Our Team Of Experts





At Highlands Optometry, our number one priority is providing quality vision care to the local community. Our offices have knowledgeable doctors and friendly staff members dedicated to fulfilling all of your eye care needs including: comprehensive eye exams, glasses & designer frames, contact lenses, surgical consultations for Lasik and Cataracts, Eye disease treatment (i.e. Glaucoma & Diabetes), and dry eye care. Come see how our team can help you!



  • Dr. Douglas R. Weberling
    Private Practice Optometrist

    Dr. Douglas R. Weberling and Associates, Bristol, VA: February 1976 – present

    International Academy of Sports VisionFaculty Member: 1990 – 1992 Member of the vision screening team for the USA Pan American Games, 1991 Lecture throughout country on sports vision enhancement and Safety Team USA Optometrist for USA, 1994 Winter Olympics, Norway.

    Optometric Clinical AffiliateOhio State University College of Optometry For Pre and Post Treatment Management of Refractive Surgery

    Clinical StudiesDr. Weberling has performed various contact lens studies for Ciba Vision, Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, and Wesley Jessen.

    Awards / HonorsVolunteer of the Year – United Way – 1982 Bristol Distinguished Young Man of the Year- 1983 Ten Outstanding Young Virginians – 1984 – Virginia Jaycees TLC Laser Center: Diamond Award Winner – 2006 Platinum Award – 2005 Gold Award Winner – 2004

    PublicationsWeberling, Douglas R., Programmed Replacement and Disposable: Prescription for a Healthy Practice. Contact Lens Spectrum (1991) Pg. 8 – 11. Weberling, Douglas R., New One Bottle Solution approved for use with Soft Contact Lens. Primary Care Optometry News (March 1997) Pgs. 23-24. Aldridge, Chuck, Weberling, Douglas R., Multipurpose contact lense solutions: Suitable for all patients, all lenses? Prmary Care optometry News (April 1999) Pgs. 14-15.

    Professional AssociationsAmerican Optometric Association Contact Lens Section of AOA — Charter Member Virginia Optometric Association: 1975 – Present Member of the executive board for 3 years Past Chairman Interprofessional Relations Committee MidAtlantic Congress Continuing Education Committee Chairman Practice Enhancement Annual Seminar — VOA – 1987 – 1992 Lonesome Pine Optometric Association: Past President – LPOS – Pier Review Committee

    Civic OrganizationsGreater Bristol Area Chamber of Commerce- President 1991 Bristol Host Lions Club – President 1990 United Way of Bristol – President – 1986; Campaign Chairman – 1984 Bristol Jaycees – President – 1983 – 1984 Virginia Jaycees – Executive Board – 1984 – 1985 Bristol Virginia City Council – 1994 – 2006 Mayor of Bristol Virginia – 3 years Bristol Regional Medical Center – Board Member – 2000 – Present

  • Dr. Joshua Taylor
    Associate Optometrist

    Dr. Joshua Taylor was born and raised in a small town in Northeastern Arkansas.  After earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas, he went on to study at and graduate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. There, he met his future wife, Victoria, and the two have settled in the Tri-Cities area. Dr. Taylor enjoys providing eye care for patients of all ages six months and older, with special interest in fitting contact lenses and the management of ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye, and diabetes. If he’s not in the office you can probably find him on the golf course!

  • Dr. Priyanka Patel
    Associate Optometrist

    Dr. Priyanka Patel has been practicing Optometry for few years now. She has joined our practice in 2019. She provides primary vision care with interest in ocular disease, dry eye, and contact lenses. Dr. Patel did her undergraduate studies from Pennsylvania State University and graduated with bachelor’s degree in life science. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Salus University located in Philadelphia. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with her patients and strives to consistently exceed expectations at every level. Out side of work, she enjoys reading, traveling and shopping. Photography is her latest obsession but she is yet to capture a perfect shot! Her favorite vacation spot is Maldives. She played field hockey in high school. She grew up in Pennsylvania and recently moved to be closer to her husband’s family. She currently resides in Bristol, TN with her husband. Dr. Patel is multilingual, speaking English, Gujarati, and Hindi. Her favorite frame lines include Tory Burch and Maui Jim. Call to schedule your eye exam with Dr. Patel today!

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Office Hours

Bristol Office

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Wise Office

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed