Our Doctors


John M Dovie, OD, FAAO

Dr. Dovie is a therapeutic certified optometrist (optometric physician) who has been practicing since 2004. Dr. Dovie is a cum laude graduate from Virginia Tech (1999 major in biology, minor in chemistry). He married his high school sweetheart after graduation and in 2000 moved to Philadelphia, PA, where he attended the doctor of optometry program at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now part of Salus University).

In 2004 Dr. Dovie graduated from PCO and was selected to participate in the college’s prestigious residency training program, where he spent the next year practicing in Philadelphia at The Eye Institute. During his year of residency training Dr. Dovie split time between two passions: teaching and learning. He worked with many OD and MD specialists gaining invaluable experience in various clinics including glaucoma, cornea and cataract, oculo-plastics, retinal disease, neuro-ophthalmic disease, primary care, emergency medicine, and special populations. Of just as great importance to Dr. Dovie was the teaching aspects of his residency training. Dr. Dovie had the responsibility of teaching laboratories, proctoring exams and clinical practicums, in addition to teaching both third and fourth-year interns in clinical settings.

In 2007 Dr. Dovie earned his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). There are currently only about 3000 active fellows worldwide, and there are only about 70 Fellows in the state of Virginia.

For seven years running in a row, now, Dr. Dovie has been voted First Place for “Best Beside Manner” in the New River Valley by ‘Our Health Magazine.’

He is quoted saying “As a doctor, it is very humbling being honored by those you serve. At our office, we strive to treat all our patients as family. A good bedside manner is our way of showing our patients that we care about them as individuals. I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful staff and patients that appreciate us.”

Dr. Dovie has focused on specializing in functional vision, vision development, and visual neurorehabilitation, and is excited bring those skills to our sister clinic, Vision Plus Development and Rehab.

Colleen H Mitchell, OD, FAAO

Dr. Mitchell is a proud Hokie who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a degree in biology and a minor in psychology. While attending VT, she founded the Pre-Optometry Club, where students could prepare for their optometric careers. She was also a member of the National Scholars Honor Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Health Professional Honor Society at Virginia Tech.

She moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend The New England College of Optometry, where she spent the next four years studying under some of the best eyecare physicians in the country. Her clinical internships included primary care, pediatrics, ocular disease, special populations, and cataract surgery co-management.

Dr. Mitchell’s clinical externships took her to some of the best eyecare hospitals and clinics, including the VA Medical Center in the Greater Boston area, the Martha Eliot Health Center (at Boston Children’s Hospital), and Omni Eye Services in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Mitchell also studied at Boston Medical Center, focusing on specialty contact lenses and pediatric care.

Dr. Mitchell moved back to Hokie Country in 2011, and has been practicing optometry since. She lives in Blacksburg with her husband, pet rabbit, and dog. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Adrianna Hempelmann, OD

Dr. Hempelmann is now seeing patients, with a focus on pediatrics (17 and under), patients with binocular vision disorders (eye turns, lazy eye, etc) of any age, and is helping oversee the vision development and rehab clinic at Blacksburg Eye.

Dr. Hempelmann is a tried and true Mountaineer who graduated from West Virginia University in 2005 with a degree in biology. While at WVU, she realized she wanted to pursue health care. Always loving her annual visit to the eye doctor and after talking to a friend’s parents (both optometrists themselves!) and learning about the profession, she applied to schools, ultimately ending up in Chicago at the Illinois College of Optometry. She spent the next four years learning from some of the best optometrists in the profession both at school and while on externships. Her studies and clinic rotations included primary care, ocular disease, contact lenses, and pediatrics. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society along with various student organizations.

After graduation, Dr. Hempelmann worked for a private practice in Charlottesville, VA. After a wonderful three years there, she made the decision to further her knowledge and specialize in pediatrics and binocular vision. She completed a residency at Indiana University School of Optometry focusing on infant/children/adolescent eye exams, binocular vision assessments of all ages, vision therapy, visual information processing, and contact lenses for kids. Following that year she moved back to Chicago and worked for ICO at a satellite clinic, IEI at Princeton, serving the public school children of the city. In addition to direct care, she also taught the optometry students how to do eye exams on children. She participated in a few research projects there as well and presented two posters at national optometry meetings.

In her free time, she loves to work out in various ways- running, spinning, lifting, fitness classes…and she is always looking to recruit others to join her!