Dr. Beth Pyle-Smith always knew that she wanted to be a doctor. She had narrowed her choices down to marine biology or optometry, but ultimately she decided that she enjoyed helping people more than fish. (Good thing for us, yet she still has a fondness for tall ships.) She graduated from UC Riverside in 1989 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. She was accepted into optometry school before finishing her first week of her senior year in undergraduate studies. She attended the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, CA, graduating in 1993. She then moved to Phoenix, AZ where she worked for almost 8 years providing geriatric medical eye care. After a mission trip to Guatemala with Dr. Jim Frank, she then joined his practice in 2001. This opportunity allowed her to get back to her love of pediatric optometry. The practice relocated west to Avondale two years later and became Estrella Eye Care. It became a practice where we see infants to seniors, taking care of the whole family’s eye care needs. In 2013, she accomplished a major milestone and became Board Certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry. As of January 2017, she now owns Estrella Mountain Eye Care (formerly known as Estrella Eye Care). She loves seeing the patients that have been coming to the office for years and enjoys making new friends with the first timers. Her goal is make sure every patient sees the best they can, receive the best eye care, educate each patient about their eye concerns, and have fun in the process.
In addition to running a busy practice, she has been on the Executive Board of the Arizona Optometric Association since 2012 and is currently its President. And if you thought that wasn’t enough, she is happily married to her husband, Bill, for over 20 years who has supported her along this life’s journey. They have two great teen aged kids that are both busy in club swim, school, electronics and friends. They take care of her father-in-law who lives with them as well. They have two Dobermans and have a flock of hens and neither shall the two meet! And it she has any spare time, she will work on her family genealogy, can fruits and vegetables or play games on her iPad. One of these days, you might see her asleep at her desk…if so, just nod your head in understanding and toss a few coins in her vacation jar! She looks forward to what’s next on her journey and thanks for being part of the ride!