Meet our Team
Dr. Benjamin StegerDr. Benjamin Steger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Bioinformatics, with a minor in Biochemistry, at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He then worked as a genetic researcher on chronic Hepatitis B infections, and how that can lead to liver cancer, at Drexel University. Afterward, Dr. Steger studied and earned his Doctorate in Optometry at Salus University in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Steger's optometric training took him to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to a specialty contact lens site and to the Santa Fe Indian Hospital in New Mexico to study Native American disease states. He then focused on diseases in veterans at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as primary care optometry in both Wilmington, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As a member of Student Optometric Service to Humanity, Dr. Steger participated on a medical mission trip to El Salvador, where he and his fellow doctors and students provided vision correction, and disease treatment, for over five thousand patients across the country. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, North Carolina Optometric Society, Mountain District Society of Optometrists and the Piedmont Society of Optometrists. Dr. Steger has been featured on WBTW Charlotte as a professional guest for Glaucoma Awareness Month.
Dr. Steger loves science, especially focused on molecular biology and genetics, watching scientific documentaries, hiking, biking and video games. He is happy to bring his expertise, along with his wife's, to provide quality healthcare to the greater Asheville area, always with his patient's optimal health in mind.
Dr. Ashlin MikolichDr. Ashlin Mikolich earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a focus on Ecology at Penn State University. After taking a year off to work as an Optometric technician, she then went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania specializing in primary care, contact lenses, and ocular disease with a special interest in low vision services. While in school, Dr. Mikolich completed an externship in primary eye care in Mars Hill, North Carolina which seeded her love for the mountains and western North Carolina. She then completed ocular disease rotations at both the James H. Quillen VA hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee and the Yukon-Kuskokwim hospital in Bethel, Alaska focusing on the native Yupik population. She also completed both a contact lens rotation and low vision rotation in Philadelphia.
Dr. Mikolich is a member of the North Carolina Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, and Mountain District Society of Optometrists. She formerly practiced in the Charlotte metropolitan area and is glad to bring her experience to Asheville. In her free time, you can find her hiking, camping, crafting, reading, or relaxing with her husband, cats, and turtle.
Dr. Mikolich is excited to get you started in seeing and feeling your best with new glasses and contacts. She is also excited to bring special care to the practice including low vision and specialty contact services.
M. Steven Satterfield, OD
Dr. Satterfield has a BA degree with Honors in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, where he studied visual perception. He received his Doctorate of Optometry in 1984 from UAB Medical Center/School of Optometry & from SECO, a Southern Diplomate in Systemic Medicine. He also studied post-graduate work with the College of Optometry in Vision Development & the Optometric Extension Program.
Dr. Satterfield is an extern instructor for UAB School of Optometry. He is a member of the Guild, which studies integrative medicine & anti-aging. He has received a National Leadership Committee Award & has been involved with the Lions Club, overseas missions, local vision screenings & provides other community services such as those for the Black Mountain Neuro-medical Center. He is one of Asheville's most experienced optometrists, bringing more than 25 years of service & passion to every procedure.