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Our Eye Doctors

Our doctors are committed to exceeding your expectations by providing you with exceptional eye care. We go above and beyond to ensure that we address all of your eye care concerns. We take pride in giving you the best service and care possible. Our goal is to far surpass any expectation and earn your loyalty for life. We hope that you will place your trust in us at Advanced Family Eye Care.

Meet our doctors:

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Amanda Barker-Assell, O.D.

Optometric Physician

Dr. Barker-Assell, a North Carolina native, completed her B.S. degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then her Doctorate of Optometry at The UAB School of Optometry in Alabama. She received internship training in ocular disease at Northern Navajo Medical Center in New Mexico and in Charlotte, NC. She is a dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Denver/Lake Norman through which she received the honor “Rotarian of the Year” in 2006. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Piedmont Optometric Society. She practices full-scope optometry for all ages, with a specialty emphasis in pediatric eye care. Dr. Barker also has a special interest in optometric mission work, and she is fluent in Spanish.

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Amy Sugarman Sweeney, O.D.

Optometric Physician

Dr. Amy Sugarman Sweeney relocated back to North Carolina after completing her optometric training in Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science with a minor in Nutrition. She then attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where she received extensive training in primary eye care, ocular disease and contact lenses. In her spare time, Dr. Sweeney enjoys yoga, reading and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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J. Michael Assell, O.D.

Optometric Physician

Dr. Assell completed his B.S. degree at Auburn University and then his Doctorate of Optometry at UAB School of Optometry. He received internship training in specialty contact lenses at Hoover Eye Care in Alabama and in ocular disease at Northern Navajo Medical Center in New Mexico. He then opened Advanced Family Eye Care in Denver, NC in 2004 with his wife and partner Dr. Amanda L. Barker-Assell. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, NC State Optometric Society, and Denver Rotary Club. His interests include mission work, Auburn Tigers football, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and son.

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Kimberly Z. Hoyle, O.D.

Optometric Physician

Dr. Hoyle was born and raised in Bay Village, Ohio, located just west of Cleveland. She completed her B.S. degree in Biochemistry at North Carolina State University and then her Doctorate of Optometry at The Ohio State University. She received her internship training in ocular disease at the Veterans Hospital in Salisbury, NC. Dr. Hoyle relocated to the Denver area in June 2009 after spending her first three years of practice in Cary, NC. She practices full-scope optometry for all ages. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the North Carolina State Optometric Society. Hobbies include watching Ohio State and NC State football and spending time with her wonderful husband and beautiful twin daughter and son.

Sandra Farnham, O.D.

Optometric Physician

Dr. Farnham grew up in a small town outside of Erie, PA. She completed her undergraduate degree (B.S. in nursing) at Mercyhurst College in Erie. She re-located to sunny North Carolina where she worked as a cardiothoracic nurse. She then went to Indiana University to obtain a Doctorate in Optometry, which including training in ocular disease for six months at Bascom Palmer in Miami.

Dr. Farnham is a fellow with the American Academy of Optometry and a member of The American Optometric Association and Piedmont Optometric Society. She serves on the board of The Department of Health and Human Service in Gastonia, and the Child Fatality Protection Team and Community Child Protection Team in Gastonia. She enjoys practicing full-scope medical optometry for all ages, with a special love of behavior optometry in the pediatric population. During her leisure time she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and 3 children.