Meet Our Doctors
At Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian, each member of our vision care team is carefully selected by Dr. Minh Duong based on their experience, demeanor, and dedication to providing the most personalized care to all of our optometry patients. Our entire optometry staff is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. We do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that work for you. The knowledgeable staff at Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian works with you to help you understand your vision insurance coverage and provide financial alternatives to ensure that you receive the best vision care possible.
Dr. Minh Duong, OD
Dr. Minh Duong is the owner of Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian. He was born in Vietnam and came to America in 1980 to Athens, Alabama. He went to the University of Alabama in Birmingham to get his B.S. in biology and chemistry. He stayed in Birmingham to receive his Doctorate of Optometry at the UAB School of Optometry in 2003. That is where he met his future wife, Dr. Thi Bui, who grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi.
After graduating, Dr. Duong and Dr. Bui moved to Jackson, Mississippi to practice for a couple of years. They realized that they wanted to build their own practice. Fate brought them to Meridian, MS. In 2008, they opened Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian. They added on to the building in 2015 and again in 2017.
Dr. Duong prides himself on delivering the best primary eye care possible. He uses the latest in ophthalmic technology to drive maximum efficiency so that the patient can get the most accurate and comprehensive eye exam without being here for hours.
Spending time with his three children is his favorite pastime.
Dr. Jennifer Dooley, OD
Born in Marion, VA, to parents Ron and Judy Leonard, Jennifer was to be the oldest of three children. She arrived locally in 1999 when her father came to pastor Jones Chapel Church of God in the Clarkdale Community. Dr. Dooley has always known that she wanted to go into the medical field. She began as part of the Clarkdale High School’s Allied Health program before graduating in 2006. Dr. Dooley completed two years at Meridian Community College before transferring to Mississippi College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. Dooley received her professional degree from one of the premier optometric schools in the country, the renowned Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Shortly after graduating in May of 2015, Dr. Dooley began working at Primary Eyecare with Dr. Minh Duong. Having spent time with him before her start, Dr. Dooley stated that initially she was excited with the technology there. She notes that in today’s fast paced, computer driven medical world, a tech savvy office is a must. She also remarks that Dr. Duong actively uses this technology for the benefit and care of the patient. She has continued to be impressed by Dr. Duong’s commitment to the highest levels of patient care and by the loyalty of those patient. She hopes to continue Primary Eyecare’s years-long reputation of quality service.
Dr. Dooley is a member of American Optometric Association and Mississippi Optometric Association. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking and spending time with family.
Dr. Robert “Slater” Smith, OD
Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian welcomes Dr. Robert “Slater” Smith as our newest optometrist. Dr. Smith is a recent graduate of the prestigious Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN and hails from nearby Quitman, MS.
Dr. Smith is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his wife, Arlette. Since meeting at Jones County Junior College, the Smiths have supported each other as they both pursued medical professions. As Dr. Smith commences his career with Primary Eyecare, Mrs. Smith has begun her journey as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Rush Pain Treatment Clinic.