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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Smalling Eye Clinic the leading provider of vision care products and services in Warren.

Dr. Robert W. Smalling

Optometric Physician

Education
Doctor of Optometry: Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN-1974
Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology: Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR-1970
Additional Coursework
Graduate Work in Special Education (Learning Disabilities)- University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
Graduate Work in Diagnostic Pharmaceuticals- Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate Work in Therapeutic Pharmaceuticals- Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience
Private Practice, Smalling Eye Clinic, Warren, AR 1980-Present
Associate Practice, Park/Smalling Eye Clinic, Conway, AR 1976-1980
General Optometry, Ireland Army Hospital, Ft. Knox, KY 1974-1976

Licensure-Arkansas State Board of Optometry 
Drug Enforcement Agency Certificate, Narcotics 1998-Present
Optometric Physician License 1997-Present
Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent License 1987-1997
Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agent License 1979-1987
General License 1974-1979

Professional Organizations
American Optometric Association 1970-Present
Charter Member, Contact Lens Section 1982
Resolution Committee 1990
Delegate, House of Delegates 1981-1998
Optometric Recognition Award 1987
National Advisory Panel, Paraoptometric Section 1986-1989
Forty-Year Membership Award 2010
Nominee, National OD of the Year 2002
Career Promotion Committee 2003-2004

Arkansas Optemetric Association 1976-Present 
Board of Directors 1980-1989
President 1987-1988
Secretary-Treasurer 1981-1985
Acting Executive Director 1981-1982

Arkansas State Board of Optometry 1989-Present
Appointed by Gov. Bill Clinton 1989-1990
Reappointed by Gov. Bill Clinton 1990-1995
Reappointed by Gov. Jim Guy Tucker 1995-2000
Reappointed by Gov. Mike Huckabee 2000-2005
Reappointed by Gov. Mike Huckabee 2005-2010
Reappointed by Gov. Mike Beebe 2010-2015
Vice-President 1990-1995
President 1995-2004

Armed Forces Optomtric Association 1974-1976
National Board of Examiners in Optometry

State Board Part III Observer 1997
Part III Clinical Examiner 1998
Senior Clinical Examiner 1999

Association of Regulatory Boards in Optometry 
(Formerly Interntional Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry)
Convention Delegate 1990-2010
Resolution Committee 1991-1993
Judiciary Committee, Chairman 1992-1993
Nominating Committee 1993
Continuing Competency Committee 1993-1994
Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)
Committee Member 1994-2002
Charter Chairman 1994-1999
Course Reviewer 1996-Present
Board Liaison 2003-2005
Consultant 2005-2010
National Board Exam Review Committee (NBERC)
Member 2002
Board Liaison 2003
Ex official attendee 2006
International Committee 2000-2010
Industrial Relations Committee 2002-2006;2007-2010
Optometric Cometence Committee 2006-2009
Board of Directors 2002-2010
Secretary-Treasurer 2003-2004
Council on Endorsement and Licensure Mobility for Optometry (CELMO) Consultant 2002-2005
Strategic Planning Committee 2003, 2007
Vice President 2004-2005
Editor, Greensheet 2004-2005
Parliamentarian 2004-2005
President 2005-2006
Immediate Past President 2006-2007
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee 2007-2008

Federation of Associations Regulatory Boards (FARB) 
Board Member and Liaison from ARBO 2003-2010

American Academy of Optometry
Fellow candidate 2006-2007

Southern Council of Optometrists/SECO International
Acting Trustee 1987
Trustee 1991-1994
Executive Committee (Officer) 1995-2002
President 2000-2001
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee 2001
Liaison, WCO World Conference on Optometric Education-4th Session (WCOE4) 2002

Southwest Council of Optometry
Trustee 1995-1989
State Leaders Meeting, Chairman 1986-1988
Education Committee 1988-1993
Education Committee, Chairman 1988-1990

Accreditation Council for Optometric Education (ACOE)
Observer, Northeast Oklahoma State University 1998
Planning Committee 2004-2006
ARBO Liaison 2004-2006

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
ARBO Liaison 2006-2007

World Council of Optometry (WCO)
Attendee: 2000, Cape Town, SA; 2002 Atlanta (WCOE4); 2003 New Orleans; 2003 Dallas (Comptencies); 2004 Orlando (Globalization); 2006 Milan, IT (WCOE5) Lecture; 2007 Mexico City; 2008 London (WCOG2)
Licensure, Registration, & Standards Committee 2006-2008

Honors and Awards
Southern College of Optometry
Class President (2nd and 3rd year)
Phi Theta Upsilon Fraternity
Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities
Gold Key National Honor Society
SCO Ambassador 1996-1998
President’s Round Table 2003
Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
Board of Trustees 2005-2013

Arkansas State University
Collegiate Basketball Letter
Sigma Pi Fraternity
Outstanding Senior ROTC Cadet in Citizenship
Distinguished Military Student
Distinguished Military Graduate
Letterman’s Club
Alumni Association Board of Directors 1995-1997

Arkansas Optometric Association
Advocate of the Year, AR Paraoptometric Assn. 1983
Distinguished Service Award 1985
Special Service Award 1995
Optometrist of the Year 2001
Myron Shoffner Award of Excellence 2007

Recent Presentation Experience
“ARBO Update”, Southwest Council of Optometry State Leaders’ Meeting, Dallas, Texas March 17, 2005.
“ARBO-Why is that a Big Deal for Corporate Optometry”, Corporate Optometry Professional Advisory Panel Meeting, New York, NY March 11, 2005.
“COPE CE Administrators Training Workshops”,Facilitator; February 5, 2005 Scottsdale, AZ; February 25, 2005 Atlanta, GA; May 20, 2005 Las Vegas, NV; June 25, 2005 Dallas, TX.
“Licensure and Regulation: Continuing Education and Continuing Competency”, AOA Summit 1, Dallas, TX August 10, 2005.
“Introduction to ARBO”, CIba/ARBO Leadership Meeting, Duluth, GA September 23, 2005.
“ARBO Update”, Southwest Council of Optometry State Leaders’ Meeting, Dallas, Texas March 11, 2006.
“Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry: Model of Continuing Education and Continuing Compentency”, World Conference of Optometric Education-Fifth Session (WCOE5), Milan, Italy May 5, 2006.
“ARBO Update”, Southwest Council of Optometry State Leaders’ Meeting, Dallas, Texas March 9, 2008.

Civic Organizations

Conway Kiwanis Club
Member 1976-1980

Warren Rotary Club
Member 1981-Present
President 1985-1986
Paul Harris Fellow 1992
Distinguished Community Service Award 2008

Warren YMCA
Board of Directors 1985-1995
President 1988

Bradley County Chamber of Commerce
Member 1981-Present
President 1985

Warren Planning Commission
Member 1989-2006
Chairman 1994-2006

Warren Board of Adjustments and Appeals
Member 1994-2006

Bradley County Board of Equalization
Member 2009-2012

Delta Counseling Associates
Board of Directors 1982-1987
Distinguished Community Service Award 1987
Hermitage Lions Club
Humanitarian Award 1988

Bradley County Industrial Development Corporation
Board of Directors 1996-1999, 2001-2004, 2005-2008, 2009-2012
Treasurer 1996-1997

American Legion
Member 2002-Present
Commander 2003-2006

Church
First United Methodist Church, Warren
Member 1981-Present
Chairman, Council on Ministries 1985
Chairman, Administrative Board 1993-1994
Chancel Choir 1992-Present
Chairman, Stewardship 2000-2001
Pastor-Parish Relations Committee 2002-2004
Finance Committee 2006-2008
Southeast District, Nominating Committee 2007-2010
Southeast District, Board of Ordained Ministry 2011-2014

Personal Information
Date of Birth: July 7, 1948, Eldorado, AR
Spouse: Jan Wulfekuuhler Smalling, Retired Elementary Teacher/Vision Therapist
Children: Mark Smalling, Angela Jones, Laurie Smalling, and seven grandchildren
Home Address: 409 North Bradley Road, Warren, AR 71671
Interests: Family, Travel, Golf, College Sports

Smalling Eye Clinic Staff

Sarah Clements – Office Manager

Leanna Kimbrell – Lab Tech

Ana Alor – Paraoptometric

Christin Thomason – Paraoptometric