After growing up in Ponca City, Dr. Emily Bussey married her high school sweetheart, Jason. They have four daughters: Marielle, Vivian, Lucia and Corinne. While not at work, Dr. Bussey spends most of her free time with her family, crafting, and cooking from scratch.
Before becoming a mom and business owner, Dr. Emily Bussey graduated from Oklahoma State University and the Southern College of Optometry. She later ventured to Bartlesville in 2010 where she purchased a 25-year-old practice from Dr. Jerry Carter. This practice was then transformed into the steppingstones of the Bussey Eyecare Center we know and love today. Dr. Bussey envisions a practice where ALL members of the family are taken care of, from infants to the elderly. She believes that her work allows her to change lives every day. “I absolutely love my job – what could be more rewarding than helping people see and enjoy the world around them?
Dr. Caitlyn Mefford became interested in eyecare after her younger brother was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and she saw how significantly it affected his eyes. She began studying the eyes and realized how connected the eyes are to the whole body and how many systemic diseases manifest in the eyes. This led her in optometry school to an interest in ocular disease treatment and management, especially in the geriatric population. She is thankful to be able to go work every day and not only help people see but also encourage them to live healthier lives.
While in optometry school at the Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Dr. Mefford represented her school nationally as the American Optometric Student Association Trustee. She graduated summa cum laude and was named one of the top clinicians of her class. She also is a long time resident and graduate of Nowata High School, and of Northeastern State University.
She married her high school sweetheart, Austin, in 2017 and has since moved back to the country close to where they both grew up. In her free time, Mefford and her husband like to hike, kayak and hang with their pup, Ella. Dr. Mefford is excited to be serving the population of people she grew up around!
Dr. Judson Chevalier was born and raised in West Texas in which he completed his undergraduate studies there before moving to Oklahoma. Drawn to the beautiful small town of Tahlequah, he attended optometry school at Northeastern State University and then completed an additional year of residency training in ocular disease and refractive surgery in Tulsa at Triad Eye Institute. Dr. Chevalier decided to stick around after he met and married an Oklahoma girl (and classmate), Caitlin, who is also an Optometrist. The couple have two beautiful girls, Briar and Macy. Dr. Chevalier enjoys spending time outdoors, going on mission trips, and chasing his little girl around! Dr. Chevalier specializes in contact lens fitting, ocular disease, and pediatric eye care. He is so passionate about pediatric care that he created a Myopia Control Program in 2021. This program has assisted over 23 children slow the progression of nearsightedness.