Team

Dr. Andrew Graves

Dr. Andrew Graves is originally from Oxford, Mississippi where he lived for 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in Biochemistry. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 2009. While in training, he completed rotations in a private practice in Sanford, North Carolina, the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and 2 rotations at UAB Eye Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Upon graduating he spent one year in rural West Virginia working in a small private practice until deciding to move to North Carolina to start his family. Dr. Graves has been licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Optometry to practice in this state since 2010. Dr. Graves practices full-scope optometry with emphasis in contact lenses, ocular diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, and pediatrics eye health. Dr. Graves and his wife founded Carolina Optometry Associates in March of 2015. He currently lives in Apex with his wife Melissa and their two boys, Peyton and Cooper. As is the match made in heaven, both he and his wife are both SEC football fans with obvious allegiances. Beyond the football in the house, Dr. Graves enjoys spending most all of his free time with his family.

Dr. Melissa Graves

Dr. Melissa Graves is a native of New Jersey. Her family and studies took her to Alabama where she completed a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002 and proceeded to perform research in Biochemistry while awaiting admittance to optometry school. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the UAB school of Optometry in 2009. Upon completion of school she performed a postgraduate residency in ocular disease at the Huntington VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. In this residency she learned state of the art medical therapy for all ranges of ocular disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. After her residency, she moved to North Carolina with her husband, Dr. Andrew Graves where both worked as independent doctors of optometry in various locations. Their goal of opening their own business has finally come true as they founded Carolina Optometry Associates in 2015. Melissa spends most of her free time chasing her two sons Peyton and Cooper. She also enjoys running, cooking, watching football, and listening to music.

Dr. Gayatri Dhruva

Dr. Gayatri Dhruva was raised in Atlanta, GA and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Georgia State University. She completed her optometric education at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN where she received her doctorate degree. After graduation in 2006, Dr. Dhruva moved to Salisbury, NC where she completed residency at W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center specializing in ocular disease and primary care. In her spare time, Dr. Dhruva enjoys traveling, cooking, and hiking. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Dr. Amorette Hannah

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Amorette Hanna completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida (Go Gators). She went on to attend optometry school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she graduated with honors. During her optometric education, Dr. Hanna received several distinctions including Cooper Vision’s “Excellence in Contact Lens” award as well as induction into both the Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key International Optometric Honor Societies. Dr. Hanna received extensive training in contact lenses, dry eye, glaucoma, and retinal disease, though her particular areas of interest are pediatrics and myopia management.

Dr. Hanna is actively involved in local and global outreach. She has been on several overseas mission trips and has served as a volunteer optometrist at Samaritan Health Center in Durham since 2017.

Outside of work, Dr. Hanna enjoys being outdoors, traveling, crafting, reading, and baking. She has combined her love of baking and optometry in a fun, educational blog called Eyecing on the Cake.