Our Doctors

Dr. Katie Gilbert-Spear


Dr. Gilbert-Spear graduated with honors from Auburn University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health- Epidemiology from UAB School of Public Health. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from UAB. In 2019, she graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law with her Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in Health Law and Compliance. She is a licensed attorney in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee.

She moved to Pensacola, Florida in 2004, where she helped grow a multi-location Optometry/Ophthalmology office. She is also the founder and director of The Visual Performance Center, which has conducted numerous research studies, over the past decade, in contact lenses, solutions, dry eye, and visual performance. She is a consultant and speaker with various eyecare companies. Dr. Gilbert-Spear currently serves on the Board of Optometry for the state of Florida and is the chair of the Probable Cause Panel.

Dr. Gilbert-Spear is married to Dr. Carl Spear. They have five children, one daughter-in-law, one dog, and two cats. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.  

Dr. Kaydee Laird

Dr. Laird is originally from DeFuniak Springs and knew one day, she would to return to the community that helped raise her— so she is back! 

She graduated from Troy University I’m 2016, UAB Optometry School in 2020, and then completed a one year residency in ocular disease and low vision at the Veterans Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She is from a big family that stretches to all corners of Walton County and has one daughter, Brynci. She enjoys being outdoors/on the water, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Dr. Charles Stevenson

Dr. Charles Gordon Stevenson graduated with honors from University Alabama Birmingham – School of Optometry in 1988. Dr. Stevenson has extensive experience serving the DeFuniak Springs area for more than 34 years. Dr. Charles Gordon Stevenson lives in DeFuniak Springs and with his wife they grew his private optometry practice right down the main road, you could say. Dr. Charles Gordon Stevenson has made lifelong friends and has created a phenomenal patient base that looks forward to seeing him when they come in for an appointment. As an Optometrist, Dr. Charles Gordon Stevenson can detect any vision problems or diseases; with the newest technology he is able to test his patients for many eye health issues.

Dr. Stacey McDonald

Dr. Stacey McDonald is an Air Force brat whose family retired to Niceville in the late eighties. Dr. Stacey attended Florida State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then attended Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida where she earned her Doctor of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Stacey joined a large ophthalmology practice in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, working with Retina, Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea and Pediatric Specialists. She later owned private practices in Boca Raton and Largo, Florida, before moving back home to the Florida Panhandle in 2010. After working in a private optometry practice in Pensacola and Milton, Dr. Stacey joined Palm Eye Care (now the Vision Hub) in 2018.

Dr. Stacey enjoys working at our Ft. Walton Beach location with patients of all ages and loves being able to help people achieve their best vision with eyeglasses and contact lenses. Dr. Stacey also treats eye injuries, infections, and glaucoma, as well as managing patients with macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and other ocular conditions.

Outside of work, Dr. Stacey cheers her son on in travel baseball, works in her garden and enjoys cooking and baking. She also volunteers with a local dog rescue and has four rescue dogs of her own.