Experienced Eye Professionals Dedicated to Quality Care

  • Alicia M. Eby, MD

    Alicia M. Eby, MD is a board certified comprehensive Ophthalmologist practicing at both Traverse City Eye’s locations in Traverse City and Kalkaska, Michigan (located on the second floor of Kalkaska Memorial Hospital). If you would like to verify Dr. Eby's board certification, please visit the following link: https://abop.org/physician/?id=35299

    Dr. Eby completed her internship and residency through the Kresge Eye Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she also received her medical degree. Dr. Eby completed her undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    Throughout her years of education and training, Dr. Eby has been actively involved in many leadership roles that include Chief Resident at Wayne State University, working with 20+ ophthalmology residents. She was also the Chapter President for the World Health Student Organization while at Wayne State University. She held the position of President for the Aesculapians Honor Society and the American Medical Women’s Association.

    Dr. Eby commented, “It is a privilege to provide health care for this extraordinary community and I'm proud to be a part of it!”

    Dr. Eby is originally from Ontario, Canada. She has recently settled into her new home in Traverse City with her husband, Axel and new baby boy, Grant. Dr. Eby is loving both living and working in beautiful northern Michigan, where she likes to get outside and enjoy nature - especially capturing it with her passion for photography.

  • Robert  A. Foote, OD

    Robert “Bob” Foote, a board certified Doctor of Optometry, was born in the beautiful state of Hawaii and completed his undergraduate education degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Alma College in Alma, Michigan. He then went on to graduate with high honors from Ferris State College—College of Optometry in Big Rapids, Michigan.

    Dr. Foote has over thirty years of experience in all areas of optometry and vision care. He is one of Michigan’s certified Low Vision specialists. Dr. Foote’s outstanding care of his patients makes him one of the areas’ most sought after eye care specialists. 

    In addition to his strong vision care practice, he is actively involved in VOSH—Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, Lions Clubs and the Suttons Bay Leelanau County Rotary Club eyeglass project. Through his work with VOSH, Dr. Foote leads mission trips to Honduras, and has participated in mission trips to Mexico, Guatemala and Peru. He has also aided in provided children eyeglasses through the Northwest Michigan Migrant program. 

    Dr. Foote is a member of the AAO—American Academy of Optometry, AOA—American Optometric Association and the MOA—Michigan Optometric Association. He is also involved with Optometry students at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.

    Dr. Foote, who resides in Traverse City Michigan with his wife, Sandy and two dogs—Max and Dutch, enjoys spending time with his grown children who live in Traverse City and Marshall, MI. He has five grandchildren that are his passion. He loves to spend time with them. He is a family man. 

    Dr. Foote is also an avid outdoorsman who likes to golf, hike, fish, and bird hunt. He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially traveling to our nation's National Parks. He is actively involved with the community and his church. Dr. Foote continues to participate in spinning classes that keep him going and in great shape to meet the demands of his practice and family.

  • Kenneth B. Gum, MD

    Kenneth Gum, MD (Founding Owner - Retired 2019) is a board-certified Ophthalmologist, was raised in Oscoda, MI, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his high school class. He then went on to graduate from Oakland University, Magna Cum Laude.

    He attended medical school at the University of Michigan (U of M), graduating with honors. He remained at U of M, completing his residency in Ophthalmology in 1988.

    Dr. Gum had over thirty years of experience in ophthalmic surgery, with special interests in cataract surgery, oculoplastics surgery, and retinal disease management.

    Dr. Gum was one of the founders of the Copper Ridge Surgery Center (formerly the Northwest Michigan Surgery Center) in Traverse City, Michigan. He was on the facility’s Board of Directors and Medical Executive Committee for twelve years.

    Dr. Gum is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a member of the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

    In his spare time, Dr. Gum, who resides in Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife, two children in college, and three dogs, enjoys spending time fly fishing and all outdoor activities offered by the beauty that is found in northern Michigan. He was on the Board of Directors for the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is actively involved with the Conservation Resource Alliance, Ruffed Grouse Society and the Anglers of the Au Sable.

    Dr. Gum is also an accomplished author and sponsored the National Writers Series. He has authored the book, "Excess Baggage," that was inspired by his love of the outdoors and nature.  He is currently writing articles for numerous outdoor-related publications and articles.