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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Oakmont Eyecare the leading provider of vision care products and services in Cleveland.

Dr. Walter F. Peterson, Practice Owner

Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Lakeview High School, Six Lakes, Michigan and Central Michigan University. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degrees from the Southern College of Optometry.

He is a member and past President of the Tennessee Optometric Association and Tennessee Academy of Optometry. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association.

He and his wife Barbara, have one son, Blake and three daughters, Linda, Brenda and Donna. They are also the proud Grandparents of eleven grandchildren. Dr. Peterson is the past President of the Cleveland Kiwanis Club and past Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky-Tennessee District 3 Kiwanis. He enjoys cattle farming and is the past President of the First Lutheran Church.

Dr. Blake Peterson, OD

Dr. Peterson is a 1976 graduate of Bradley Central High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree in 1985 from Southern College of Optometry. His internship from 1984-1985 was at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee and OMNI Eye services at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dr. Blake Peterson was past president of the Tennessee Academy of Optometry. He is also a member of the Tennessee Optometric Society and a founding member of the American Optometric Society.

His wife, Paula is a Physical Therapist and they have a son, Nicholas and a daughter Kate.

Dr. Peterson is a member and past President of the Cleveland Kiwanis Club. He has also served in several positions in the local Boy Scouts of America and in his church, First Lutheran of Cleveland.

Dr. Kari Hudson, OD

Dr. Kari (Klemm) Hudson graduated from Notre Dame High School and from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a William E. Brock Scholar before attending the Southern College of Optometry, where she received her doctorate of optometry in 1996. She completed two internships – one with emphasis on primary care optometry with extensive exposure to contact lens fitting and related pathology and another with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease.

Dr. Hudson has been active member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and the West Tennessee Optometric Association, serving as vice president and president of the latter between 1997-2002. She has served on the Health Products Research Contact Lens Panel, the TLC Laser Center of Memphis Advisory Board, and the Omni Eye Services of Memphis Advisory Board. In 2005 Dr. Hudson was honored as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the Memphis Business Journal. The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation named her the National Volunteer of the Year Award in 2000. She is a provider for the InfantSEE program, providing free eye examines to children under 12 months of age. She has served as a volunteer for Vision USA, the Gift of Sight Program, the Lions Club, the Ronald McDonald House, and has gone on 2 mission trips to Costa Rica to provide free eye exams and glasses. In 2019 Dr. Hudson was selected as one of Chattanooga’s Women of Distinction, an award which honors women based on their civic, cultural, philanthropic, human service, environmental and professional contributions to our community.

Dr. Hudson is married to Jay, who is CEO/Realtor with Jay Hudson Homes-Keller Williams Realty. They have two precious daughters.


Meet Our Staff!

Beth-Practice Manager

Linda-Licensed Optician

Tina-Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Whitney-Licensed Optician

Meagan-Front Desk

Darlene-Insurance Clerk

Barton-Lab Assistant