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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Annandale EyeCare the leading provider of vision care products and services in Annandale.

Dr. Courtney D. Thelen, Optometrist060

Dr. Thelen hails from North Platte, Nebraska. He attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa where he was captain of the swimming and diving team.

After graduating Dr. Thelen went to optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from optometry school in 1998. While in school he went to Costa Rica three times as part of an Optometric mission trip to help those less fortunate. Dr. Thelen trained at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Thelen joined Annandale EyeCare in 2001, purchasing the practice from Dr. Michael Obremskey in 2006. Dr. Thelen is a  member of the Ocular Nutrition Society and the American Optometric Society. He has served as a consultant to Vistakon Contact Lenses and Allergan Pharmaceuticals.  He is a Past-President of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce and Past-President of the Annandale Rotary Club.

Dr. Thelen holds an Optometric Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent License for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

059Dr. Michelle E. Thelen, Optometrist

Dr. Michelle Thelen, “Dr. Michelle” grew up as a military dependent while her father served in the United States Navy. She experienced many different areas in the United States and spent four years in Okinawa, Japan.

She attended Florida State University and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

After graduating, Dr. Thelen went to optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude in 2000. While there she traveled to Costa Rica three times as part of an Optometric mission trip to help those less fortunate. Dr. Thelen trained at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Thelen served as clinical director for Vision Quest Laser Center until June 2007. There she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the center and assisted with LASIK surgery.

Dr. Thelen joined Annandale EyeCare in 2007.

Dr. Thelen is a member of The Optometric Society.

Dr. Thelen holds an Optometric Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent License for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

Kevin Beavers, ABOC, Licensed Optician107

Kevin is a native of Northern Virginia. He started in optical in 1993 with the Virginia Apprenticeship Program. After 3 years of school and training he became an American Board of Opticianry registered Optician. Kevin joined Annandale EyeCare in 2007.

With almost 20 years of experience, continued education and training he has become very successful working with lenses, and an expert in consulting and fitting the latest frame and lens designs. He has developed a great collection of creative and quality frames to choose from to complete the whole eyeglass experience.

Kevin is always available to help with your lens and frame needs. Stop by and see what is new and speak with him about what is best for your eyeglasses needs.

092Cylene Gear, CPO (Certified Paraoptometric)

Cylene is a native of McKeesport, PA, living in the Metro area for over 30 years. She is a Mother of three children; two sons and one daughter. She is also the proud Grandmother of two awesome grandsons! Her youngest son is serving our country in the United Stated Air Force.

Cylene is a certified paraoptometric, and has been working the eye care field since 1994. She joined Annandale EyeCare in 2004. She is trained to assist the doctors in patient examinations, she performs special tests and coordinates referrals to various eye care specialists. Cylene is also in charge of our contact lens department. She is trained to assist with the fitting of all types and styles of contact lenses.

Cylene is also a very big Pittsburgh Steeler fan, Steeler Nation Forever!

076Tiffany Flowers, Front Desk Supervisor

Tiffany is a native of Northern Virginia. She is an graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is working on obtaining her nursing degree.

Tiffany joined Annandale EyeCare in 2007. She is dedicated to making a welcoming environment for all of our patients and to make a smooth and easy introduction to our practice. She is in charge of scheduling appointments, verifying insurance benefits, coordinating patient flow and assists with contact lenses and glasses.

Tiffany is your resource for all things going on at our practice. She stands ready to help you.

081Tammy Knight, Front Desk

Tammy is a native of Northern Virginia. She has one daughter currently working on her masters degree at George Mason University.

Tammy joined Annandale EyeCare in 2012. Having over 16 years of customer service experience she is devoted to making sure every patient feels a warm welcome to our practice. Tammy assists in scheduling appointments, verifying insurance benefits and assists with glasses and contact lenses. She gives friendly reminders to patients of upcoming appointments by calling or emailing them.

Tammy is ready to help you with any of your appointment and eyeglasses and contact lens needs.

 

Meaghan O’Rourke, Optometric Tech

Meaghan is also a native of Northern Virginia, having graduated from Robinson high school in 2008.  She is our newest member having joined our team in 2013, after 5 years of experience in the medical field.  She is currently enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College, majoring in biology and plans on transferring to George Mason University to obtain a degree in nursing.

Meaghan is skilled in many different areas of the Optometic field from patient workups, contact lens training. as well as helping patients in Optical.084

She has a rambunctious dog Beau who occupies her free time.

Meaghan is a die hard Washington Redskins fan….HTTR forever!