Our staff is experienced, specially trained and certified in their field. They are extremely knowledgeable about eye care and the selection of the proper frames and lenses to fit your lifestyle.
Our friendly and efficient front desk staff is always ready to assist you in making your appointments and to answer any questions about your visit to our office.
Melanie is one of our receptionists and has been with Uptown Eye Care since 2005. Melanie has over 18 years of experience that she will use to make our patients’ visits as pleasant and problem free as she possibly can, whether it is with scheduling, checking-in for appointments, or understanding insurance benefits. Melanie comes to us from Texas and she brings a special, southern charm to our office.
Any spare time Melanie has is spent with her family which is divided between Texas and Minnesota.
Theresa Z. joined our reception staff in the fall of 2012. Theresa will help set up your appointments and answer any questions you may have about your visit to our office. You will find Theresa at the front desk most days of the week.
When she does take some time off she likes to spend time with her family, especially if it means visiting her son in the beautiful state of Alaska.
Julie became a member of the Uptown Eye Care family in January of 2014. Prior to this time she was an office manager at Munson Feed Company in Melrose, MN. Now she is ready to assist patients schedule and prepare for their visit to our clinic and is equipped to answer many of your questions about your appointment.
Julie is currently also going to school for medical administrative assistant.
She has a husband and son with whom she loves to go camping, fishing and many other outdoor activities.
All of our technicians receive on-going training in order to provide you with the best possible eye care. They are contact lens specialists and will gladly answer any questions you have on contact lens fitting and care.
Laurel has worked at Uptown Eye Care both as an optician and currently, as an optometric technician since 2007. She is an American Optometric Association certified paraoptometric. She enjoys pretesting patients before they see the doctor, especially when she knows there is a solution to an ocular problem. Laurel is convinced that annual eye health evaluations are an important part of maintaining a person’s overall health.
She and her husband have lived in Monticello for five years and love it here. She works part-time so that she can also devote time to teaching Bible lessons. She also loves having dinner parties, golfing, camping and traveling.
Karen K. has been with Uptown Eye Care since 2007. One of her favorite parts of her job is helping patients with vision therapy. Karen has received training on several vision therapy techniques and in assisting patients in implementing the prescribed therapies at home.
Karen can personally attest to the life changing benefits of having the perfect pair of glasses. She says she is finally enjoying a crisp, clear, migraine-free life for which she is very grateful.
Vicki P. has been in the eye care industry since 1997. She first joined our office in 2002. You will find Vicki working in various departments here at Uptown Eye Care. She is experienced in selecting and fitting frames and lenses that are customized for each person’s lifestyle. You will also meet Vicki prior to your appointment as she does some of the preliminary testing for the doctor. She is also experienced at contact lens training and is very happy to address any of your questions or concerns in these areas.
Outside of work she keeps very busy with family and friends and an annual trip to Arizona.
Kelli is new to the eye care industry, but is eager to learn and assist others with their eye care needs. Her favorite aspect of Uptown Eye Care is the variety of people she meets. Two of her favorite things to do are to work with babies and small children and to teach new contact lens wearers how to care for their lenses.
In her free time Kelli loves to be with her husband and children. She also enjoys finding a little time for traveling, playing volleyball and having dinner parties with friends.
Trish is one of our most recent additions to our optometric technician staff. Trish has over 12 years of experience in the optical industry and is well equipped to answer any questions you may have about your exam. We love that fact that her smile never, ever leaves her face.
Trish is a huge fan of anything related to Hello Kitty, which is not surprising because both of them are so sweet and cuddly. When not devoting her time and attention to providing excellent patient care at work, Trish can usually be found spending her time with family. Her favorite activity with them is snuggling up on a chilly evening and watching movies.
Every optician in our clinic is skilled at helping you choose the best frame and lenses for your lifestyle. They are knowledgeable on the latest technology and are able to clearly explain all your options. Please come in to browse through our large selection of popular frames and let our frame consultants help you choose the most complementary frame for your face.
LaRae joined the Uptown Eye Care team in 2003 as an optician. Her experience and attention to detail make her the perfect optical team leader, her current position. LaRae attends regular continuing education classes to keep up on the latest technology in lens design and the hottest trends in frames. LaRae’s experience and dedication is evident in the quality of care she strives to give each patient at Uptown Eye Care.
LaRae is currently serving on the Minnesota Optometric Association Paraoptometric Board. She is very active in this role, making sure there are plenty of education opportunities for all of Minnesota’s para optometric professionals.
LaRae has a unique sense of humor and enjoys playing practical jokes on family, friends and especially, her coworkers.
John joined the Uptown Eye Care team in March of 2010. He brought with him seven years of optical experience and strives to educate our patients on the best options available for their optical needs. He especially focuses on making sure each individual enjoys their experience choosing their new eyewear.
Outside of work he loves to spend time with friends, family and his two furry canines.
Many may recognize Kendall from her days as a pharmacy technician, but we benefited when she decided to make a career change to the optical field. Kendall works in the optical department and is ready to assist you in choosing the perfect pair of glasses. She has a great sense of style and a real flair for helping people choose the most flattering frames.
For these reasons she is a great addition to our frame buying team and helps to keep our optical department filled with the latest in fashionable frames.
Shelagh L. joined our optical team in the fall of 2012. We know you will love her contagious smile as much as we do. Shelagh is here to assist you in your selection of frames and lenses and to instruct new wearers in the proper care of their glasses. She especially enjoys seeing the looks of joy on the faces of those that can finally see clearly for the first time.
Shelagh (also known as Shay) also assists at the front desk, and we love having her smiling face greeting everyone who stops by.
On the weekends Shelagh divides her time between friends and family, cooking for both and being outdoors whenever possible.
Ale’s experience before coming to Uptown Eye Care was as a pharmacy technician. When she moved from Georgia to Minnesota we were fortunate enough to convince her to switch careers. Now she is a valuable addition to our team of opticians.
Ale loves to travel and hopes to do much more of that in the future. In the mean time she spends time with friends and family and participating in volunteer Bible education activities.
Ava has an extensive 10 year history in providing excellent customer service. She accepted a position at Uptown Eye Care as an optician in 2013. What we especially appreciate about Ava is her consistently positive view of the world around her. You will no doubt agree that her good spirit is contagious when you spend time with her selecting your new glasses.
She has an equally happy young son who keeps her very busy, so Ava leads an active life whether here at Uptown Eye Care or at home.
Pat K. and her administrative assistants work diligently with your insurance company and are ready to help you understand your insurance benefits.
Pat has worked in numerous areas of the professional optical office for over 19 years. These areas include frame fitting; measuring and repairing of eyeglasses; insurance billing and troubleshooting; patient care; office bookkeeping and patient scheduling. She has also worked in maintaining HIPAA compliant patient records and ensuring patient confidentiality. Pat joined our team in 2008 as team leader of the front desk and business office departments.
Most of the time you can find her in the business office working with insurance billing, but occasionally you will find her helping out in optical or the front desk reception area as well. She is always available and happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your account or insurance. Pat feels passionately about doing her part to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care.
Melonie is our office manager and has been with Uptown Eye Care since 2000. She is a certified paraoptometric assistant and her many years of experience with our office have equipped her to answer any questions you may have about your visit. Melonie is proud to be a part of a clinic that puts providing the best possible eye care as its first priority.
In addition to devoting time to making Uptown Eye Care the best choice for eye care, she enjoys spending time at the family cabin in northern Minnesota.