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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our optometric/optical technicians are Cascadia Eye’s most versatile staff members. Cross-trained as ophthalmic assistants, opticians, and patient services coordinators, they are able to move between jobs as needed to keep our Anacortes and Stanwood offices running smoothly. Optometric/optical technicians receive the same rigorous training as all of our ophthalmic assistants, and are either earning or have already acquired certification in opticianry. With the standards and qualifications we expect from all of our eye care staff in addition to the broader knowledge provided by their extra training, optometric/optical technicians assist our doctors – and our patients – in whatever way they are needed.
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. 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, she 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.
J-me Allen, ABOC
J-me Allen joined our team in September 2015, as the first person specifically hired to be triple-trained. With previous years of experience as an optician, she was a natural for the optometric/optical technician position. She passed her ABOC exam late summer 2016, and completed her journeyman hours in 2017. She loves getting to know patients, developing working relationships while helping them find the perfect glasses. Previously in the Navy and then at school in Washington State University, J-me now lives in Oak Harbor with two teen sons. They like hiking and camping together, and enjoying the beaches on Whidbey Island.
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