Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Dr. Ben Gaddie earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry. He then completed a Residency in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University College of Optometry at the Triad Eye Medical Clinic and Cataract Institute in Tulsa, OK. Currently, he is the owner and director of Gaddie Eye Centers, a multi-location full service practice in Louisville that was started by his father over 40 years ago.
Dr. Gaddie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS). He is currently the Co-Chairman of the International Vision Expo Meetings, the largest provider of continuing education for eye doctors. He is also a Past President of the Kentucky Optometric Association.
Having published extensively in ophthalmic literature, Dr. Gaddie serves on the editorial boards of Review of Optometry, Optometric Management, Primary Care Optometry News and Optometry Times. In 2011, Dr. Gaddie was inducted into the Oklahoma Pioneers in Optometry Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was selected as one of the Most Influential in Optometry by Optometric Management, named a “Leader in Sight” by Bausch & Lomb, and was awarded the Kentucky Optometric Association Optometrist of The Year Award.
Articles Dr. Gaddie has recently authored or contributed to:
Glaucoma, The Stealthy Thief of Sight (page 18)
Dr. Bruce Gaddie, founder of Gaddie Eye Centers, received his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston School of Optometry. Dr. Bruce Gaddie is a member of the American Optometric Association, Kentucky Optometric Association and Louisville Optometric Association. Dr. Bruce frequently lectures to other doctors nationwide sharing his expertise in glaucoma, contact lenses and laser surgery.
Dr. Laura Lea Bassett, a native of Bardstown, KY, received her undergraduate degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College (magna cum laude) and her optometry doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed residency training in ocular disease and geriatrics at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Before practicing at Gaddie Eye Center, she worked for seven years in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama.
While in optometry school, Dr. Bassett was active in Students in Optometric Service to Humanity, serving one term as co-president and delivering eye care to underprivileged persons in Costa Rica and in the Dominican Republic. In 2004, she served as the attending optometrist on a similar vision mission to Honduras. Her professional interests include diagnosing and managing all manner of ocular disease as well as routine exams. Her personal interests include traveling to the beach, dabbling in home improvement projects, gardening, and enjoying good Bluegrass music. Dr. Bassett serves the community by volunteering with American Heritage Girls and with The Cross Ministry Group. She is a member of Sojourn Community Church and lives in Louisville with her husband Rich and their two young daughters.
Dr. Brian Clark received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Murray State University and was awarded his Doctor in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. He has completed externships at both Commonwealth Eye Surgery and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, KY. Dr. Clark is a member of the American Optometric Association and is actively involved with the Kentucky Optometric Association.
Dr. Clark enjoys seeing patients of all ages. His training includes the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases, and pre and post-surgical care. He has also been trained to fit all types of contact lenses including multi-focal and specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Clark, his wife Jennifer and son reside in Louisville and attend Southeast Christian Church. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and when time permits, watching a good movie.
Originally from California, Dr. Rob Ensley attended Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies before completing his optometric education and residency at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry, where he graduated with honors. His residency was in Cornea and Contact Lenses, and he is trained in specialty contact lenses including scleral lenses, orthokeratology lenses, and multifocal contact lenses. Dr. Ensley served as the National Liaison for the American Optometric Association’s Cornea and Contact Lens Section while a student at UMSL.
He currently specializes in fitting difficult-to-fit patients, including those with keratoconus or irregular corneas, corneal transplants, post-RK or LASIK patients, and patients suffering from severe dry eye or ocular surface disease.
Dr. Ensley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, the Kentucky Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association. Additionally, he has lectured on the topic of contact lenses to both students and doctors and authored several articles for Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.
In his spare time, Dr. Ensley enjoys spending time with his wife Jackie and their two Siberian Huskies.
Dr. Donald Gossom has been an optometrist with Gaddie Eye Centers since the fall of 1997. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky followed by his postgraduate optometric training at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He also completed internships with two Louisville area ophthalmologists with emphasis in cataract, glaucoma and ocular disease management, as well as refractive surgery procedures, including LASIK. Dr. Gossom has even had LASIK performed on himself! He is a member of the Kentucky, Indiana and American Optometric Associations. He resides in Louisville and enjoys playing the drums, tennis and traveling.
Dr. Tiffany Harder graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehead State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. She was awarded her Doctor of Optometry degree at Indiana University School of Optometry. In addition to her optometric training at IU, she also completed externships with Bennett and Bloom Eye Centers, the Lexington VA Medical Center and Ireland Army Community Hospital. She is a member of both the American Optometric Association and Kentucky Optometric Association. Dr. Harder enjoys working with a wide variety of patients including those with ocular disease, contacts lenses, as well as caring for patients before and after surgical procedures. She resides in Shelby County with her husband, Carl. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, camping and traveling.
With over 20 years experience running some of the largest dry eye clinics in the United States, Dr. Karpecki is a leader and pioneer in this dedicated area of optometry. He is a noted educator and author, having delivered over 1000 lectures and authored over 1000 papers on the subject of Dry Eye Disease – a condition that can negatively affect not only a patient’s vision but also their quality of life.
In 2002, Dr. Karpecki was named to the National Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Committee to provide insights into the condition and its effects on women, in particular. In 2003, he was appointed to the Delphi International Society at Wilmer-Johns Hopkins, which put him in the company of the top 25 Dry Eye experts in the world.
He currently serves as the Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry, the most read journal in the profession. He is the Director of Clinical Content, as well as Chairman, of the New Technology and Treatment Conferences, and serves on the board for the charitable organization Optometry Giving Sight. Dr. Karpecki has also served as Co-Chair for the optometry profession’s Dry Eye Summit, Director for the CJO Optometric Dry Eye Guidelines for EyeCare, and Committee Member for the DEWS II Diagnostic sub-committee. Most recently, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Symposium in 2016 in Montpellier, France. Dr. Karpecki is dedicated to making a substantial impact in the quality and consistency of dry eye patient care in the Louisville community.
Dr. Karpecki received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University before completing a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In addition to his responsibilities with Gaddie, he also currently serves as Clinical Director of Advanced Ocular Surface Disease at Kentucky Eye Institute. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Chandria, and their three children.
Born in Kansas, Dr. Jannelle Engel is native to the Midwest. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology (cum laude) at Drury University, a liberal arts school in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Engel attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she graduated with Honors in 2016. She went on to complete a residency in primary care and ocular disease in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the Veterans Health Care Systems of the Ozarks.
Dr. Engel is trained and interested in the treatment and management of ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. She’s also qualified and enjoys the fitting of contact lenses, pediatric exams, and evaluations of neuro-eye diseases.
In Dr. Engel’s free time she enjoys traveling, craft projects, and trying out a new recipe at home. She and her dog Billi are often found outside on a walk or at a park on a nice day.
Originally from Fargo, ND, he received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of North Dakota. He went on to obtain his doctorate degree, graduating with honors, from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. While at Pacific University he served on mission trips to Peru and the Philippines providing glasses and free eyecare. He then completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the Michigan College of Optometry in Big Rapids, MI. He is trained in specialty lenses including scleral lenses, myopia control/orthokeratology lenses, and multifocal contact lenses.
He specializes in difficult-to-fit patients such as those with keratoconus or irregular corneas, corneal transplants, post-RK or LASIK patients, and severe dry eye.
Dr. Carl Harder attended the University of Southern Indiana for his undergraduate studies where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He was awarded his postgraduate Doctor of Optometry Degree at Indiana University School of Optometry. After receiving his Doctorate at IU, he also completed a residency at the Cincinnati VA Hospital where he gave multiple lectures on ocular disease. He is a member of both the American Optometric Association and Kentucky Optometric Association. Dr. Harder’s training and professional interests include the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, as well as pre and post-surgical care. In his spare time he enjoys shooting, traveling, the outdoors and spending time with his wife, Tiffany.
Dr. Benjamin Paxton, originally from St. Albans, WV, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University. While at WKU, he played on the baseball team and enjoyed a three-year professional baseball career after his time in college. Dr. Paxton pursued optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he earned a Bachelor of Vision Science along with his Doctor of Optometry degree. While at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Paxton completed externship rotations in private practice in Oakland Park, FL, as well as a rotation in Lexington, KY, at Commonwealth Eye Surgery.
Dr. Paxton’s professional interests include glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, and contact lens fittings. In his spare time, Dr. Paxton enjoys traveling, trying new food, watching sports, playing golf, and spending time with family.