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Kyle Smith, OD, FAAO (Army Reserve)

Kyle Smith, OD, grew up in a small town in Iowa before going to Wheaton College in the Chicago area, where he majored in biology and sang tenor in the Men’s Choir. He first came to Alaska in 1999 to visit his college sweetheart and future wife, Erika, who grew up in Anchorage and whose grandparents first came to Alaska before World War II.  After completing his undergraduate degree he moved to Portland to attend Pacific University College of Optometry on an Army scholarship, during which he completed externships on Fort Richardson and at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami. His first year in the Army he completed advanced training in Family Practice Optometry at the State University of New York College of Optometry in Manhattan while stationed at West Point.  He then completed tours in South Korea, Germany, and Iraq, before being stationed at Fort Richardson.  He continues to serve in the Army Reserve in Alaska and has been completed humanitarian missions in Thailand.

When not helping families with compassionate eye care Dr. Smith enjoys biking, running, woodworking, and traveling – and has run a marathon on all seven continents.  Dr. Smith and his wife, Erika, have two young children, Quincy and Thatcher.  Dr. Smith has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 2006 and served on the Fellow Admittance Committee for many years.  He has served as adjunct clinical faculty for both the State University of New York and Pacific University, where he earned the highest rating for excellence in clinical education.  He has published on advanced contact lens techniques for managing keratoconus and lectured on topics ranging from eye injuries to medical coding and infant contact lenses to learning disabilities.  He recently earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma.


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