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The Staff

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The Team at our Independence Location

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The Team at our Sandusky Location

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Patricia Zagar

Office Manager Licensed Optician

Patty was born and raised in Willowick, Ohio and currently lives in Willoughby. She graduated from Eastlake North High School and always supports all Cleveland teams but is a serious Cavaliers  fan. Patty's favorite hobbies include hiking, reading, and volunteering for pet rescue and rehabilitation. She enjoys spending time with her nephews and watching them play sports or perform in shows.

Stacy Lynch

Licensed Optician

Stacy was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in Mentor. She graduated from Villa Angela Academy and Lakeland Community College. In her spare time, Stacy likes to listen to music, read books, and watch her two boys, Caden and Logan play basketball and baseball. Stacy, husband Mike and their boys are HUGE Cavs, Indians, and Browns fans!

Joy Cleavenger

Licensed Optician

Joy was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio and currently lives on the outskirts of Cleveland. She is a graduate of LCCC and loves to travel, bake, embarass her kids and attend Cleveland Indians games.

Jessica Huston

Patient Relations Coordinator

Jessica is from Brook Park, Ohio where she graduated from Midpark High School in 2013. She loves spending time with her new husband Sam (they were married in September 2018!) and cudding with their puppy Kalli.

Haley Palmer

Optometry Assistant

Haley is our new Pretester and was born in Washington DC but was raised in Sarasota, Florida. She attended State College of Florida before moving to Cleveland, Ohio to be with her long time boyfriend, Peter. She loves classic cars and enjoys ceramic sculpting. She was previously a zookeeper so she has many pets including two dogs, Gus and Aster.

Kristin Hales

Office Manager Licensed Optician

Kristin Hales was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio and now lives in Monroeville, Ohio. She went to Holy Angels and graduated from Perkins High School in 1996. Her favorite sports teams are the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Cavaliers. She enjoys solving word puzzles and spending time with family and friends- her husband Brett and children Madalynn and Colton.

Michele Budd


Michele Budd was born and raised in Berlin Heights, Ohio and he now lives in Huron, Ohio. She graduated in 1993 from Edison High School and is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Her hobbies include Karoake, reading crime novels, crossword puzzles, and playing poker. She has 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, Fiance John and a chihuahua named Coco.

Ken Bess


Ken Bess was born and raised in Olean, New York and now lives in Sandusky, Ohio. He went to school in Olean, New York, and Erie community college in Buffalo. His favorite sports teams are the Cleveland Indians, Duke and Kansas and his hobbies include working on his home, walking his dog which he rescued and playing basketball. He is married and has 1 cat and 1 dog.


Due to Covid-19 recommendations, our practices will remain closed through 05/03/2020. We do not make this decision lightly, however our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, staff and community.

Our online scheduler is available to schedule routine vision exams in May.

In the case of emergency situations, we WILL have a doctor on call. Please call the office and your message will be returned by your doctor within the hour.

If you are waiting on an eyeglass order, we will contact you to arrange curbside pick-up after we receive them.

Patients are encouraged to stock up on contact lenses and supplies here. Most contact lens orders can be delivered to your homes.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and the guidance from the county, state and the CDC to determine when it is appropriate for us to return to our normal business hours.

We thank you for your patience during this challenging time and wish all of you continued health.


Dr. Dan Uzl, Dr. Ryan Zimmerman, & the staff at Performance Vision Care