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Meet the experienced and friendly doctors who make Forsyth Family Eye Care the leading provider of vision care products and services in Winston-Salem.


Dr. Alex Appanaitis grew up in Cameron, NC. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill  with a degree in Chemistry in 1993. Dr. Appanaitis went on to receive his doctoral degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, in 1997. He moved back to North Carolina to work in a need based area (Yadkin County) designated by the state as underserved for eye care. In 2008 and purchased the practice from its’ founder, Dr. Barry Ramsey. In addition to assuming control of and working to grow the practice, he has remained active in the community joining the local Kiwanis club, performing volunteer work for the March of Dimes and Piedmont Opera, providing eye care services for Wake Forest University athletics and participating in many projects and fundraisers for his children’s schools, PTA and Lewisville United Methodist Church. Dr. Appanaitis is a member of the Winston-Salem District Optometric Society, NC State Optometric Society, Southern Council of Optometrists, American Optometric Association, and Vision Source. 

Dr. Amy Gurley was born and raised in Newton, NC. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 and from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, in 2008. Dr. Gurley participated in SVOSH (Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity) for three summers while she was a student at SCO.
She is a member of the AOA, NC State Optometric Society, and the Winston Salem Optometric Society and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church. Amy enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and anything outdoors and loves spending time with her husband, Aaron, and their daughters.

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