Dr. Patton

In the 9th grade he started telling everyone that he wanted to be an eye doctor. While his childhood dream might have been a little strange, it has definitely worked out for him, and his career has been quite successful so far.

Professional

David A. Patton, O.D. as a young boy may have told his teachers and parents he wanted to be an astronaut, fireman, or professional baseball player, but that soon changed. In the 9th grade he started telling everyone that he wanted to be an eye doctor. While his childhood dream might have been a little strange, it has definitely worked out for him, and his career has been quite successful so far. The practice he started together with Dr. Rhyne is still growing and he not only continues to see new patients, but has countless patients that have adopted him as their lifelong optometrist.

Dr. Patton may have decided early what he wanted to do, but still had a few things to accomplish first, such finishing high school. He graduated like everyone else and went off to college to fulfill his dream, and graduated in 1976 with a Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry (SCO). It was there at school that he met MW Rhyne, soon to be Dr. Rhyne, and they hatched a plan to start a practice together after graduating. He grew up in middle Tennessee, but Dr. Rhyne convinced him to come to East TN, and after working a very short time for another optometrist, the two of them ventured out on their own and have never looked back.

Outside of the Practice

Dr. Patton is married to his bride of over 35 years, Kathy. The two of them have 2 children, Becca and Ben, who have now been overshadowed by the 4 grandchildren… and growing. His daughter, Becca, is happily married and lives in Kansas City with her family. Dr. Patton is proud of her kids, Grayson, Neylan, and Brynlee. Dr. Patton’s son is still in Knoxville, and is also happily married with one child so far, Dekker. Dr. Patton still loves to be called Dad, but together with his wife Kathy, is now mostly known as Nana and Granddad.

Dr. Patton and Kathy were married at Powell First Baptist Church and are still active members there. Over the years Dr. Patton has taught many Sunday school classes, from 1st grade boys to high schoolers to adult classes. He has been involved in other ministries in the church and continues to serve where the Lord opens the door and where he is needed. His favorite ministry these days is helping with Camp Ba-Yo-Ca. This is a Christian camp and retreat for children, teenagers, pastors, etc. The camp is a ministry for many churches, and relies on volunteers to help keep the camp in good working order. For several years now, Dr. Patton usually spends his off day going to the camp to fix or work on something. He enjoys the projects and enjoys volunteering to benefit others.

In his spare time, Dr. Patton along with wife, Kathy, love to go to Kansas City to visit his daughter’s family and spend time with the grandkids. When here at home, he loves doing small projects or woodworking in his garage/workshop he affectionately calls “paradise” because he enjoys it so much. Whenever he is not spending time with his bride and has a rare day or evening free, he also loves to go fishing.