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Twin brothers practice medicine

Brent and Bruce Fry are used to being mixed up by friends, acquaintances and patients.

The identical twin brothers, raised in Farragut, both practice medicine in the West Knoxville area.

“I run across people at least once a week who will either know him personally or are his patients, and they’ll think I’m him. And he does the same with me and my patients,” Brent said.

“A lot of times it’s in passing at a ballgame or the grocery store or something, so it’s kind of difficult to explain that I’m not him … but you have to throw it out there or people just think you’re rude,” he added.

Bruce explained that he often sees patients only for injections, or for a short time.

“If someone sees me in public and says ‘Hey, Dr. Fry’ … I kind of wonder if this person is a patient of mine or someone who knows Brent,” Bruce said.

“I kind of just realize that if it’s someone who knows Brent, to just act cordial and not have them have to stop and say, ‘What?’” he added.

Brent, an optometrist, owns Premier Eyecare in Farragut. Bruce, who has a degree in physical medicine and rehabilitation, works at Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic and specializes in interventional spine treatment.

“From when I was little, I was always interested in becoming a physician of some sort … it just seemed like a good fit for me,” Brent said.

“I decided optometry was something that would be really up my alley. Optometry really has a lot to do with physics because of optics and everything,” he added.

Bruce Fry felt a similar calling into medicine.

“Well … going into medicine is something I’ve always wanted to do, even since I was young,” he said.

“I became more interested in med school … actually, I had some problems with my back in high school; it actually kept me from playing football for a year.

“That was a spine problem, and I deal with the spine now. I think that was one thing that kind of steered me toward that area,” he added.

Bruce graduated from Kansas City Medical School and trained in Denver, Colo., and Columbus, Ohio.

“I’ll tell you in just one short sentence that once you go away from Knoxville ... you want to come back,” he said about returning to Knoxville.

Brent graduated from Lipscomb University, attended optometry school and then practiced in Franklin, Tenn. for four years. He returned to open his own practice, Premier Eyecare, in 2002.

“Because of growing up here, opening up a practice from scratch, it just seemed to make sense to go where I knew more people,” Brent said.

“I think Knoxville is a great place to raise a family … it’s so close to the mountains and East Tennessee is just a great place to be,” he added.

Both Fry brothers are married, and each has a son and a daughter. Both also attend Hardin Valley Church of Christ.


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