Dr. Speakman has been practicing comprehensive ophthalmology at West Georgia Eye Care Center since 1991. He moved back to Columbus after leaving in 1971.
Dr. Speakman is a Columbus native, a heritage claimed by only one other doctor at West Georgia Eye Care Center. He was educated through the excellent public school system, attending Edgewood Elementary, Richards Junior High, and Hardaway High School. He graduated Magna cum Laude and left Columbus to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he received the Ty Cobb academic scholarship and played varsity baseball.
After graduating from veterinary college at the University of Georgia and practicing veterinary medicine for several years, Dr. Speakman returned to medical school, completing his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in ophthalmology at the same institution.
Dr. Speakman enjoys practicing comprehensive ophthalmology, managing a wide variety of eye problems, including glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. He performs numerous surgical procedures including refractive lens exchange, cataract, and glaucoma lasers. He served as Chief of Surgery at Doctors Hospital for four years, and Chief of Ophthalmology at The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital for one year each. He is the past treasurer for the Ambulatory Surgical Center of Columbus, and is on staff at local hospitals.
Dr. Speakman has been married to Charlene for over 40 years, has two children, a daughter-in-law and numerous cats. He enjoys activities with his family, is addicted to senior league softball, playing on the West Georgia Eye Care senior softball team in Columbus, and also on a traveling softball tournament team, the Georgia Alabama Seniors (the GAS team for short). He also enjoys playing in golf tournaments with the Georgia Senior Golfers Association, and enjoys other spectator sports. He was recently asked to join the Atlanta Astros, an over-53 baseball team slated to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Meyers, Florida this November (2016). He and his wife are active members of Christ Community Church. Dr. Speakman considers it a pleasure to practice and serve in the community where he grew up.