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 and liaison to Dr. Bruce, the CEO of NWECP.

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

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.

Lisa Kaanoi

Lisa Kaanoi- Beaverton Office Manager

Lisa found her calling working with families, doctors, nurses, therapists and countless other colleagues to help provide patient-centered access to care. She has 20 years of experience from Oregon, Hawai’i and Alaska to include, but not limited to, Family Medicine, Medical Imaging and Cardiology. Lisa has a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa earning membership in the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, including her son play ‘ukulele, learn about books her daughter reads, dancing and photography.

Vision Therapy Team:

Cheryl

Cheryl Null – 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.

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Lindsay Street – Optometric Vision Therapist – Admin Director

Lindsay Street joined the NWECP team in Spring of 2018.

She came to us with a background in both front office care and medical assisting, with experience in the dental field and in cardiology. Her extensive knowledge in the medical field gives her a well rounded approach to exceptional patient care.

She has embraced her role here at NWECP, she gets to do what she loves, help people everyday.

Outside of the office, you will find Lindsay spending time with her family and friends. She loves camping, fishing, and doing anything with her daughter and her little dog. 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

Tracy Migrants – Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Tracy joined Northwest Eye Care Professionals in 2017 as a part-time vision therapist working in all locations as needed. She was previously certified in vision therapy and paraoptometry prior to her return to higher education. After about eight years working as a vision therapist in Wyoming and Montana, she was inspired by her love of the field and the inspirational patient successes she witnessed to return to college and pursue her ultimate goal of attending optometry school. She is a current undergraduate student at Pacific University and will graduate in 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. From there, she aspires to attend Pacific University College of Optometry to complete a doctorate of optometry.

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

Beth Melmer

Beth Melmer, COVT – 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.

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Cresaya Lacy – Optometric Vision Therapist

Cresaya 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 Cresaya as a child alongside her late husband. Dr. William Ludlam was internationally known for his work in vision therapy. These experiences gave Cresaya 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, Cresaya loves backpacking, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen, traveling when she has a chance and spending time with her husband and family.

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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.

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Michelle Zellers, COVT – 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.

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Sefra Gemma, COVT – Optometric Vision Therapist

Sefra joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2015 and works at both our Beaverton and Clackamas locations. 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 husband.

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Christina Lehfeldt – Optometric Vision Therapist

Christina joined Northwest Eye Care Professionals in 2017 as an Optometric Vision Therapist. For the past 10 years she’s worked in medical offices both in front of and behind the scenes. She loved being the first smiling face that patients would see when walking into the clinic until she joined the vision world 2 years ago where she fell in love! She has since done optician work, was a contact lens specialist as well as a tech. She’s finding that her passion for Vision Therapy is growing rapidly and is working towards becoming certified.

In her personal time, raising money with her family for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, painting and watching her vegetable garden grow.

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Jenny Dversdal – Optometric Vision Therapist

Jenny originally joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2006. She has a background in early childhood education and clinical experience with ASD and SPD individuals. In 2016 Jenny took a year off to complete further schooling in the healthcare field becoming a certified medical assistant. Her passion for direct patient care, improving lives and vision education directed her back into the field of vision therapy.

When Jenny isn’t in the office, she enjoys traveling with her husband, central Oregon sunshine and singing/dancing with her daughter Delilah to songs on repeat by a toddlers request.

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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.

Allison

Allison – Optometric Vision Therapist

Allison joined the NWECP team in summer of 2018. Allison and her bright personality came to us from a medical assisting background, and many years dedicating herself to helping patients in many areas of the healthcare field. Allison has a great passion for helping people achieve their goals, and she has enjoyed watching her patients overcome and succeed in vision therapy every day. Spending time with family is Allison’s greatest love, she has four grown children, and two little doggies Leo and Annie. Outside of the office, you will see her with her kids and mom, enjoying local travel, art, sewing, and quilting.
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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.

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Jessie Kenner – Optometric Vision Therapy Assistant

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.

Optical Team:

Heather

Heather Branderhorst, ABOC – Optical Care Coordinator

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!

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Sarah MacDonald (LDO) – Licensed Dispensing Optician

Sarah joined the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of the optical field. She uses her sharp fashion sense and technical expertise to fit our patients with their perfect pair of glasses. You’ll find her friendly smile primarily in Vancouver, and part-time in Clackamas. Outside of the office, Sarah focuses on enjoying time with her family.

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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.

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Vanessa Combs – Beaverton Optician

Vanessa joined NW Eye Care Professionals in August of 2018 as an Optician. She first began her journey into the world of eye care as a receptionist, later taking on the role of technician, and finally finding her fit in opticianry. Vanessa prides herself in being multi-faceted and enjoys giving a lending hand in all areas of the office. Vanessa loves to learn, problem solve and help others, making NWECP the perfect fit!

In her free time, Vanessa enjoys to spend time with loved ones, craft, garden, and explore the beautiful state of Oregon, where she was born and raised.

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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.

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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 – 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 TBI & 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 TBI 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.

yozefb@doctorbruce.net

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Ariel “Ari” Murphy – Beaverton Optical Apprenticer

Ariel is a new optical apprentice at the Beaverton location as of August 2018. She studies Ophthalmology Medical Technology at Portland Community College and will be a Certified Ophthalmic Technician in June of 2019. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a focus in Photography and Art History. She was studying Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University when she became interested in the field of ophthalmology while looking for new career opportunities. She finds this field interesting and rewarding; she hopes to apply her knowledge on the job with professionalism and empathy, always putting patient care first.

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

Technical Team:

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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.

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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.

Administrative Team:

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Natalie Moore – Insurance Coordinator

Natalie has been the insurance coordinator for Northwest Eye Care Professionals since 2014. She has a great understanding of insurance benefits and will help patients understand their policies and how they will be utilized in the offices.

Natalie is currently a psychology major.

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Keri Evans – Bookkeeper/Credentialing Specialist

Keri became a member of the Northwest Eye Care Professionals team in 2016 as the Front Desk / Billing Specialist. She has 20+ years of medical billing & customer service experience that she brought to the team.

Outside the office she enjoys spending time with her husband & kids, going to the movies, reading, traveling & watching the Oregon Ducks Football & Basketball games.

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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!

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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.

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Sarah Christensen – Financial Assistant

Sarah joined Northwest Eye Care Professionals in the fall of 2017 as a financial assistant. She has been as amazing addition to our new and growing financial department. She has been working in the field of medical insurance coding and billing for 9 years and will apply those skills to ensuring that our patient’s claims are paid. She has also worked with various specialties, including the last 3 years in the Optometric and Ophthalmology field.

Sarah is a true Oregonian, born and raised in Portland. Outside of the office Sarah has two young boys that keep her very busy.

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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.

Melissa

Melissa Moren – Medical Records Coordinator/Back up Receptionist

Melissa has been working at Northwest Eye Care Professionals since late December of 2017. The clinics were in need of a medical records coordinator. As the oldest of 4 siblings, healthcare was an obvious fit for her. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years. Previously, she was with primary care and learned many duties from receptionist to referral coordination. Melissa loves to help, be useful, and learn new things.

She is a native Oregonian who loves animals and has two dogs. She also has two children, both teenagers. When not in the office, she loves spending time with my family and my many nieces and nephews.

Nancy Garcia

Nancy Garcia – Medical Records Coordinator/Special Projects

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Nancy joined Northwest Eye Care Professionals in the fall of 2018. She came to NWECP with experience working as a Medical Spanish Interpreter. She was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. when she was 9 years old. She has worked in the medical field and has aspirations of being a therapist.

Outside of work: She likes to read, play tennis, hiking, exploring new places, going to the beach, listening to music, and dancing.

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Alexis Batres – Clackamas Front Desk

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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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Penny Brown – VT Administrative Assistant

Penny joined our team in November 2018. She brings with her years of experience in both administration and business management. Penny has brought a fresh and exciting outlook to the Vision Therapy team with her attention to detail and organization. She has a heart for helping others and meeting new people, making our office the perfect fit for her.

Outside of the office, Penny enjoys her beautiful family. She is a mother to 2, grandmother to 7 and has been married to her best friend for 43 years. Her passion and love for life pours into her family and friends. She enjoys baking, reading and taking care of her 10 chickens!

Retired:

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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.

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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.