Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Scott City Eye Center the leading provider of vision care products and services in Scott City.
Joshua J. Gooden, OD
Dr. Gooden was raised on a farm in Western Kansas near Scott City. He attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas for there years, but left Tabor a year early when he was accepted into optometry school in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Gooden graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in 1998. Upon graduation, he joined Dr. Terry Nelson in Oakley and subsequently bought the practice in January of 1999. Dr. Gooden is on many boards in his community. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Janeen, and their four children: Dexter Thomas, Parker John, Carter James and Tanner Jerrad. In his spare time, you might find him golfing or playing outside with his children.
Shellie Carter started with Dr. Gooden in April 2012 with the primary responsibilities of assisting with eye exams and operating the vision examination equipment. Carter previously worked in the restaurant business on a managerial level for several years, and also has her license in cosmetology. Carter’s love for working with people is what has drawn her to customer service-related positions, and the opportunity to interact daily with numerous clients is one of the best aspects of being a part of the Gooden team, she says. In her spare time she enjoys her two daughters, Kalacia and Kylan, and feels blessed to have a large number of close family members in Scott City. Shellie is a member and teacher at the First Christian Church and makes time for growth in her faith. Her love for running and reading adds finesse to the balance she loves about her life.
Originally from Scott City, Marsha Holloway is the backbone to the success of Dr. Gooden Optometry and the Scott City Eye Center. Holloway is responsible for numerous aspects of the business at all three of its locations, including billing, office administration, human resources and customer service. She has been a part of Dr. Gooden’s team since 2000, prior to which she was involved in business management and child care. She attended Garden City Community College, and describes her career path as one she “fell into,” but sincerely enjoys. Outside of the office, Holloway is an avid non-fiction reader, and loves spending as much time a possible with her eight grandchildren, all of whom live in Eastern Kansas.
As one of Dr. Gooden’s newer staff members, Alisha Pepper joined the team in November 2011. Before that, Pepper had spent several years providing healthcare and social services to disabled individuals in a number of capacities, including medical receptionist, case manager and finance manager. Originally from Lakin, Pepper has also lived in Garden City, Denver and Las Vegas. Pepper undertakes various duties at the Scott City Eye Center, but concentrates most heavily on frame adjusting, fitting and inventory. When not at work, she loves to read and is currently working towards a goal of reading all the great classics, including Pride and Prejudice, Withering Heights and Jane Eyre, among others. Pepper also loves to paint and draw, as well as spend time with her three children.
Kandi began working in Dr. Gooden’s office in March 2016. Kandi was raised in Scott City. She is married to Bill John, and together they have five children and four grandchildren. Before coming on board with Dr. Gooden, Kandi worked in healthcare and as an office assistant dealing with human resources and billing. Kandi has also worked as a CNA and an HHA. She has a passion for people and being able to interact with them and help in any way makes her happy. Outside of work, Kandi enjoys following her kids and grandkids in all their activities. She loves to watch sports, float in the pool with her grandkids, and go the lake to get away and do some fishing.
Laurel began working at the Scott City Eye Center as the receptionist in April of 2016. This is Laurel’s dream job, as she says she has the perfect work environment and super people to work with. This isn’t Laurel’s first experience as a front-desk receptionist; she worked at the Scott City Clinic for 18 years before retiring. She lived the retired life for a couple of years and decided she missed being around people quite a lot, so when the job at Scott City Eye Center opened up, she was really excited and is enjoying working again! Laurel has two grown children, one in Goddard and one in Denver. When they get together, they come home to Mom’s house. Laurel also has three grandchildren who are the light of her life. She never knew being a grandma could be so much fun! Laurel enjoys gardening and working in her yard, and she can be found outside enjoying her flowers all summer long…and of course keeping up with her two Yorkies who keep her company and keep things lively at her house.Save