Dr. Gary Pence, President of Georgia Optometry Group, attended Michigan State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. Dr. Pence attended Michigan College of Optometry, graduating Doctor of Optometry, magna cum laude, in 1991. Dr. Pence specializes in family practice optometry and hard to fit contacts. He is married with four children and enjoys travel, biking, golf and gardening.
Dr. Mary Brunner attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in natural science and mathematics. Her education continued at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she received her doctorate of optometry followed by a primary care residency with an emphasis in ocular disease at the Southern College of Optometry. She served as faculty at Southern College of Optometry as a clinical instructor as well as the director of the Shelby County Hospital optometric clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. She returned to Georgia to join Hunter Eye Care which has now become Georgia Optometric Group and is the managing doctor of the Kennesaw office. Away from the office, Dr. Brunner enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Dr. Dale Anderson is a native of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Optics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also received his Doctorate of Optometry from UAB. Dr. Anderson began his optometry career back in Georgia with Hunter Eyecare Group which would later become Georgia Optometry Group Associates. He has worked at each of the practice’s locations, but now serves as the managing doctor at the Southlake location in Morrow. When he is not watching his two sons or wife play soccer, Dr. Anderson enjoys cycling both on and off road. They are all frequent campers, paddlers and snorkelers. Dr. Anderson is a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association and Woodbadge course director. Dr. Anderson has received the Silver Beaver award as well as the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow.
Dr. Michael Richards graduated with honors from West Georgia College, with a B.A. in Biology/Chemistry. He attended graduate school at The University of Georgia in microbiology. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in 1985. While in optometry school, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Sigma and Beta Sigma Kappa honor societies. Dr. Richards entered practice with Georgia Optometry Group (formerly Hunter Eyecare) in 1987. Dr. Richards is a native of Douglas County, is married and has one son. He enjoys all family activities with his wife and son including motorcycles, dirt biking, bicycling, all forms of racing and sports.
Dr. Sharon Kelly Ellis graduated with honors from SUNY Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, then simultaneously completed a Master of Science degree in Vision Science and Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry in 1991. She joined Georgia Optometry Group (formerly Hunter Eyecare) in September of 1991. Dr. Ellis has been the managing doctor for the Stone Mountain location since October of 2000. She married a Georgia native and has one stepson. In her spare time, Dr. Ellis owns a beauty consultant business, hostesses charity car shows and enjoys visits to Stone Mountain Park and the beach (any beach).
Kelly Nelson Spetalnick, O.D. was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, receiving a B.S. in Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 1981. Her scholastic accomplishments included membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. After a brief academic break, she realized her calling was in health care. She earned acceptance to the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry, graduating in 1986, where she was a member of the optometric honor society, Beta Sigma Kappa . Immediately after graduating, she married her classmate, Tom Spetalnick, moved to Atlanta, and began her career with Hunter Eyecare, which has since been renamed Georgia Optometry Group.
Dr. Spetalnick thoroughly enjoys spending the necessary time to talk with her patients about their specific vision needs. Her goal is to find the best means to achieve their goals, whether that entails glasses, contact lenses, medical attention, LASIK consultations, referrals to highly reputable specialists or other treatments. Her philosophy: “Everyone that sits in my exam chair has a unique life that deserves my undivided attention, care to detail and skill set to best care for them. My patients and I are a team in providing the best care for their visual needs. Also, it has been a true gift to remain in the same practice for so many years, getting to know the family and friends of patients referred to me.”
When out of the office, Dr. Spetalnick fills her days with non-profit work (especially with Interfaith Outreach Home and Lions Lighthouse), gardening, reading, tennis, hiking, skiing and studying Spanish. Besides the ‘other’ Dr. Spetalnick, the family includes a son, Sam, who lives in Texas, and a daughter, Molly, who is on the cusp of graduate school. Her family, friends, laughter, love and good food are the touchstones that keep her going.