Our Staff

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Administrative Management Team:

Danyel Johnson

Danyel Johnson (ABOC) – Chief Operations Officer

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Danyel has been the operations manager for the majority of the years that she has been with Northwest Eye Care Professionals. She has used her many years of experience as a certified optician within the practice setting and started in Clackamas as an optician in 2004. Her responsibilities include all departments and staff of the Clackamas, Vancouver and Beaverton locations. She is the right hand to the CEO’s: Dr. Bruce, Dr. John and Dr. Max.

Outside the office, her world revolves around her family, most importantly her 4 children: Jeffrey, Izabella, Kade, her newest addition to the family, Tatum and her husband Brian. Her favorite activities include: snowboarding, spending time with friends, reading, drawing, singing, dancing, and traveling.

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Susan Lapera – Vancouver Office Manager and Assistant Manager to NWECP

Susan’s first opportunity to work for Northwest Eye Care Professionals was in 1990. She was the receptionist at that time, but because of her joy of learning, she was soon assisting opticians in the lab. She later transitioned to the positions of doctor’s assistant, optician & administrator.

After living 16 years in Arizona & North California, she happily returned to the Pacific NW to be closer to her family & also work for Northwest Eye Care Professionals. Susan helped with the initial opening of the Beaverton location in 2013, then she transferred to the Vancouver location to be near home. Susan is truly in her element when she is helping our patients and others. Her caring nature, positive attitude, along with her “Aloha Spirit” are just a few of her qualities.

Her time away from work is spent with her family & 2 dogs. She belongs to the local quilter’s guild & enjoys making quilts for her family & charity. She also love cooking, music, motorcycles, boating & hiking.

Misty L – West Side Office Manager

Misty joined the NWECP team in 2019 and currently manages our Beaverton and Hillsboro locations. She comes to us with a background in management in both the optical and veterinary medicine fields.

Originally from Dallas, Texas she moved to Oregon in 2018 with her husband and two cats. Outside the office she enjoys movies, weekend trips to the coast and exploring the Pacific Northwest area.


Sarah MacDonald (LDO) – Vancouver Office Manager

Sarah joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2013. Having started her career in the 90’s, she holds over 25 years of experience in all areas of the optical field. Sarah’s knowledge and experience in optics is paired with her calm presence and passion for people. She has a listening ear and is ready to assist with even the most complex visual needs.

Sarah is most happy when she knows that our patients are happy and moves effortlessly between departments to maintain optimal care for our patients. She works closely with her team to provide the very best customer service.

When not in the office, Sarah enjoys making memories with her husband and 3 children and their 2 dogs. She loves being active outdoors and enjoys this time with her family.

Vision Therapy Team:


Cheryl Jade – Certified Optometric Vision Therapist – Vision Therapist Educational Director and Program Director

Cheryl joined the NWECP team in 2000 and currently works at our Beaverton location. Her educational background includes early childhood education and human development. Prior to joining Northwest Eye Care Professionals, she was a Montessori school founder-director, sensory integration and therapeutic listening service provider, art instructor and freelance artist.

Cheryl has successfully achieved certification as a vision therapist from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She values the historical vision training methods as well as staying current with new technology and research as she provides therapy for patients.

In her spare time she enjoys needle felt painting, photography and spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.


Lindsay Street-Largaespada – Therapy Admin Director

Lindsay joined the NWECP team in the Spring of 2018. She came to us with a background in both front office care and medical assisting, with specialty experience in the dental field and in cardiology. Her extensive knowledge within the medical field gives her a well-rounded approach to exceptional patient care, which she is dedicated to, daily. She embraces her role here at NWECP, as she gets to do what she loves, help people every day, and lead the therapy team to success.

Outside of the office, you will find Lindsay spending time with her family and friends. She loves camping, fishing, and doing anything with her husband, daughters, and little dog, Mr. Autzen Stadium. She is an avid Duck fan and has not missed a single Hanson concert since 1998.

Lindsay lives by:

“Everyday is a good day to have a great day!”
“You can conquer anything with a smile!”



Tracy Migrants – Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Tracy joined the practice in 2017. Since that time, she has had the pleasure of working with the amazing team and Northwest Eye Care Professionals and serving many special patients in the therapy department. Tracy earned her certification in vision therapy in 2007 and in para-optometry in 2003. After many years working as a vision therapist in Wyoming and Montana, she was inspired by her love of the field and inspirational patient successes, so in 2013 she returned to complete her higher education. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2019 and is currently in her doctorate studies program at Pacific University College of Optometry. She loves working with all people, but particularly enjoys working with pediatrics and special need patients.

Tracy is so grateful for her opportunity to continue the work she loves to do with the patients at Northwest Eye Care Professionals.

Beth Melmer

Beth Melmer, COVT – Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Beth became a part of the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2012. For the past 5 years she has been working with children and adults of all abilities in an athletic setting. Her educational background includes special education and psychology. She loves to see the changes vision therapy makes in the lives of patients.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys swimming, spending time outdoors and making beaded jewelry.

C. Lacy – Optometric Vision Therapist

C. joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2013 and works our Clackamas locations. Prior to joining Northwest Eye Care Professionals, she interned with Diana Ludlam, a renowned vision therapist and lecturer, who also treated C. as a child alongside her late husband. Dr. William Ludlam was internationally known for his work in vision therapy. These experiences gave C. the passion for and understanding of vision therapy she has today. She finds her childhood experience gives her a deeper empathy for patients and, combined with her background in psychology, insight into the struggles of both young patients and those with a brain injury.

Outside the office, C. loves backpacking, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen, traveling when she has a chance and spending time with her husband and family.


GleeAnn Barrett – Optometric Vision Therapist

GleeAnn joined Northwest Eye Care Professionals in 2014. She graduated from Portland State University with a degree in psychology with a focus on neuroscience and physiological psychology. She enjoys working with all age groups but has a special place in her heart for working with kids. As a former vision therapy patient she also has an understanding of the patient side of vision therapy.

GleeAnn enjoys traveling with her husband to see family and friends, spending time outdoors in the sun, and growing her saltwater fish tank.


Michelle Zellers, COVT – Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Michelle joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2016. She worked for six years in higher education as a teacher, trainer, volunteer coordinator and mentor. For most of her life, Michelle did not have stereovision (binocular depth perception). Through vision therapy, Michelle developed depth perception, and her experience inspired her to pursue a career as a therapist.

Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys reading, tap dancing, camping, hiking, volunteering and community organizing.


Sefra Norwitz, COVT – Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Sefra joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2015 and works at our Beaverton, Vancouver, and Clackamas locations.  She received her COVT certification in 2019 and continues to share her passion for education by mentoring the new therapists in training.  She graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Judaic Studies. Prior to joining Northwest Eye Care Professionals, she worked as a CNA, a position that afforded her the opportunity to interact with people with various health conditions and impairments. Sefra has a passion for helping others and has found her calling in Vision Therapy. She believes in the efficacy of Vision Therapy and the benefits it affords her patients.

In her spare time she enjoys all manner of crafts, reading, board games, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.  She is a huge fan of Halloween, so you are guaranteed to a treat when she shows up in costume.  Her catch phrase in the therapy room is “Bingo!”


Susan Rose – Optometric Vision Therapist

Susan joined our team in 2018, after experiencing six years in the eye care field, including working as an optical technician and a vision therapist. She has a true passion for helping teach others the benefits of vision therapy, and works especially well with children and adults with special needs. She attended Lower Columbia College.

In her personal time, Susan enjoys writing. She pursued her lifelong dream of becoming an author when she published her first novel in 2016. In addition, she has had her short stories published in several anthology books.

Susan enjoys making art and has her pieces in homes and galleries across the United States.

She loves spending time with her husband of 25 years, and her two adult children. She spends her personal time traveling, floating the river, mining for sapphires, taking photos, and cuddling her cats.


Carol Kitching – VT Tele-health Director

Carol was a significant part of the Northwest Eye Care Professionals family since 1984. After 35 years with NWECP as the VT Director, Carol hung up her directors hat and is excited to bring tele-health to our patients. Carol has a Psychology degree from Portland State University. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Neuro-Optometric Association. By doing vision therapy she finds purpose and meaning to her own life and those of her patients. Carol continues to learn and apply new brain research as she provides therapy for patients. Carol has retired to become a therapist doing Remote Video Therapy.

In her personal time she enjoys trips to the beach, reading, the outdoors, and time spent with family, friends, and dog.


Jessie Kenner – Optometric Vision Therapist

Jessie joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in the fall of 2018 and works at both our Clackamas and Vancouver locations. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Jessie went to Westfield State College and graduated with a major in elementary education. Prior to joining Northwest Eye Care Professionals, she worked as a nanny for several years, allowing her to do what she was most passionate about, working with children. Jessie is so excited to use her knowledge of vision therapy to help others!

Outside of the office, she enjoys crafting, camping with her musician husband, volunteering for the Daughters of Norway, and traveling to see friends and family.


Joelle Saveliev – Optometric Vision Therapist

Joelle joined the NWECP team at the start of 2019 and splits her time between the Beaverton and Hillsboro offices. Her path to working in vision has been a non-traditional one – evolving from an artist and animator to educator and coordinator. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she is always happy to share anecdotes from a life filled with colorful characters – while coming up with creative tasks to keep patients motivated on their journey to improved visual skills.

Both inside and outside the office, Joelle enjoys making people laugh through stories, costumes, and a puppet or two. She frequents pop culture conventions with her partner as a cosplayer and vendor, and contributes her artistic skills to various project throughout the year.



Jacqui Orenda-Weber – Certified Vision Therapist

When our eyes and brain aren’t processing information accurately, even basic activities can feel confusing and tangled. Jacqui can help you untangle the knots. As a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist with 10 years of experience and former vision therapy patient herself, Jacqui is well-equipped to facilitate your visual habilitation with compassion and plenty of humor. Jacqui earned her BA in Psychology from Concordia University, her COVT certification from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in occupational therapy from Pacific University.

When she isn’t geeking out on vision therapy and other helping professions, Jacqui enjoys cleaning (really!), dancing (often while cleaning), hiking with her husband and dogs, yoga, coffee, and learning.

Chelsey Arnold

Chelsey Arnold – Optometric Vision Therapist

Chelsey Arnold joined NWECP with a creative, and positive energy in February of 2019. In addition to starting in the position she loves every day, Chelsey graduated with a Phlebotomy Certificate within the same year, another area with patients she has a huge passion for. It’s no surprise, this determined employee has not stopped furthering her education as a Vision Therapist. Before beginning her career as a Phlebotomist, she fell in love with Vision Therapy and the benefits it provides to all populations of patients. While it takes a few years to achieve, her next professional goal is to obtain her certification as Certified Optometric Vision Therapist. We look forward to watching her successes, as she continues to work hard towards her goals!

Northwest Eye Care’s employees treat each other as family. We spread this love to our patients every day and make it a priority to evaluate and treat the unique needs of each patient. Chelsey welcomes everyone with warm open arms, compassion, and she strives to treat and improve their quality of life with every interaction big or small, everyday. She has a family background of working with children on the spectrum as well as adults in her family with brain injuries. She has a very special place in her heart for these types of populations, as well as other cases that challenge her to learn how to be the best with anyone she works with at NWECP.

When she is not at work, she cares for her elementary grade son and spends her free time at the beach with her husband and family. She enjoys coffee, making people smile, hiking and adventuring new places with her “little bug”, her son.

Optical Team:


Heather Branderhorst, ABOC – Optical Manager

Heather brightened the office of Northwest Eyecare Professionals in Spring of 2017. Heather is an ABO Certified Optician with over 12 years of experience that helps change the lives of her patients. She is passionate about going the extra mile to make sure that all patients feel heard and taken care of.

Heather works closely with her department and patients to offer the best possible experience. Heather works hard to understand and graciously approach the needs of our patients. She applies her extensive knowledge in the field of optics to make every experience with NWECP memorable. There is no question why they call her “The Fabulous Optician”.

Outside of our office Heather enjoys crafting, jewelry making, true crime podcasts, and the arts. She loves spending her time with her husband and daughter…who is a Food Network Star in the making!


Syrah Washington, ABOC – Beaverton Optician

Syrah is truly an optician extraordinaire. She has been an optician since 1997. Optical is what she considers her genetic gift. Her Grandfather was a Professor at Pacific University. She has vast optical experience and loves finding the perfect eyewear for you and considers glasses “jewelry for your face.” Syrah is very passionate about Optics and will make sure that you not only see clearly, but that you find the correct eyecessory to frame your face. Syrah believes that she is changing lives one frame at time.

Syrah Graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Psychology. Outside the office she loves spending time her husband and their boys.


Stormi Neathery-Carter – Dispensing Optician

Stormi added her one of a kind sparkle to the optical team, beginning of 2018. She has spent 9 years dedicating her optical skills to patients, always pushing forward to learn more and build skills that touch each and every one of her patients every day. Stormi feels fortunate to be apart of the NWECP team because she gets to work one on one with more severe cases. She loves to challenge herself and help others. Stormi has a heart and smile that shines through her patient care.

Outside of NWECP, Stormi likes a great conversation and adventures! She spends most of her time with her adorable niece and nephews, and discovering Oregon, her heart lives at the coast.


Lenora Thomas – Dispensing Optician

Lenora joined NWECP in July of 2018. She brought with her 3 years optical experience and a passionate heart. She has embraced the culture in our office and has a love for her patients and coworkers, alike. The complexity of what we do here on a daily basis feeds Lenora’s eagerness to learn. She brings joy into the lives of everyone she meets, with her love for life and positive attitude.

In her free time, Lenora enjoys hiking, going to the beach, watching a good movie and being with her friends. She also has a kitty named Emma, whom she adores.


Yozef M. Ben Yehudah – Dispensing Optician

With over 20 years experience; Yozef is a jubilant Optician and is elated to work with an awesome team of highly competent & caring opticians, optometrist, techs, vision therapist & the entire staff at Northwest Eyecare Professionals.

Yozef exudes loving kindness, with highly competent skills as an Optician. Yozef has enhanced experience of working with ABI & Vision Therapy patients; as he delivered care with Heather Branderhorst ABOC & Carol E. Marusich OD, MS, FCOVD (now retired) in Eugene, Oregon. As an optician, Yozef delivers care in coordination with Dr. Bruce & other doctors & staff at NWECP bringing these experiences full circle and available to our patients in the greater Portland metropolitan area. Whether you are a ABI patient rejuvenating in your recovery process and/or a well seasoned or first time eyeglass wearer Yozef is happy to serve you with the upmost loving kindness & professionalism as an optician.

Yozef has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oregon State University & a Master of Science in Nutrition degree from the National University of Natural Medicine. Yozef is passionate about spending time with his wife and daughter.



Ariel “Ari” Murphy – Dispensing Optician

“Ari” is a lifestyle dispensing optician, receptionist, and certified ophthalmic technician who travels to all NWECP locations to help patients and team members alike. She will begin studying the field of vision therapy in 2020 to help people reach their visual goals through rehabilitation and development of their visual processing systems. She finds this field interesting and rewarding; she hopes to apply her knowledge practically with professionalism and empathy, always putting patient care first.

Outside of work, Ariel likes to play all kinds of games, whether it be board games or video games. She also enjoys the outdoors, going to the movies, reading, hanging out with her kitty, Jilly Bean, and her partner, Shane.

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Jennifer Repp – ABOC – Certified Optician

Jennifer joined NWECP early this year in 2019. Jennifer is an ABO Certified Optician with over 20 years of dedication in the optical field, showing nothing more than integrity and commitment to all her patients complete satisfaction and vision concerns. Her goal at NWECP is to see each patient leave the practice with a smile.

In Jennifer’s spare time she enjoys the out doors..camping, boating ( Open Adventure ) And sharing memories with her close family and friends.


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Chau Mach – Floating/Dispensing Optician and Office Assistant

Chau Mach has been in optometry for over a year taking on different roles in the optical and office departments. She is committed to making sure that patients receive superior care. Helping them have the best possible experience while choosing their pair of glasses brings her great joy and satisfaction. 
Chau enjoys spending time with her husband cooking, hiking and travelling. As a newcomer to Portland, she loves exploring the food and restaurant scene in this wonderful city.


Technical Team:


Tiffany Ly – Residency Coordinator

Tiffany comes to Northwest Eye Care Professionals with a degree in biology. She has aspirations of being an optometrist. She is gaining as much experience as she can for her future career. Tiffany is the diagnostics technician and enjoys interaction with patients and her team.

Outside the office she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, trying new foods, experimenting with new recipes and traveling.


Stephen Eastburn (COA) – Diagnostics Coordinator/CL’s Tech

Stephen became a member of the Northwest Eye Care Professionals family in 2016. He has an educational background in neuroscience and public health and has spent significant time in ophthalmological settings. He is the current Contact Lens Technician and is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. Stephen loves getting to know patients and assisting them in achieving their best vision.

In his spare time Stephen likes to run, read, and spend time with his wife and his dog.

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Samuel Sparkowich – Optometric Technician/Contact Lens Technician

I genuinely enjoy my role at NWECP. Not many can attest to absolutely loving their jobs; the
care and positive hearts among the doctors and owners play directly into the smallest even insignificant decisions to the general atmosphere of the practice. I would like to embolden that level of patient care to our clientele as I perform diagnostic testing and pretesting, as well as strengthening our Contact Lens dept. through sales and patient support. I primarily work from the Clackamas NWECP location.

My career background consists of sales and marketing serving through a handful of companies specializing in new technology. I still passionately contribute to a company called Hoyt St Electric Skateboards, located here in Portland, OR. Outside of NWECP, I am rejuvenated by professional downhill skateboard racing and varied electric skateboard activities, of which I intend to grow into fruition. I live in Vancouver WA with my stunning wife, Sara.

Administrative Team:


Natalie Moore – Executive Administrative Assistant/Patient Advocate

Natalie was previously the insurance coordinator for Northwest Eye Care Professionals. She started her career with NWECP in 2014. She has a great understanding of insurance benefits for medical, routine vision and cases related to a workmans comp injury or motor vehicle accident. She is no stranger to hard work and loves to keep busy. When she is not dabbling into insurance, she is the administrative assistant to the Chief Operations Officer.

When Natalie is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with family and rooting for orange and black!


Emily Fredin – Call Center Representative

I was born and raised is Vancouver, WA. After high school I moved to Spokane, WA to attend Eastern Washington University. My husband and I stayed in Spokane for 12 more years, while living there I worked in a couple different Cardiology offices. In those offices I worked in the medical records department and on the switchboard. My husband went back to school to become a nurse, so when he graduated I decided to go back to school and get my Cosmetology License. I was working in a salon then my husband got a job at Portland Providence, so we finally moved home! I decided I enjoyed working in medical offices more than in a salon, so I now just do that on the side for friends and family. We have a dog and are enjoying reconnecting with old friends and family!


Ann Coleman – Call Center Representative

Ann joined our team in 2016. Before joining our team, she had over 25 years of customer service in the healthcare industry, ranging from being a CNA in a nursing home, to being a unit specialist in a busy ER in the Portland area.

Outside of work, Ann enjoys spending time with her 2 grown sons, and husband of 27 years. She enjoys hiking, and camping, along with watching baseball, football, and hockey.


Sarah Christensen – Financial Assistant

Sarah joined Northwest Eye Care Professionals in the fall of 2017 as a financial assistant. She has been working in the field of medical insurance coding and billing since 2007. Sarah has worked with various specialties, but has enjoyed working in the Optometric and Ophthalmology field since 2015, the most.

Sarah is a true Oregonian, born and raised in Portland. Outside of the office, she spends her time with her husband and two young boys.


Katie Taylor – Medical Receptionist

I have been in Healthcare for 5 years starting as a receptionist and working my way up to surgery scheduling. I eventually wanted to be back at the front desk greeting and interacting with the patients, which I ultimately love. This is what brought me to Northwest Eye Care Professionals in the fall of 2017.

I enjoy spending time with my family, shooting photography, playing guitar, traveling, and, skydiving.

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Alexis Batres – Medical Receptionist

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Alexis joined the NWECP team in late 2018. She has worked in the medical field for seven years, working in large family practices as a medical receptionist and scheduler. She was also responsible for interpretation, breaking language barriers for Spanish speaking patients. Her principles have always been to shoot for excellence by genuinely going the extra mile to meet the needs of her patients. She came to NWECP because that is truly the heart of NWECP. She was born in Salinas, California, but raised in Salem, Oregon by strong, hardworking Latino parents and six siblings. Her desire to help those in need directed her to a faith based discipleship program that transformed her life entirely and has equipped her with a strong mind set.

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Angeline Davis – A/R Coordinator

Angie started at NWECP in 2018, and she hit the ground running with her extensive knowledge of insurance and love for patients. Angie has a degree in business, and has spent countless hours working on bookkeeping courses and ICD-10 understanding, bringing tools that have helped our staff and patients give the best care possible. She came to us with many years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting both in medical and private billing offices. She is magic behind the scenes with her knowledge in how to help patients! When she is not in the office being an accounting ninja, her entire heart is her 2 grown children, and 3 amazing grandchildren that she is fortunate enough to live with, and spends every second she can with them. 


Launa Kind – Hillsboro Smile Specialist

In the summer of 2019, Launa found her forever home with NWECP. You will find her awaiting your arrival at the Hillsboro front desk as a smile specialist. She is dedicated to each patient having the best experience whether in therapy, the exam room or in our optical department. She has been working in the developmental and rehabilitative Optometric field for almost 20 years. She has seen the amazing benefits of vision therapy and is happy to grow the awareness in the Hillsboro area of this specialized field. As she has been in this industry for many years, her passion is helping patients of all populations. She has a good sense of humor, an amazing smile and is always willing to make you a priority.

In her personal time, she enjoys the beach, hiking, animals and playing a variety of games.



Susie Rust – Medical Records Coordinator

Susie started working at NW Eye Care in September of 2019, but she has worked in medial records for over eleven years now. Previously, she was working in the records department at Portland Adventist Medical Center. She enjoys completing important details and is diligent in getting your medical records request finalized in a timely manner. She is in the office completing requests on Mondays, Wednesday mornings and Fridays.

She is married with 3 children who all keep her extremely busy with their numerous sports and activities! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, vacationing to tropical destinations, and being all 3 of her kids biggest fan.

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Michelle Lithgow – Office Assistant

Michelle Lithgow joined North West Eye Care Professionals team in the Spring of 2019. She joined the team to assist with administrative and office tasks. She can be found in multiple different departments and follows the needs of the office and our important patients.

She moved here from Kailua, Hawaii in 2013, after graduating from the University of Hawaii and transferring to Portland State University. Her studies have been in the Fitness field and helping others with motivation and fitness to meet their goals and build confidence. Prior to working for North West Eye Care Professionals, she worked in the fitness industry working with children and adults. She also has worked as an Administrative Assistant in a Financial Institution and Real Estate Company for 10 years.

Michelle enjoys hiking, weight lifting, Body Combat (cardio martial arts), running, playing her Taylor guitar, hanging out with her beautiful girls Christina, Isabella and dog Willow.



Jody Santos – Retired

Jody was an integral piece of the front desk for over 10 years until she retired. As a previous insurance contract administrator, she had a prior knowledge of insurance companies. Jody always did her best to interpret your insurance information. She has a smile and personality that patients have grown to expect over the years.

In her personal time, she enjoys watching sports, especially the activities of her grandchildren.


Sharrie Kitching – Retired

Sharrie was a part of the Northwest Eye Care Professionals Family as an administrative assistant for sixteen years before she retired. She enjoys the many facets of her position and takes every day to learn something new.