Our Eye care professionals in Athens, OH specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctor at Nicole Whitaker OD:
Before becoming an optometrist, Dr. Whitaker graduated magna cum laude from Wright State University with a degree in biology. She then earned her doctorate in optometry, with honors, from the Ohio State University in 2008. While at Ohio State, she completed externships at the Dayton VA Medical Center and Eye Specialists of Southeastern Ohio. During these externships, she learned to diagnose and manage ocular disease and observed numerous surgical procedures.
Dr. Whitaker also performed school screenings and infant exams during a rotation through the Ohio State University Binocular Vision and Pediatric Clinic.
Dr. Whitaker has been working as an independent optometrist with Walmart Vision Center since 2008. She has been married to her husband, Nathan, since 2008 and enjoys concerts, traveling, and gardening.
Dr. Crawford is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry's postgraduate family practice residency. Her studies emphasized training in ocular disease as well as the evaluation of vision in infants and children with special needs and the management of disorders of binocular vision and visual skills that relate to school and work performance. She currently serves our Veterans as a staff optometrist in the Athens and Marietta VA medical centers where she has access to the most advanced technology in treating glaucoma and other eye diseases. She has a current faculty appointment at The Ohio State University College of Optometry as an Assistant Clinical Professor. She has also served on the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Faculty. She has conducted research in the areas of glaucoma, preschool vision screenings and contact lenses. She has over 20 years of experience in performing comprehensive vision examinations, fitting contact lenses and treating ocular injuries, eye infections and ocular diseases.
Dr. Crawford is a member of the American Optometric Association and participates in their InfantSee program that offers free eye exams to infants ages 6 -12 months old. She serves on the Ohio Optometric Association's Childhood Vision, Performance and Education Committee and is an award winning presenter for their RealEyes program that offers educational programs for preschool and school aged children. She is the past State Director for Ohio in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and a member of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation. She is also a member of the National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.
Dr. Crawford has lived and served in the Athens community for over 15 years. She enjoys spending time with her two sons and is active in cub scouts. She is a member of the Richland United Methodist Church.
Dr. Aaron Kallner has been providing Saturday eye care services in our office since 2006. Dr. Kallner graduated from Minford High School before attending the University of Kentucky. He then received his bachelors degree and doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1998.
Upon graduation he worked as an independent optometrist with Walmart Vision Center in Jackson, Ohio and joined a private practice in Portsmouth, Ohio in 2006. He currently works at this private practice weekdays with his partner Clyde Fenton O.D.
Dr. Kallner has been married to his wife, Jodi, for 17 years. They have three children, Abbie, Ellie, and Grant. He enjoys jogging, basketball, and coaching his children’s sports.
Dr. Terry is a National Board Certified optometrist who graduated from IAUPR School of Optometry in 2010. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, as well as the Ohio Optometric Association.While in optometry school, Dr. Terry completed an externship in McLean, Virginia at See Clearly Vision. During this time, he was able to observe numerous eye surgeries including cataract extraction, LASIK, and corneal transplants.
Dr. Terry has been working alongside his father, Dr. Robert Terry, at their private practice in Gallipolis, Ohio since 2010.He joined our office at Walmart Vision Center part-time towards the end of 2013. He currently lives in Athens, Ohio. During his free time, Dr. Terry enjoys working out, golfing, outdoor activities, traveling and watching sporting events