Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Tamra (Tami) Soriano earned her undergraduate degree at Missouri State University. She then moved to St. Louis to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. She graduated with honors, received the Dean's award, and completed her 4 years as the valedictorian of her class. She also received the Kaplan Research Award and the Pediatric Award upon graduation from UMSL. Following graduation, Dr. Soriano worked for three years in St. Louis and briefly in Joplin before opening the doors of Carthage Eye Care in December of 1992. In 2011, she received the Athena Award from the Carthage Chamber of Commerce for being an outstanding example of compassion to women and children in need. Dr. Soriano is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Missouri Optometric Association.
Dr. Soriano has been married to her husband, Greg, for 32 years. Greg enjoys teaching at the radiology technology program at Missouri Southern State University. Dr. Soriano also has two daughters, Kailie and Torie. Kailie enjoys her career at the Leffen Center for Autism, working with children and their families through therapy sessions and integration into normal school atmospheres. Torie has followed in her mother's footsteps by becoming an optometrist, and joined Carthage Eye Care as an associate optometrist in June of 2017.
While Dr. Soriano loves her patients in Carthage, one of her most fulfilling passions is traveling overseas for medical mission trips. Dr. Soriano has been to Mexico, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Togo to provide eye exams for those who simply don't have access to medical care. These mission trips usually require a few helpers, so her family frequently joins her. Susan, our beloved office manager, has also accompanied Dr. Soriano on these trips, and has become a vital part of caring for our overseas patients.
In her down time, Dr. Soriano loves to travel with family and friends. Some of her favorite destinations include Kauai, Hawaii and North Captiva Island in Florida. Dr. Soriano also loves watching crime shows with her daughters and cooking.
Dr. Michelle Pyle earned her undergraduate degree at Missouri Southern State University, where she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at Indiana University School of Optometry in 2003, where she was an active member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society.
Dr. Pyle joined the Carthage Eye Care team in 2004. She has shown compassion, dedication, and expertise in the Carthage community ever since. Dr. Pyle was rewarded for her hard work when she was voted Carthage's Favorite Eye Doctor from the Carthage Press in 2012. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Missouri Optometric Association, and the Southwest Missouri Optometric Society.
In her time away from the office, Dr. Pyle enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryan, to whom she has been married to for 14 years. Bryan is a computer programmer at Leggett & Platt. The two keep themselves very busy with raising twin boys, Luke and Logan. Luke and Logan were born in March of 2014, and are happy, healthy, and growing toddlers! When they are not chasing their boys around, Dr. Pyle and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with friends, family, and their fur baby Gracey (their Maltese!).
Dr. Torie Soriano was raised in Carthage, Missouri and attended Carthage Senior High School. Being Dr. Tami Soriano's younger daughter, she spent many summers working at Carthage Eye Care as a patient care technician. Upon her high school graduation, she went on to earn her bachelor's degree at the University of Arkansas. It wasn't until her time in college when she traveled to Haiti with her mother for a mission trip that she found an interest in optometry. With this new goal in mind, Dr. Soriano graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2013 and moved on to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. She graduated as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society with special interest in pediatrics and specialty contact lens fitting.
Dr. Soriano joined Carthage Eye Care as an associate optometrist in June of 2017. She has enjoyed working with Dr. Tami Soriano and Dr. Pyle, as well as the rest of the staff, many of whom she has known for a very long time! She is a member of the InfantSee program, where she provides eye care screenings for infants 6-12 months of age. She also enjoys going to the nursing home to provide comprehensive eye exams, and highly values the relationships she has found with her patients there.
In her spare time, Dr. Soriano enjoys traveling with her family and friends, attending Arkansas Razorback games, hiking, and going on mission trips.