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 Crouch

Founder (formerly Dr. Walters)

Dr. Kim Crouch 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. Crouch 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. Crouch 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. Crouch 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. Crouch 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 Shelton

Janet Shelton

Practice Administrator

A native of Weaverville, NC she couldn’t imagine calling any place other than the beautiful mountains of WNC her home. Graduating Mars Hill College with unrelated aspirations, she unexpectedly found herself cultivating a career in the medical field. She joined the Optix team in 2010 and has developed a passion for providing kind support and compassionate leadership to her team. She enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, visiting local breweries and spending time with friends and family.

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

Clinical Lead

Florida born, North Carolina raised; Kristen came to us full of energy! She played division one soccer at Western Carolina University, then continued her love for the game and education at Catawba College. Kristen joined the Optix team in 2015 and has developed a passion not only for eye health & wellness but also helping our patients achieve their skincare goals. She is CPOA and TempSure certified and performs all TempSure radio frequency treatments for our patients. Outside the practice, Kristen loves being a mommy to her beautiful and energetic daughter!

Abby Sprouse

Abby Sprouse

Patient Care Coordinator

One of our own Weaverville natives; Abby came to us as an ophthalmic assistant after working with neuro and pediatric ophthalmologists where she fell in love with being a part of improving the vision of others! She absolutely loves working with people and is currently finishing her Bachelors in Social Work through Liberty University. She is active in her church, loves being with her family, and brings lots of sunshine to our office! She enjoys volunteering, road-tripping, cooking, and snuggling her Doberman!

Susan Bargar

Susan Bargar

Lead Optician

Bio coming soon!!

Sam Menne

Sam Menne

Optician

Sam moved to Asheville in 2017 with her partner to escape the harsh winters of her home, Chicago. She joins us with 4 years of optical experience, and a deep passion for art, color, and form which she studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Frame selection, blue light education, and helping her community see more clearly are some of her passions. As an avid hiker, kayaker, beer enthusiast, and proud cat weirdo, she is enjoying her new home here among the mountains. When she is not at the office, she is spending time in the sunshine, or working on her latest painting.

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.

Mercedes Sandoval

Mercedes Sandoval

Accounts Receivable

Born in Mexico, growing up in San Francisco, Mercedes Sandoval found her way to the Asheville area in 2007 to raise her family. Proud mom of 2 Kids, 19 and 18 years old. Her son is currently in the Navy and daughter attending college in California. Mercedes is Certified through the AAPC association as a Medical Coder, Biller, Auditing and Management. For fun she loves to be out and about in Asheville, mountain biking, sking, and spending time with good friends.

Randalyn Crain

Randalyn Crain

Front Desk Concierge

Randalyn is another one of our own Weaverville natives! She came to Optix after working 5 years for a non-profit where she helped rehabilitate animals and find them a forever home! She graduated from ETSU with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice & Criminology and a minor in Psychology. She has two Maine Coon cats, Judge and Aurora, who hold her heart! She loves learning new skills and is excited to increase her knowledge of the optical world. You can always find Randalyn with a smile on her face and a warm welcome.

Maria Lacagnina

Optician

Born on Long Island, New York and moved to southwest Florida at the age of 5 where she lived most of her life, until relocating to Asheville, North Carolina in early 2021. Maria has a BA in Communications as well as an AS in Opticianry and has been in the eye care field for about 7 years now. She is certified to teach yoga, barre and crossfit, and is really appreciating the change of seasons here in North Carolina. Her extended family also lives here in Asheville and owns 828 Family Pizzaria off Merrimon. Her best friend is her new dog Titan who is a mix black retriever and is 2 years old; she is excited to explore the outdoors of her new town with him by her side!