Meet Our Team

At Heber Springs Eye Care Center, our staff is friendly and professional. Our commitment is to provide exceptional customer service to all of our Heber Springs patients. We take pride in our personalized care and strive to spend the necessary time with each patient to ensure a comfortable experience.

Our Heber Springs optometry professionals are passionate about providing high-quality care to our family of patients. We focus on providing comprehensive eye exams, a large selection of fashionable eyewear, and the best possible vision care. Come in today to meet our Heber Springs staff and make an appointment.

Optometrist

Dr. Joseph Sugg

Dr. Joe Sugg is a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas and has lived and practiced in Heber Springs since 2009.  He graduated from Arkansas State University with honors in 2005 with a degree in Biological Sciences while also playing on the baseball team.  He graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee with honors in 2009 with his Doctorate of Optometry.  Dr. Sugg earned multiple awards recognizing outstanding clinical performance while in optometry school.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.  He started his career at Heber Springs Eye Care Center in 2009.  In 2013, Dr. Sugg received the “Young O.D. of the Year Award” presented by the Arkansas Optometric Association.  In 2015, Dr. Sugg and the staff at Heber Springs Eye Care Center received a “Practice of Excellence Award” presented by the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry.  He currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Arkansas Optometric Association as well as on various committees within the Association. He has previously served on the Exhibits Committee for SECO International, and he currently serves on the Industry Relations Committee for the American Optometric Association. He participates in the Brandon Burlsworth Eyes of a Champion program and also helps provide eye exams at the Arkansas Special Olympics. He is a past president of the Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce and is a current member of the Heber Springs Future Fund. Dr. Sugg is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs. He and his wife Ali own KSUG 101.9 The Lake radio station in Heber Springs. They have two children, Spencer and Sydney. Dr. Sugg enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, watching football, getting out on the lake, and helping coach his kids’ sports teams.

Optometrist

Dr. Cody Pigott

We are excited to welcome Dr. Cody Pigott! Cody is a native of Monticello, Arkansas, where he graduated high school in 2014. He then attended Arkansas State University, where he met his wife, Chloe.

Cody and Chloe were married shortly after attaining their degrees in Biology from ASU in 2018. Chloe went on to earn her doctorate in physical therapy, with which she graduated in 2021. After working for a year in private practice, she is excited to use her training and experience to care for the people of Heber Springs as she begins work at Ivy Physical Therapy.

After graduating from ASU, Cody attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He participated in various clubs and activities, including the Optometric Private Practice Club and Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, through which he attended medical missions abroad. In addition to education and training at the school, he gained clinical experience in modes of practice centered on optimal refractive correction including glasses and contact lenses. He also received extensive training in disease diagnosis and treatment, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy, inflammatory disease, macular degeneration, and more.

Cody and Chloe are excited to provide personalized healthcare to the residents of Heber Springs, but they are also eager to get involved in the community. They are small town people at heart, and are pleased to call Heber Springs their new home. They have recently purchased a home in town and are anxious to begin their residence and service in the community.

Cody and Chloe love to spend time outdoors and with their black lab, Duke. Cody enjoys hunting and fishing, and Chloe spends much of her free time running. They are active members of their church in Memphis, and will be looking to join a local congregation.

“We are so grateful for this opportunity. We cannot wait to serve the people of Heber Springs and make this community our home!”

Dr. Joe Sugg states “I am very excited about Cody and Chloe coming to our practice and community. They are an awesome young couple who are anxious to get involved in the community. They will both be excellent additions to the local healthcare system. Cody spent a lot of time as a child coming to Heber Springs and spending time on the Little Red River, so he’s very excited about settling down in this area. I couldn’t be happier to have them both coming to our community.”

Office Manager

Lauren Thompson, CPOC

Clinical Coordinator

Sarah Mays, CPO

Patient Experience Coordinator

Morgan Brown

Optician

Cara Smith

Technician

Alyssa Mills, CPO

Patient Accounts

Tracy Hodges

Optician

Kirsten Miller

Technician

Sydney Meli

Optician

Madi Fluharty

Technician

Teigha Hall