Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options, and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing, and treating potential vision problems.
Jackie, our most seasoned team member, wears many hats. Officially, she is our Optical Manager, but you can find her doing all kinds of tasks! She is a wealth of optical knowledge and our optical team is beyond grateful for her expertise. Jackie prides herself on frame repairs; if it can be fixed she will fix it!
When she's not at the office, you can find her at home with her husband and two dogs, a Golden Doodle named Jensen and Annie the Lhasa-Poo. Jackie also enjoys working on her various art projects and spends her free time at a local ceramics studio. When she isn’t creating, you’ll likely find her with her nose in a mystery book or watching British television.
Debbie is determined to assist you with all your insurance and front office needs and questions. If it can be researched and resolved Debbie will find it. She is an amazing insurance investigator. Billing questions and insurance filing keep her busy throughout the day. She is a jack of all trades and you can find her around the office most days.
Debbie has a passion for helping animals. Her dream is to open her own rescue so any unwanted or abused animal has a safe place until they find their forever home. She loves to travel near and far. On the weekends you can find her working with her jewelry gig, Dazzle with Debbie. She loves cheering on her KC Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks. You will always find her head to toe in team colors on football and basketball game days!
Smantha, who is as unique as the spelling of her name, is one of our opticians; she earned her certification of opticianry in February of 2018. Smantha combines multiple years of experience with a unique sense of style to give each patient a customized experience. She will help you find your perfect eyeglasses frame with enthusiasm and honesty. Her detail-oriented nature and love of numbers makes her a perfect fit to maintain and organize our contact lens department. She is also our point person for specialty contact lenses and prides herself on helping contact lens wearers attain peak comfort and vision.
A lifelong Kansan, Smantha grew up in Burlington. She received her Economics degree from Emporia State University in 2013 and shortly after, moved to Lawrence. In her spare time, you can find her embroidering, playing games, reading, or discovering new music. She is an avid Harry Potter fan, and once made eye contact with Beyoncé. She and her boyfriend share their home with their two rescue dogs, a sweet pit-mix named Gracie and an adorable wirehair mutt, Lucy. Smantha is a bright and witty addition to our team.
Nicole joined our optical team bringing her smiling face and vibrant personality to our office. She has a knack for bringing in new frame lines that helps capture the essence of Lawrence. Before joining our team, Nicole managed a local clothing boutique. With her background and expertise in fashion, she makes finding eye wear that fits your unique, personal style an exciting and fun experience.
Nicole grew up in a suburb just north of Chicago and moved to Lawrence in 2013; she says it's one of the best decisions she's ever made. Nicole is an animal fanatic! When she is not a work, she loves spending quality time with her dogs Rosco and Scarlet. She also enjoys designing and creating jewelry in her home studio.
You may not see her often, but Melissa is always hard at work in the lab, constructing every pair of glasses created in-house. Her love of crafting and working with her hands made her to perfect fit for our office. She also helps with the inventory of frames.
Melissa is a life-long Kansan; she grew up in Olathe and moved to Eudora in 2008. She has four daughters, one granddaughter, and five cats. Melissa loves spending time with her family, camping at the lake, or just relaxing and watching TV. She is a creative person who enjoys making things with many difficult mediums, including crochet, wood, glass, clay, paper, or really anything else she can get her hands on!
Newer to our team is Clifton Rendon. He is our testing expert and performs many of our specialized tests on patients using various diagnostic equipment. While he’s been a Jayhawk for a number of years, Clifton hails from New Mexico. He brings a wealth of experience in patient care, customer service, and leadership as well as experience in photography, online marketing, and sales.
When Clifton isn’t helping our office run smoothly, he spends his free time with his wife and kids. He also enjoys lowriding and spending time behind the camera. He also loves a good “dad joke” and always keeps us on our toes with his great sense of humor. Clifton is a patient-oriented and compassionate guy and we know our patients will love working with him!