After traveling the world helping to provide eye care to those in need, one Providence-native is coming home again and hopes to be able to provide the same services to the people she grew up with.

Dr. Jennifer Martin Lane, a native of Providence and 1995 graduate of Webster County High School, recently joined the staff of The Eyecare Center in Princeton, where she is currently accepting new patients.

After graduating from WCHS, Lane her Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors from Brescia University in Owensboro in 1999, then graduated with her Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, IN in 2004. While at IU, she participated in Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, where she provided eye care to the people of Guanajuato, Mexico. Following her graduation, Lane joined the Army Reserve, and has served in Kosovo, Fort Hood, TX and on medical missions to Panama and Belize.

“I never intended to travel so much, but the military has had a hand in sending me several places, which made me love traveling,” Lane said. “So now I look for reasons to go somewhere new!”

In 2013 she was named the Armed Forces Optometric Association Reserve Optometrist of the Year.

Lane is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in her 14th year with the Army Reserves and currently serves as Command Optometry Consultant for the 807th Medical Command Deployment & Support (MCDS) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In private practice she has worked in Louisville, KY; New Holstein, WI; Fort Campbell, KY; and, most recently, the Clarksville Eye Clinic in Clarksville, TN.

Lane and her husband plan to return to the area following his upcoming retirement from the military, after a 26 year career. The pair have a five-year-old son.

She is the daughter of Clarence “Junior” Martin and Patricia Martin of Providence, and she has one brother, Rob Martin, also of Providence.

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069.