Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Robert F. Brooks, of Russell, and Jerald F. Combs, of Martin, to the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners.
Brooks is an optometrist and the owner of Brooks Eyecare Center in Ashland. He received a bachelor’s degree and doctor of optometry from the University of Houston. Brooks is a past president of the Kentucky Optometric Association and past vice president of the Kentucky Optometric Foundation. He serves on the board of the Greenup Business Association and is married to Anita Frazier-Brooks.
Combs is a self-employed optometrist. He received a bachelor’s degree in pre-medical science from Eastern Kentucky University and a doctor of optometry from University of Alabama-Birmingham. Combs is a member of the Eastern Kentucky Optometric Society, the Kentucky Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
Brooks and Combs are serving consecutive terms on the board.
The Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners is responsible for regulating the practice and licensure of optometry in Kentucky. The board grants initial licensure to qualified optometrists and oversees the annual renewal of licenses. The board also investigates complaints against practitioners and is responsible for imposing disciplinary sanctions against those who violate Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 320. The board promulgates regulations concerning professional and business practice standards, continuing education and licensure requirements.