Meet Our Team

Our board-certified providers use their years of experience and training to restore patient vision health for a better life. Everyone on our staff is dedicated to providing excellent patient care, and we take the time to get to know our patients and their individual needs.

To provide you with the very best eye care and the latest information, our doctors and staff attend several educational seminars each year. Our training, experience and state of the art equipment combine to provide professional, full scope primary eye care for young children through elderly adults.

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Meet Our Doctors

We work with each patient to create a treatment plan that meets their specific needs. If you are looking for an eye care provider that will take the time to get to know you and provide high quality care, request an appointment with us today.

Dr Ingrid Peterson and her children

Dr. Ingrid Peterson

Dr. Ingrid Peterson has over 45 years of experience in the fields of contact lenses, children’s vision and ocular disease. She attended the University of Florida as an undergraduate and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston. The practice that Dr. Peterson founded is based on providing the most advanced, comprehensive ophthalmic examination for patients of all ages. She and the entire staff of Bayhead Eye Centre volunteer each month for the Shepherd’s Hope Foundation, Lion’s Club and Safehouse of Seminole County by supplying free eye examinations and spectacles.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Peterson enjoys fishing and gardening with her grandchildren.

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Dr. Mona Patel poses on the sales floor of Bayead Eye Centre

Dr. Mona Patel

Dr. Mona Patel grew up right here in the Central Florida area where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Central Florida in 1996. She later went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree from Salus University in 2001 (formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry). After graduating, Dr. Patel worked in Philadelphia for four years, until the cold weather and family brought her back to her hometown in beautiful Central Florida. She has worked in multiple settings since, and ultimately joined Bayhead Eye Centre in 2016 as an Associate Doctor. In January 2022, Dr. Patel took over the practice from Dr. Peterson and became the proud owner of Bayhead Eye Centre.

Dr. Patel is trained in pediatric eye exams, fitting contact lenses, diagnosing and treating sight threatening ocular disease, ocular emergencies, and co-managing post surgical procedures such as cataract, glaucoma, and lasik. She sees a variety of patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. She is a member of Optometry Divas and The Eye Physicians of Central Florida.

In her free time, Dr. Patel can be found at her teenagers’ sporting events, or enjoying quality time with friends and family.

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Dr. Patricia Dawson Gold

Dr. Patricia Dawson Gold

Dr. Patricia Dawson Gold grew up in upstate New York and received her Bachelor of Science degree from The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University with a concentration in Nutrition. After deciding to pursue her passion to become an Optometrist, Dr. Gold was accepted into the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry.

Upon graduation in 2001, she moved back east to work in Connecticut until her spouse’s career brought them to sunny Central Florida a few years later. Since then, Dr. Gold has been working in a variety of optometric settings allowing her to bring a range of expertise to her patients, from primary eye care and refractive surgery, to medical eye disease management, specialty contact lenses, and pediatric and geriatric eye care.

Dr. Gold is passionate about educating her patients and giving them a personal experience, making her patients a top priority and striving to provide the best care possible. Outside the office, Dr. Gold enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children, traveling in support of their active softball and volleyball teams, and when time allows, occasionally participating in triathlon and running events herself.

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