Dr. Chantel N. Garcia
Dr. Garcia is a Miami, Florida, native who is proud to call North Carolina home.
A fluent medical Spanish-speaker, Dr. Garcia’s career has afforded opportunities to work extensively with everyone from American service members to patients with advance corneal and retinal diseases to children with autism. Among her specialties are dry eyes, hard-to-fit contact lens patients, laser vision correction and cataract co-management. Along with treating patients, she works as an Associate Professor at Salus University. One of her greatest joys is to help her patients not only see their best but also educate them on their eye health and choices for treatment.
Dr. Garcia received her doctorate with honors at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. During her clinical training, she treated ocular disease at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She also acquired experience in sports medicine with the team doctors for the University of Miami and conducted extensive research on children and adolescents with autism.
After graduating at the top of her class, Dr. Garcia pursued her passion and completed a competitive residency in corneal and medical contact lenses at Salus University in Philadelphia. There she provided medical contact lens care for infants, keratoconus and post-surgical patients for well-renowned surrounding facilities including Wills Eye Hospital, Albert Einstein Hospital, and Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center.
Following her residency, she joined the prestigious Eye Doctors of Washington in Washington, D.C., working directly alongside a team of corneal surgeons to help improve the quality of life for patients with advance ocular conditions. Working in the heart of Washington, D.C made for exciting times providing eye care for White House correspondents and professional teams like the Washington Capitals and Wizards.
Throughout her journey, Dr. Garcia found her passion for teaching and in 2012 became an Associate Professor for Salus University. She enjoys working with students and teaching colleagues the art of treating patients with advanced corneal disease, and has given lectures on the subject in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Dr. Garcia couldn’t be happier to have landed here in North Carolina, where she and her husband live with their young daughters and two playful dogs. Though she has extensive training for complex cases, she enjoys seeing family and children of all ages and eye care needs and cannot wait to meet you and teach you about your eyes.
Dr. Marissa J. Ferris
Dr. Marissa Ferris is a proud North Carolina native. She studied at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. From there, she attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she completed an advanced training program in cornea and contact lenses at The Eye Institute. Additionally, her training included treatment and management of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes in our veteran population while at North Carolina’s Hefner VA Healthcare System, and she honed her pediatric eye care talents at the Draisin Vision Group in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. Ferris has a strong passion for management of myopia (nearsightedness). As someone with a high nearsighted prescription, she grew up dependent on glasses with thick lenses. She knows the struggles and risks of high myopia and educates her patients on early detection and methods of prevention and slowing the progression of her patients’ nearsightedness.
Dr. Ferris is also dedicated to community. She has enjoyed volunteering for the Special Olympics and Lions Club, and has served on mission trips to South America to improve the lives of those who do not have access to eye and medical care. Dr. Ferris is currently a member of the American Optometric Association and the North Carolina Optometric Society.
Dr. Aaron K. Tarbett
Dr. Tarbett did his undergraduate work at the University of Akron and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. During his time there, he worked with The Ohio State Medical Center and developed an interest in eye disease and ocular trauma.
Over his 18 years in practice, he has treated those severely wounded on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as veterans of earlier conflicts. Practicing at a large military hospital afforded Dr. Tarbett the opportunity to not only provide eye care to military service members and their families, but develop and publish original research in the fields of diabetic retinopathy and traumatic brain injury. During his time in Washington, D.C., he served as the eye doctor to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Serving with the White House Medical Unit for the White House, he also had the pleasure of providing care for the First Family, cabinet members and his fellow medical staff.
Dr. Tarbett has enjoyed teaching and mentoring students as well, and has served as adjunct faculty for numerous colleges. He enjoys speaking and writing on topics of interest such as glaucoma, traumatic brain injury and macular degeneration with a special interest in concussion and vision rehabilitation.
He loves time in the clinic. That’s where he finds his true joy in spending time with, educating and healing his patients. Dr. Tarbett looks forward to meeting community members from the Harrisburg area and providing his neighbors with top-notch eye care.