About Optix Eye Care

Providing compassionate care to preserve and enhance vision for a lifetime.

Our eye care team is here to care for all of your vision needs. We provide routine eye care for all ages, with an emphasis on wellness and prevention. Dr. Kim Walters specializes in routine eye care, specialized contact lens fittings, and the prevention and management of ocular disease. We are passionate about patient education and believe in empowering our patients through knowledge.

Dr. Kim Walters

Founder

Dr. Kim Walters founded Optix Eye Care in Weaverville, NC in 1998 and moved her practice to it’s current location in 2004. She specializes in primary optometric care for children and adults of all ages. Licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Optometry, she has a passion for the prevention and early diagnosis of ocular disease and is an expert in Macular Degeneration prevention and treatment and strives to educate her patients and the community on the dangers of blue light. She has extensive experience with identification and management of ocular disease, low vision services, contact lens fitting, and the application of lenses for visual abnormalities.

Dr. Walters attended Eastern Kentucky University, where she was a full scholarship student and Academic All-American. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Dr. Walters served two externships, one with Carolina Ophthalmology and one at Aldridge Eye Institute. She also practiced weekly at Mission Hospital’s Low Vision Center for seven years.

Dr. Walters is a member of the American Optometric Association, the North Carolina State Optometric Society, and the Mountain Optometric Society. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Mission Hospital’s Low Vision Center. She served as a board member for several years for the Banzai Consortium. She is a member of the Magellan Optometric Group and has been a member of IDOC (Independent Doctors of Optometric Care) for many years.

Dr. Walters spent part of her youth in Napa, CA and in the mountains of New Mexico. She has always felt at home in the mountains, and that is what attracted her to Weaverville. She is blessed with two daughters and enjoys sports, outdoor activities, running a practice and being a mom.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson

Office Administrator

A native of Weaverville, NC she couldn’t imagine calling any place other than the mountains of WNC her home. Graduating Mars Hill College with unrelated aspirations, she unexpectedly found herself in the medical field and discovered she had quite a knack for wrestling with insurance companies. With more than 12 years of medical insurance and billing experience she joined the Optix team in 2010. Kickboxing is her favorite way to shake off a crazy day. She also enjoys treasure hunting in local thrift stores and eating her mom’s amazing cayenne chocolate, chocolate chip cookies… BEST COOKIES EVER!!!

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson

Patient Care Coordinator

A loving mother of two beautiful girls that share her passions of baking, hiking, and spending time outside - except when a hike to the waterfalls involves a trip to the Urgent Care for stitches afterwards! Jenny is a Hickory, NC native and graduate of the great school of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Psychology. She loves her role at Optix Eye Care as a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant because of the passion for protecting people‘s vision as long as possible. After all, she loves to be able to see the things she loves to do and she’s sure everyone else does too!

Kristen Girardi

Kristen Girardi

Patient Care Coordinator / Wellness & PR

Florida born, North Carolina raised; Kristen came to us full of energy! Being a fitness instructor and strong in her faith, she is a firm believer that a good workout of both body and mind promotes less stress and more success!!! She played division one soccer at Western Carolina University, then continued her love for the game and education at Catawba College. Kristen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications where she discovered her passion for marketing. After college Kristen unexpectedly found her way into the medical field. She is coming to us eager to put all of her passions together while helping people grasp the importance of eye health along the way!

Mary Petersen

Mary Petersen

Patient Care Coordinator
Summer Cooley

Summer Cooley

Optician

Summer moved to Asheville in March 2014 from Los Angeles, CA. with her husband and dog, after they fell in love with the food, the changing seasons, beautiful hiking, art, and the strong sense of community. She received her BFA in Design from Biola University and her MFA in Sculpture from California State University Long Beach. She started out in the optical field in New York City in 2005 and continued to practice as an optician through grad school and became a Certified Optician immediately following. Her experience in the optical field and her artistic training have given her a unique perspective and passion for helping others choose the best eyewear for their needs. After 10 years as an optician with 2 of the most prestigious and culturally distinctive eyewear brands, Oliver Peoples and RetroSpecs, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to build a showroom and select the quality frames to fill the space and pair it with the health care that Dr. Walters provides.

Cecy Cardenas

Cecy Cardenas

Optician

Cecy comes to us with makeup artistry and ophthalmic tech experience. She has enrolled in the career progression program and is excited to combine her passion of eyes with the style and creativity of makeup artistry into opticianry. Another passion of hers is health and wellness, for years now Cecy has eaten a plant based diet. She loves that she can eat delicious and nutritious meals without causing pain and suffering to animals. Cecy is also committed to only using cruelty-free, vegan and natural products in her household; whether that’s makeup, detergents or cleaners. Living a chemical-free, non-toxic and healthy lifestyle is her lifelong goal. Cecy is first-generation American, born and raised in North Carolina by Mexican parents. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys interpreting and helping where she can.

Christina Freelan

Christina Freelan

Front Office Coordinator

A true believer in Shakespeare‘s quote, "The eyes are the window to your soul" - they are the memory makers, which capture those special moments in life with her family, friends and two Scottish "Terrorists"! She is a fanatic about capturing every moment in pictures, a lover of books and has a strong affection for dark chocolate. A Miami, FL native she moved to WNC at a young age and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She attended AB Tech & Western Carolina University and has degrees in Business Administration & Marketing.

Zoe Goodpasture

Zoe Goodpasture

Front Desk Concierge

In 2007, Zoe moved to Asheville, North Carolina with her parents and two sisters. Her mother had said "the mountains are calling". Since then, Zoe has fallen in love with Asheville and plans to start a family here in the future. She’s very family orientated and loves nothing more than being with her father when she gets the chance. She is an avid reader, passionate about animals and a highly motivated individual who learns quickly. Zoe is the smiling face that welcomes you to Optix and is excited about starting the National Academy of Opticianry Career Progression Program to expand her future at Optix.