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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical the leading provider of vision care products and services in Knoxville.

Travis Thompson, O.D.

Travis Thompson, O.D.Dr. Thompson was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. His family has lived in the Hardin Valley area since 1998, and he graduated from Karns High School in 2004. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Biochemistry in 2008. After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Thompson attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN and graduated in 2013. He enjoys diagnosing and managing ocular disease, fitting contact lenses and eyeglasses, and seeing pediatric patients. He is an active member in TAOP (TN association of Optometric Physicians), ETSOP (East TN society of Optometric Physicians), AOA, and a local BNI group. Dr. Thompson runs Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical alongside his wife, Dr. Catherine Abbott.

Outside of the office, Dr. Thompson enjoys playing golf, snow skiing, racquetball and most of all watching Tennessee sports. His family has had season tickets for many years, and he attends almost all of the football and basketball games.


Catherine Abbott, O.D.

Catherine Abbott, O.D.Dr. Catherine Abbott grew up in Salem, VA. She attended the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology before attending the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Following her graduation in 2013, she did a one-year residency at the Salem VA Medical Center. Dr. Abbott’s experience with various complicated cases, including a number of eye diseases, has made her a more well-rounded and compassionate doctor. Dr. Abbott partners with her husband, Dr. Travis Thompson in running Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical.

In her free time, Dr. Abbott enjoys spending time with her friends and family (including her dog, Barley). She enjoys hiking in the mountains of East Tennessee and reading new books through her book club.