Meet our optometric team in Birmingham, Alabama. We offer a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages - all with personalized attention and a smile. In our eye care office, every patient is treated warmly. Individualized attention is the foundation of our care, to ensure that your eyes remain healthy. We're dedicated to optimizing your vision!
Dr. Derrick Franklin studied chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Optometry. He is a member of the Alabama Optometric Association and the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
Dr. Franklin specializes in Primary Eye Care and specialty contact lenses, including “hard to fit” lenses for keratoconus, post corneal transplant, and other corneal degenerations or dystrophies. He also provides comprehensive adult and pediatric eye examinations for the detection of medical diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes. He also provides preoperative and postoperative care for cataract and LASIK procedures.
Dr. Franklin and his wife, Rachael are active members of Hunter Street Baptist Church. On the weekends, he enjoys spending time on the lake, tinkering with his ’74 Corvette, and spending time with his wife and children (Brooklynn, Hannah, Claire, Cate and Parker).
Dr. Allison Mckelvey is originally from Alpharetta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Biology. Dr. Mckelvey received her Doctorate of Optometry from UAB School of Optometry. She is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society and the American Optometric Association. She received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Low Vision along with the Gas Permeable Clinical Excellence Award.
Dr. Mckelvey spent three years training and working alongside pediatric ophthalmologists. Before that, she completed three internships in Birmingham focusing on pediatrics, ocular disease, and contact lenses. Dr. Mckelvey is happy to see patients of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. She specializes in routine eye care for pediatric patients and special needs children. She diagnoses and manages strabismus, amblyopia and other binocular vision disorders with optical correction, patching and other non-surgical techniques including vision therapy. Dr. Mckelvey also fits soft contact lenses, including multifocal and monovision lenses, as well as scleral lenses and aphakic contact lenses.
Dr. Mckelvey and her husband, Sam, are currently living in Vestavia with their 6-month-old son and two Labradors, Nelli and Kane. She enjoys running with her dogs, reading crime novels and spending time on the lake.
Dr. Zachary Reynard graduated cum laude from the prestigious advanced scholars program at the Salus Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He went on to complete a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the UAB School of Optometry. In addition to his work at the Dry Eye Center of Alabama, he is currently doing a fellowship and masters program in dry eye disease under Kelly K. Nichols, PhD, one of the most prominent dry eye researchers in the nation.
Dr. Reynard offers expertise in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses, including scleral lenses for keratoconus and other corneal conditions. He also provides comprehensive and emergency eye care, including conditions such as eye infections, styes, eye allergies, ocular foreign bodies, and recurrent corneal erosions.
Outside of patient care, Dr. Reynard enjoys writing and playing music, swimming, and spending time with his two dogs, Archie (Shih Tzu) and Mille (poodle).