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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.

The Little Rock Eye Clinic physicians practice at multiple locations.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment or refer a patient to the appropriate physician’s office location.


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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.

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▸   Dr. Susan Blair, M.D.
   Cornea Specialist/Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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After graduating valedictorian from Smackover High School in southern Arkansas, Dr. Blair initially pursued pre-veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State until she switched to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she changed majors and received an associate degree in nursing.  She then worked as a nurse while completing a bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Fayetteville and then a medical degree from UAMS.  As an honor bestowed by her peers in medical school, she was awarded the Winston K. Shorey Award, which is given to the medical school senior who most fully demonstrates the qualities of an ideal physician.  She was also elected to the honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa in college and Alpha Omega Alpha in medical school.  Dr. Blair then completed her ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and went on to do further specialty fellowship training in Cornea and External Disease at the University of Texas, Southwestern, in Dallas.

Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Blair was fortunate to return back to her native state of Arkansas where she has been in practice for nearly 25 years, first in her own practice at Pleasant Valley Ophthalmology and then at Little Rock Eye Clinic in their West office location.  While her main interest is in the medical treatment of cornea diseases and dry eyes, she also maintains a busy general ophthalmology practice of routine exams for glasses and contact lens (including difficult contact lens fits) and evaluation/medical treatment of diseases of the eyes, including glaucoma and diabetic eye exams.  She also does certain lasers of the eye, including laser vision correction.  While she no longer does cataract and cornea out-patient surgery, she manages both the pre-operative and post-operative care of these conditions.

She has been selected or been a finalist of the Best of the Best Award for Ophthalmology in Central Arkansas for 3 different years.  She is a board certified member of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Blair finds it a joy to be able to improve a patient’s quality of life by improving or maintaining their vision.  She recently had a heart’s desire to be a mom come to pass with the adoption of her daughter, Sophia, from Bulgaria.  She has donated her time and resources to local outreach programs that provide ophthalmic care to those without means to access eye care.  Her faith is the foundation of her life and she enjoys attending Fellowship Bible Church, as well as her hobbies of traveling, photography, tea tasting, outdoor activities, developing friendships with international students through International Friendship Outreach and spending fun time with Sophia.

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▸   Dr. Tiffany Brown, O.D.
   Optometric Physician/Contact Lens

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Dr. Tiffany Brown is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas graduating from North Pulaski High School. She attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Shortly, thereafter, she obtained her Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. After completing her undergraduate and Master’s degrees, Dr. Brown went on to receive her Doctor’s degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Externship opportunities were experienced at three locations, Lake City Veterans Hospital in Lake City, Florida, Little Rock Eye Clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, and The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Brown specializes in primary care optometry with emphasis in contact lenses and ocular disease.
When she has time, Dr. Brown enjoys hiking, painting, traveling, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends.

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▸   Dr. John Russell Burks, M.D.
   Comprehensive Ophthalmologist

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Dr. Burks was born in North Little Rock and grew up in Sherwood and Cabot.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  He then completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  Dr. Burks then went on to complete his internship and residency in ophthalmology in Oklahoma City where he trained at the renowned Dean McGee Eye Institute.

Dr. Burks practices comprehensive ophthalmology and provides medical and surgical care for a variety of eye conditions.  He specializes in cataract surgery and is also trained in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.

Dr. Burks is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Arkansas Ophthalmological Society, and the Arkansas Medical Society.

He lives in central Arkansas with his wife, Ashley, who is a hospital pharmacist.  They enjoy spending time outdoors together with their dog, Samson.  In his spare time, Dr. Burks enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing, running, playing golf, and being outdoors.

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▸   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. Jennifer Doyle, M.D.
   Neuro-Ophthalmology

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 joined 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.

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

Dr. Hall 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. Hall 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. 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.

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▸   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.
   Glaucoma

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. R. Grant Morshedi, M.D.
   Glaucoma

Dr. R. Grant Morshedi

Dr. R. Grant Morshedi

Dr. Morshedi is a board-certified ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist.  A native Arkansan, he graduated magna cum laude from Hendrix College in Conway with a BA in Chemistry.  He then received his medical degree from UAMS College of Medicine, receiving both the prestigious Roberts and Buchanan Key awards.  He completed an internship in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, followed by an ophthalmology residency at the renowned John Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah.  He then completed a fellowship in glaucoma and advanced anterior segment surgery at the John Moran Eye Center.

Dr. Morshedi’s clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of glaucoma and cataracts, as well as complex anterior segment surgery.  He also maintains an active interest in international ophthalmology, having completed educational and surgical mission trips to Nepal, Ghana, and Micronesia.

Dr. Morshedi is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

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▸   Dr. Andrew Perin, M.D.
   Glaucoma

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Dr. Perin is a board-certified ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended The University of Texas at Austin, earning a BS in Mathematics as part of the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program and graduating with high honors. He then received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he graduated with honors and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society by his peers and to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), followed by an ophthalmology residency at Jones Eye Institute at UAMS. During residency, Dr. Perin was selected as Resident of the Year and given the Academic Achievement Award and the Raymond and Mary Morris Ophthalmology Resident Award for recognition of accomplished research. After a year in practice at Jones Eye Institute with a focus in glaucoma, Dr. Perin completed a fellowship in Glaucoma at the prestigious Duke Eye Center. At Duke, he gained experience treating patients with complex eye disease requiring multispecialty care. During fellowship, he learned a wide variety of surgical techniques for management of glaucoma and how to tailor his treatment approach to each individual patient.

Dr. Perin is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and the Arkansas Ophthalmological Society. He lives in Little Rock with his wife, Becca, and son, Max.

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▸   Dr. Severin Pouly, M.D.
   Cornea and Refractive Surgery

After graduating from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2012, Dr. Pouly completed a residency in ophthalmology in 2016, and a cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery fellowship at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in 2017.

He is excited to be moving closer to family, who live in North Little Rock, and joining the Little Rock Eye Clinic on August 1, 2017.  As a cornea transplant, cataract, and refractive surgeon, he is able to provide comprehensive treatment for diseases of the surface of the eye including diseases such as keratoconus, Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy, and post-cataract corneal swelling.  In addition, he has extensive experience performing routine and complex cases involving cataracts and the lens of the eye, astigmatism management, as well as ocular surface tumors such as pterygium, or ocular surface cancers.  He trained at one of the United States’ premier programs for cornea transplantation as well as refractive surgery, and has extensive experience in thoroughly evaluating and performing both routine and complex refractive surgeries such as LASIK and PRK surgery.

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▸   Dr. Nelson Reid, O.D.
   Optometric Physician/Contact Lens - Retired April 2019

 

Dr. Nelson Van Reid

Dr. Nelson Van Reid

Nelson Van Reid, O.D.  “Van”Nelson Van Reid, O.D.  “Van”

Born 11-04-1952, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Lifelong resident Sheridan, Arkansas

Graduated Sheridan High School, Sheridan, Arkansas 1971

Graduated Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas 1975

Graduated Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee 1979

I worked  in  my  private  practice In Sheridan from 1979-2003, sold it and worked  for W. Brent Hall  at  Hall  Eyecare  Associates  in  Pine Bluff  from2003-2014. I  moved to  Little Rock  in 2014, and was subsequently offered a  position  at  Little  Rock  Eye Clinic West  in  2014, due  to  two doctor’s retiring.

I am very glad to have been offered this position and am currently working at  building my patient base, fitting specialty contact lenses and formulating unique  glasses prescriptions.

In addition to my profession I am an extremely avid bicyclist, kayaker and hiker. I also do volunteer work at my church, St. Luke’s Episcopal and through the three bicycling clubs to which I belong.

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▸   Dr. Michael Roberson, M.D.
   Cornea and External Disease - Retired February 2018

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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▸   Dr. William Wooten, O.D.
   Optometric Physician/Contact Lens

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Dr. William Wooten grew up not too far from Little Rock, in the neighboring town of Conway. After graduating from Conway Christian High School, he went on to attend Ouachita Baptist University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Wooten received his doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He completed externships at both Hall Eye Care in Pine Bluff, AR and Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta, GA during his time in school. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Arkansas Optometric Association. Dr. Wooten specializes in primary care optometry with emphasis in ocular disease and contact lenses.

Dr. Wooten and his wife, Dr. Laura Wooten, live in Conway and are happy to be able to call Central Arkansas home once again. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and their beloved pug, Winston. He also enjoys playing tennis and the bass guitar at his local church.

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