Our practice was founded in 1966 by Dr Gene Bates. Dr Bates operated his practice in a small house right on Friendly Avenue for years. Eventually he moved his office over to the Quaker Village Shopping Center and provided eye care to the community for over 35 years. In 2000, when Dr Bates was ready to retire and reduce his work schedule - Dr Wood bought the practice.
Drs. Sherman and Rhonda Thurmond moved to the Greensboro area in 1992 and operated an office at the former Carolina Circle Mall and another location on Friendly Avenue.
In 2001, Drs Wood and Thurmond decided it would be a great idea to merge their respective practices together in a manner to provide the best in eye care to the Guilford College community. In May 2012, we celebrated our 11th anniversary in our current facility!