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G. Sherman Thurmond  II, OD

Dr. Sherman Thurmond is a native of Jacksonville, NC.  He attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington on a combined athletic and academic scholarship where he played varsity soccer.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honors.  He completed his medical training at the Southern College of Optometry in 1989 followed by a residency in Ocular Pathology. 

Dr. Thurmond and his wife started Thurmond Eye Associates in Greensboro in 1992 and merged that practice with Quaker Village Vision Center and Dr. Wood in 2001 when we moved to our current office location. 

He holds membership in the American Optometric Association, North Carolina State Optometric Society and Triad Optometric Society where he is a Past President.  Dr. Thurmond is an avid triathlete and competes across the Southeastern United States.  He enjoys scuba diving, hunting, boating, dirt bike riding and spending time with his 4 children.

 Craig Wood, OD

Dr. Wood is a native of Summerfield, NC.  He graduated from Northwest Guilford High School and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University.  He graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1997 with Honors. While at Indiana he earned membership in the International Optometric Honor Society Beta Sigma Kappa. Dr. Wood began private practice in 1997 in Kinston, NC and worked there for a year and a half before joining a practice in Madison, NC for 2 years.  In 2000, he purchased the optometric practice of Dr. Gene Bates located in the Guilford College area of Greensboro.

He has been active in the optometric profession having served as Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Optometry.  He has lectured to other doctors on eyecare and contact lens topics. He also has been a consultant to a Vistakon. Since 2004, he has been the optometric representative on the Guilford County Board of Health and served as its Vice Chair in 2007.  Dr. Wood has been a member of the American Optometric Association since 1994 and a member of the North Carolina State Optometric Society and Triad Optometric Society since 1998.   He is also a Member of Prevent Blindness of North Carolina.

Dr. Wood and his wife Jan have 2 children Mackenzie and Jacob, and are active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
 Rhonda S. Thurmond, OD

Dr. Rhonda Thurmond is originally from Kinston, NC.  She attended East Carolina University before receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry, where at age 23 she was the youngest graduate in school history.  She now practices part time and raises her 4 children.  She enjoys fitness training and interior design.
 Gene K. Bates, OD

Dr. Bates is originally from Murphy, NC.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Carolina University.  He completed his Doctor of Optometry requirements from Southern College of Optometry.  Though partly retired now, Dr. Bates has been in private practice in Greensboro since 1966.  Dr. Bates is active in the Greensboro Symphony and is involved with many civic activities.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association, North Carolina State Society and Triad Optometric Society, where he is a past president.


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