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 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.
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.
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 Heath 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:
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.
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 - 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.
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.
Tracy Migrants - Vision Therapist
Tracy joined Northwest Eyecare 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 Eyecare Professionals.
Christina Lehfeldt - Vision Therapist
Christina joined NWECP 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, Christina loves to spend time at home with her husband, raising money with her family for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, painting and watching her vegetable garden grow.
Allison Ponzo - Vision Therapist
Allison joined NWECP team in November of 2017. She was very excited to start a new career in Vision Therapy! She has worked in the Optical field in various capacities since 1990 and really wanted to further her knowledge. She loves working with people, creating new relationships and making a positive difference in peoples lives.
Allison moved to the PNW from Califonia in 2002 because she missed the change of seasons she grew up with back east. In her free time she loves to work out, go dancing, hiking, biking, and a good competitive game of Air Hockey. She enjoys spending quality time with friends and her most beloved companion, Salsa, of 7yrs.
Jenny D - Vision Therapist
Jenny originally joined the NWECP 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.
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.
Heather Branderhorst - Optician
Heather joined NW Eyecare in 2017. She is a certified optician who brings with her 11 years experience and has spent the last 6 years in the world of developmental and rehabilitative optometry. She is passionate about patient care and wants every patient to feel that they heard and taken care of.
Outside of the office, Heather spends her time with her husband and her daughter. She also enjoys jewelry making, true crime podcasts and the arts.
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.
Tiffany Ly - Residency 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) - Diagnostics Coordinator/CL's Tech
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.
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 - Compliance Coordinator
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.
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 - 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 - 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 NWECP 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.
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 NWECP in the fall of 2017.
I enjoy spending time with my family, shooting photography, playing guitar, traveling, and, skydiving.
Angie Milliken - Doctor's Assistant
Joining NWECP in late 2017, I have been in the optical field for over 15 years. Beginning as a tech and later transitioning into becoming an optician. I feel that there is something new to learn every day and enjoy that aspect of this wonderful field.
Outside of work I enjoy coaching and playing softball. Spending time with family and friends all while taking advantage of what the Northwest has to offer. Raised in a small town East of Portland, I have found that this really is a wonderful place to raise my kids.
Melissa Moren - Medical Records Coordinator/Back up Receptionist
Melissa has been working at NWECP 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.
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 NW Eye Care Family as an administrative assistant for six years before she retired. She enjoys the many facets of her position and takes every day to learn something new.