Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are following the CDC guidelines to postpone routine vision care. We are available for emergency eye care needs, as well as to dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses. In some cases, our doctors may be able to assist patients via telemedicine. Please call 731-885-1049 for more details.

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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Union City Eye Care, pc the leading provider of vision care products and services in Union City.

Dr. Alan Bugg

Dr. Alan Bugg was born in Illinois and raised in Clinton, KY. After graduating from Hickman County High School, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and his Doctorate of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. While at SCO, Dr. Bugg received the William Feinbloom Award for Low Vision. He holds licenses to practice in both Tennessee and Kentucky and began his career in 1982 in his hometown of Clinton. He later opened an office in Union City, TN and in 2004, built a new office that is currently Union City Eye Care.

Dr. Bugg is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Low Vision, Sports Vision, and Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, the Kentucky Optometric Association, the Northwest TN Optometric Association, and the Vision Source National Optometrist Network. He is also a fellow of the Tennessee Academy of Optometry and a Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Optometry. In 2011, he was a member of the first group of optometrists in the United States to pass the examination to become board certified by the American Board of Optometry. Board certification is a voluntary process that establishes standards that demonstrate that the doctor of optometry is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a rigorous, voluntary commitment to lifelong learning. He has been an annual recipient of the Optometric Recognition Award since 1984 when the American Optometric Association first began presenting the award.

Dr. Bugg is married to Nancy and they have three sons: Brandon, a pharmacist, Bradley, an optometrist, and Britton, a graduate of the University of TN Martin. He attends Second Baptist Church and is a past member of the Union City Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club.

Dr. Bradley Bugg

Dr. Bradley Bugg grew up in Union City, TN and graduated as valedictorian of the Union City High School class of 2005.  He earned bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and cell and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee Martin in 2010, where he was a magna cum laude graduate, a University Scholar, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.  Dr. Bugg graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in May of 2014 where he was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society.

Dr. Bugg is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and the Vision Source National Optometrist Network.  The son of Dr. Alan Bugg and Nancy Bugg, he joined his father in practice at Union City Eye Care in 2014.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events and concerts, cooking, and watching movies.

Nancy Bugg

Nancy has been a full-time employee of Union City Eye Care since her retirement from teaching in 2005 from her alma mater, Union City High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and also taught in the Memphis City Schools. She is a past member of the Union City J’Cettes and the Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority.  As Union City Eye Care’s office manager, Nancy strives to ensure a smooth process throughout each patient’s visit to our office. She and her husband, Dr. Bugg, live in Union City, and enjoy traveling, sports, and spending time with their family.

Betsy Long

Betsy began her career in eye care with Dr. Bugg in 1982. Having been at Union City Eye Care since its inception, she has performed nearly all facets of the practice. She has the knowledge and experience to help patients in any area and to answer any questions they may have. Betsy has attended numerous seminars and insurance coding workshops during her tenure at UCEC. She grew up in Union City, graduated from Union City High School, and now calls Obion, TN home, along with her husband, Tim.  Betsy loves gardening, decorative painting, and tending to her cats.

Nina Crowell

Nina has been Union City Eye Care’s optical technician since 1990, and was in eye care for 4 years prior to coming to UCEC. She assists patients with personalized frame selection and helps them choose lenses to match their lifestyle and everyday needs. She handles optical inventory of frames and lenses, as well as dispensing, adjusting, repairs, and fabrication of many of the patient orders. Nina lives in Union City and has two sons, Corey and Dustin, who is married. A member of Calvary Baptist Church, Nina enjoys reading in her spare time.

Norma Lee

Norma has worked at Union City Eye Care since 1995. Her primary duties include scheduling appointments, answering patient questions when they call, and preparing patient records and insurance for their visits.  Norma is a native of Hickman, KY and currently resides in Troy, TN. She has a son, TJ, and two grandchildren, Mattie and Layla. In her free time, she enjoys reading, antiquing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Karen Walton

Karen was born in Arkansas and has worked in the optometric field since 2009 and with Union City Eye Care since 2012. She files vision insurance, assists patients with medical testing including visual fields and visual evoked potential, as well as helping with frame and lens selection and frame repairs and adjustments. Karen resides in Martin, TN with her husband, Mark and two daughters, Sarah and Maggie. She attends Martin First United Methodist Church and loves to read and spend time with her family.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah has been Union City Eye Care’s optometric technician and contact lens technician since 2014.  She joined the staff after having been a patient of Dr. Bugg from the age of 10.  Sarah administers pre-testing and medical testing including retinal imaging, pachymetry, tear osmoloarity testing, specular microscopy, and ocular coherence topography.  A graduate of South Fulton High School, she lives in South Fulton, TN with her husband, Eric and their children, Allie and Cooper.  Sarah and Eric enjoy Tennessee football, traveling, and simply watching their children grow.

Margaret Simmons

Margaret has worked in eye care since 2002 and joined the staff of Union City Eye Care in 2014. Her duties include scheduling appointments, assisting patients with frame and lens selection, and dispensing, adjusting, and repairing glasses.  A graduate of South Fulton High School, she lives in South Fulton, TN with her son, Dylan.  Margaret is a member of First Baptist Church in Fulton, KY and enjoys playing golf, spending time with her family, and watching Dylan play sports.