Welcome to Blount County Eye Center!

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Will

WILLIAM TANTUM, OD

Optometric Physician

CEO & Practice Director

CURRENT AVAILABILITY: Currently seeing patients through LOVE Eye Care

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Dr. Will was born and raised right across the Tennessee River in Knoxville. He grew up in Rocky Hill and graduated from Bearden High School. Dr. Will ventured out west to play football in college and received his degree in Biology from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

 

Dr. Will attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree. He completed several clinical internships to complete his training & education. These internships included a private practice rotation in Knoxville, an internship at The Eye Center in Memphis and a clinical internship at a surgery center in East Tennessee. Dr. Will was awarded Southern College of Optometry's Top Clinician Award during his 3rd year studies, and he received the Academic & Clinical Excellence Award at the completion of his 4th year. He was also named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges while at Southern College of Optometry. Currently, Dr. Will holds his license to practice full-scope general and medical optometry in Tennessee, South Carolina and Montana. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA).

 

Dr. Will speaks regularly at conferences on the topics of practice management, leadership and community engagement. He was named as a recipient of the 2017 WIVK Lexus Leaders Award which recognized him for his continued contributions to his local community. In 2018, he was named to Knoxville's 40 Under 40 for the top young business leaders in the region. He was also named as the 2018-19 Outstanding Young Alumni by his undergrad, Rocky Mountain College. Dr. Will is part of the 2019 class of Leadership Blount. In 2013, Dr. Will created the LOVE Eye Care which helps to provide eye healthcare and eyewear to people around the world. LOVE Eye Care has grown over the years and now provides eye care and eyewear throughout the Blount County region.

 

In his free time, Dr. Will loves to woodwork and build things. Many of the pieces of furniture and art at BCEC were built by him! He also enjoys working in his yard and fly-fishing. He lives in Blount County and is very proud to live, work and own a business in such an amazing place.

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. Alex

Alex Bonk, OD

Optometric Physician

CURRENT AVAILABILITY: Currently seeing patients Monday through Saturday

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Dr. Matt McBride

MATTHEW MCBRIDE, OD

Optometric Physician

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!

 

AVAILABILITY: Currently seeing patients Monday through Saturday.

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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. Sarah

SARAH WATKINS, OD, MS, FAAO

Optometric Physician

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

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Dr. Lloyd

LLOYD TANTUM, OD, FAAO

Optometric Physician

CFO & Medical Director

CURRENT AVAILABILITY: After over 42 years in practice, Dr. Lloyd officially retired in January 2021. His former patients are now being cared for by our other amazing eye doctors. We wish Dr. Lloyd the very best in retirement and thank him for his dedication to our community for so many wonderful years!

Dr. Lloyd was born in New Jersey, but discovered east Tennessee early on and has never looked back since. Dr. Lloyd attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and received his degree in Biology.

 

Dr. Lloyd attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree. He completed several clinical internships to complete his training & education. These internships included a rotation through an Indian Health Services clinic in Arizona, a private practice internship in Athens, TN, and a clinical internship at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

 

Following optometry school, Dr. Lloyd completed a residency in Ocular Disease at Vision America in Nashville, TN. He has also published several papers and posters as well as authored chapters in eye care textbooks.

 

Currently, Dr. Lloyd holds his license to practice full-scope general and medical optometry in Tennessee, North Carolina and Montana. He's a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and the Tennessee Eye Care Alliance.

 

Dr. Lloyd loves to tackle challenging medical eye care cases. He's devoted his career of over 40 years in optometry to helping people to live healthier lives with better vision! Dr. Lloyd served as the eye doctor for Tennessee Lady Vols athletics for over a decade and he was able to be a part of several of the National Championship teams.

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Meet Our Team

Skylyn

Clinic Assistant

Aislynn

Optical Shoppe Director

Monique, CPO

Clinic Assistant

Clinic Team Leader

Amanda

The Optical Shoppe Assistant

Ryan

Clinic Assistant

Adrianne, CPO

Clinic Assistant

Compliance Coordinator

Vision Therapist

Brittany, CPO

Clinic Assistant

Clinic Team Lead

Alaina

Business Development Coordinator

Daisy

Clinic Assistant

Jack

Clinic Assistant

Nicole

Clinic Assistant

Sarah

The Optical Shoppe Assistant

AN EYECARE EXPERIENCE!

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!

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