foothills Plaza Dr.

Maryville, TN 37801

(865) 982-6761


Hours of Operation

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