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“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” — Saint Jerome

Our Physicians

Little Rock Eye Clinic is driven by a highly trained staff of eye doctors who help our clients maintain general eye health and are experts at treating virtually any eye condition, including glaucoma and cataracts, strabismus, and eyelid disorders. The physicians at Little Rock Eye Clinic and their reputation for quality care result in referrals from other doctors all over the region.

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▸   Dr. Tracy Baltz, M.D.
   Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Baltz is a native of Pocahontas in Northeast Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture. Dr. Baltz considered going to veterinary school but found he was drawn to “people” medicine.

He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where he completed a transitional internship and ophthalmology residency. Dr. Baltz is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Baltz practices comprehensive ophthalmology, performing routine exams for glasses and contacts, and complete medical and surgical management of conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, eyelid disorders and strabismus.

Tracy and his wife Kathy live in Little Rock and have two children, Nathan and Isaac. They are members of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church. The couple enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing and many sports.

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▸   Dr. Laurie Barber, M.D.
   Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Laurie Barber was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and grew up in Ankeny, Iowa.  She was named to Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa and Cardinal Key as a college junior, and graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University following her first year in medical school.  Dr. Barber obtained her medical degree from the University of Iowa College Of Medicine.  During her ophthalmology residency at the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS), she was the recipient of the Raymond and Mary Morris Annual Ophthalmology Resident Award.

Following residency, Dr. Barber served ophthalmology at UAMS’s Jones Eye Institute for 23 additional years.  Appointed Professor of Ophthalmology, she has been awarded the UAMS Educational Excellence Award for teaching, the Dean’s Outpatient All-Star for patient care, as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Senior Achievement Award from many years of service and leadership the AAO and her follow ophthalmologists.  Her published papers include research in medical student empathy, dry eye, and eye allergies.

Dr. Barber served as director and principal investigator for Arkansas Clinical Research.  For 19 years, she has actively studied dry eye, allergies and meibomian gland dysfunction.  She was named to “135 leading Ophthalmologists in America” by Becker, and “Best Doctors of America” 2011-2015.

Dr. Barber has three adult children, and enjoys any family time or empty nest activities with husband, Jeffrey Barber.  They may be found biking, boating, fishing, traveling, reading or cooking.

▸   Dr. Cliff Clifton, M.D.
   Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Clifton is a lifelong resident of the state of Arkansas and was raised in Holly Grove. He attended Rhodes College in Memphis, where he earned a degree in chemistry.

His medical training took place at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. Dr. Clifton earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1971. He then completed a one-year rotating internship and a four-year residency in ophthalmology that ended in 1976.

Dr. Clifton is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He specializes in general ophthalmology including cataract surgery, strabismus, lid surgery and laser surgery.

Cliff and his wife San-Dee, live in Little Rock and have two sons, Blake and Kyle. Blake graduated from Central High School and Davidson College, and works in investment banking. Kyle graduated from Central High School and Rhodes College, and works as a consultant.

Cliff and San-Dee attend Second Presbyterian Church, where he has served as Sunday School superintendent, deacon and elder. An Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Recipient, he has spent his life being involved in Boy Scouts having been a scoutmaster and currently serving on the Executive Board as Council Chairman of Advancement. Cliff is a former tennis player and has been bicycling for 15 years, enjoying long rides with friends. After cycling, one of his favorite activities is working in his yard with Japanese Maples and Hydrangeas. Cliff and San-Dee both love dogs and San-Dee is active in training dogs for obedience, hunt tests, agility and tracking. They both enjoy duck hunting, especially with their Golden Retriever, Player.

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▸   Dr. Monica Dellimore, M.D.
   Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Dellimore was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. She graduated co-valedictorian from Joe T. Robinson High School and went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Duke University. She attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

During her medical school training, she became a recipient of the National Medical Association Ophthalmology Research Award and published in Archives of Ophthalmology. After earning her Doctorate of Medicine, she completed an internal medicine internship at UAMS. 

Following her internship, she began her residency in ophthalmology at UAMS and was the recipient of the Raymond and Mary Morris Annual Ophthalmology Resident Award in 2005. During her residency, which she completed in 2007, she was involved in research that resulted in publication.

Dr. Dellimore specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  She has served as president of the Pulaski County Medical Society and is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and Arkansas Ophthalmological Society.

In her free time, she enjoys vegetable gardening, running, and spending time with her two boys, Aiden and Eli.

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▸   Dr. Jennifer Doyle, M.D.

After graduating from UAMS in 2010, Dr. Doyle completed a residency in ophthalmology in 2014 and a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship in 2015, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She returned to Arkansas and will join the Little Rock Eye Clinic on November 16, 2015.  As a neuro-ophthalmologist, she sees and treats patients that have visual problems related to the optic nerve and brain.  Some of these disorders include optic nerve inflammation, double vision, eye movement disorders, visual loss of unknown etiology, strokes, visual field defects, and unequal pupils.

Dr. Doyle performs various surgeries and in office procedures to address some of these neurological disorders. These include eye muscle surgery, biopsies to evaluate for giant cell arteritis, optic nerve sheath fenestrations for pseudotumor cerebri, and Botox injection for chronic migraines and facial spasms.

▸   Dr. Sarah Forrest, O.D.
   Optometric Physician/Contact Lens

Dr. Forrest

Dr. Sarah Gene Forrest is an optometric physician who has been trained to diagnose and treat a wide-variety of eye and vision problems at the primary care level. She enjoys helping patients by prescribing and fitting spectacles and contact lenses to improve vision and also to diagnose and treat various eye diseases.

The small community of Jackson in Southeast Missouri is where Dr. Forrest spent her younger years. Her undergraduate studies were obtained at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Allied Health; graduating Summa Cum Ladue. After undergrad, Dr. Forrest moved to Oklahoma, where she attended Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. During her time at NSUOCO she was awarded the NSU College of Optometry Award of Clinical Excellence, Pheiffer Award for Excellence for Research Related to Practice Management and Southwest Contact Lens Award. Dr. Forrest also was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa and Northeastern State University Honor Society. In May 2011, Dr. Forrest graduated NSUOCO with Summa Cum Ladue designation.

After optometry school, Dr. Forrest and her husband moved to south Texas. During her time there she worked closely with a prominent ophthalmologist who was The Valley’s leading Intralasik surgeon for the Dallas Cowboys. She also enjoyed serving as vice-president (2012 and 2013) and president (2014) of the Rio Grande Valley Optometric Society; a division of the Texas Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. In early 2015, Dr. Forrest and her husband decided to move closer to family and made Little Rock, Arkansas, their new home.

Dr. Forrest is currently a member of the Arkansas Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.

Sarah is blessed to have a great husband and two wonderful children. Most weekends at the Forrest household involve enjoying the vast outdoor activities Arkansas has to offer with the company of friends and family.

▸   Dr. Dan Hennessey, O.D.
   Optometric Physician/Contact Lens

Dr. Hennessey attended the University of Central Arkansas. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry. Upon completion of his residency training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, he joined the faculty at UAB School of Optometry. He has been in private practice in Little Rock since 1986 and joined Little Rock Eye Clinic in 1991.

As an optometric physician, Dr. Hennessey provides primary eye care. These services include comprehensive eye health and vision examinations and the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and vision disorders. He specializes in contact lenses and contact lens-related problems.

Dan and his wife, Beth, live in Little Rock and have three sons, Daniel, Jason and Michael. Beth earned a master’s degree in nursing and is the executive director for integrated care management for Sutter Care at Home in Fairfield, Calif. The family attends St. Edward Catholic Church in Little Rock where Dan serves as deacon. He was ordained to the ministry in 1998.

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▸   Dr. Richard Henry, M.D.
   Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr. Richard Henry

Dr. Richard Henry was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Hall High School and graduated in 1966. He went to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received a bachelor degree in biology. He was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, an honorary pre-medical society. His medical training started at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1974. He then completed a rotating internship at St. John hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and completed a 3-year residency in ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1978.

Dr. Henry became board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1979. He has been member in good standing since that time. He is also a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and Arkansas Ophthalmological Society. He began the practice of ophthalmology in 1979 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He founded Eye Care Surgical Associates and practiced in North Little Rock for the past 35 years. He merged his practice with Little Rock Eye Clinic in March of 2016.

Dr. Henry specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology. This includes a particular interest in cataract surgery, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as general eye exams.

Dr. Henry and his wife Jan have been married 44 years and have 3 sons and 6 grandchildren. Besides enjoying time with his family, Dr. Henry enjoys the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are a favorite pastime. He also volunteers his time with medical missions. Working with his church he helped found the Medical Mission of Pignon, a medical mission serving the area of Pignon, Haiti. He has traveled to Pignon several times to service as consulting ophthalmologist in the mission hospital.


▸   Dr. Christian Hester, M.D.
   Cornea and Refractive Surgery

After graduating as the valedictorian from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Ark., Dr. Hester attended Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. There he served as president of the Student Senate and founded Arkansas EDU, an organization that united all 19 four-year colleges and universities in the state with the goal of advocating for higher education issues in the State Legislature. He graduated from Hendrix College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business and was awarded the Mosley Economics and Business Award — the highest academic award given to a Department of Economics graduate and Business. He also received the President’s Medal, which is the highest academic award a graduating Hendrix senior can receive.

Dr. Hester received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed his internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he served as president of his medical school class. While at UAMS, Dr. Hester received numerous awards, including the Ethel Brickey Hicks Scholarship, Dean’s Office Scholarship, and was inducted into the national Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Hester completed an ophthalmology residency at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where he served as chief resident.

In order to learn advanced subspecialty surgical techniques, Dr. Hester completed a fellowship in cornea, refractive, and anterior segment surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. And he spent a month in Madura, India, to focus on manual small incision cataract surgery. Dr. Hester has served on the Arkansas Medical Society and California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Board of Trustees. He also held several leadership positions in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Hester is married to Tammy and they have one child, Catherine Cardell Hester.

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▸   Dr. Lydia Lane, M.D.

Dr. Lane is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. She completed her subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 2004, and has been practicing ophthalmology in Arkansas since then.

Dr. Lane attended Vanderbilt University where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After medical school, she remained at Washington University to complete a residency in ophthalmology and fellowship training in glaucoma.

During her residency she was the 2003 recipient of the Pepose Young Investigator Award and the DUAG (Deutsche Uveitis-Arbeitsgemeinschaft) International Award in Clinical Uveitis in Berlin, Germany, for her research on inflammation in the eye. She received the Golden Apple Award for residency training during her fellowship..

Lydia enjoys spending time with her twin sons, Caleb and Taylor, as well as boating, hiking and making candles.

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▸   Dr. Nelson Reid, O.D.
   Optometric Physician/Contact Lens


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▸   Dr. Michael Roberson, M.D.
   Cornea and External Disease

Dr. Roberson grew up in Searcy, Ark. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College in Conway and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and completed his internship at University Hospital. He completed an Ophthalmology Basic Science Course at New York University Medical School in 1970 during his residency. He served his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, finishing in 1972.

He served in the USAF Medical Corps from 1972 to 1975. In 1975 he completed a fellowship in corneal and external eye disease at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Roberson is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the Arkansas Ophthalmological Society, and a member on the Board of the Arkansas Eye Bank and Laboratory. He and his wife, Sara, have two daughters and one son.

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