Ross Johnson photo Dr. Kent Robertson cuts the ribbon for his grand opening welcoming the community to his new office.

Ross Johnson photo
Dr. Kent Robertson cuts the ribbon for his grand opening welcoming the community to his new office.

A longtime local eye doctor is expanding and upgrading his practice to keep pace with a growing Ely.

Born and raised in Ely, Dr. Kent Robertson graduated from White Pine High School in 1979. He then went on to college at Southern Utah State College and Brigham Young University, earning his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in 1989. He interned in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Santa Monica, California.

Robertson worked at the Indian Health Services Clinic on the Morongo Reservation in Banning, California, returning to Ely to work with his father, Dr. Donald Robertson, who retired in 2000.

After almost a quarter century in one spot, Robertson decided to move from his Murry Street location to a larger office at 1250 Great Basin Blvd. His new office is about 600 square feet larger than the last one.

About a dozen Ely locals, including Mayor Melody Van Camp and City Councilwoman Jolene Gardner, joined Robertson at the grand opening of his new office Dec. 17. He launched the new business site by cutting a large red ribbon spread across the front entrance.

“I wanted to keep the business progressing,” Robertson said. “It’s a way to grow. I’ve had a lot of people thank me for investing in the community and it encourages others to invest.”