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. Bonnie-Kim Schwertz is a two-time graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earning both her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and her Doctorate of Optometry. She then pursued a primary care/ocular disease residency at the Memphis VA Medical Center and later earned her Fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Schwertz has a passion for primary eye care and manages conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, including pre and post-op management care. She is a published speaker and lectures regularly on dry eye disease, as well as serving on numerous dry eye advisory boards. She is a past president of the Birmingham Area Optometric Society and currently serves on the board of the Alabama Optometric Association, University of Alabama - Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO) Alumni Association, and the VisionAmerica Advisory Board. In 2023, she was awarded Alabama’s Young Optometrist of the Year.
Dr. Schwertz lives in Homewood with her husband Joe and their precious dog, Millie, and enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and exploring Birmingham’s constantly evolving food scene.
Dr. Schwertz will be accepting patients starting January 8th, 2024.