Dr. Bravard grew up in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. He graduated High School from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois and then attended the University of Illinois where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1966. Dr. Bravard then volunteered for service in the United States Marine Corps where he was trained as a helicopter pilot. Dr. Bravard flew six hundred combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded many military decorations including The Purple Heart and Air Medal with Bronze Star. After completing his service in the Marine Corps, Dr. Bravard attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating with honors in 1976.

Dr. Bravard has been practicing Optometry specializing in contact lens fitting continually for the past forty-two years. Dr. Bravard opened his first Optometry practice in Baton Rouge in 1976 and continued to practice Optometry in Louisiana until relocating his practice to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1991. Dr. Bravard has been at his present location in the Walmart at Bowman and Chenal since that location opened in 1994.

Dr. Bravard has been recognized by Walmart for “Exceptional Professionalism”, as “Doctor of the Region” and “Doctor of the Quarter.” In a 2012 polling by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Dr. Bravard was voted “Best of the Best” in the Optometry category. Dr. Bravard is a member of the Arkansas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Bravard is married to Dawn Bravard and has two sons, Steven, Jr. and Christian, who live in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Bravard enjoys camping and hiking with Dawn and his two Australian Shepherds, Louie and Spirit. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle to and from his lake house in Hot Springs, AR as well as attending various motorcycle rallies.