Dr. Jon Franklin is a native of Wilson county and a cum laude graduate of Cumberland University (Class of 1989) and the Southern College of Optometry (Class of 1993). Dr. Franklin has practiced optometry in Mount Juliet since graduation from SCO in 1993. He opened Franklin Family Eye Care in 1994. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians Presidential Citation Award.
An avid sports fan, Dr. Franklin has interest in sports vision and works with local athletic teams, including teams from Cumberland University, to perform vision screenings and fit patients with sports-specific vision enhancements. Dr. Franklin played baseball and basketball for the local Lebanon Blue Devils and baseball for Cumberland University from 1985-89. He received the CU Lindsey Donnell award for academics and athletic excellence and the Most Valuable Player award in 1988. He played on the first Cumberland University World Series team in 1988 and was inducted into the Cumberland University Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Dr. Franklin is a 1993 recipient of the Nova award for excellence in academics at the Southern College of Optometry.
Dr. Franklin is married to Dr. Karen O. Franklin, a licensed clinical pharmacist. They have two children, Erin and Andrew. He is the son of Jerry and Thersa Franklin of Lebanon, Tennessee. In his spare time Dr. Franklin enjoys coaching his children’s athletic teams, reading, and watching sporting events. He also raises cattle on his century family farm in Grant, located in Smith County Tennessee.
He is an active member of the local Lions Club whose focus is providing vision care for individuals without the financial means to do so themselves. Dr. Franklin preforms vision screenings for Cumberland athletes and is active supporter of Cumberland University Baseball. Dr. Franklin and his family attend Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee.
An active member of the Tennessee Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Franklin is committed to providing excellent eye care for all his patients.
Dr. Thomas A. Roberson practiced in Lebanon for 34 years. He started his practice that was initially located at University Medical Center Hospital until 1998, and then became one of the four partners that formed The Eye Center before it was sold to Vanderbilt.
The father of three and grandfather of four is an avid motorcyclist and a professional photographer. He owns several bikes, one being a custom chopper made in Hendersonville. He also raises horses and llamas on his 20 acre farm in Lebanon. "Lawn ornaments" is what he calls his llamas.
He has made four medical mission trips to Haiti with a group of 25 health care professionals. During these trips patients are identified on what type of vision problems need to be addressed. Patients' issues range from eyeglasses to eye surgery that the medical team arranges and provides. Each year approximately 1500 patients are screened during the week.
Dr. Michael Bingham grew up in North Carolina and played basketball in high school. He attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he met his wife, Kelsey (a Nashville native), and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. They then moved to Memphis, where he attended Southern College of Optometry.
Dr. Bingham has been taking care of patients’ eyesight for over seven years in the middle TN area. He specializes in primary eye care providing patients with comprehensive exams to check and preserve their total eye health. He particularly enjoys working with contact lenses especially fitting patients who have corneal irregularities with custom contact lenses.
He and his wife Kelsey have lived in the Nashville area since 2015. They have two kids, David and Ruth, and a black lab named Lou. While most of his spare time is spent chasing his kids, Dr. Bingham loves to cook on a daily basis and enjoys competing in triathlons.