Our Optometrists

WEBP70 Michael Connell OD

Michael Connell, OD

Optometrist Michael Connell graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2009 and received his Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in 2014. Dr. Connell completed his externship rotations at a Swagel Wootton Hiatt Eye Center in Mesa, Arizona and a private practice in Virginia Beach, VA with Dr. James Cornetta.

Dr. Connell relocated to Georgia in 2017 to return to familiar roots. Prior to acquiring Spectakular Boutique, Dr. Connell practiced in Knoxville, TN and Beaverton, OR.

Dr. Connell practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, comprehensive eye exams for glasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries and infections. He has a strong emphasis on the management of ocular surface disease and dry eye.

Dr. Connell is a member of the American Optometric Association, and the Georgia Optometric Association.

WEBP70 Jeung Kim OD

Jeung Kim, OD

Optometrist Jeung H Kim received her Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemical Nutrition from the University of California at Berkeley. While working as a post-doctoral scientist, her artistic nature combined with passion for science naturally lead to pursuing the Doctor of Optometry degree from the same university. She loves impacting people’s lives on a daily basis.

After competing a residency at the Southern College of Optometry (Memphis, TN) with emphasis in primary care, Dr. Kim continued her optometric career in a faculty position at the Southern College of Optometry teaching ocular biochemistry, and at Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR) teaching neurology, ocular anatomy and physiology, and advanced optometric procedures. She relocated to Georgia in 2017 to pursue a path in direct patient care.

Dr. Kim practices adult and pediatric primary eye care, comprehensive eye exams for eyeglasses and contact lenses; surgical pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery; and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, injuries, and infections. Dr. Kim emphasizes the management of ocular surface disease and dry eye through the use of therapeutics and advanced treatment procedures using punctal plugs and Lipiflow thermal pulsation technology.

She loves abstract painting, classical music, meditation, wine and gourmet food, and spending time with her family.

Our Team

Lisa Bruce

Lisa Bruce

I live in Dawson county which has been my home all my life. I have been an optometric technician for over 15 years and have been at Spectakular Boutique for most of those.

I feel very fortunate to be able to give back in the community I grew up in.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart and together we have two sons, two daughter in laws, and two precious grandchildren that are the absolute loves of my life. I enjoy my family time and the adventures we have. I love my life!

Julie Hammock

Julie Hammock

Hey y’all my name is Julie Hammock. I live in Jackson county. I love my job and patients so much I drive all the way to Dawsonville Monday through Friday. I have been an optician for over ten years.

The best part of my job is helping people with frame selection. I got married in my kitchen to love of my life in April 2020. That’s right I’m an optician that got married in 2020.

I have two wonderful boys and an amazing step daughter. I enjoy hunting, lake time, traveling and pretty much anything with my husband.

Erika Thomas

Erika Thomas

My name is Erika. I was born and raised in south GA. I have lived in North GA for six years. I have degrees in criminal justice and paralegal studies.

I have 15 year old daughter who is amazing and keeps me on my toes. I recently got engaged at the end of 2020 to the most wonderful man. I have a soft spot for rescue animals, especially senior dogs.

I have been in the optical world since 2017. I love working at Spectakular Boutique! My coworkers are my family. The patients are great and always a pleasure to help. I look forward to helping you with your optical needs.

Paige Savage

Paige Savage

I’m Paige Savage, a front office assistant at Spectakular Boutique in Dawsonville GA. I am new to the optical world and eager to learn and grow from this opportunity.

I have been in the medical field for the last 11 years, where I have worked as a patient care technician.

My passion is helping others. I have two beautiful little boys, that have my whole heart. I spend most of my time with them at the ball park or doing anything outdoors. Hiking is my all time favorite thing to do when I have free time. I look forward to being here for you and helping you with all your optical needs.

Kim Pasqualone

Kim Pasqualone

My name is Kim Pasqualone. I have been an ophthalmic technician for over 20 years. I have four children and love hanging on the lake or at the beach with my husband, John. I am fascinated with the complexity of the eye and how sometimes we can tell what is going on in other parts of your body by looking inside.

Remember the eyes are the window to the soul. If I have not met you yet, please know I can’t wait to help you with the best eye care of your life!