Our Dedicated Team
We are extremely fortunate to have a very competent and friendly staff with over 75 years of cumulative experience in the optometric field. Julie Sparks is licensed as both a Spectacle Optician as well as a Contact Lens Optician. Julie maintains both of her license annually by completing all continuing requirements of the states of Ohio and Kentucky. Our Paraoptometric Technicians include Paula Smith, Lisa Wagoner, and Lynn Logan. Handling the front desk, scheduling, and registration is our multi tasker, Nicole Blevins.
Our qualified staff look forward to helping our patients with many services. Whether it is a frame repair/adjustment, contact lens instruction, insurance questions and/or assisting Dr. LaValley or Dr. Turner, their goal is to care to the very best of their abilities for our patients.
Dr. Robin LaValley, O.D. is originally from Vanceburg, Kentucky, having graduated from Lewis County in 1980. She attended Morehead State University and was accepted to the University of Houston College of Optometry after completing her junior year. She later then received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston and her Doctorate of Optometry in 1987 from the University of Houston College of Optometry.Dr. LaValley was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army in August of 1987. She then successfully completed the Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston San Antonio, Texas and was assigned to Womack Army Hospital Optometry Service Fort Bragg North Carolina. While serving in the military, Dr LaValley received valuable training, caring for thousands of active duty soldiers as well as retirees. She also was afforded the opportunity to work side by side career soldier Optometrists and Ophthalmologists gaining greatly from their clinical experience. After being honorably discharged from the military in 1991, Dr. LaValley came to the Portsmouth Ohio area and practiced for several years in corporate optometry. In June 1999 she purchased the practice of Dr. Jack White in New Boston, Ohio where she continues to practice today. Dr. LaValley resides in Portsmouth, Ohio with her husband Richard, of the past 28 years. She has three children, Starr Adams, Trey LaValley, and Taylor LaValley.One of Dr. LaValley’s greatest passions is her volunteer eye missions overseas. Since November 2000, Dr. LaValley has participated in 16 volunteer missions in Central and South America as well as Asia and Africa. The clinics typically run for about a week and thousands of patients are cared for by the team of volunteers. Her office is filled full of paintings and souvenirs from her many trips. According to the Portsmouth Lions Club our area is one of the most, if not the most, generous when it comes to donating unused eyeglasses to VOSH(Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity).
Dr. Turner is originally from Minford, Ohio where she graduated from Minford High School in 1992 and attended Shawnee State University for the first two years of undergraduate work and attended her junior year at The Ohio State University. Dr. Turner received her Doctorate of Optometry in 1999 from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Turner has been involved in the field of optometry from a young age. Her father was an optician who made her first pair of glasses at age 6. She has worked in every aspect of an optometric practice from receptionist, paraoptometric assistant (even alongside her mother) and eventually as the optometrist since the age of 16. As a part of her optometric education, Dr. Turner completed her externship rotation at the Lexington, KY Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she received valuable training serving hundreds of our veterans and trained under some of the finest optometrists and ophthalmologists gaining valuable knowledge and experience. As a student, Dr. Turner was a member of the honor fraternity Beta Sigma Kappa and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She was also the first OSU College of Optometry student to be the student examiner of a current OSU president, Dr. William Kirwin in 1998. After graduation Dr. Turner has practiced in both private and retail optometric practice. In January of 2003, she started to work part time in Dr. LaValley’s office where she continues part time work in her office today. . Dr. Turner resides in Minford, OH with her husband of 17 years, Chad, and their two children Gracie Turner and Gabriel (Gabe) Turner who attend Minford Local Schools. . One of Dr. Turner’s areas of interest in practice is the fitting and evaluation of contact lenses and more recently is in myopia (nearsighted) control with the use of contact lenses in pediatric patients. This area is of special interest as her son is one of her current case studies. . Dr. Turner also enjoys the medical side of optometric practice, whether it is diabetic eye care, high risk medicine management, post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery patients or common acute infections.