Dr. Takeia Locke

Dr. Takeia Locke received her Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University.  While in school, she discovered that she can combine her desire to encourage children to pursue excellence in education with her passion for Optometry by pursuing a specialty in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy.  She completed a competitive residency at Nova and decided that her focus would be on treating children, athletes, and special needs patients to ensure their vision does not negatively impact their lifestyle and learning.  The fact is as much as 80% of early learning begins with a child’s eyes. Therefore, it is her goal to see that their foundation for learning is not delayed due to undiagnosed vision disorders.

Her career is purpose-driven thus she identified her love of Optometry at the age of 16. She attended Howard University on a swim and academic scholarship to pursue Health Management knowing then her goal was to build her career in Optometry. Her passion for optometry has earned her numerous awards in several specialties including contact lens, school screenings, and pediatrics and vision therapy.  She was honored as a graduate with professional distinction and student of the year at Nova.  She also graduated with honors as a part of Beta Sigma Kappa. Dr. Locke also has a passion for mission work in other countries and has volunteered in Jamaica several times as well as for the Special Olympics, health fairs,  and school screenings.

Dr. Locke has published research and articles on Autism, Glaucoma, and Dry Eye Disease.  In addition, she has lectured in all areas of the field to her colleagues as well as community organizations. She serves on the board of three non-profit organizations and is a member of AOA, COVD, NSU Alumni Association, and Buckhead Business Association. Please contact her at info@familyeyecareatlanta.com if you would like to schedule her to speak to your school or organization.

Since each individual has unique needs Dr. Locke enjoys listening to patients, getting to know them, and using her knowledge to provide the best solutions for their eye care even in the most challenging cases.  She has been known to discuss healthy habits with her patients openly and emphasizes that good habits result in good vision. Dr. Locke is committed to caring for the health and vision of the entire family and believes each family member should enjoy a comfortable vision, stylishly.

In her free time, Dr. Locke enjoys traveling and hopes to provide vision therapy in third world countries if she ever retires.  She enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and three young children, listening to music, and staying current on eyewear trends.

Dr. Locke is an InfantSEE® provider and children of all ages from all around Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Fulton County, GA are welcome.

Berdell H. Smith

Assistant Clinical Manager

Berdell received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. (And yes, she is a huge Roll Tide fan.) Upon graduation, she immediately started her career in commercial insurance.

She has over 20 years of Customer Service and Consumer Relations experience. She has spent many years in resolution management for various corporate entities. Berdell understands that every patient is different, so the care a patient receives should be customized to their needs. She has never been a fan of “cookie-cutter” service, which is why she loves working at Family Eye Care of Atlanta.

There is such an undertone associated with doctor’s appointments. Berdell is devoted to making sure that your eyecare experience dismisses that myth and is a pleasant one.

In her leisure, Berdell loves spending time with her husband and being “Mommy” to her two sons. She loves attending jazz concerts, traveling, movies and “Girls Night Out”. Berdell also enjoys volunteering and event planning. She has volunteered with organizations that provide shelter for women recovering from substance abuse, facilitated workshops for college-bound teenagers, worked in food & clothing banks, and mentored young girls in “Go-Girl-Go”, to name a few.

Darian Frano

Vision Therapist

Darian graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and big LSU fan (Geaux Tigers). She was a competition dancer for 18 years and she enjoys finding new venues to dance at in Atlanta. Darian also is a coffee fanatic and loves finding new coffee spots.

She has a passion for working with children and helping them achieve their greatest potential. Working as a Vision Therapist has been so rewarding for not only her, but her patients as well. Seeing first hand at what Vision Therapy can do for someone brings her true happiness. Darian loves the family atmosphere of the practice and how everyone who walks through the door is treated like the most important person.