Our Doctors

William J. Dungan, O.D.

Justin Dungan, O.D.

Dr. Dungan founded our practice in 2007. He received his Doctorate of Optometry degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University School of Optometry. Dr. Dungan also majored in Chemistry while attending Eastern Kentucky University. While attending IU, he served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists and published a research paper on Accommodative Testing. While at IU, he served as an Associate Instructor in Diagnostic Procedures of Optometry, teaching underclassmen the skills needed to perform a proficient ocular examination.

He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the South Carolina Optometric Association. He has been recognized by Marchon, Inc. as a leader in the optometric field for offering superior product selections and customer service. He has also been recognized by the Management and Business Academy for providing legendary patient care.

Fun facts about Dr. Dungan

  • Dr. Dungan’s Saturday morning routine consists of some quiet reading on his front porch, followed by a bike ride to a local coffee shop for breakfast and coffee, then walking around the Farmer’s Market in downtown Summerville.
  • His favorite song is “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.
  • Dr. Dungan loves to renovate old historic houses as a hobby.
  • Dr. Dungan’s favorite patient memory is from early on in his career, he thought he saw a possible tumor in the back of a patient’s eye, although she had no symptoms. The patient was a young woman with young children. Dr. Dungan lost sleep for weeks worrying about her and what the outcome would be. He is glad to report that after great treatment at Duke University she is now in remission and doing wonderfully!

Jessica Spearing, O.D.

Dr. Spearing grew up just north of Pittsburgh, PA, and attended college at Ohio University, where she received her Bachelor of Science. She then moved to Philadelphia, PA to complete her Doctorate of Optometry Degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University where she received Clinical Honors in both Primary Care and Low Vision and Rehabilitation. Upon graduation, she also received a faculty-nominated award for Clinical Excellence in Primary Care.

Dr. Spearing is a member of the American Optometric Association and provides comprehensive eye exams including the treatment and management of ocular diseases. During her last year as a student, Dr. Spearing participated in a clinical rotation in the Charleston area and decided she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.  She and her Dalmatian, Remi, moved south, and love spending time outdoors and at the beach.

Fun facts about Dr. Spearing

  • Dr. Spearing likes to spend her Saturdays at the beach relaxing, hanging out with her dog Remi and trying out different local restaurants.
  • Her favorite song is I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
  • Dr. Spearing’s favorite hobby is reading crime/mystery books and going for bike rides.
  • Her favorite patient memory is helping a young boy in a low vision clinic who was having difficulty in school due to a congenital disorder affecting his vision. Providing the right glasses and devices to maximize his vision really helped him not only with his schoolwork but also navigating on the playground and at home. It was a great experience watching him make the most out of the remaining vision he had!

Jesse Willingham, O.D.

Dr. Willingham is a native of Summerville, GA, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science and Psychology from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN (Go Aces!). He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry where he earned special honors in the area of vision therapy at graduation. Finally, Dr. Willingham completed his training at the State University of New York College of Optometry’s prestigious Irwin B. Suchoff Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation in New York City, where he earned the special recognition of the Dr. Martin Birmbaum Memorial Award for Behavioral Optometry.

Dr. Willingham is continuing his commitment to lifelong learning by working toward fellowships in the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and by earning special certifications, including being certified to prescribe and fit orthokeratology contact lenses. He is proud to make his home back in the South, where friendly faces and sweet tea abound, and is excited to explore every nook and cranny of Charleston culture, especially food, history, and music, with his wife Abbigail and their dogs, Posey and Perry.

Fun facts about Dr. Willingham

  • Dr. Willingham enjoys lazy Saturdays where he can work on projects and rest or go out exploring with his wife, whether it’s a hike, camping, or just trying a new restaurant.
  • His favorite song is Nothing Can Change This Love by Sam Cooke
  • Dr. Willingham’s favorite hobbies are making music, building legos, riding bikes around his neighborhood, and trying new food!
  • His favorite patient memory happened in residency, parents brought in their little girl, who had just started first grade. The little girl was having trouble with school and was undergoing a lot of testing because she wasn’t learning to read and was performing very poorly in school. Her eye exam showed a significant need for glasses. Following up with the patient later, the glasses made all the difference, as soon as she got them she began trying to read immediately, there was no more need for the extra testing, and she quickly got back on track in school. The parents were so happy to see their child enjoying school and the little girl and her parents just lit up when she was able to read the letters on the eye chart!

Kelsey Smith, O.D.

Dr. Smith grew up in Toronto, Canada, and received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Medicine and Physiology. She then moved to Boston, MA where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry. While in Optometry School, she served on the executive team for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association NECO Chapter. She received honors in her primary care and advanced care rotations.

Dr. Smith is a member of the American Optometric Association whose clinical interests include ocular disease management and surgical co-management. She moved to the Charleston area from Colorado and is excited to trade the mountains for the oceanside and explore all the history, food, and culture Charleston offers.

Fun facts about Dr. Smith

  • Dr. Smith’s ideal Saturday includes kayaking or a hike, exploring downtown, and enjoying a good meal
  • Her favorite song is Landslide by The Chicks
  • Dr. Smith’s favorite hobbies include trying new recipes in the kitchen and reading
  • Her favorite patient memory was seeing an elderly woman for an exam after she had failed the visual requirements for renewing her driver’s license. I was able to let her know there was an issue with her lenses following her cataract surgery and send her back to the surgeon to clear the film over her lenses. After that, we were able to update her glasses prescription and get her back her driver’s license and her independence.