Dr. Jennifer Garner was raised in Houston working in her father's optometric practice while she was actively involved in the honors and music programs during middle school and high school. She graduated with honors from J. Frank Dobie High School. After she completed her pre-medical prerequisites early at Baylor University in three years, she was accepted into the doctoral program at the University of Houston College of Optometry where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Optometry. She held several leadership positions as a student in the University of Houston College of Optometry and was chosen to be the only National Student Intern at the American Optometric Association headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. While in optometry school, she was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society and is still a current professional member. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with her doctorate from the University of Missouri College of Optometry in 1994, Dr. Garner joined her father as an optometric partner in the family business. While in private practice for 26 years, Dr. Garner was elected by her optometric peers as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Harris County Optometric Society Inc., which is the largest regional optometric society in the state of Texas. She was selected as a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and was awarded the title of "America's Top Optometrists" from 2004-2006 by the Consumers Research Council of America.
Dr. Garner holds a therapeutic optometric license and was certified as an optometric glaucoma specialist by the University of Texas Medical School Department of Ophthalmology in Houston. She was also credentialed for laser co-management from the Zale Lipshy University Hospital at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Garner has participated in various pre-operative and post-operative refractive surgery FDA trials with the Slade and Baker Vision Center in Houston. She stays updated on the latest vision health advances by regularly attending continuing education conferences given by specialists around the country. Dr. Garner re-located to the North Texas area with her husband in 2006 where she has worked in three separate optometric practices before recently providing patient eyecare services again at Garner Vision Center during the weekdays.
Dr. B.J. Garner hailed from the Piney Woods of East Texas, graduating from Crockett High School. He was a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he played in the Longhorn Band and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. He also later graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry with both Bachelor and Doctor of Optometry degrees. He was a member of the adjunct faculty and was also a guest lecturer at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Garner held a therapeutic optometric license and was certified as an optometric glaucoma specialist by the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He served on the Pasadena Independent School District Board of Trustees for six years and was selected to preside as President after holding all of the offices on the Board. Later, Dr. Garner was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to a six year term on the Texas Optometry Board. During his time of civilian public service, Dr. Garner also had a military career. He served in both the United States Air Force Reserve and the Texas Air National Guard, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Dr. Garner and his wife Laura have two married daughters, Julie, a former missionary to Guatemala, and Jennifer, a Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Garner became a foundational rock in the Sagemont South Belt community as he actively participated in the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce as a Lifetime Charter Member and held several leadership positions on the Board of Directors. He was also a Charter Member and President of the South Belt Optimist Club and invested his time serving on the Optimist Scholarship Foundation of Southeast Texas Board of Directors, including the role of President. Dr. and Mrs. Garner are members of Sagemont Church in southeast Houston, where they have had an independent optometric practice for the past 44 years.