Dr. Joe Pitcavage
Dr. Joe Pitcavage is a board certified Optometrist, who graduated from Boston’s New England College of Optometry in 2005, and ever since been practicing in the lowcountry.
Originally from Raleigh, NC, he fell in love with Charleston (and his wife) when attending The College of Charleston and competing on their varsity sailing team.
During optometry school in Boston, he endured four long, cold, snowy winters. After graduation, he and his wife moved back to Charleston. A few years ago he began Lowcountry Eye Care and has really enjoyed working with his patients.
Personally, he spends free time with his wife Mandy, their three daughters, and dog Max who lives for the tennis ball. They all love being outside and mostly spending time on the water.
Professionally, Dr. Pitcavage’s interests are seeing families and contact lens patients. He has thorough training for people of all ages and very much working with children.
Note from Dr. Pitcavage:
“Lowcountry Eye Care is a great practice because we are small enough to personally cater to all our patients needs, but also provide exceptional care with state of the art technology. My staff and I like to get to know our patients and treat their eyes not as a lone organ but as an integral part of their bodies.”
Dr. F. Wes Shealy
Dr. Shealy was born and raised in a military family and spent most of his childhood growing up in different cities in Texas. He attended the College of Charleston and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and graduated Cum Laude. While in college, Dr. Shealy began his optometric career as a technician at the Draisin Vision Group. After college, he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where he was involved in several organizations and was the Dean’s student representative to the Academic Affairs Committee and President of Fellowship of Christian Optometrists.
At the UAB School of Optometry, Dr. Shealy was recognized with several awards. These include the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy, the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence in the Field of GP Contact Lenses, the School of Optometry Dean’s Award, the UAB Dean’s Award for Excellence, and the Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Star for highest GPA.
After completing optometry school, Dr. Shealy joined the United States Air Force where he served as a staff optometrist at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL. While in the Air Force, Dr. Shealy was awarded with Distinguished Graduate at Commissioned Officer Training School, 6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year 2006, and Air Mobility Command Company Grade Optometrist of the Year 2006. Dr. Shealy now serves in the Air Force Reserve and has won both the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter and Field Grade Officer of the Quarter Squadron awards
Dr. Shealy became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 2007. He is currently a member of the South Carolina Optometric Physician Association, American Optometric Society, Coastal Carolina Optometric Society, and American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Shealy is married and has two sons. When not working, he likes to spend time with his wife and boys, read a good book, go for a run, and go to the beach. He is an avid sports fan and especially likes college basketball, tennis, and running. His goal is to provide the best patient care possible and make every person feel comfortable and confident in the care they receive.
Dr. Katie Young
Dr. Young grew up in Fishers, Indiana. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePauw University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry. During optometry school, Dr. Young was a member and the president of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. After graduation, Dr. Young practiced in Indianapolis, Indiana, specializing in primary care, dry eye disease, and contact lenses.
Dr. Young and her husband moved to South Carolina in 2018 to be closer to family and the beach! She is excited to be part of Lowcountry Eye Care. Dr. Young is currently a member of the American Optometric Association and the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association
Dr. Rebecca McCormack
Dr. Rebecca McCormack is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Mary Washington graduating Magna Cum Laude. Later, she received her Doctorate of Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, graduating with honors. During Optometry school, she received a Presidential Scholarship for her academic performance and was a member of the Beta Sigma Optometric Honor Society.
After graduation, Dr. McCormack worked at a private practice in Richmond, Virginia helping patients achieve their visual needs with glasses and contacts as well as treating and co-managing ocular disease such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Dr. McCormack is passionate about providing comprehensive eye exams through all phases of life – whether it be a child’s first pair of glasses or helping co-manage a patient through cataract surgery.
Dr. McCormack and her husband fell in love with the Lowcountry while on a vacation and they decided to move there full time in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, crocheting, tennis, hiking, and being outdoors with her husband and their Border Collie, Cooper.
Dr. Ryan Scharadin
Dr. Ryan Scharadin is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Photography. He is a licensed optometrist through the National Board of Examiners of Optometry (NBEO) in both South Carolina and Pennsylvania. His optometric externships included: The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Allentown VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, The Northeastern Eye Institute in NEPA, and The William Feinbloom Low Vision and Rehabilitation Center. He is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Lions Club International, and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.
Ryan’s passion for optics started with his love for fine art photography. He is active in the art community and is an avid street photographer. His goal is to combine both the experience he has behind the camera with the knowledge he received from PCO to create a unique and memorable experience in eye care.