OUR Natchitoches OPTOMETRIC TEAM
We offer a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages - all with personalized attention and a smile. In our eye care office, every patient is treated warmly. Individualized attention is the foundation of our care, to ensure that your eyes remain healthy. We're dedicated to optimizing your vision!
Meet The Eye Doctors At Family Eye Care
Dr. Keator holds a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana Tech University and an Optometric Doctor degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Keator was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force before entering private practice in Natchitoches in 1979. Dr. Keator and his wife Marian are the parents of Amanda, Todd, and Bryan. They are also the proud grandparents of six. They are members of Trinity Episcopal Church where he is a former Vestry member. He is a former director on the board of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce and the Natchitoches Country Club. Keator has also spent time as a member of the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation Board and is a past member of the Louisiana Optometry Board of Examiners.
Dr. Wardell is married to the former Melissa Kay Yocum. They are members of Robeline First Baptist Church. Dr. Wardell is a former board member of the Natchitoches Area Jaycees and the Northwestern State Athletic Association. He is a former president of the Natchitoches Lions Club. Dr. Wardell is a graduate of Northwestern State University where he received a bachelor of science in biology with an emphasis in microbiology. Dr. Wardell was pitcher for the NSU baseball team from 1996 to 2000. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.
Dr. Mitchell was raised in Zachary (close to Baton Rouge), Louisiana. She graduated with a B.S. here at Northwestern State and later went on to attend optometry school at Oklahoma College of Optometry. She recently completed her ocular disease residency at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dr. Mitchell is recently married (as of 6/2019) to Jeremy Mitchell who is proudly serving in the National Guard. In her spare time, Dr. Mitchell loves playing with her 6-year-old dog Ace, who is an Australian Shepherd. She also loves binge watching shows on Netflix! The Mitchell’s are proud New Orleans Saints fans!
Dr. Ezelle was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. She graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and is a 2020 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She completed two externship rotations during her fourth year of optometry school - one located in Magee, MS where she gained experience treating a variety of ocular diseases in a rural setting and the others at Willis Knighton Eye Institute in Shreveport where she learned to manage many cataract and refractive surgery patients. Her favorite part of the eye is the retina and she is fascinated with how ocular signs can give insight into one's overall systemic health. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends, try her hand at cooking and baking, and catch up on old episodes of Survivor! Ultimately, Optometry is Dr. Ezelle's calling, and she is incredibly thankful and blessed that the Lord led her to such a wonderful career field.