Dr. Adam Bryan says he has wanted to own an eye doctor practice in the town where he lives since he was 12 years old.
His dream never wavered.
For the past two years, Bryan and his wife, Dr. Kristy Tart-Bryan, have been overseeing construction of their new office building in Holly Springs. Last month, Carolina Family Vision moved from its rental space down the street to the 4,500-square-foot space.
“We closed the old office Friday afternoon and reopened Tuesday morning,” Kristy said. “December is our busiest month and I had been worried we would lose more time.”
The Bryans settled in Holly Springs in 2009 after extensive research. “Holly Springs needed another eye doctor,” said Kristy, 35. “At the time we opened, there was only one in town. We received such a warm reception when we opened.”
The couple met at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2001. After they married, they moved to Kristy’s home state of North Carolina.
“It was part of the pre-nup,” she jokes. Adam Bryan, 36, is from Illinois.
For several years, they worked at practices in the Fayetteville area before moving to Holly Springs.
“The first year was tough,” Adam said of the days after opening Carolina Family Vision. “We would come home and wonder how we were going to pay the bills.”
Both doctors continued to work external jobs while getting their own practice off the ground. They had rented office space off Avent Ferry Road and said it was a good decision.
“The location in this development was instrumental in attracting people,” Adam said. “This is a great end of town.
“When we signed our lease, this was a pasture, and the only thing here was a sign saying there was a Harris Teeter coming soon. One of the best decisions we made was picking this spot.”
The opportunity to purchase land in the same retail area was the realization of their dream.
“It was a statement to the community of our commitment,” Adam said. “We are here to take care of you and not just for a five-year lease.”
The past year was consumed with construction of their building, he said. They ran into problems with the soil that delayed work and increased costs.
In the end, it was worth it, they say.
“This is our forever home,” Adam said. “We live here, our kids go to school here. Every time we go out, we see patients we know.
“We think we made a good choice.”