Kentucky College of Optometry Faculty

Below you will find a listing of full and part time faculty members for the College of Optometry.

Full Time Faculty

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Michael Bacigalupi, O.D., M.S., FAAO 

Dean, Kentucky College of Optometry,
Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 504
Telephone: (606) 218-5510
Email: MBacigalupi@upike.edu


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Amanda Blankenship, M.S., Pharm.D., RPH

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 501G
Telephone: (606) 218-5258
Email: AmandaBlankenship@upike.edu


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Cliff Caudill, O.D. FAAO

Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs
Associate Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 501E
Telephone: (606) 218-5515
Email: CliffCaudill@upike.edu


Justin Chelette, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 401J
Telephone: (606) 218-4461
Email: JustinChelete@upike.edu


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Donald J. Egan, O.D., FAAO

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 501F
Telephone: (606) 218-5513
Email:  DonaldEgan@upike.edu


Jason Evans, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 501
Telephone: (606) 218-5511
Email:  JasonEvans@upike.edu


Rachel Fitzgerald, O.D. FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 501C
Telephone: (606) 218-5532
Email: RachelFitzgerald@upike.edu


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Alexander Hynes, O.D., FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 401A
Telephone: (606) 218-5533
Email: AlexanderHynes@upike.edu


Josephine Ibironke, O.D., M.P.H., FAAO

Assistant Dean for Student & Professional Development, Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 501H
Telephone: (606) 218-5525
Email: JosephineIbironke@upike.edu


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Ryan Kern, O.D, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building
Telephone: (606) 218-5514
Email: RyanKern@upike.edu


Eilene Eugenio Kinzer, O.D., M.Ed. VFL, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 401G
Telephone: (606) 218-5514
Email: EileneKinzer@upike.edu


Benjamin Konig, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 401
Telephone: (606) 218-5640
Email: BenKonig@upike.edu


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Jesson Martin, M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Department Chair of Academic Affairs, 
Associate Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 401C
Telephone: (606) 218-5524
Email: JessonMartin@upike.edu


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Samantha Myers, O.D., FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building
Telephone: (606) 218-5524
Email: SamanthaMyers@upike.edu


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Renee Reeder, O.D., FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIACLE

Department Chair – Clinical Affairs, Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education Building 501J
Telephone: (606) 218-5202
Email: ReneeReeder@upike.edu


James Rogala, O.D., FAAO

Professor of Optometry and Osteopathic Medicine

Office: Health Professions Education Building 401E
Telephone: (606) 218-5519
Email: JamesRogala@upike.edu


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Jessica Walter, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Optometry

Office: Health Professions Education, 401A
Telephone: (606) 218-4473
Email: JessicaWalter@upike.edu


Part Time Faculty

  • Felix M. Barker, II, O.D., M.S., FAAO, DPNAP – Professor of Optometry – FelixBarker@upike.edu
  • D. Shane Barker, O.D. – Assistant Professor of Optometry
  • Cathryn Caudill, Ph.D. – Professor of Pathology – CathyCaudill@upike.edu
  • J. Kendall Cecil, O.D. – Assistant Professor of Optometry – JamesCecil@upike.edu
  • Regina Compton, O.D. – Assistant Professor of Optometry
  • Joshua Crum, D.O. – Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs for KYCOM – JoshuaCrum@upike.edu
  • Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker, Ph.D., FAAO – Professor of Optometry – pierredayhawbarker@upike.edu @upike.edu
  • M. Nabell Ghayur, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – MuhammadGhayer@upike.edu
  • Guichun Han, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Physiology –GuichunHan@upike.edu
  • Shumaila Hanif, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor Microbiology – ShumailaHanif@upike.edu
  • Amy Henson, O.D. – Assistant Professor of Optometry
  • Gary Hubbard, O.D. – Assistant Professor of Optometry
  • Ingrid Herrmann, MD, MPH – Associate Professor of Pathology – IngridHerrmann@upike.edu
  • Sarah Huffman-Stanifer, O.D. – Assistant Professor of Optometry
  • Keith Ison, D.O., FAOCO – Assistant Professor of Optometry – KeithIson@upike.edu
  • Vivek Joshi, MD, FAGE – Associate Professor Biochemistry – VivekJoshi@upike.edu
  • Paul Karpecki, O.D., FAAO – AssociateProfessor of Optometry
  • Joe Kingery, D.O., MBA, FACOFP, FAAFP – Dean of KYCOM, – JoeKingery@upike.edu
  • Randall Mann, O.D. –  Assistant Professor of Optometry
  • Ian McWherter, O.D., FAAO – Head of Optometric Telemedicine and Emerging Technology, Assistant Professor of Optometry – IanMcWherter@upike.edu
  • Kartick Pramanik, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Pharmacology – KartickPramanik@upike.edu
  • Patrick A. Scott, O.D., Ph.D. FAAO – Assistant Professor of Optometry – PatrickScott@upike.edu
  • Joan Sears, O.D., FAAO – Director of Externship Program, Associate Professor of Optometry – JoanSears@upike.edu
  • Julia H. Smith, DHEd – Associate Professor of Anatomy – JuliaSmith@upike.edu
  • Burton Webb, Ph.D. – President, University of Pikeville, Professor of Immunology – President@upike.edu
  • Kay Webb, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Psychology – KayWebb@upike.edu
  • Steve Wilson, O.D. – Assistant Professor of Optometry
  • J. Michael Younger, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Biochemistry – MichaelYounger@upike.edu
  • Dana R. Ziegler, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Anatomy, – DanaZiegler@upike.edu