Our Eye Doctors and Staff

Eye care professionals at Pelham Vision Center Greer, SC, and Dr. Rachel Tanner, Dr. Amy E. La Croix, Dr. Kerry R. Steck, Dr. Charles J. Woody specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not 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 including eyeglasses and contacts.

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. Rachel Tanner

Dr. Rachel L. Tanner graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and obtained a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She returned to UAB to pursue her optometry degree including an internship at Pelham Vision Center in 2015.

Dr. Tanner completed her residency training in primary care and ocular disease at the Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina in 2016. She joined Pelham Vision Center in 2016 and specializes in ocular disease management, medical contact lens fittings, and primary care.

Dr. Tanner and her husband have a beautiful baby boy, and they enjoy exploring the beauty of the Upstate.


Dr. Amy La Croix

After graduating from Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, South Carolina, Dr. Amy E. La Croix received her Bachelors of Science degree in biology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dr. La Croix continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree.

Dr. La Croix’s clinical experience includes an internship at the VA Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama where she assisted with the treatment of patients with glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. She also completed internships at several private practices including Pelham Vision Center in 2012. Dr. La Croix also specializes in pediatric eye care and has extensive training in pediatric vision. She returned to the upstate in 2012 to begin full time patient care at Pelham Vision Center.

In her spare time, Dr. La Croix enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and CrossFit


Dr. Kerry Steck

Dr. Kerry R. Steck earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University and her Doctor of Optometry degree at Ferris State University. Her clinical experience includes internships at Ciba Vision Research Clinic in Atlanta and Omni Eye Services in Chattanooga, as well as laser vision care at Woolfson Eye Institute and TLC Piedmont Laser centers.

Dr. Steck founded Pelham Vision Center in 1993 and quickly established it as one of the premier eye care offices in the sailingUpstate. She specializes in challenging contact lens fittings and consultations for LASIK, cataract and refractive IOL surgery.

In her spare time, Dr. Steck enjoys visiting lighthouses and sailing her Hobie Cats with her husband, as well as creative interests in sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking.


Dr. Charles Woody

Dr. Charles J. Woody received his undergraduate degree in Physiology from Michigan State University, his MS in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University, his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his OD from Nova Southeastern University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School.

Before joining Pelham Vision Center he served as the Director of Research and Optometrist at the Diabetes Care Center for the Greenville Hospital System and on the faculty of several universities. Dr. Woody has lectured internationally and has co-authored several publications on various aspects of endocrinology, specifically diabetes mellitus. He has also conducted research on ocular involvement of systemic endocrine disorders, ocular complications of diabetes mellitus and the mechanism of hormone action.

Dr. Woody is married, the proud father of two children and is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. Make sure you see the Wrigley Field room at your next visit.