About Uptown Eyes
Uptown Eyes Mission Statement
Serving all of Northwest Arkansas, our mission is to provide exceptional and personalized eyecare services and curated customized eyewear for the needs and style of each individual.
Uptown Eyes is where elite eye care meets exclusive eyewear. Our goal is to promote optimal ocular health and wellness and provide precise spectacle and contact lens prescriptions and care plans for all your visual needs.
We strive to offer exclusive, customized, fashionable eyewear in a warm inviting environment to you and your friends and family. We carry eyewear from around the world, representing a global family of independent designers that center their lives on craftsmanship, fashion, technology, and community – just like us.
Megan Baureis, O.D.
Dr. Baureis is a graduate from the University of Arkansas here in Fayetteville with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science. She went on to attend The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she graduated Valedictorian and magna cum laude. She has had experience in primary care, contact lenses, ocular disease, and post-operative care. Dr. Baureis is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Arkansas Optometric Association as well as the Arkansas Alumni Association and Tri Delta Alumni Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Fayetteville, hosted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and has been accepted into the LEAD Program, hosted by the Arkansas Optometric Association. She and her family enjoy all the fun Razorback and outdoor activities Fayetteville has to offer. She and her husband, Joe, have two children, ten-year-old Luke and six-year-old Naomi. When not working at Uptown Eyes, she enjoys spending time with her family, boating on Beaver Lake, attending concerts and other local events such as Farmers’ Market, and traveling.
Holly Andersen, O.D.
Dr. Andersen grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelors in Biology. She was accepted to Northeastern State University of Oklahoma College of Optometry where she completed her Optometric Doctorate. Dr. Andersen continued her education and was accepted in the Primary Eye Care Residency program through NSUOCO with Fayetteville VAMC Eye Clinic. After completion of her residency, she continued working for the VA as a staff optometrist. Dr. Andersen then went onto work for McDonald Eye Associates as the Refractive Surgery Optometrist for five years. Dr. Andersen is a member of the American Optometric Association, Arkansas Optometric Association and the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians. When she is not working at Uptown Eyes, she enjoys spending time with her family. Dr. Andersen enjoys backpacking, running, painting, photography and traveling.
Samantha Harrod, Office Manager
Samantha grew up in Marvell, Arkansas where her love for fashion and design started early. She spent many afternoons in her grandparents’ department store, Davidson’s, dressing up in hats and shoes. Samantha graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Community Health Promotion. She began her Optical career in 2004 as an Optician and Buyer bringing both the sharp fashion sense she honed in her grandparents’ store and her interest in healthcare to the benefit of patients and customers. Samantha joined our team in January 2017 as our insurance and accounts receivable guru. When outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, cooking, and trying new culinary experiences.
Traci Wyatt, Licensed Optician
Traci is a licensed optician who has been successfully providing fashionable, exclusive frame options since 1991 in Fayetteville. Many of you were clients of hers from Eye Fashions and we welcome you to Uptown Eyes! We are so fortunate to have her expertise in frames, lenses, coatings and style here at Uptown Eyes. Traci graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis with her BS in Biology. She is licensed as an Optician in Arkansas. She is a member of the Opticians Association of Arkansas and Opticians Association of America. When not working at Uptown Eyes, she works with people who have low vision and spends time with her husband and two children.
Dana Jennings, Optician
Dana is an ABO certified optician that began her optical career in central Missouri in 2002. She joined the Uptown Eyes team in May of 2018 when her family relocated to NWA and enjoys helping others feel great in their eyewear. Dana and her husband, Doug, have three children and her family is looking forward to exploring all that NWA has to offer. In her time away from work, Dana enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies and trying out new craft projects.
Tessa Horn, Optometric Technician
Born and raised in the Ozark mountains, Tessa is passionate about adventuring in the outdoors. She is a wife and a mom to a 4-year-old boy and loves her very large immediate and extended family. In her free time, she plays guitar and sings in shows all around the area. Tessa enjoys meeting all kinds of new people. In her professional career, she has worked for ophthalmologists and optometrists for the past 13 years and finds great satisfaction in helping people.
Katelin Goates, Technician
After working in various healthcare and customer service positions over the past 10 years, Katelin enthusiastically began her career in the optometry field when she joined our team in February. She loves a good balance between working hard and enjoying all that her home state of Arkansas has to offer! Cooking, creating, being with family, friends, & her dog, all things to do with water & the Ozark mountains, and being at home nerding-out are some of the activities that spark joy for Katelin. She openly admits that she is obsessed with all things pigs, office supplies, cards, and personality quizzes. If Katelin can’t make you laugh or giggle a little, then no one can.
It doesn’t matter. For whatever reason brings you to Uptown Eyes, you will be well taken care of. Individual attentiveness first rate priority is their intent. From your first visit to more visits year after year, the familiarity you are in the best hands that have the best brands, cool frames, frames for purpose, frames for fun, it’s all at Uptown Eyes! Yes, I am a returning client because I prefer to shop where I will get the best fit, guidance, & professional advice to make the perfect selection of frames for me.