Experienced Eye Professionals Dedicated to Quality Care

  • Kenneth B. Gum, MD

    Kenneth Gum, MD, 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 has 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 and three dogs, enjoys spending time fly fishing and all outdoor activities offered by the beauty that is found in northern Michigan. He is 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 actively involved in 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.

  • Ashley J. Holdsworth-Rossman, DO

    Ashley J. Holdsworth-Rossman, DO is a board certified Ophthalmologist who completed her internship and residency through Michigan State University at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her undergraduate degree at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan.

    Dr. Holdsworth-Rossman has experience treating multiple eye conditions including dry eye, age related macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, and pediatric conditions. She is also experienced in eyelid surgery and cosmetic procedures such as Botox. She practices and operates at both of Traverse City Eye's locations in Traverse City and Kalkaska. Dr. Holdsworth-Rossman is also active in mission work and has participated in medical trips to the Dominican Republic.

    Dr. Holdsworth-Rossman is originally from Algonac, Michigan, located in southeastern Michigan near the shores of Lake St. Clair. She and her husband, Mike, enjoy the Michigan outdoors all year-round. They also enjoy boating and hiking with their Golden Retriever, Breezie. In the winter they love to snowshoe and ski.

  • Alicia M. Eby, MD

    Alicia M. Eby, MD is an Ophthalmologist practicing at both Traverse City Eye’s locations in Traverse City and Kalkaska, Michigan (located on the second floor of Kalkaska Memorial Hospital).

    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.

  • David M. Felger, OD

    David M. Felger, OD,is an Optometrist who is excited to be caring for our wonderful patients.

    Dr. Felger completed his Optometry training from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Felger also completed an Ocular Disease Residency at the Ohio VA Medical Centers, located in Columbus and Chillicothe, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Dr. Felger commented, “Traverse City Eye has set a standard for patient care in Traverse City and the surrounding areas. I look forward to the challenge of preserving the excellence in service that has come to be expected.”

    Dr. Felger is originally from Iron River, Michigan, located in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He now resides in Traverse City with his wife, Brooke, and two sons, Miles and Charles. Dr. Felger enjoys living and working in northern Michigan, where he likes to hike and snowshoe with his dogs, Missy and Nugget. He also enjoys playing rugby and spending time with his family.