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Our North Raleigh Staff

Meet the Leading Eye Care Professionals in North Raleigh NC

The eye care specialists at Good Looks understand how the eye really works, as well as understanding eye diseases and conditions that affect your sight – many of which have no obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how aging and various risk factors affect vision over time for all ages, and they understand what benefits and features corrective lenses, including eyeglasses and contacts, can offer.

Our eye doctors take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, offer you options and listen to your personal eye care concerns. Maintaining good eye health is a partnership, and we encourage you to ask all your questions and share your health information with us. Your health history could be crucial to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision issues.

Meet Our Eye Doctors in North Raleigh NC:


Kathleen Christensen, OD

Dr. Christensen decided in high school she wanted to be an Optometrist. She was one of nine students accepted into Villanova University’s seven year accelerated pre-Optometry Bachelor of Science program in 1989, the first year it was ever offered. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1993. She then attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now known as Salus University) located in Philadelphia.

In 1996 she received her Doctor of Optometry degree, as well as an award for excellence in Low Vision Rehabilitation. After moving back home to New Jersey, she went on to work at two Ophthalmology practices for ten years, where she gained extensive experience treating patients with glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disorders, and fitting all types of contact lenses.

In 2006, Dr. Christensen moved to North Carolina with her husband, Gary, and son, Ryan. After taking some time off to raise her son, she returned to Optometry in 2008. She had her second son, Sean, in 2009, and has been able to work part time as she enjoys raising two boys. Dr. Christensen and her family live in Cary, NC.


Adam Palo, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Palo obtained his Doctor of Optometry and Vision Science degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2011 graduating with clinical honors, after completing a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Human Nutrition at North Carolina State University in 2006. Dr.Palo completed a residency in Primary Care at WG (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. During his residency, in addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Palo gave several lectures to local physicians varying from anterior/posterior segment disease to neuro-ophthalmic disease as well as volunteering his time giving eye exams to people of the Wake County community. Upon completion of residency in Primary Care, he became an associate optometrist at Tarboro Eye Associates before joining The Eye Center of Central Pennsylvania as Medical Director of Ocular Surface Disease. In 2016 Dr.Palo proudly moved back to North Carolina to join The Eye Institute (formerly Knightdale Eye Care). He concentrates his practice in medical optometry, specialty contact lens, and low vision. Dr. Palo is a member of the American Optometric Association, Optometry Giving Sight, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Outside of the clinic he enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, crafting delicious home brews, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, CrossFit, swimming, and biking. Favorite quote: “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam


Tim Poirier, O.D.

Dr. Tim Poirier was born in California and raised in Birmingham, Al. He graduated from Auburn University in 1988 with a degree in Biological Science. Dr. Poirier earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1992. He has extensive experience in treatment and management of ocular disease, contact lenses, and corneal reshaping therapy. He lives in Knightdale with his wife Kristin and their four children Blair, Brooks, Brett, and Ben. He currently serves on the Knightdale Town Council and is a past president of the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys coaching his children’s soccer, baseball, and basketball teams and playing golf.


Marcus McNeil: Optician

Mr. Marcus McNeil has over 20 years experience in the optical field. Because Good Looks is a privately held company, Mr. McNeil is directly involved in hand-picking each of our designer frames to showcase. Mr. McNeil personally evaluated thousands of frames from many manufacturers throughout the world to come up with a truly unique selection that makes Good Looks the place for haute couture frames in our area. Many of the frames Mr. McNeil picked for display are only regionally found at Good Looks. He’ll help you choose that perfect frame to match your style!


Heather Breedlove: Licensed Optician

Heather has been a Licensed Optician since 2005 but have been in the optical industry since 2002. She believes that being an Optician is a fabulous career for her due to her passion for fashion and for helping others. “It is such a tremendous joy to be able to dispense a pair of glasses to someone and their face lights up because they are not only able to see, but they love their new look.” She believes that vision is so very important, and like to make it fun at the same time. Heather is married to Brian Breedlove and when not at the office she adores spending time with him, cooking, running, and traveling.


Tonya Sanders: Office Supervisor

Ms. Sanders has been with Good Looks since opening day. She has many years experience in the optometric field. She offers a personal touch by coordinating appointments, verifying insurance, providing preliminary optometric testing including: Retinal photographs, autorefraction, non-contact tonometry, visual field testing, stereo vision and color vision testing. She also coordinates teaching the insertion and removal of contacts. Her smile is contagious and she brings to office the personal attention you desire.


Bethany Krawlec – Front Desk / Receptionist

Bethany has been with Good Looks for over a year and has 7+ years of front desk/medical office experience. She coordinates appointments, and verifies/files insurance, while providing friendly service, personal attention and customer care.

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