Meet Dr. West

Dr. Heather R. West

General Optometrist and Specialty Contact Lens Specialist


Growing up in Knoxville, Dr. West knew of and heard praises from patients of Dr. Patton. She recalls meeting Dr. Patton at a local optometrist meeting; “He sat beside me in the back of the room, introduced himself, and immediately made me laugh; I enjoyed his personality from the start”. Thankfully, the “stars aligned” and Dr. Heather West joined the practice in October 2018.

From a young age, Dr. West had a keen interest in the eyes because of her own eye condition, myopia. Pursuing her calling in life she graduated from Carson Newman University in 2005 and received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2009. Dr. West completed external rotations at Clayton Eye Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and with Dr. Steven Morris of Miami, Florida.

Dr. West practices primary eye care but also has particular interests in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses. She is currently pursuing her fellowship in the Scleral Contact Lens Society. Dr. West is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians.

Outside of the Practice

Dr. West is married to Joshua with two beautiful children. You will see her family at many local sports events including University of Tennessee softball. She enjoys serving her church on the praise team and choir. Dr. West loves volunteering her time helping others with nutrition and fitness, especially Crossfit.