The eye care professionals at Patterson Eye Clinic specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both eyeglass lenses, and contact lenses.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing, and treating potential vision problems.
Dr. Peter Nardone was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and attended Hofstra University, graduating in 1981 with a degree in biology. From there he went to the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, and received his degree, with honors, in 1985. After various externships in community health centers and Boston's Veteran's Hospital, Dr. Nardone came to Richmond and has been with the Patterson Eye Clinic since 1985. He is a member of the Richmond Optometric Society, the Virginia Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Nardone lives on a small farm in Montpelier, Virginia, with his wife, Jane, and their three horses and cat. A private pilot and passionate bodybuilder, he also enjoys watching football and lacrosse. Dr. Nardone has postgraduate training and is certified in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.
Dr. Laurel Loukx came to the Patterson Eye Clinic in 1988. Immediately after graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1987, she practiced at the Morrison Associates, a large specialty contact lens practice with offices in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Park Avenue, New York. She did externships at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona and at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Loukx attended Iowa State University and Virginia Tech as a biology major and in 1984 was accepted for early admission to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she received a Bachelor of Science in ocular science after her first year. Dr. Loukx is also a member of the Richmond Optometric Society, the Virginia Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association. She has additional training and therapeutic licensure for the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. While not seeing patients at PEC, Dr. Loukx rides her horses and enjoys rural living with her husband, Jim, two wonderful children, and four adopted pets. In her teens, Dr. Loukx lived several years in the Andes of Venezuela. Ella habla espanol.
Dr. Jonathan Stoller earned his B.S. degree in Vision Sciences and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California at Berkeley. While studying in Berkeley, Dr. Stoller interned at both the San Francisco and Oakland Veteran’s Hospitals. Since graduating in 1996, Dr. Stoller has practiced optometry for over 20 years in the West End of Richmond and Chesterfield County. His professional memberships include Richmond Optometric Society, Virginia Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association. Dr. Stoller lives in the Tuckahoe Area with his wife and family. In his free time, he enjoys walking his two dogs, swimming, cycling and tennis.
Dr. Taylor Dalton was born in Richmond and raised in Powhatan, VA. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA before receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2019 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed clinical externships in pediatrics at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, and ocular disease at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Veteran’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN. Dr. Dalton is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Virginia Optometric Association. After graduation, she moved back to Richmond and enjoys biking, reading, and playing with the animals on her family’s farm.
Dr. Nicole Brown Mihalko was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Longwood University and received magna cum laude honors in Chemistry and Biology. Upon graduation, she became a Certified Paraoptometric Technician at Patterson Eye Clinic, where her passion for optometry and patient care began. Dr. Mihalko earned her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2021 from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated with summa cum laude honors and received several awards including the Ocular Disease Clinical Excellence Award. She completed her clinical externships in optometric rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland and in ocular disease and surgical co-management at Coastal Vision Center in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Dr. Mihalko is a board certified optometrist and has additional board certifications for injectable skills and the treatment of ocular disease. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Virginia Optometric Association. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, hiking, water sports, and being with friends and family. Dr. Mihalko is delighted to be back in Richmond and we are thrilled to have her back at Patterson Eye Clinic!
Dr. Dane Gies graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his Doctorate in Optometry from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Gies is licensed and therapeutically certified to treat eye diseases by the Virginia Board of Optometry. Dr. Gies is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Virginia Optometric Association. Dr. Gies resides in Richmond with his wife. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, watching sports, and playing soccer and hockey. El habla español.