MEET OUR EYE DOCTORS
All of the doctors at King Family Eye Care have extensive training and a medical orientation. They also bring with them years of experience in specialty contact lens fits. We guarantee you will be happy with you eye exam! In fact, our patients often tell us it's the best eye exam they've ever had.
Dr. Matthew King is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry. He also attended Gordon College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He completed clinical rotations at the West Los Angeles Veteran's Hospital in Los Angeles, CA; the Ambulatory Clinic on the Naval Sub-base in New London, CT; the Las Vegas Low Vision Clinic in Las Vegas, NV; and the Southern California Eye Clinic in Fullerton, CA. He is a founding partner of King Family Eye Care, LLC which opened in January 2004 in Old Saybrook, CT, and in 2006 expanded to include our Rocky Hill, CT location.
Dr. King is an active member of the Connecticut Optometric Association and has previously served on their Board of Directors. He is also a member of the AllDocs Association, the Doctor's association affiliated with LensCrafters. He is a OneSight volunteer, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing no-cost eye exams, glasses, and permanent vision centers to individuals and places that need eye care the most. He has spent a number of weeks giving his time as part of OneSight in Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Campeche, Mexico.
In his free time, Dr. King loves the outdoors and enjoys piloting small airplanes, downhill skiing, kayaking, and hiking with his dog and family.
Dr. William Lavoie earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut, and his Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Dr. Lavoie enjoys practicing in both Connecticut and Florida, where he holds licenses and has a specialization in contact lens fitting. He is passionate about the health sciences but chose Optometry primarily for the one-on-one patient experience and the work-life balance.
Outside the office, Dr. Lavoie can be found gardening, horseback riding, and carpentry.
Dr. Leora A. Berns attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and Indiana University for her Doctorate in Optometry.
She relocated to Connecticut in 1986 and opened a private practice in Avon, CT. After selling her practice in 2015, Dr. Berns brought her years of practice experience and knowledge to the team at King Family Eye Care and practices in the Rocky Hill location.
In her leisure time, Dr. Berns enjoys gardening, knitting, walking, doing crosswords, and serving on the Board of the West Hartford Women's Chorale.
Dr. Eric Cropper is a graduate of The Arizona College of Optometry. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Hartford.
He completed clinical training rotations at the VA in Newington, CT; Horizon Laser Eye Center in AZ; IHS Chickasaw Nation Hospital in Ardmore, OK; and private practice in Phoenix, AZ.
Before becoming an optometrist, Dr. Cropper served in the United States Marine Corps as a tactical data network specialist. In his free time, Dr. Cropper enjoys traveling and spending time with his large extended family.