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Robert J. Cotter, O.D.

Dr. Cotter graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1987 and practiced for 6 years in Burlington, VT before moving to Brattleboro, VT. Dr. Cotter has owned this practice since 1993. Originally from Connecticut, he received his undergraduate degree in music education and taught instrumental music in CT before entering optometry school. Dr. Cotter lives in Brattleboro with his wife Lesley and their three daughters. He enjoys skiing, tennis, softball, and spending time on his farm in his spare time.


  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • Vermont Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • Glaucoma TPA Certified


  • Primary Care Optometry
  • Contact Lens Specialist
  • Laser Vision Pre- and Post- Operative Care

Doctor of Optometry:

  • New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA


  • American Optometric Association
  • Vermont Optometric Association (Past-President)
Dr. Laura Fidler

Laura V. Fidler, O.D

Dr. Fidler graduated with a doctorate in optometry from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA. Her areas of focus include primary eye care, pediatric and geriatric eye care, and the management of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic and hypertensive conditions. 

Before joining BFEC, she completed her optometric training at the Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Centers in Northampton and White River Junction, which she found to be a unique and amazing experience. She’s excited to be part of BFEC and practice both general and medical optometry.

Originally from Tennessee, she’s made her home in Brattleboro for the past fifteen years and absolutely adores Vermont. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, foraging for wild foods, and cooking. She’s hoping to adopt two big dogs to join her on at least some of those activities. 

Dr. Fidler is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Vermont Optometric Association.

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