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MEET THE TEAM

DR. RACHAEL WRUBLE

Optometrist and Co-owner

Education:

  • Undergrad: Ferris State University

  • Optometry School: Michigan College of Optometry

  • Residency: W. G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center

 

Languages:

  • English

 

Professional Memberships:

  • American Optometric Association

  • North Carolina Optometric Society Trustee and Third Party Chair

  • American Academy of Optometry Fellow

  • Piedmont Optometric Society Past President

  • Women of Vision Member

  • Gastonia East Rotarian

  • Heart Board of Gaston County Board Member

  • Montcross Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

 

Awards and Publications:

  • 2012 America's Top Optometrist

  • 2012 Most Influential Women Rising Star Optometrist

  • Michigan College of Optometry and National Dean’s List

  • Michigan College of Optometry: Senior Research Award in Clinical Optometric Science

  • ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics

  • Junior Jaycee Member of Gaston County

  • 2012 Leadership Gaston Alum and Current Board Advisor

  • Gaston Family Health Services Volunteer Optometrist

 

Professional Statement:

Dr. Rachael Wruble sees the eye as a piece of the puzzle – interconnected to the rest of the body. So a problem with the eye can be a result of a problem with the body. She wanted to be a part of a practice where exams are not just about the eye, but a part of the comprehensive care of the entire patient. Establishing a personal relationship with her patients is also important to her, co-founding Northlake Eye was a perfect fit.

 

Her optometric areas of interest have focused on ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, and low vision. 

Her advanced training in these areas includes: 

  • Specialty Contact Lens Seminar – The Vision Care Institute, LLC 

  • Optometric Glaucoma Society Residents Symposium – Optometric Glaucoma Society 

  • Fluorescein Angiography Course – NC State Optometric Society 

  • Paragon CRT for Corneal Refractive Therapy Certification 


Areas of Expertise:

  • Advanced residency training at Salisbury VA Medical Center focused on: 

    • Ocular Disease (Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetes)

    • Specialty Contact Lenses (Keratoconus, Trauma, Advanced prescriptions)

    • Advanced Low Vision Exams

DR. RYAN CORTE

Optometrist and Co-owner

Education:

  • Undergrad: Michigan State University

  • Optometry School: The Ohio State University College of Optometry

  • Residency: Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry

 

Languages: 

  • English

  • Some Spanish

 

Professional Memberships:

  • American Optometric Association

  • North Carolina Optometric Society

  • Piedmont Optometric Society

  • The Young Affiliates of the Mint

 

Awards and Publications

  • The Ohio State University Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award

  • 2012 Ohio Optometric Association Senior Student of the Year

 

Personal Statement: 

Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012.

 

Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in eye disease and primary eye care at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth-year students as a clinical faculty member. 

 

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is passionate about clear, concise patient education and is the founder of IntroWellness.com. Dr. Corte is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He was also a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com.

 

Dr. Corte truly enjoys engaging with his community and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.

DR. BRAD WRUBLE

Optometrist

Dr. Brad Wruble was born and raised in Harbor Beach, MI. He completed his Bachelor degree in Vision Science in 2005 followed by his Doctorate of Optometry Cum Laude from Michigan College of Optometry in 2009.

 

Dr. Brad moved down to Belmont in 2010 following his residency in ocular disease at the Wilmington VA Hospital in Delaware. He completed his Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry in 2011.

 

Family eye care, pediatric vision, ocular pathology and contact lenses are all areas Dr. Brad is an expert in.

 

He met Dr. Rachael at orientation weekend of Optometry School and they have been together ever since. They have two beautiful children, Lucy & Lily.

 

In his free time, he enjoys running, watching Detroit sports, college football, college basketball and enjoying the outdoors.

 

Dr. Brad has helped coach local basketball leagues and he is active with his church, Queen of Apostles in Belmont.

 

Currently, Brad serves as a Board Member for the Montcross Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with Gaston Family Health Services.

DR. STEVEN KOTSOKALIS

Optometrist

Education

  • Undergrad: North Carolina State University

  • Optometry school: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

  • Residency: W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Languages

  • English

  • Greek

Professional Memberships

  • American Optometric Association

  • North Carolina Optometric Society

  • Piedmont Optometric Society

  • Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society

 

Dr. Steven Kotsokalis was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He attended South Mecklenburg High School and graduated in 2008. Dr. Kotsokalis graduated from North Carolina State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University where he graduated with clinical honors and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2016. His passion for eye care led him to complete a residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center from 2016-2017. His optometric areas of interest have focused on the management of ocular disease and specialty contact lenses.

 

In his free time, Dr. Kotsokalis enjoys exploring the outdoors, weight-lifting, biking, and spending time with his wife and german shepherd.