Our Staff

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Administrative Management Team:


Danyel Johnson (ABOC) - Chief Operations Officer

Danyel has been the operations manager for the majority of the years that she has been with NW 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 3 children: Jeffrey, Izabella and Kade and her husband Brian. Her favorite activities include: snowboarding, spending time with friends, reading, drawing, singing, dancing, and traveling.



Jolene Laney (ABOC, NCLE) - Assistant Manager/Certified Optician/Contact Lens Tech/Lead Technician

Jolene returned to NW Eye Care Professionals in 2015 after a 4 year absence. She is thrilled to be back with us! Her duties within the clinic include helping Danyel as the assistant manager, as well as working closely with all doctors, residents, interns and optometric technicians in her role as our lead technician.

Outside of work Jolene is an avid reader. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors with her son Ian and service dog Pepper, snowboarding, and traveling.



Susan Lapera - Vancouver Office Manager

Susan's first opportunity to work for Northwest EyeCare 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 EyeCare 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.



Daydra Groat (ABOC) - Beaverton Office Manager/Certified Optician

Daydra is a Certified Optician with 12 years experience in the optical industry, including retail and private practice dispensing as well as working in a lens manufacturing lab. She specializes in patient care, helping you find a look that is unique and personalized, as well as utilizing the best that technology has to offer. She is also the office manager for the Beaverton location. She is dedicated to assisting patients in all facets of the office setting to ensure the best customer service experience.

She spends her off time being a wonderful mommy to her little girl, reading and playing roller derby.


Vision Therapy Team:


Carol Kitching, VT - Director of Vision Therapy Services

Carol has been a significant part of the NWEC family since 1984. 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.

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



Cheryl Null (COVT) - VT Educational 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 NWECP, 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.



Benji Hudson, VT - Vision Therapist

Benji became a part of the NWEC team in 2011. Benji has aspirations of becoming an optometrist in the near future. Benji appreciates the changes vision therapy makes in the lives of his patients and is dedicated to ensuring that they receive the best quality of care.



Alyssa Courtney - Vision Therapist

Alyssa joined our practice in 2013, and it part of our Clackamas Therapy team. She has been a patient at NWECP for nearly 20 years, and completed the Vision Therapy program in early elementary school. Alyssa is passionate about education, and believes that an effective therapy stems from collaboration between patient, family and therapist.

Alyssa graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Psychology in 2011, and is currently completing post-baccalaureate studies in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. In her free time she can be found reading, drawing, hiking and enjoying music.



Beth Melmer, VT - Vision Therapist

Beth became a part of the NWEC 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.



Cresaya Lacy, VT - Vision Therapist

Cresaya joined the NWECP team in 2013 and works at both our Beaverton and Clackamas locations. Prior to joining NWECP, 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.



GleeAnn Barrett - Clackamas Vision Therapist

GleeAnn joined NWECP 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

Michelle Zellers - Vision Therapist

Michelle joined the NWECP 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.


Lyuda Uglyanitsa

Lyuda Uglyanitsa - VT Administrator

Lyuda joined the NWEC team in 2016 as the vision therapy administrator. She came to our office with a background in optometry as an office manager and Optometric technician. She is responsible for facilitating the administrative work for the vision therapy department for all 3 locations.

Lyuda grew up in the Pacific NW and loves the outdoors. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, traveling, and watching the sunset at the beach. She also enjoys singing in her church choir.



Sefra Gemma - Vision Therapist

Sefra joined the NWECP 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 NWECP, 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.


Optical Team:


Jennifer "JJ" Johnston (ABOC) - Lead Optician/Certified Optician

Jennifer, known as "JJ", has been a certified optician since the 90's and uses those skills everyday within the practice. She has been a lab team member since 2005. JJ likes to take every day as a challenge and see what she can accomplish.

In her personal time she loves to spend time with her daughter, read mystery novels, time with friends, and to catch up with her favorite TV shows.



Nicole Moore - Inventory Specialist/Dispensing Optician

Nicole has been a lab member since 2007. She came to our office with a great back ground in customer service that she wanted to integrate with optical knowledge. She has been learning optics from her other team members and embraces her new career. Nicole is very versed in fashion and will use those skills in your frame selection.

In her personal time she likes to dance, travel and spend time with her daughter.



Sarah MacDonald (LDO) - Licensed Dispensing Optician

Sarah joined the Northwest Eye Care 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.



Julie Fridley, ABOC, NCLE - Certified Optician

Julie joined the optical team at NWECP in early 2016, and brought with her over 10 years of optical experience both in private practice and retail environments. She has a passion for optics and loves to stay current with the latest technologies and innovations in the industry. She has excellent problem solving and customer service skills, and looks forward to getting to know you and your optical needs!

Outside of work, Julie's primary joy is spending time with her young daughter, Genevieve. She is also an avid reader, a dabbling writer and a lover of the ocean.

Technical Team:


Tiffany Ly - Diagnostics Coordinator

Tiffany comes to NWECP 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) - Contact Lens Tech/Doctor Assistant

Stephen became a member of the NWECP 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:


Sharrie Kitching - Administrative Assistant/Accounts Payable

Sharrie has been a part of the NW Eye Care Family as an administrative assistant for since 2002. She enjoys the many facets of her position and takes every day to learn something new.



Amanda Mayor - Payments Processor

Amanda Mayor has been working within the Optometric community for approximately 15 years. She has a variety of experience from billing insurances to front desk reception. Her current job description is working with the direct payments and communication with insurance companies.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time cooking, camping, reading and spending time with her family.



Natalie Moore - Insurance Coordinator

Natalie has been the insurance coordinator for NWECP 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.



Lee Newman - EHR Custodian

Lee Recently became a team member in early 2011. He came to our office with a background in customer service and education. He has earned a masters degree in education and even taught in China for 2 years. He utilizes those skills to communicate effectively with the NW Eye Care family.

In his personal time he enjoys attending Blazer games, reading science fiction, boogie boarding at the coast and spending time with family and friends.



Melanie Hamilton - Billing Receptionist for Beaverton

Melanie joined our busy Beaverton team in 2016. She recently finished school for medical coding and billing. She is excited to be able to utilize her education within the practice. Melanie agrees that providing exceptional customer service is the lifeline of our office. Melanie is dedicated to making all experiences match that culture.

In her spare time Melanie enjoys training dogs, camping, and spending time with her family and puppy.



Keri - Front Desk/Billing Specialist

Keri became a member of the NWECP team in 2016 as the Front Desk / Billing Specialist. She has 20+ years of medical billing & customer service experience that she brings to the team and our amazing patient base.

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


Emily Fredin

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!


Karen Dimmick

Karen Dimmick - Financial Assistant

I joined the Clackamas Eye team earlier this year. I am fairly new to this area and feel right at home. I have 15 years experience in the medical field where I hope to make a difference in people's lives. I am compassionate and hope to make our patients feel as at home as I do a NW Eye Professionals. I am so happy to be part of a team of people that have the same values to make our patients here happy and healthy.

In my spare time, I like to bike, walk and enjoy the beauty of this area.




Jody Santos - Retired

Jody was been an integral piece of the front desk for over 10 years. As a previous insurance contract administrator, she has a prior knowledge of insurance companies. Jody 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.