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.