Dr. Susanne S. Kilgo

Dr. Kilgo has been providing comprehensive eye care to patients in western North Carolina for over thirty years. She is passionate about individualized care in a relaxed environment. She enjoys treating eye diseases as well as fitting basic and specialty contact lenses for patient of all ages.

Dr. Kilgo graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with high honors. She attended graduate school in zoology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry. While in school she was selected for a team that provided vision examinations to students attending the deaf schools in Texas and Louisiana. In her senior year she was a teaching assistant working with first year students learning their clinical skills.

Dr. Kilgo grew up in a small town in Indiana surrounded by cornfields and flatland. She fell in love with the mountains of North Carolina the first time she visited them with her husband Dr. Douglas Kilgo who was born and raised in Asheville. After they both graduated from optometry school they knew they wanted to return to the mountains of North Carolina to practice and raise a family.

Dr. Kilgo served on the Henderson County Board of Health for nine years. She volunteered with the Henderson County School system when her daughters were growing up and she chaired Project Graduation. She is a member of First United Methodist Church.

The officers and executive directors of the North Carolina Optometric Society at the 2019 AOA meeting in St. Louis

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Kilgo is past president of the Mountain District Optometric Society. She has served as a trustee and secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina Optometric Society where she is the current vice-president. She has been a member of the American Optometric Association for over thirty years.

When she is not in the office Dr. Kilgo enjoys hiking in Pisgah Forest, exploring historical sites and spending time with family and friends. Her bucket list is to visit all the National Parks.

Kilgo with her family in Glacier National Park 2018.

Our Team

Linda Bennett

Linda Bennett

Optician-Eyewear Specialist

Linda has been providing patients with the highest level of service in the optical field for over thirty years. She personally chooses our extensive frame collection with close to five hundred styles to choose from. She stays up to date on all the newest lens technology to ensure that our patients have the best options for their lifestyle. Linda is a native of Burnsville in western North Carolina and now resides in Avery’s Creek with her husband and her two dogs-Yogi and Vegas. When she is not at work she is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Miranda McConnell

Miranda McConnell

Optometric Technician

Miranda is the person in our office who works with the hi-tech equipment. As our highly trained optometric technician she performs all the special testing such as retinal photos, visual fields and ocular coherence tomographies (OCTs). Miranda has worked as an optometric technician for five years and is currently studying for her Paraoptometric Certification. Miranda was born and raised in western North Carolina and currently lives in Waynesville with her husband and Tucker, Maggie, Finn, Addie, Binx and Dani-her two dogs and five cats. When not at work she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Melody Brady

Melody Brady

Patient Care Coordinator

Melody is the friendly, professional voice you hear when you call Kilgo Eye Care and the smiling face that greets you when you arrive for your appointment. She has worked in the optical field for over eleven years and can help interpret your vision and medical insurance coverage and will verify your eligibility. She is passionate about providing our patients with the highest level of service. She is originally from Ohio but has lived in western North Carolina for over twenty years. When she is not in the office she loves being with her very active grandsons. She enjoys the Asheville lifestyle, 80’s music and the Bengals football team.



What People Are Saying



Dr. Kilgo and her team will never steer you in the wrong direction from contact lenses to glasses and all your needs in between! Amazing women helping an amazing Doctor who's helping you see the brighter side of things!


Mallory C

What a great experience. Christine and Melody were friendly, happy, efficient, professional, and helpful. The Dr was also very warm, professional and thorough. It's my new eye place! Highly recommend.

Jennifer G

Dr. Kilgo is an experienced doctor who utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to perform a very thorough eye examination. She takes time to explain everything and answer all you questions. Her staff is very professional, friendly and helpful. While I was waiting for my eyes to dilate, her staff helped me find eyeglass frames that fit my face, met my style needs and looked good. I highly recommend this office for all your eye care needs.

Chris A

I loved your new place, and everyone was so knowledgeable and friendly. It's truly refreshing to feel so genuinely cared for. Thank you! I will definitely be back.

Karen W

Contact Us

Monday - Thursday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


8:30 am - 4:00 pm


2 Walden Ridge Dr. STE 50, Asheville, NC 28803