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Dr. Kerry Steck

 CGP8962softDr. Kerry R. Steck earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University and her Doctor of Optometry degree at Ferris State University. Her clinical experience includes internships at Ciba Vision Research Clinic in Atlanta and Omni Eye Services in Chattanooga, as well as laser vision care at Woolfson Eye Institute and TLC Piedmont Laser centers.

Dr. Steck founded Pelham Vision Center in 1993 and quickly established it as one of the premier eye care offices in the sailingUpstate. She specializes in challenging contact lens fittings and consultations for LASIK, cataract and refractive IOL surgery.

In her spare time, Dr. Steck enjoys visiting lighthouses and sailing her Hobie Cats with her husband,  as well as creative interests in sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking.

Dr. Charles Woody

 CGP8967Dr. Charles J. Woody received his undergraduate degree in Physiology from Michigan State University, his MS in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University, his PhD in Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his OD from Nova Southeastern University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School.

Before joining Pelham Vision Center he served as the Director of Research and Optometrist at the Diabetes Care Center for the Greenville Hospital System and on the faculty of several universities.  Dr. Woody has lectured internationally and has co-authored several publications on various aspects of endocrinology, specifically diabetes mellitus. He has also conducted research on ocular involvement of systemic endocrine disorders, ocular complications of diabetes mellitus and the mechanism of hormone action.

Dr. Woody is married, the proud father of two children and is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. Make sure you see the Wrigley Field room at your next visit.

Dr. Amy Nowell

 CGP8974After graduating from Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, South Carolina, Dr. Amy E. Nowell received her Bachelors of Science degree in biology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Dr. Nowell continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree.

Dr. Nowell’s clinical experience includes an internship at the VA Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama where she assisted with the treatment of patients with glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration.  She also completed internships at several private practices including  Pelham Vision Center in 2012. Dr. Nowell also specializes in pediatric eye care and has extensive training in pediatric vision.  She returned to the upstate in 2012 to begin full time patient care at Pelham Vision Center.

In her spare time, Dr. Nowell enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and CrossFit.



Dr. Rachel Tanner

 CGP8969Dr. Rachel L. Tanner graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and obtained a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.   She returned to UAB to pursue her optometric degree including an internship at Pelham Vision Center in 2015.

Dr. Tanner completed her residency training in primary care and ocular disease at the Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina in 2016.  She joined Pelham Vision Center in 2016 and specializes in ocular disease management, medical contact lens fittings and primary care.

Dr. Tanner and her husband have a beautiful baby boy, and they enjoy exploring the beauty of the Upstate.