Our Doctors

Meet Dr. Brian Armitage

Dr. Armitage’s education includes an Undergraduate degree in Physiological Optics (1979), Doctor of Optometry Degree (1981) and Master of Science degree in Physiological Optics (1983) from Ohio State University.

After school, Dr. Armitage spent several years in clinical contact lens research, two years as an Instructor for The Ohio State University’s College of Optometry, two years as an Assistant Clinical Professor for The Ohio State University, and a few years practicing in Ohio before opening his own practice in Jacksonville, FL in 2004. Dr. Armitage joined our practice in 2015.

Dr. Armitage primarily practices in the Avenues Mall and Roosevelt Square Mall locations. He sees patients 5 years and older and specializes in Scleral Lenses.

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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.

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Meet Dr. Brad Kirchner

Dr. Kirchner received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College in 1972. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, he enrolled in the New England College of Optometry where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1982.

Dr. Kirchner practiced in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia for over 25 years. He joined our practice in 2008 and primarily works in the Roosevelt office.

Residing in Fleming Island with his wife Elizabeth, a registered nurse, his free time is spent swimming, golfing, an occasional home improvement project and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Meet Dr. Chris Mutai

Dr. Mutai was an All American Student Athlete in Track and Cross-Country. He began his undergraduate studies at Jacksonville University in Florida before transferring to the University of Alabama where he received his B.S in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry from the University Of Alabama- Birmingham School Of Optometry in 2005.

Upon graduation, he worked in several multi-disciplinary clinical settings in Alabama for 5 years. Dr. Mutai joined our practice in 2010. He currently splits his time between our Mandarin and Fleming Island locations. He enjoys diagnosing and treating the disorders of the Visual System and Ocular disease. His passion is in early Glaucoma detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Dr. Mutai also serves his patients in co-management of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Mutai is a member of the Florida Optometric Association and the North East Florida Optometric Society. He enjoys spending time with his family and maintaining a competitive edge as a runner.

 

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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.

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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.

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Meet Dr. Jon Scott Walker

OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Walker has a B.S. from Oral Roberts University and a M.S. from Southern Illinois University. He received his Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 1984.

Dr. Walker practiced in Minnesota for several years before joining our practice in 2001. While in Minnesota, he was on the Board of Optometry for 8 years and was Minnesota Optometrist of the year in 1989. Since joining our practice, Dr. Walker has practiced at our Avenues Mall location.

Dr. Walker is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Member of the Florida and American Optometric Association. He has conducted over 100 Clinical Trials, published over 30 articles, and is named on 3 Patents related to Contact Lenses and Implants after Cataract Surgery. Dr. Walker is a consultant to Alcon, Bausch+Lomb, and Vistakon and has been a speaker and lecturer in the industry for 30 years. In addition, Dr. Walker is a voting member of ASCAP and is an adjunct Professor for the Arizona College of Optometry

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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.

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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.

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