Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Katie Gilbert-Spear completed her undergraduate education at Auburn University and obtained her doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Additionally, Dr. Spear completed her Master’s degree in Public Health-Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Mitchell-Hamline School of Law with dual certificates in Health Law and Health Care Compliance.
Dr. Spear owned and managed, along with her husband, Dr. Carl Spear, a multi-location Optometry/Ophthalmology practice which they sold in 2016. Dr. Spear is currently a member of the American Optometric Association’s Ethics Committee, the Florida Optometric Association, the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association-Health Law Section, the American Public Health Association-Vision Section, and serves on the Board of Optometry for the state of Florida where she chairs the Probable Cause Panel.
Dr. Spear is a passionate advocate for Optometry is also a health care attorney and is currently working on cases involving pharmaceutical mass tort litigation, FDA medical device law, medical malpractice and insurance litigation.
Dr. Spear is excited to bring her expertise in practice management and her passion for Optometry to the HG Vision team.