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The Team at our Independence 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.

Kristin Hales

Office Manager and Licensed Optician

Michele Budd


Ken Bess


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.

Danielle Becerra

Optometry Assistant

Danielle was born and raised in Parma, Ohio where she currently lives. She graduated from Valley Forge High School in 2003 and from Bowling Green State University in 2006. Favorite hobbies include reading, shopping, spending time with her 2 sons and 2 cats, as well as root for the Cleveland Indians and Columbus Blue Jackets.

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.