Jennifer Mauney Smith, O.D. was born and raised in Yancey County. She graduated Appalachian State University with honors in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then went on to graduate Suma cum Laude from the University of Alabama, Birmingham with a Doctor of Optometry in 2005. She completed a residency in pediatric optometry and vision therapy in 2006. She enjoys providing full scope optometric care to people of all ages, with a particluar passion and personalized care for children's eye care and specialty contact lenses. She is happy to be "home" in the beautiful mountains of NC where she spends her free time hiking, playing in lakes and rivers with her husband and two daughters, and playing horn in the Toe River Chamber Ensemble. She is a member of BSK Optometric Honor Society and the American Optometric Association, and served on the board of directors of the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children and is an active member at Salem United Methodist church.