Arthur "Reggie" Dampier, OD '97, was recently appointed to SCO's Board of Trustees. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Dampier owns Ridgeland Eyecare Center in Jackson. He served as president of the Mississippi Optometric Association in 2012 and was his state's Young OD of the Year in 2007.
Dr. Dampier graduated from Xavier University New Orleans in 1992 and went on to SCO in Memphis where he received his Doctorate of Optometry in 1997. Following graduation, Dr. Dampier started a private practice in West Point, MS. After 3 years of practice, he realized the importance of practicing where he wanted to live, so he moved back to his hometown of Jackson, MS, and started a commercial practice at Wal-Mart. He grew his independent commercial practice over the next 7 years. The practice grew to serving over 4000 pts yearly and Dr. Dampier was named Wal-Mart Doctor of the Year in MS in his time there. In 2008, realized his dream of private practice and built Ridgeland Eyecare Center, a 3600 sq ft building in metro Jackson, MS. He was named one of America's Top Optometrists by the Consumer Research Council of America for 2004-2005. In 2007, the MOA recognized Dr. Dampier as the Young O.D. of the Year for the state. In 2008 he was elected secretary-treasurer of the Mississippi Optometry Association and was installed at the 2012 summer convention as president of the Mississippi Optometry Association. He was also chosen as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Dr. Dampier was also recognized as the James Brownlee O.D. of the Year for MS in 2015 and was nominated for O.D. of the Year for the South at SECO that year. He has served as the Past President of the MS NOA and the MS Vision Foundation. He currently serves Secretary-Treasurer/Vice Chair of the MS State Board Of Optometry and he is in his second term. Dr. Dampier is currently President and Director of Ridgeland Eyecare Center, Inc. in Ridgeland, MS. Ridgeland Eyecare has one associate doctor and employs 10 full-time staff. REC is focused mostly on primary care optometry with an emphasis on specialty contacts, co-managing LASIK patients and high-end eyewear.