Laura J. Knapp, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.
Dr. Laura J. Knapp has been in the field of optometry for over 15 years having started her career as a vision therapist. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rowan University, Dr. Knapp continued her education at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, earning a Doctorate of Optometry with Clinical Honors.
Following graduation, Dr. Knapp relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, where she led the pediatric team for a private practice and introduced vision therapy to its patients and employees. While completing her clinical training, Dr. Knapp worked closely with Dr. Leonard J. Press who eventually sold her his practice and transitioned all patient care.
Jessica Ships, O.D.
Dr. Jessica Ships is the current Pediatric and Vision Rehabilitation resident at Family Eyecare
Associates. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Medical and Molecular Biology at
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and continued her dreams at New
England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. Dr. Ships received her Doctorate in Optometry in
May 2022 with clinical honors.
From the start of optometry school, Dr. Ships had a growing passion for pediatric care, vision
therapy, and neuro-rehabilitation. She completed a specialty clinical elective course to gain
more experience with this population on top of her assigned rotations.
Optometric Vision Therapists
During her undergraduate, she has
worked with children with learning-related disabilities and volunteered at a senior living home,
which allowed her to expand her knowledge and experience in the field.
Post-graduation she has continued to work in the field of healthcare.
A West Virginia native, Chris graduated from Glenville State College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and double minor in English and Childhood Developmental Psychology. Having spent 25 years as an optician, Chris received his certification from the American Board of Opticianry.