North Florida EyeCare doctors believe in looking at the big picture when it comes to your eye health, so we take the time to get to know you, your eye care history and your vision needs.
At North Florida EyeCare, each member of our vision care team is selected by our doctors based upon his or her experience, professional demeanor, and dedication to providing personalized care to our optometry patients.
Our entire Lake City and Live Oak optometry staff is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that meet your needs. Our knowledgeable staff at North Florida EyeCare will work with you to help you understand your vision insurance coverage and provide financial alternatives to ensure you get the best vision care possible.
We know that you have a choice when it comes to Lake City or Live Oak optometry, so we strive to provide comprehensive eye exams, a great selection of glasses, and personalized care.
Dr. Julie Owens
Dr. Julie L. Owens is a Certified Optometric Physician and a native Floridian. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Florida and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. In 2000, Dr. Owens returned to her hometown of Lake City, Florida and joined North Florida Eye Care as an associate doctor, where she has been an integral part of our practice ever since.
In 2017, Dr. Owens established ownership of North Florida EyeCare with the goal of continuing to provide the highest quality eye care using the most advanced diagnostic technology currently available. In her free time, Dr. Owens enjoys boating & travel, but most of all, spending time with her husband and three children.
Dr. Jesse Kershner, OD
Dr Jesse Kershner was raised in Gainesville, Fl from the age of one. He graduated from Gainesville High School before attending the University of Florida. While at U of F he served as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
After working as an Optician for 10 years, Dr. Kershner went back to school to become an Optometrist. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from NOVA Southeastern Univ, graduating with highest honors and received the Heine award as the top optics student. Dr. Kershner specializes in Contact Lens fittings and treating and managing ocular diseases. He feels it is very important to give each patient clear and comfortable vision.
Dr. Kershner has been married to his wife of over 20 years, Carolyn Kershner, who was also raised in Gainesville. He enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, playing guitar and piano and listening to music.
Dr. David Overholt
Dr. David Overholt joined North Florida EyeCare in 2016 performing comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and ocular disease management. In 2007, he earned a bachelor’s of science in nutrition at the University of Florida. At Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Overholt graduated with a doctorate in optometry.
Dr. Overholt enjoys spending time with his wife, Janelis, and sons, Isaiah and Joshua, playing guitar and being outdoors. He served in the Air Force as an optometric technician after graduating high school.
North Florida EyeCare is a full service eye and vision care provider, accepting both eye emergencies as well as scheduled appointments. Patients throughout the Lake City and Live Oak areas come to North Florida EyeCare because they know they will receive the personal attention and professional care that is our foundation. Our team are dedicated to keeping our patients comfortable and well-informed at all times. At North Florida EyeCare, we will explain every exam and procedure and answer all of our patients’ questions. Additionally, at North Florida EyeCare, we offer vision financing options and will work with vision insurance providers to ensure good eye health and vision care for all of our patients.
Our one-on-one approach to optometry makes the North Florida EyeCare staff the eye and vision care providers of choice in the Lake City or Live Oak area. Our optometrists offer the following services: complete eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, glaucoma testing, and pre- and post-operative care. For a complete list of services, visit our services page or call (386) 752-1722 (Lake City) or 386-362-5055 (Live Oak).
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The knowledgeable staff at North Florida EyeCare is experienced in working with vision insurance providers. We will work directly with you and your vision insurer to submit claims regarding your vision care. We strive to ensure that you understand your insurance coverage and will answer any questions you may have regarding your benefits. Many current vision plans are designed to cover many of the basic vision-related costs, but not all costs associated with eye care. Most plans often require a co-payment for an office appointment as well as additional costs that are covered by the insured patient.