Where the Passion Begins
RYAN LEBLANC, OD
Ryan grew up in South Hill, VA on a cattle farm. He attended college at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and optometry school at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. Following his education, Ryan moved to NC and worked in both private practice and corporate practice. He felt called to continue practice within the corporate setting as it allowed him to create access to eye care where it was most needed. He enjoys providing primary eye care and exams for glasses and contact lenses to his patients.
MEREDITH LEBLANC, OD
Meredith was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She attended college at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA and she completed optometry school at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. Following her formal education, she completed a residency at the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. She went on to hold jobs in private practice as well as back at the VA in Charlotte, NC. She now primarily holds the role of mom to her 3 children but provides eye care on a fill-in/as needed basis. She mainly enjoys providing primary eye care and helping her patients see their best through glasses and contact lenses.
JULIE MCGINNIS, OD
Dr. Julie (Hutchinson) McGinnis moved to Charlotte in 2015 and joined See Well Vision Associates. Dr. McGinnis grew up in Fuquay-Varina, NC. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University and then with Highest Honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She completed a residency at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. Following her residency, she lived in St. Louis for a number of years and worked as a faculty member at the University of Missouri College of Optometry. Dr. McGinnis is also known as Major McGinnis in her second job - serving in the United States Air Force Reserve.
When not working, Dr. McGinnis enjoys hanging out with her husband, Jon, and their five (!) pets. She enjoys being active - working out, running, yoga, and walking the dogs. She also loves podcasts, reading and spending time with friends.
Dr. Natalya Mokhor grew up in Central NY and studied at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then attended Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she completed an advanced studies program in neuro-ophthalmic disease while working on her doctorate degree. After receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2018, she went on to complete a residency program in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. In 2020, Dr. Mokhor became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Although a lot of Dr. Mokhor’s training involved working with elderly patients and those with ocular disease, she also enjoys seeing patients of all ages, including children. She is passionate about optometric education and hopes that when her patients leave the office, they will have a better understanding of their ocular health than when they came in.
Dr. Weifenbach is a native of North Carolina. He grew up in Winston-Salem and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate studies. Upon completion, he moved to Charlotte where he worked at a practice which specialized in pediatric eye care. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to go to the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massuchusetts for his optometric studies. After graduation, he completed a residency in Pediatric Eye Care and Visual Rehabilitation at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Soon after, he moved back to Charlotte and completed his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. Also, he works one day a week for the non-profit organization Vision to Learn, which provides mobile eye care services to students at schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Once a year, he travels to Florida to provide eye care services to players of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
When not providing eye care to his patients in Charlotte, he enjoys spending time with his wife at home where they enjoy watching the Food Network and playing board games. He is currently working on trying to start a small garden.
CHARLENE SINGH, OD, FAAO
Dr. Charlene Singh grew up in Connecticut and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Central Connecticut State University. Her decision to be a part of eyecare sprouted when one morning after waking, her mother realized that she had lost vision in her left eye. She was rushed to the hospital, where, after spending two days undergoing ocular and medical exams, the doctors reported she had a Hemi-Retinal Artery Occlusion; however, the cause of the condition was undetermined and had no cure. Dr. Singh witnessed the debilitating impact of the condition on her mother’s ability to work, drive, and her overall well-being. This personal experience motivated her to pursue a career in Optometry.
Dr. Singh attended Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California and graduated with Highest Honors in Doctor of Optometry. She moved to North Carolina for post-doctoral residency training at W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC in Primary Care and Ocular Disease and solidified skills in the management of ocular manifestations of systemic diseases working under the supervision of Retinal and Glaucoma Specialists. She enjoyed working at the VA Medical Center for 3.5 years then joined See Well Vision Associates.
Dr. Singh is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has previously served as a Secretary at North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry. She is currently an In-House Examiner at National Board of Examiners in Optometry in Charlotte. Dr. Singh enjoys academia and has published research papers during her undergraduate studies and post-residency in Optometry. She believes that clinical practice is the cornerstone of any health care system and strives to provide top-notch eyecare for all her patients. She strongly believes as optometrists, we should leverage the strengths of our fellow physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals to bring better care to all patients. Dr. Singh performs comprehensive eye examinations and manages ocular conditions including red eyes, dry eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes.
Dr. David Au was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Hopewell High School. He graduated magna cum laude in chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He then received his Doctor of Optometry degree, cum laude, at The Illinois College of Optometry. During his graduate studies, he was inducted into the esteemed Beta Sigma Kappa and Tomb & Key Optometric Honor Societies. Immediately following graduation, he completed his residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Eye Care from W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. His passion for optometry led him to obtain the prestigious fellowship distinction with the American Academy of Optometry demonstrating his commitment for the best possible patient care through lifelong learning.
Dr. Au practices full scope medical optometry, and has also received training in low vision, pediatrics, and specialty contact lenses. He diagnoses and manages complex ocular conditions; he also co-manages systemic conditions through interdisciplinary care. His philosophy involves developing the doctor-patient relationship in order to establish a teamwork approach to ocular health as well as promoting preventive health care.
Beyond eye care, Dr. Au believes in a healthy work-life and physical-mental balance. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and volunteering. Other interests include golfing and anything sports related, especially if it involves the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets. Most important of all, he loves spending time with his family.
Dr. Au currently associates himself with the nonprofit group Vision To Learn, which provides free eye exams and glasses to the students of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and select charter schools.