Jade Coats, O.D., is a native of Hot Springs, AR. Her interest in eye care started at a very young age, as she used to have a high prescription herself. Through mentorship of her hometown eye care provider, she decided to pursue a profession as an Optometrist. Her hard work in her early career paid off as an Honors Graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology. She then attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received several clinical awards. Jade has been recognized on state and national levels for scholarships, academic excellence, and giving back to the community.
Dr. Jade Coats has experience and training in ocular disease, primary care, perioperative care, contact lenses, pediatrics, and has worked closely with Ophthalmologists, Therapeutic Optometrists, and a Neuro-Optometrist. Dr. Coats has published articles related to ocular disease in Advanced Ocular Care, Review of Optometry, and Optometry Times. She is both an advisory board member and speaker for Shire pharmaceuticals, and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the AOA Political Action Committee, Arkansas Optometric Association, and Women in Optometry to name a few.
Jade serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Cancer Resources in NWA and has established a non-profit organization known as “Caton’s Cubs” that works in coordination with Arkansas Hospice. As an active member in SVOSH, she has helped to provide over 4,000 patients in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and Nicaragua with free eye exams and materials.
What is her favorite part about working with McDonald Eye Associates? She enjoys the family atmosphere and the ability to help patients with a wide range of eye care conditions. Interestingly, Jade is also married to an optometrist, Dr. Jeffrey Coats! You might catch Dr. Coats calling the hogs at a Razorback football game, traveling the world, or volunteering within the local community.