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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.

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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.”

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Erica Watts

Optician

“Hello, I’m Erica. I have been in the eye care field going on 3 years, started at a small practice in Charlotte and joined the AFEC team in February 2015. I live in Mount Holly with my husband and our beautiful daughter Addison. I enjoy working with the public and meeting familiar faces as well as new ones! I am happy to work for a great group of doctors and staff!”

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Kayla Hubbard

Optician

“Hi, my name is Kayla Hubbard. I joined the Advanced Family Eye Center team in June 2015. I enjoy working with the public and meeting new patients. I have worked in the medical field for about 9 years. I currently reside in Denver with my daughter.”

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Amy Kotek

Optometric Assistant

Hello, my name is Amy. I joined the AFEC team in February 2015 after taking several years off from the eye care field to stay home with my kids, Collin and Hanna. I enjoy working with patients and being a part of a great team.

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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.”

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Debbie Homce

Insurance Coordinator

“Hi, my name is Debbie. I joined this wonderful AFEC Team in November 2014. It has been a blessing for me to serve our patients in the Insurance department.”

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Heather Armstrong

Front Desk Associate/Insurance

“Hi, My name is Heather Armstrong, I am the first smiling face you see when you enter 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 10 year old son named Isaac. 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!”

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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.” jenniferburke@seeadvanced.com

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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.”

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Kristen Spainhour

Optometric Assistant

“Hi, my name is Kristen and AFEC welcomed me in November 2015. I am originally from Mocksville, NC but moved to Huntersville to be closer to my boyfriend’s career in Nascar Racing. I am excited to grow with the AFEC team and build relationships with patients each year!”

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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 a beautiful baby girl Hannah.”

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.”

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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!”

Stephanie McRary

Front Desk Associate

“Hello, my name is Stephanie. I recently joined the Advanced Family Eye Care team in April 2017. I completed my BA in psychology from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1999. I previously worked in the legal field over the last 11 years as a case manager/paralegal. I am extremely excited to be a part of such an amazing team!”

Cali Hawn

Optician

Angela Rinehart

Optician

Shelly Roy

Optometric Assistant