Peter E. Tencza, O.D.

Dr. Tencza graduated from Worthington High School and attended The Ohio State University. He received his doctorate from Illinois College of Optometry. After graduating from optometry school, Dr. Tencza was in private practice in Washington Court House until opening his current office in downtown Gahanna.

Dr. Tencza is a member of the Gahanna Rotary Club, Gahanna Chamber of Commerce, and lives in Jefferson Township with his wife Becky. They have two daughters, Amanda who is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Gwen who is an OB/GYN nurse in the Cincinnati area.

When not practricing optometry, Dr. Tencza is passionate about the upkeep and restoration of his vintage British cars and his collection of 50's, 60's, and early 70's arcade games. A 1954 United Shuffle Bowling Lane he dug out of a garage in Orville, Ohio is his favorite. A self proclaimed one hit wonder music buff, Dr. Tencza relaxes while spinning vinyl on his 1967 Wurlitzer Juke Box he rescued.

Along with local musician Mark Bringardner, he collaberated to write and record several songs including "Peter Pan Wonderland" to commemorate the birth of his first grandchild Ella, and "The Magic in Her Eyes", an anniversary song to his wife Becky.

E. Connor Smallwood, O.D.

Dr. Smallwood is a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, Vanderbilt University and The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He enjoyed varsity hockey and lacrosse while at Gahanna Lincoln in addition to the science academy with a health science focus. While at Vanderbilt he studied Neuroscience and Spanish, was involved in vision research, and played ice hockey.

Before optometry school he lived abroad in Nicaragua working for Manna Project International, a community development organization that gave him the opportunity to work in health clinics including the National Ophthalmology Hospital in Managua. He also taught in the public school system and enjoyed hiking volcanoes and surfing in the Pacific Ocean.

He enjoys managing dry eye issues, challenging contact lens cases, and pediatric eye exams. Dr. Smallwood spends his free time as an ice hockey referee, growing vegetables and flowers in his garden, and enjoys riding his bike. Spending time with his wonderful wife Amanda and their newborn baby girl round out his busy life!

"Just wanted to tell Dr. Smallwood that I enjoyed meeting him this morning. You never know what to expect from a new Doctor, but he did a great job! Very professional, but also friendly and comfortable to talk to. Thanks!!"

-J.W. Gahanna, Ohio

Our Philosophy

When Becky and I opened our practice in the Winter of 1993, our goal was to provide the community with a state of the art Optometric Practice. We were the first to offer comprehensive visual field analysis and an in-office laboratory capable of providing fast and economical eyeglasses to our patients.

We are proud to be the only Optometric practice in Olde Gahanna, and make it our duty to support other local small businesses that contribute to the local tax base. Our schools, our children, and our community rely on these funds to create a healthy and strong infrastructure.

As an advocate for health care reform, we have diligently tried to keep our fees resonable and below what other offices may charge for a comprehensive exam. We believe not having insurance is not a reason for choosing substandard care.

We will always look out for the best interest of our patients when deciding treatment, glasses, or contact lenses. There are always many options.

We have aligned ourselves and co-manage with the best cataract, glaucoma, and retinal surgeons in the area. If a referral is necessary, you will receive the highest quality care from our team of specialists.