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Meet The Optometrists

Dr. Ted Newman, Optometrist

Dr. Ted Newman was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He met the former Laura West of Indianapolis, Indiana to whom he was married before entering Optometry school. Dr. Newman received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Illinois State University. He then went on to obtain his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has three beautiful daughters, and 6 grandchildren.

Dr. Newman moved to Hartsville, SC in 1980 where he joined the practice of Dr. Howard Tucker. Dr. Newman is a member, and has held several administrative and teaching positions for St. Luke United Methodist Church. He has been a past member and held several offices for the Hartsville Jaycees. Dr. Newman served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the Hartsville United Way. He is a current member and past president of the Hartsville Rotary Club where he was also named a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year, and 10 Star Rotarian. Dr. Newman has served six years as a board member of the Hartsville Red Cross. He is also a current member of the national American Optometric Association. He is locally been a member and twice President of the Pee Dee Optometric Association. Dr. Newman was selected as one of America's top Optometrists in 2002-2003. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center since 1991. He has been Chairmen of that board from 1996 to the present day. Dr. Newman has enjoyed each and every day in Hartsville, and looks forward to treating the eyes of this wonderful city for many years to come.


Dr. Troy Alexander, Optometrist

Dr. Alexander is having somewhat of a homecoming returning to Hartsville after pursuing his formal optometric education in Boston, Massachusetts for the last four years. He is a 1998 graduate of Hartsville High School where he received varsity letters in both basketball and soccer. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Winthrop University, in 2002. In addition to earning his degree, he also played Division I soccer at Winthrop University for 3 years, forgoing his final season of eligibility to pursue his optometric degree.

Dr. Alexander ventured to Boston to get a Northern perspective and attended the New England College of Optometry, where he graduated in June of 2006. His clinical experience took him to Seidenburg Protzko in Baltimore, Maryland, Dorchester House Community Health Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the New England Eye Institute, Contact Lens Division in Boston, Massachusetts, Providence Veterans hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and the West Haven Veterans hospital in West Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Alexander has had extensive training in ocular disease management and primary eye care services. His clinical focus was in the area of low vision services which he spent time studying at the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation VA Hospital. He received intensive training there under the guidance of the well-published and nationally acclaimed Dr. Kara Gagnon, who serves as one of the VA's leaders in low vision services.

Dr. Alexander is married to Teresa O'Hare Alexander and they have a son named Wil.


Dr. Stephen Flowers, Optometrist       

Dr. Flowers joined Pee Dee Eye Associates on July 1, 2013.  He brings a new dimension to the practice by offering vision therapy for children with binocular vision problems.  He especially likes working with children but welcomes patients of all ages.

A native of Hartsville and graduate of Hartsville High School and Clemson University, Flowers received his degree in optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where he received the Southern Council of Optometrists Clinical Excellence Award, one of only six distinguished awards given out at graduation.

Flowers comes from a family of doctors, his father, Dr. Dargan Flowers, is a dentist in Hartsville.  He has a brother who is also a dentist and a sister who is in pharmacy school.

Dr. Flowers is married to the former Morgan Crawford.