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 joined the practice in September of 1991. She earned both her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry in New York, NY in June 1991. “It is a great benefit to be in the same practice for so many years. To me, it’s about building relationships with my patients. They can count on me being here, year after year, to take care of them and their families.”-Dr. Ellis
Dr. Ellis was recognized in 2007 as one of “America’s Top Optometrists” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. She was named in the 2007-2008 Edition of Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals and received Vision Service Plan’s “Certificate of Excellence.” In her spare time, she enjoys car shows, Stone Mountain Park and visits to the beach. Dr. Ellis lives in Tucker with her husband Rick and stepson Brad.
Kelly Spetalnick, O.D. was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and attended college at the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). She graduated from UAB’s Optometry school in 1986 and married a classmate, Tom, after graduation and immediately moved to Atlanta. Kelly has been in this same practice for 22 years while raising a family-Molly attends Riverwood High School and Sam is at the University of Texas at Austin. Besides thoroughly enjoying practicing general optometry that encompasses all generations and needs, she also enjoys tennis, running, reading, skiing and volunteering at school and her church outreach programs.