Our Doctors


Meet Dr. Jeff Blalock

Dr. Blalock is a native of Salinas, California. He made his way to Florida in 1987, serving in the US Navy as an aircraft electrician.

After his military service, Dr. Blalock graduated cum laude from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN with a B.S. in Vision Science and a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1997.

Dr. Blalock began his optometry career as an independent contractor until March of 2000, when he joined our practice. In 2008 he opened the Fleming Island Pearle Vision where he continues to practice today.

Dr. Blalock’s specialties include Corneal Refractive Therapy, Dry eye Therapy, Contact lens fitting, Glaucoma Treatment, Lasik and Cataract Surgical Co-Management.


Meet Dr. Jack Rubin

Dr. Rubin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in 1973.

After school, Dr. Rubin practiced in Miami for over 30 years. He joined our practice in 2010 and works in the Gainesville office. He sees patients 8 years of age and older and specializes in contact lens fitting.

Outside of work, Dr. Rubin and his wife Kristin enjoy kayaking, bonsai, old cars and cooking.


Meet Dr. Scott Thiele

Dr. Thiele attended the Illinois College Of Optometry in Chicago. He graduated with his Doctor of Optometry in 2003.

Dr. Thiele joined our practice in 2003 and has been the primary doctor in our St. Augustine office since 2009.

In his free time, Dr. Thiele enjoys working on cars and is an avid marksman.


Meet Dr. Ann-Marie Connolly

Dr. Ann-Marie Connolly is a Jacksonville native. She attended Bishop Kenny High School and Jacksonville University. Dr. Connolly is a 2017 graduate of the University Of Houston’s College Of Optometry.
While attending optometry school, Dr. Connolly found that she particularly enjoyed interacting with pediatric patients and special needs patients. Dr. Connolly is also interested in disease management, including glaucoma and diabetes. She strives to help patients have a stress-free exam while also feeling comfortable with their options regarding their ocular health care.

Dr. Connolly, the youngest of 8 children, enjoys spending time with her large family, reading, and going to the movies.


Meet Dr. Brandon Sudduth, OD

Board Certified Optometrist

Dr. Sudduth grew up in Seattle Washington, and received his optometry degree from Midwestern University. After completing a rotation in the Sunshine State, he knew Jacksonville would be his forever home, and began practicing in Jacksonville in 2013.


Meet Dr. Ron Norman, OD

Dr. Ron Norman, O.D. has been practicing optometry since graduating in 2019. He has extensive experience in diagnosis and management of ocular pathology (including macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes mellitus) as well as refractive services.
Ron was born and raised in Ormond Beach, Florida, and is new to the Jacksonville area.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Florida and went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree as well as a second Bachelor’s degree in Vision Science from Nova Southeastern University near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After practicing at an ophthalmology group in Ormond Beach for two years, he has recently moved to Jacksonville to further his career.

Ron is a member of the Florida Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry.

When Ron is not working, he enjoys reading and traveling.


Meet Dr. Darren Blom

Board Certified Optometrist
Dr. Blom started his education here in Jacksonville, Fl at UNF. He earned a BS in Visual Science at Southern College of the Health Sciences in North Miami Beach in 1992, then on to Nova Southeastern in Davie, FL where he earned his Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1994.

After spending time in clinical rotations in and around Jacksonville, Dr. Blom opened his own practice in Jacksonville in 1996 where he practiced until 2009. Since then, Dr. Blom has been in group practice , joining our group in 2021.

In his spare time, Dr. Blom enjoys engaging in and supporting his two boys, and spending time with his wife of 25 yrs as the designated pack mule for all her many shopping bags, he says with a laugh.

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