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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Underwood Optical the leading provider of vision care products and services in Cortez.


R. Duke Underwood,O.D,ABO

Dr. Underwood attended undergraduate studies at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and post graduate studies at the University of Nebraska. He attended Southern College of Optometry, and graduated May 1984 Culaude. He received awards Beta Sima Capa, Optometric Honor Fraternity, Gold Key International, Optometric Honor Society, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and Contact Lens Society. He received Advanced Ocular Treatment in 1994 and Advanced Ocular Therapy in 1997 from Pacific College of Optometry.

Dr. Underwood is Board certified Expanded Scope of Practice since 1998. In June of 1984 Dr. Underwood joined his father in practice and has owned the practice since 1994.








R. Tyler Underwood, O.D

Dr. R. Tyler Underwood attended undergraduate studies at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in International Rescue and Relief. He then attended Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale, Arizona where he completed externships specializing in fitting specialty contact lenses and treatment and management of ocular disease at Fort Defiance Indian Health Hospital and Earnest Childers Veterans Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa,Oklahoma.
​Dr. R. Tyler Underwood was born and raised in Cortez, Co and he has returned to join the practice with his father, and his father before him. Tyler enjoys spending his weekends with his family, 4-wheeling, hiking, fishing, and camping. He and his wife can be seen around town eating out at their favorite restaurants, and playing city league volleyball, softball, and flag football.

Kirk Underwood, Optician, ABO, NCLE

Sharon Underwood, Practice Manager

Lisa Clark Optometric Tech, Frame Stylist

Amanda Hunt, Optometric Tech,Contact lens Tech

Kym Hampton, Optometrich Tech, Frame Stylist

Holly Siote, Optometric Tech


Elvie Fernandez, Reception


Kimberly Wood, Reception 


Shacee Decker, Reception,Pre-testing,Contact lens tech


Kylee Suckla, Reception,Pre-testing