Kristy, a North Carolina native, began her education at Duke University. She graduated in 2001 with Bachelor’s of Science degrees in both biology and psychology. After graduation, we each headed to the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, where we met.
While at SCO, Kristy received several merit-based scholarships and was editor-in-chief of the school’s yearbook.
We were both heavily involved in volunteering our time and skills as members of Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH). With the group, we participated in mission trips to Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, where we provided free eye care services to the locals who were unable to get proper care otherwise.
Optometry school sweethearts, we got married between taking exams in the summer of 2003 at Duke University chapel. We then performed internships at The Eye Center in Memphis, Tennessee, at the James H. Quillen VA Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, and with Columbus Eye Associates in Whiteville, North Carolina. We received our Doctorate of Optometry degrees in 2005.
After graduation in 2005, they moved to Fayetteville, NC to begin their professional careers.
Dr. Bryan practiced in a mixed surgical and primary care office. In addition to his duties as the staff optometrist, he served as Chief of both the Pediatric and Contact Lens Departments and also gained a tremendous amount of experience serving as a consultant for area optometrists on complex cases.