About Us

We are a full scope Optometric Practice dedicated to providing the highest quality vision care to children and adults in a friendly, comfortable and professional atmosphere.

Because your eyes have to last your entire life, we strive to achieve the best results for patients every day. This was the vision Dr. Kevin G. Brooks had when he founded Gulf Coast Optometry in 2005 in 2005 with 3 offices in Florida. Since then, our team has experienced remarkable growth and has acquired 50+ offices in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. This growth inspired our new name, Global Care Optometry. Our independent optometric offices are located inside select Eyeglass World and Walmart Vision Centers, where we currently provide exceptional care for our patients.

Global Care Optometry has an outstanding Executive Team constantly working to ensure our Optometrists have everything they need to care for all of our patients. Our doctors will consult with each individual patient to form a tailored treatment plan for their vision. We are excited about our vision and the direction Global Care Optometry is heading and we hope you will entrust us with your precious sense of sight.

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Dr. Kevin Brooks

Dr. Kevin G. Brooks

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Kevin Brooks has 26 years of Optometric experience and has been the President and CEO of Global Care Optometry since 2005, holding licenses in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Dr. Brooks was raised in South Dakota and has lived in Florida since 2005. When he is not spending time with his 3 children, he enjoys golf and traveling.

Dr. Brooks holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Dakota and a Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois School of Optometry


Joe Shaffer, MBA

Director of Business Development

Joe joined our team in 2019 as the Business Development Manager and was instrumental in building our recruiting team, which he now leads as Director of Business Development.  A recognized leader, Joe also oversees the growth, and strategic development of our sister company, Partners Insight, throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Global Care Optometry, Joe served in a variety of positions throughout his career.  He has had the opportunity to work and teach at the collegiate level, startups to working with Fortune 500 companies.

When he is not in the office, Joe enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.

Joe earned a Master of Business Administration from South University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University.

You can contact Joe at jshaffer@gcoeyes.com

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Scott M Tholl, CPPM, CPCS, CPM

Director of Billing Operations

As Director of Billing Operations for Global Care Optometry, Scott brings over 20 years of Billing and Operational experience to our team. 

No matter the size of the challenge in front of him, Scott excels at identifying and developing processes to improve operational functionality and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) efficiency, including new software and procedural rollouts, staff education, data gathering and analysis, and all other RCM related functionality. 

In his free time, Scott enjoys watching sports and movies while spending time with his wife and daughter.  

Scott holds the following professional certifications: CPPM (Certified Physician Practice Manager), CPCS (Certified Professional Credentialing Specialist) and CPM (Certified Practice Manager)

You can contact Scott at stholl@gcoeyes.com 

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