Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make EyeCare Center of Rome the leading provider of vision care products and services in Rome.
Dr. David Vinci
Dr. Lauren Pierson
is originally from Western Canada, where she earned her bachelors of science degree in Medical Laboratory Science with distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry with Beta Sigma Kappa honors from The New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA. She completed externship training at the South Boston Community Health Center where she performed primary care optometric services at the Bascom Palmer Institute in Miami, Florida, where she specialized in Ocular Disease, Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. She recently moved to the area, and is excited about seeing patients in our Rome, Boonville, and Camden office She prides herself in giving thorough and compassionate care, and always listening to her patient’s needs.
Dr. Nichole Pollard
grew up in New Hartford, NY. She attended SUNY College at Geneseo as a part of an accelerated program coordinated with SUNY College of Optometry in New York City. She graduated Geneseo cum laude with a bachelor’s in biology and minor in psychology. She then attended SUNY College of Optometry where she was a part of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and graduated with a Doctor of Optometry at the top of her class. Dr. Pollard participated in externships at Eyecare of CNY in Syracuse, SUNY Optometry Pediatrics, and at the Syracuse VA. During her externships, she fit and evaluated many patients in specialty contact lenses and treated mild to advanced ocular disease, including post-operative cases. She also evaluated patients from two months old to eighteen years old in both hospital and private practice settings, many of whom had special needs such as Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. At the Syracuse VA, Dr. Pollard loved giving back to the veterans as much as possible; she often sawand treated patients with potentially blinding diseases, including advanced diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. She completed her internship at SUNY College of Optometry, where she rotated through clinics heavy in ocular disease and contact lenses. Dr. Pollard is passionate about specialty contact lenses and serving the pediatric population but loves caring for patients of all ages. She currently lives in Westmoreland, NY and is excited to give back to the community where she grew up.
Optician Lawrence Riolo III
joined our team in 2016. Lawrence is born and raised in Rome, and is happy to be helping the patients in the community he loves.
He has been in the optical business since he was 18 years old. He has seen many changes in the industry, and is an expert on the latest technology and fashion of eye wear. He prides himself in listening to patient’s needs, in order to design the best lenses, and frames to fulfill their needs.
He resides in Rome with his daughter Grace.
Donna has been with us for 10+ years and is our office manager she has previously served as our front desk coordinator so she has experience in many areas within the office.
Her love of people and problem solving makes our office run efficiently and a fun place to visit.
Donna is here to help you with many aspects of your visit from maximizing your benefits with contact lenses to helping you navigate all your billing inquires. If there is something that she can do to help make your visit with us even better than it already is, then please let her know because to her “If you are not happy, then neither are we and we need to fix it”.
Donna prides herself on her people skills so nothing makes her happier than seeing smiles on our patients faces when they leave our office.
Donna is from London England and now resides in Westernville with her family and a plethora of pets.
Kayla joined our team in April of 2018, she was born in Rome, graduated from Westmoreland
Central Schools, and obtained an associates degree from MVCC. Kayla is a licensed optician that works in both the Rome and Boonville offices. She Started her optical career at the age of 19, and has worked her way around most of the positions in Optometry office settings. She has done front desk, pretesting patients, verifying insurance benefits, preforming detailed tests such as fundus photography, visual fields, and also assists with contact lens training. Kayla started an optician apprenticeship in 2015 which lead to her becoming ABO certified in 2016 and fully licensed in 2017. Kayla is eager to learn about our patients needs in order to provide the best eye wear, and provide a pleasant experience for our patients. To be able to assist patients with the gift of better sight is her number one goal. She lives in Marcy with her fiancé John and their two cats, Ziggy Marley & Buddy Holly. Kayla enjoys snowboarding, spending time with her family, and hiking.
Anna is our patient coordinator at The Eye Care Center of Rome, she has been with us since October of 2019. She is typically the first person you will meet when you walk through our doors. Anna has a friendly welcoming nature that makes you feel like you are one of the eye care family, She is happy to help you make appointments, answer billing questions and maximize your vision benefits.
Above all Anna prides herself on her customer service, nothing makes her happier than knowing that our patients are happy and satisfied with the services that they have received in our Rome office.
Anna is originally from North Carolina and has lived in Rome since 2017.