MEET OUR OPTOMETRISTS

Primary Eyecare Group provides the highest quality, compassionate optometry to ensure you and your family are healthy and happy.

Peter T. Van Hoven, O.D.

Peter Van Hoven, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 1999 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University.

In practice since 1999, Dr. Van Hoven’s interest in eye care was motivated by a long history of visual conditions and ocular disease in his family. He was driven to pursue a career in optometry to be able to help others improve their vision and overall eye health.

In his time away from the office, Dr. Van Hoven enjoys staying active by boating with his family and hiking.

Nicholas P. Engle, O.D.

Nicholas Engle, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Engle has always been fascinated with the eyes. He takes great interest in helping his patients understand how amazing their eyes are by educating them on how to keep their eyes at their best. Many people take advantage of their vision, and Dr. Engle likes helping them learn to appreciate and value this wonderful sense. He feels that he has the best of both worlds by being able to educate and treat patients at the same time.

Seeing his patients and their families year after year gives Dr. Engle the unique opportunity to build valuable relationships. Dr. Engle strives to understand his patients’ individual needs by having conversations and asking questions, which allows him to provide the specialized care each patient deserves.

Christina Martin, O.D.

Christina Martin, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry cum laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with honors from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Martin provides all aspects of eye care, including the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases, glaucoma, contact lenses, pediatric eye exams, and surgery co-management.

Dr. Martin says as a young child she always knew she wanted to be an optometrist. Ever since she began wearing glasses in the 2nd grade, she recalls that her visits to the eye doctor were always her favorite doctor appointment every year.

In practice since 2013, Dr. Martin’s favorite part of being an optometrist is building and maintaining long-term relationships with her patients of all ages. Knowing her patients on a personal level helps her to provide them with the best eye care possible to solve their vision needs.

In her time away from the office, Dr. Martin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and staying active by participating in outdoor activities with her husband and daughter.

Kenneth A. Young, O.D.

Kenneth Young, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in 1993 where he was awarded for his diagnosis and treatment of ocular pathology. Dr. Young serves as an FDA Investigator and Associate Professor for three optometry schools.

Dr. Young is Chairman of the State Board of Optometry. He was appointed to the board in 2019 by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. He has lectured nationally, has numerous articles published in Optometric journals and has served as clinical investigator for several pharmaceutical and contact lens companies.

In his time away from treating patients, Dr. Young enjoys spending time with his wife and their two kids, as well as hunting, fishing, and raising Hereford cattle. 

Vicky Young, O.D.

Vicky Young, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1995 and earned her undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Young is certified by the International Board of Examiners for the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.

In her free time away from the office, Dr. Young likes spending as much time with her family as possible, and that includes staying very busy with attending her children’s sports activities most nights. She also enjoys gardening, traveling with her family, and reading in her spare time, and she is always interested in receiving good book recommendations from her patients!

Molly Pace, O.D.

Molly Pace, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 2018 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University.

Dr. Pace began wearing glasses and contact lenses as a young girl in the 7th grade. Later, as a senior in high school, she developed a corneal ulcer because she had not been properly cleaning her contact lenses over time. She spent a lot of time at her optometrist’s office for treatment where she became more interested in the eye care field. She later began shadowing her optometrist and eventually made her decision to pursue optometry as a career.

In practice since 2018, Dr. Pace loves seeing firsthand the impact that eye health education and quality eye care can have for her patients to see more clearly.

In her time away from the office, Dr. Pace loves spending her free time with her family. She is also an avid animal lover who especially enjoys pampering her Yorkie named Teddy.

Dr. Shirnil Channappa

Dr. Shirnil Channappa received his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from Pennsylvania State University in 1995. In May 2000, he graduated from the University of Alabama – Birmingham with his doctorate in Optometry. His interest in health-related fields and interacting with patients led him to Optometry. He enjoys helping his patients solve their eye care needs.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and solving puzzles.

Patient Testimonials

Great friendly customer service-minded staff that never have a bad day. Management is excellent as are the doctors.

Queen A.

If you could give them ten stars, I would. Everyone there is friendly and personable. Dr. Engle is great at explaining everything so I can understand it. And he is actually fun, too! I feel like I am in great hands at Primary Eyecare. And it’s the best place to get great frames for your prescriptions or just for sunglasses. They have all the great brands! Go!

Suzy H.

This is an enjoyable place to visit even if you’re going to the doctor :-). The doctors are quite capable and enjoyable people. The people that help you pick out glass frames are good at what they do and the ladies behind the front desk are also top notch!

Sharon C.

My experience at Primary Eye Care is always 100 percent rewarding. From the moment I enter all staff members are professional and welcoming. Dr. Van Hoven is brilliant; the ultimate and best physician ever! He makes me feel right at home!

Brenda H.

Dr Pete VanHoven is wonderful. I have been seeing him for many many years. His staff is amazing and he always has the most up to date, state of the art equipment for testing every every area of your eyes and vision. I give them a 5 star review and would recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent eye doctor.

Bettie H.

Primary Eyecare is full of wonderful doctors and staff. Dr. Young, along with his colleagues, is extremely knowledgeable. They are always up to date on the latest research. The office is friendly and welcoming and the wait time is minimal. I highly recommend Primary Eyecare Group!

Wendy F.

Every time I go to PRIMARY EYECARE , I feel like my vision/ eyes are being taken care of by the best. Every appointment has been superb. From the front desk to Crystal to Dr Pete, I leave knowing if I ever experience vision issues, I am in the best hands in town. Kudos!

Michie F.

I have severe case of dry eye and for years I could not wear contacts since I’ve been seeing Dr. pace my dry eyes have improved 99% and as of today I’m wearing contacts my eyes feel great. Love this place all of the doctors are great.

Bernice B.

Great overall experience! I simply dread eye exams. The pupil dilation, the touching my eyeball with instruments, and the puff of air are not pleasant in any way. However, today was the exception. I didn’t experience any of those things and I had the best and most thorough eye exam ever. Everyone was pleasant, informative, and helpful. I highly recommend!!!!!

Vicki S.

Today was my first visit to this office, and EVERYONE was professional, friendly, and very helpful. Dr. Young was very knowledgeable and listened patiently to my concerns and thoughts. From the front desk to the frame selection room, I was treated with respect and kindness. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Judith H.

This is probably the first doctor’s office of any kind I have visited where everyone had a welcoming attitude! I took my oldest daughter there for an exam this morning and ALL the staff we encountered at her visit were super nice and professional! The optometrist was thorough and engaged. I made an appointment for my other daughter and I before we left!

Andrea B.

This was my first exam with Dr.Pace and she is an excellent eye doctor. She was very thorough and took the time to explain everything. She even plucked a stray eyelash that was on a collision course with my cornea. The staff is also very helpful and I would highly recommend them to everyone.

Tom W.

Staff were all professional and personable, making the whole experience a pleasant one. Really got the impression that people really knew their job and that the latest in eye care technology was in use. So glad we found this group.

Walter M.

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