Franklin-Altman Eye Care invites Dr. Tom Roberson aboard
Dr. Tom Roberson, an icon of eye care for years in Wilson County, is coming out of retirement and seeing patients again, this time at Franklin-Altman Eye Care in Mt. Juliet.
“I’ve had a number of requests from my patients to continue seeing them,” says Roberson, who has been longtime friends with optometrist Jon Franklin. He and Franklin hatched the idea of his enlisting with the practice and teaming with Franklin and his partner in optometry, Dr. Brad Altman.
Franklin says it is simply a matter of listening to the market. “He’s had people saying, ‘Where are you?’ So there’s a demand for Tom Roberson and we’re happy to meet that demand.”
The optometrists go way back. Franklin bought his practice from Roberson in 1994. “He’s been a mentor for me,” says the younger Franklin.
Roberson grew up in Detroit before settling in Wilson County after attending the Southern School of Optometry in Memphis. He practiced in Lebanon for many years at the Eye Center.
The father of three and grandfather of two is an avid motorcyclist and an amateur photographer. He owns a Harley Fat Bob that he and his wife, Carol, ride together, and a Harley chopper made by a custom shop in Hendersonville. He also raises horses and llamas on his 20-acre farm. “Lawn ornaments” is what he calls his llamas.
He recently went on a medical mission trip to Haiti. “I looked at 3,000 eyes in the middle of nowhere.” He plans to return.
A Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, he flies the flag of his unit in front of his house.
Patients who have spent a little time with the gentleman farmer notice his high level of energy and self-deprecating sense of humor.
Joining Franklin-Altman Eye Care, says Roberson, makes sense. “I think it’s a win-win. Franklin-Altman incorporates the same philosophy that I believe in as far as treating the patients, putting the patient’s interest above all.”
Roberson says he wants people to know that he’s ready to re-connect with old friends, his former patients. “I’m still available. And I’m looking forward to seeing my friends and delivering their eye care from Franklin-Altman Eye Care in Mt. Juliet.”
Franklin is pleased that Roberson is joining the practice that he and Altman have shared for the past decade.
“He’ll fit into the mix here,” Franklin says. “His level of patient attention matches ours.”