I was born in Johnson City, TN and raised in Grayson County, VA. I love spending time with family and friends. I have been with my work family at Eye Care on the Ridge for two years, and I love and appreciate my bosses, coworkers and patients!

Medical Receptionists


I have an associate degree in medical office administration and have over 10 years experience in the eye care industry.  I am one of the key insurance coordinators but may also be found helping patients at the front desk, taking care of patient billing, or in the optical department helping out.  I am a wife and mother of two young children.  When not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling.

Eye Care on the Ridge

275 W. Ridge Road

Wytheville, VA 24382


Monday through Friday

8am - 5pm

I am new to the eye care profession but I am excited about learning and meeting new people.  I love my church, cooking, and spending time with  my family.

Linda Fields

I am a life long resident of Galax, VA.  I married my high school sweetheart 30 years ago.  We have raised three children together together.  I enjoy being active outside, in my church and serving others.  I feel blessed to work at Eye Car on the Ridge.

I have been a licensed optician for 10 years and truly love helping people see.  I have worked for Eye Care on the Ridge for 6 years and love being part of a great team and family.  I am married to the love of my life and we have three amazing teenagers.  When I am not in the office I enjoy spending time cooking for my family and friends.

Brandi Goad

Eye Care on the Ridge
5826 Ruebush Road
Dublin, VA 24084


Monday, Thursday 7:30am - 6pm
Tuesday, Thursday 7:30am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

I have been a licensed optician for 20 years.  Optics have been everything I hoped they would be. I have gotten to know and help many wonderful people that are part of my life. 

My daughter and I are active in church and very much enjoy our brothers and sisters there. We are also active in performance horses, attending horse shows and taking care of our animals at home.  We are active in the FFA and work on the Carroll County Fair.  I thank everyone for letting me wait on them and help them with their glasses.  It's a pleasure.

Stephanie Phipps

I am a native of Galax, VA.  I have 19 years of experience in the optometry field and I enjoy interacting with the public.  My hobby is farming.

Amber Jones

Kathryn Sikes

Kara Hamby, CPO

Eye Care on the Ridge

843 W. Stuart Drive

Hillsville, VA 24343


Monday through Friday

8am - 5pm

I am a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant.  I've been in the eye care field for 4 years.  I love helping patients and meeting new people.  I love spending time with my family and spoiling my nephew and niece.

I grew up partly in New Jersey and partly in Laurel Fork.  I graduated from Carroll County High School and have an associate degree in administrative office management.  I enjoy reading and spending time with my two kids.

Queena Goad

Melanie Alderman, CPO

Brandy Albert

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Patti Farnella

Heather Johnson

Richard Tate

Kimberly Burton

I am the mom of two (Brandon and Brandi Goad) and also been very blessed with my granddaughter (Khloe Goad).  I was born in Salisburg, NC and raised in Grayson County, VA. I currently reside in Grayson County.
I have been in the optical field for 23 years. Eighteen years of this time was spent under the practice of Dr. Henry B. Ford in Galax, VA.  After his passing, I was blessed to join the staff of
Eye Care on the Ridge.  This is where I plan to retire and enjoy the daily effort of assisting our
patients that I also call my friends.

Wendy Brown

I graduated from Big Creek High School in War, WV and National Business College in Roanoke, VA with an accounting degree.  I've worked in the medical field for over 30 years, mostly in a business office setting.  When I moved to Wytheville to be closer to family, I was fortunate to get a job with Eye Care on the Ridge.  I enjoy working with the public and helping people.  Eye Care on the Ridgehas given me the opportunity to learn new skills and to do something I enjoy.

Joseph Kessinger

I am a Certified Paraoptometric.  I have been working in thie field for 15 years now.  I love our patients and over the years many have become like family to me.  I have been married to my wonderful husband for 24 years.  We have two adults sons who have been an absolute joy to us.  I love doing things outside, decorating, and crafts.  I have taken a recent liking to Pinterest and have a huge list of things I would like to try my hand at.  Family and faith are very important to me.

Parker Wheatley

I grew up in Carroll County, but now live in Grayson County with my husband,  I have worked in the optometry field in the past for 17 years.  I am very fortunate to be back working with a great practice.


Jill Horton

Leslie Bates, CPO

I went to JSRCC in Richmond, VA and graduated in 1991.  I served under a master optician after graduating to gain a better understanding of optical conditions.  I served in management for 10 years where I opened and set up new locations.  I was involved in aiding retirement communities where I provided optical repairs and adjustments as well as measurements and fittings of eyewear.  I have 27 years of optical experience.