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.



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.



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.



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

Lisa, 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'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.


Katie, RVT

Katie's Bio
Katie has been in veterinary medicine since 2001. Her love of animals, especially cats, led her to Colorado where she graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in 2006. Katie has always enjoyed specialty medicine and spent many years in Dermatology, Pharmacy, and now Ophthalmology. She recently relocated to Charlotte with her husband Matt and their two cats. In her free time, Katie enjoys watching the Denver Nuggets, attending concerts and musicals, and visiting her home state of California.


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, 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.


Michele's Bio

Michele was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has worked in the veterinary field since 2000. She started her veterinary career in shelter medicine and general practice and moved to south Florida to work in ophthalmology in 2012. Michele has also worked in cardiology and ICU, but her primary passion is ophthalmology. She moved to the Charlotte area in November 2021 after her husband accepted a job transfer. Michele enjoys traveling and hiking and spending time with her husband Jeff and their three cats and a box turtle.


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.

Jessica, RVT

Jessica's Bio

Originally from Florida, Jessica moved to North Carolina in 2013, where she attended Gaston College University. There she graduated with her Associate Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Jessica became a member of the Animal Eye Clinic family back in 2019 and, shortly after, became a new mom. She now spends her free time chasing her toddler and spending time with her family. Jessica also has two dogs, an American bully and a chihuahua, a cat named Becky, and a hamster named Jelly Bean.

Veterinary Assistants


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.



Brian's Bio
Brian Williams joined the team at Animal Eye Clinic in September 2021. Originally from Taylorsville, North Carolina, he has always had a special love for animals. After receiving his Veterinary Assistant diploma from Penn Foster College Career School, he entered the veterinary field in 2011. Brian spends his free time enjoying NASCAR racing, college football, country music concerts, shopping at antique stores, traveling on cruise ships, and being an active member of Westford United Methodist Church. He lives in Concord with his partner of 15 years, Reed, and their beloved pug, Otis.


Becca, Clinical Manager

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.

Client Care Specialists

Emily, Client Service Manager

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.


Janelle's Bio

Janelle knew at a young age that she would be working with animals. She became a veterinary technician in Wisconsin and worked for 10 years with board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists and dentists in both Wisconsin and Arizona. She then left the field to become a mother but has since returned to her passion and love for animals. Janelle shares her home with her teenage son and their terrier, Lloyd. When not at work you will find her reading, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.


Emily S.

Emily's Bio

Emily joined the Animal Eye Clinic team in August 2021. She started her Veterinary Medicine career in 2017 working in General Practice in Huntersville and is now excited to be working in Ophthalmology. At home Emily has 3 spoiled cats. In her free time Emily enjoys shopping and spending time with friends and family.