Opticians are professionals with expertise to analyze a glasses prescription and then design eyewear best suited for the patient. Our opticians are either journeyman opticians (passed a 3 year apprenticeship), certified with the American Board of Opticianry (passed a national certification test) and/or Licensed with the State Department of Health (passed a three part test in optics, contact lenses and practical skills after 3 years of schooling or apprenticeship). Many have all three of these designations.
Becki Vosburgh, LDO, ABOC
Becki Vosburgh, LDO, ABOC has been with Cascadia Eye since 2004, and is much loved by patients. She primarily works out of our Mount Vernon location as the Optical Manager for the practice, although she also can be found working with our opticians in all four clinics. In her work, she particularly enjoys training new apprentice opticians. She is also taking on further upper management responsibilities, and welcomes the challenges and learning opportunities they provide. Becki has lived in the Skagit Valley her entire life and currently resides in Sedro-Woolley with her daughter, Chloe and her dog, Willy. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family and vacationing when she can.
Shazarie Holm, ABOC, LDO
Shazarie Holm, ABOC joined Cascadia Eye in 2012 as an apprentice and received her certification January 2013. She passed the state exam to become a Licensed Dispensing Optician in 2016. With previous experience in customer service, Shaz has always loved working with people and considers optician and technician work another great opportunity to connect – and make people feel good about the way they look! A local through and through, Shaz was born and raised in the Skagit Valley and graduated from BEHS. She lives with her husband and lovable dog named Ollie.
Natasha Lopez, ABOC
Natasha Lopez joined the optical staff in March 2013 as an apprentice. She is simultaneously finishing a bachelor’s degree and received her optician certification in early 2014, hoping to eventually become a licensed optician as a career. She is also cross-trained in technician and patient services, and is now the site lead for our Whidbey Island location. In 2017 she successfully completed her 6,000 hours in the apprenticeship program and also received her Bachelors in Business Administration from South University. When she is not working, Natasha loves to spend time with her significant other and their two beautiful children, who mean the world to her. She tries to spend every extra moment outside with the kids or with great friends.
JoAnn Mulholland, LDO
JoAnn Mulholland, LDO has been in the optical profession for over 34 years. She received her Washington State license in 1980, and is also a member of the Opticians Association of Washington. Her great attitude and knowledge has won her several customer service awards over the years. In her field she especially enjoys working with fashion display.
Devin Hiltz joined the optical team July 2016. Fun fact: she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University in Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Studies! As an optician, she loves working with people, and also particularly loves organizing frame boards and helping patients find the perfect frames that suit their personality and style. Devin was born and raised in Mount Vernon and also attended Skagit Valley College. She loves the Mariners, crafting, spending time with friends and family, and shopping.
Emma Rodela joined our opticians July 2016. She has previous experience working at another eye clinic, as a patient services and insurance coordinator, which serves her well now that she is an optician. Last year she got married to her high school sweetheart; both grew up in Skagit County, and they now live in Mount Vernon. Emma loves spending her free time with family, and also doing exciting things like skydiving and bungee jumping!
Dawn Ledford, ABOC
Dawn Ledford became an optician August 2016, and enjoys helping patients find frames and lenses that will work for them, particularly when helping to explain prescriptions. She also finds it fascinating to learn how light is manipulated in lenses. Fun fact: before working at Cascadia Eye, she was a preschool teacher in Southern California with an associate degree in child development! She moved to Mount Vernon in early 2016, and her family still lives in California. Outside of work, she is into fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. She also really enjoys cooking and baking.
Paige Moreno joined our opticians November 7, 2017 (on the date that also happens to be her wedding anniversary!) with four years of experience in the optical field already under her belt. Before optician work, she worked mostly in food service; her favorite experience was working as an assistant pastry chef in the US Virgin Islands making wedding cakes. As an optician, Paige enjoys doing repairs for patients and brightening their day by fixing things for them. She also really enjoys inventory and frame selection, keeping things tidy and making sure frames are in stock. She grew up in Anacortes, but caught the travel bug in 2003 when her family moved to a sailboat in the Caribbean for four years. Since getting married and moving back to Washington State, she continues to travel for fun and to do volunteer work in Bible education (she and her husband have both chosen to work part time and devote the other part of their time to volunteering).
In the Optical Lab
Lynn Pugh, LDO
Lynn Pugh, LDO (Licensed Dispensing Optician) has been with Cascadia Eye since 1997. Prior to coming here, Lynn has worked in the optical industry – from fabricating lenses at a wholesale lab to owning and operating an optical dispensary – for over twenty-five years. He has held his Washington State optician’s license for over 36 years. With special skills in frame repairs, custom tinting and with an eye for lens quality, Lynn is our Lab Manager and oversees all lens processing done on our premises. In 2009, he went with Dr. C. Dan Siapco to the Philippines, giving out over 800 pairs of glasses to the needy on behalf of Cascadia Eye – and then subsequently (again with Dr. Siapco) to Ghana with 2,500 pairs and the Dominican Republic with 3,000. He continues this tradition yearly.
Christina Lahr, ABOC
Christina Lahr, ABOC first joined our optical in February of 2013, and gained her certification just a few months later, making her one of our fastest opticians to be board certified. Tina trained with Lynn, our Lab Manager, to shape lenses and learn the crafting side of opticianry. She left Cascadia Eye toward the end of 2013 to try something new, but found that nothing else measured up to her love for the optical lab – and came back June 2014! Like her parents before her, Tina has been a member of the Skagit Valley community her whole life. She currently lives near Concrete with two teenage kids (a girl and a boy) and loves to go camping with her family and garden at home.
Matt DeZarn joined the optical lab team in Fall 2017, proving to be a fast learner with good attention to detail — a must when working with patient lenses! Matt was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, with two brothers. For hobbies he likes to play games, from cards to videogames to board games, and also paints gaming miniatures (another craft where attention to detail is a must). Matt paints artwork on canvas, too! He also loves taking his dog to the park and going on hikes.
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