Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.
Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.
Meet Our Optometry Staff
Dr. Nichols is a native of Birmingham and attended Florida College, The University of South Florida, and The University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. Graduating in 1981, Doctor Nichols and his family moved to Albertville and assumed the practice of retiring Doctor J.F. McLendon.
In 2011, Dr. Nichols was among the first in the nation to achieve certification from the newly formed American Board of Optometry
Dr. Nichols is a member of the American and Alabama Optometric Associations. He has served as the president of the Albertville Rotary Club, the UAB School of Optometry Alumni Association, and the Alabama Optometric Association, as well as serving on the boards of several professional and civic organizations. He has participated in numerous medical mission trips the Central and South America as well as rural parts of the U.S. In 2002, he was recognized as the Alabama Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year, and the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry Alumnus of the Year.
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Nichols especially enjoys hiking, camping, and waterfowl hunting. He is also active in his church as a deacon and class teacher. He has appeared in numerous community theater productions and often works behind the scenes as a scenic artist. He and his wife Lei Ann live in Guntersville.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Dr. Kate McCurdy moved to Birmingham in 1995 and graduated from Hoover High School. She completed her B.S. degree in microbiology at Auburn University. She earned her doctor of optometry degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed an externship at Tuscaloosa VA hospital.
Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Rich McCurdy completed his B.S. degree in engineering from North Carolina State University in 1991. He earned his doctor of optometry degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed an externship at Duke University Eye Center. He was awarded the Vision America Co-Management in Ocular Disease Award in his fourth year of optometry school. He also received residency training in ocular disease and low vision at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Birmingham.
Its fun to work where you get to help people everyday. I do a number of things, such as answering the phone, greeting our patients, and making sure we have all your correct insurance information. Whatever it takes to make your eye care visit with us enjoyable- that’s my job!
As Clinic Manager my job is to make sure you receive state of the art eyecare. It is a pleasure to get to know our patients. I have the fun job of finding out all about them and their eyes. I help our doctors by gathering as much information as possible for them, and help them take care of you once they make the right diagnosis. Our patients are like family to us, I can’t help but give them a hug! I am a Certified Paraoptometric.
Hello! I’m Lorie your optometric technician. My goal is to give each patient a pleasant experience at Clinic For Vision. I gather information for our doctors so that they can better treat and diagnose thoroughly and accurately. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way.
Hi! I help gather information at the beginning of your eye examination. I ask questions and test your vision. At Clinic for Vision work together to make your visit a pleasure . I help answer your needs and questions.
My primary job is to make my husband, Dr. Nichols, behave. It is more than I can possibly do. The rest of the time I handle the bookkeeping and financial side of things.
Our beloved Gunner passed away on January 1, 2017. For over 10 years he served as our welcoming committee and goodwill ambassador. He was a particular favorite of our young patients, and equally dear to our seniors. He will be sorely missed by patients and staff alike, especially Dr. Nichols.