Meet the Team

What is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

A veterinary ophthalmologist is a doctor who has completed four years of undergraduate studies, four years of veterinary school, at least one year of internship, a three year accredited residency in ophthalmology, and has successfully passed the extremely difficult examination administered by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Following all of this, the individual becomes board-certified in ophthalmology and gains the title of Diplomate. This training program prepares the doctor to be an expert in both the medical and surgical treatment of ophthalmic diseases of all animals.

DR. JOSEPH GERDING, DVM

DR. JOSEPH GERDING, DVM

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)

Dr. Gerding was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing as a family veterinarian, he returned to NCSU to complete a prestigious ophthalmology residency. Dr. Gerding successfully passed his specialty board examination on the first attempt to earn his Diplomate status in ophthalmology. Dr. Gerding has been published in numerous scientific journals on the subjects of general ophthalmology and equine ophthalmology. After practicing as a senior ophthalmologist in New York City, Dr. Gerding is happy to return home to North Carolina.

Dr. Gerding is highly trained in all aspects of canine, feline, and equine ophthalmology, as well as a special interest in exotic animal ophthalmology. He enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends in his spare time. He shares his home with two Jack Russell Terriers and a French Bulldog.

DR. JAY HARRINGTON, DVM

DR. JAY HARRINGTON, DVM

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)

Dr. Harrington is originally from a small town in Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, he completed an esteemed one-year internship at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a three-year ophthalmology residency at the same institution. During his residency, Dr. Harrington published many journal articles on the subjects of cataracts and laser therapy for glaucoma. Dr. Harrington successfully passed his specialty board examination immediately following his residency to earn his Diplomate status in ophthalmology. After practicing as a veterinary ophthalmologist in Brooklyn, New York, for four years, Dr. Harrington is excited to be back in North Carolina and provide his services to your pets.

Professionally, Dr. Harrington is interested in all aspects of ophthalmology, especially cataract surgery, corneal disease, and management of glaucoma. He also has a passion for equine ophthalmology. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities (such as running) and spending time with his family and friends.

DR. BRADLEY GRAHAM, DVM, MS

DR. BRADLEY GRAHAM, DVM, MS

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)

Dr. Graham was born and raised near Great Falls, Montana. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and completed veterinary school at Colorado State University. Following a 1-year equine internship and 2 years in equine field service, he was accepted into the ophthalmology residency program at Colorado State University. Dr. Graham has been practicing veterinary ophthalmology in Colorado since 2004. He has conducted research in dry eye syndrome and has written journal articles and two book chapters. In 2020, he and his family moved to North Carolina to be near his wife’s family. He has always enjoyed his visits to North Carolina over the years and is excited to be living here.

Dr. Graham enjoys all aspects of veterinary ophthalmology in all species. He loves to help patients and their families through difficult situations. When he is not at the clinic, Dr. Graham enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors of North Carolina. He also enjoys baking bread.

Meet Our Staff

Our staff is committed to improving the overall quality of your pet’s life through the best practices in veterinary ophthalmology!

Veterinary Nurses

Haley Fields

Supervisor, RVT

Haley's Bio

Haley lives in Gastonia, NC, and has been with Animal Eye Clinic since 2016. She graduated from Gaston Community College in 2013 with her degree in veterinary medical technology and became nationally licensed as a registered veterinary technician. She has spent the last eight years working in specialty medicine and has experience working in internal medicine, surgery, ICU, and ophthalmology. Haley has a strong passion for ophthalmology and horses. You will find her spending time with her horses, Razz and Hope, and her family outside of work.

Ally Peroni

BS
Ally's Bio

Ally is originally from North East Ohio and moved down south for higher education. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in animal science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, in 2011. Ally has over ten years of experience working with animals and a multitude of knowledge from emergency medicine, orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, and now ophthalmology. Ally enjoys anesthesia and high-quality patient care. When not working, she is occupied with a plethora of pets at home that includes dogs (Monkee, Boogji, Oliver, Kirby), cats (Aspen and Braille), snakes (Steve, Jeffery), a leopard gecko (Tofu), fish, and even a pink toe tarantula (Lucifer). Other hobbies include spending time with her boyfriend James, vegan cooking, and going to the gym.

Lisa Jones

RVT
Lisa's Bio

Lisa graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute in Colorado and became a registered veterinary technician in 1995. She then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and worked in general practice for two years. In 1997, Lisa began her career in veterinary ophthalmology. She has spent the last 23 years in ophthalmology practices and has worked with several different ophthalmologists over the years. Lisa joined the Animal Eye Clinic team in 2017. Her pets include a golden retriever, a yellow lab, a chihuahua, and a cat. She lives in Union County with her husband and her teenage son.

Kimberly Williams

 

Kimberly's Bio

Kimberly has been in the veterinary field for eight years. Initially starting in general medicine, Kimberly found a deep interest in ophthalmology. She is currently obtaining her veterinary technician degree. During her free time, you can find her at home with her five dogs; Charlie, Lexi, Phoebe, Rosco, and Flora. She also enjoys horseback riding, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with friends.

Jill Nanney

 

Jill's Bio

Jill graduated from Charlotte School of Radiology at Charlotte Medical Hospital in 1986. She became a licensed veterinary technician in South Carolina in 1990. Jill has been in the ophthalmology field for 25 years and also has experience in emergency medicine. She has been a member of Groomers of America for 27 years. Jill enjoys cooking for her friends and family, horseback riding, traveling, 4-wheeling, and most of all, spending time with her husband, Bryan, and their four dogs.

Jen Palumbo

RVT
Jen's Bio

Jen has been in the veterinary field for 24 years. She graduated in 2003 with her Associate’s Degree in applied science and nationally licensed as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has spent the last 22 years in general practice while also working in emergency medicine for four years. Jen wanted to branch out and continue to expand her knowledge in the veterinary field, leading her to specialty medicine for the past two years. Jen lives in Belmont, NC, with her partner and has six dogs and three cats. She enjoys being with friends and family, going to the beach, kayaking during the summer, and camping.

Jessica Power

RVT

Jessica's Bio

Coming soon!

Jessica Neese

LVT
Jessica's Bio

Jessica joined Animal Eye Clinic part-time in December 2018. She has 13 years of experience in the veterinary field and has been a licensed veterinary technician since December 2018. Jessica lives in Lexington, SC with her husband and 2 children. They have a pit bull, Riley, and two cats, Lily & Sam. She enjoys spending time with family and horseback riding in her free time.

Client Care Specialists

Becca Gay

Supervisor
Becca's Bio

Becca has been part of the Animal Eye Clinic family since June 2017. She started her veterinary medicine career in 2006, where she quickly found her passion for helping animals. She is the mother of two, a boy and a girl. Becca’s family also includes two fur babies, Poppy, a 4-year-old boxer mix, and Wally, a 1-year old hound mix. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, as well as baking gourmet cupcakes.

Emily Worsham

 

Emily's Bio

Emily joined our work family in 2020. She was raised on a farm in a small Moravian town. Before she entered elementary school, you could find her trailing after her large animal vet, offering any assistance that she could provide. She started her professional career in veterinary medicine in 2013. She has worked in emergency medicine, general practice, dentistry, and now ophthalmology. When Emily is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, beloved Pit Bull, and three cats. Her favorite hobby is vegan baking.

Veterinary Assistants

Hailey Byrd

 

Hailey's Bio

Hailey was originally an architecture student but found a passion for veterinary medicine. Growing up on a farm in upstate New York, she knew she would always have animals in her life somehow. Beginning her career at an emergency hospital, Hailey ventured off into ophthalmology, where she found a love for eye surgery. When Hailey is not at work, you can find her somewhere outside with her dog Tuck, at home working on DIY projects and hanging out with her cat, Fern.

Management

Autumn Edwards

Office Manager

Autumn's Bio

Autumn was born and raised in Concord, NC. She attended UNC Charlotte where she studied Medical Administration. She has been in the veterinary field for almost 10 years, having worked in both general practice and specialty and emergency hospitals. Autumn has always had a passion for working with animals and has managed to combine her love for them and medical administration here at Animal Eye Clinic. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her partner, Michael and daughter Ava, spoiling their rescued fur babies (Orson, Panda, Zebra and DC) and exploring the city.