Dr. Atkins was born in Marlette, Michigan in 1957. As a child, he helped on his family farm. He spent many summers up in a hot hay loft stacking bales of hay. Dr. Atkins has a good understanding of what it means to be a farmer and the importance of hard work. Later in 1966, his parents started Atkins Insurance Agency in Marlette.
Early on, Dr. Atkins knew that he wanted to become an optometrist. He was Salutatorian of his high school graduating class, went on to Ferris State University, followed by graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL in 1982.
Straight out of graduate school, Dr. Atkins struck out on his own and opened his own practice in Sebewaing, MI in 1982. The following year, he bought a practice from a retiring doctor in Bad Axe, MI and opened his second office. He practiced in both locations until 2003, when situations beyond his control made it difficult to continue private practice. He opted to become an independent contractor for a store chain, thinking that this would be his answer to retiring staff. After four long years, he realized that patients were associating him with the less-than-quality work at the store and realized it was time to go back into private practice. He still had the building in Bad Axe and reopened December 3, 2007.
Dr. Atkins enjoys connecting with his patients. He has been an avid hunter and fisherman. He has three children and over the last year has had the pleasure in have two grandsons born to him. He knows and understands small-town life and went to ICO (Illinois College of Optometry) in Chicago for his graduate work, so he knows and understand big-city living. Dr. Atkins is a do-it-yourself man and you can find him in the middle of any project here at the office, whether its putting on a new roof or moving dirt (one shovel-full at a time) for our landscaping.
He takes his time with you in your exam and will explain to you in detail his findings. He also answers all of your questions in a way that is easy to understand. He is kind and gentle with all of his patients, including toddlers, the elderly, and the mentally disabled.