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The Staff

We believe in building a foundation of trust by treating all of our patients with respect. We want your visit to be a positive and pleasant experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the excellent, personalized eye care and service you deserve.


Briana Pettit

Office Manager

"I'm originally from Statesville, North Carolina. I went to the University of NC at Charlotte where I studied Anthropology. I worked for Easter Seals UCP for 8 years where I worked with individuals with both mental and physical disabilities. I recently joined the Advanced Eye Care family as Office Manager and I'm excited to be part of this wonderful practice. I currently live in Mooresville with my two dogs Oliver and Olivia."


Ashley Neesmith

Front Desk Associate

"Hey I'm Ashley NeeSmith, I've been a patient with Advanced Family Eye Care since 2004. I started working at Advanced Family Eye Care in August of 2014. I love to help patients with their vision needs. I was born and raised here in Denver, NC and I'm excited to be apart of hardworking place that cares about their patients such as Advanced Family Eye Care."


Lacie Ricardo

Front Desk/ Specialty Testing

Hi, my name is Lacie. I joined the AFEC team in October 2015. I completed my Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting in 2013. I have worked in optometry for the last three years. My husband, Ken, and I live in the area and have two beautiful children.


Jennifer Wright

I am originally from western New York where I attended Hilbert College and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  There I worked in sales and as an executive assistant before moving to North Carolina in 2008 with my husband Kevin, daughter Taylor and son Cole.   I enjoy being part of the AFEC family and this great community.


Jennifer Burke

Optometric Assistant

"Hello, my name is Jennifer Burke. I have been an optometric assistant since 2008, but recently joined the Advanced Family Eye Care team in December 2011. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know our patients from year to year. I’m so grateful to have joined such a wonderful team. My husband and I reside in Catawba and enjoy raising our beautiful daughter, Taylor."


Nealy Woodring

Optometric Assistant

"Hi, my name is Nealy. I was born and raised right here in Denver. I have been a patient of AFEC since 2005. I worked at Caremor Family Pharmacy for the past 8 years as a pharmacy tech. I joined the amazing team of AFEC in July 2012. My husband and I are proud parents of 2 adorable little boys, Dalton and Hunter. I look forward to being a part of the clinical team and seeing old faces as well as meeting new ones!"


Del Brendle


"I’m a Licensed NC Optician and have been in the business for 18 years. I’m married with two children. I love my rewarding career helping people see the beauty in their lives!"


Angela Rinehart


Hi, my name is Angela. My husband and I reside in Iron Station with our son. I have been part of the AFEC team since April, 2017. I've been working in the Eye Care field for 4 years now and I really enjoy it! I love working with people and getting to know the patients at this practice.

Elizabeth Wilson

Business Administrator

"Hello, I'm Elizabeth. I have been with Advanced Family Eye Care since the doors opened. I am involved with all aspects of the office. I enjoy seeing and getting to know our patients from year to year. It is great to be involved with a profession that can positively impact the lives of so many people of every age."


Juli Thomas

Insurance Coordinator

"I moved to the Denver area from Virginia and have been with AFEC since May 2005. I have a varied background on the clerical side of the medical field and currently take care of our patient insurance and billing."


Heather Armstrong

Front Desk Associate/Insurance

Hi, My name is Heather Armstrong, I work as a Billing Coordinator at Advanced Family Eye Care. I joined the team in June of 2014, and I am so excited to be part of the Advanced Eye Care family. My husband and I reside here in Denver and we have a son named Isaac, who enjoys playing baseball. We spend most of our free time traveling to watch him play ball! I am a native of Charlotte and received my bachelors degree in Political Science in 2004 from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I enjoy living here in Denver and enjoy seeing familiar faces!