Dr. Jackie Tyra received her Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Biology with a chemistry minor from the College of William and Mary in 2015. She then received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis: College of Optometry in 2019, graduating as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
During optometry school, she was a student member of the American Academy of Optometry, the National Optometry Association, the Missouri Optometric Foundation, and the American Optometric Association. In 2016, she was awarded the F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and was commissioned as a United States Army Officer.
Upon her graduation, she was awarded the Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care. Following her graduation from optometry school, Dr. Tyra served on Active Duty in the U.S. Army as an optometrist at Fort Benning, GA, providing care to Service members and their families on a routine and emergency basis. During her training, she completed rotations at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Hospital, Scott Air Force Base, and other private practice settings.
She has a wide breadth of knowledge and skill, including glaucoma, pediatrics, ocular disease, dry eye disease, and more. Dr. Tyra is a current member of the American Optometric Association and Armed Forces Optometric Society. She continues to serve our country in the United States Army Reserves and is dedicated to providing exceptional and compassionate care to all of her patients.