Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.
At TSO our optometrist takes the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Dr. Jonathan Tran attended UT Austin and the University Of Houston where he earned his B.S. in Biology and Business Administration as well as his Doctor of Optometry Degree. Board Certified in the Management and Treatment of various eye diseases such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration, Dr. Tran gained valuable clinical experience while at Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He began working for Texas State Optical, over 10 years ago as a Doctor’s Assistant and has been working as a Doctor with TSO over 3 years. While working as a Doctor’s Assistant he felt he had a real connection with the patients and their vision matters. “As a Doctor’s Assistant, I learned that my personality made assisting and educating patients an easy career choice. Listening to and understanding patients issues helps me assist and educate the patient. Personalized in-depth care is what I strive for.” Dr. Tran states.
His professional interests include, advancing the profession of Optometry by maintaining up to date, continual education and learning the most advanced and successful standards of patient care. Giving back to the community is important to Dr. Tran. He trained with the Good Neighbor Clinic in Houston providing Comprehensive Eye Exams to all age groups and gave exams in Spanish. Dr. Tran also speaks English and Vietnamese fluently! Jonathan also worked with Prevent Blindness Texas to carry out vision screenings to the underprivileged.
Aurora, Colorado is where Dr. Tran is originally from. His family as well as Dr. Tran were residing in Denver, Colorado when his father received a transfer order while working for the United Airlines, formerly known as Continental Airlines, bringing them to Houston, Texas. Dr. Tran enjoys watching sports and exercising in his free time. He is a die-hard sports fan for the Texans, Broncos, Rockets and Astros. Dr. Tran likes to keep up with news and events and has a daughter Sara who keeps him on his toes when he gets home.
Dr. James L. Mikkelsen is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University as well as the University Of Houston College Of Optometry where he earned a Doctor of Optometry degree. He practices full-scope primary eye care including basic Eye Examinations, complex Contact Lens Fitting, Pediatric Vision Care, diagnosis and treatment of most medical eye problems, and Co-management of LASIK and Cataract Surgery.
Dr. Mikkelsen is licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and has been affiliated with Texas State Optical since 1988. He has been in the Optometry Field for over 35 years. He enjoys seeing the whole family, from children to grandparents at their eye care appointments. He especially enjoys teaching patients about their eye conditions so they might better understand how their visual system works. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. Mikkelsen’s interests were always in the fields of Science and Health, which made Optometry a perfect fit! His professional interests include Contact Lenses as well as binocular vision anomalies. Dr. Mikkelsen speaks English and Spanish freely. Dr. Mikkelsen was raised in Southern California and came to Texas as soon as he could. He came to Houston for graduate work in Microbiology/Virology at the University of Houston. Outside of work, Dr. Mikkelsen thoroughly enjoys traveling, visiting new sites around the country as well as overseas!
Dr. Mann was born and grew up in the Mid-west, in a town in the South-East corner of the State called Nebraska City, NE. He moved to Houston to escape the extreme weather in the Mid-West. Dr. Mann attended High School in Nebraska City and did his undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska. He earned his Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Houston in 1984. Dr. Mann has been around the eyecare field most of his life. His Uncle was an Ophthalmologist, his Father was an Optometrist and his brother practices Optometry in Nebraska. Helping people see and restore their eye-sight is extremely rewarding for Dr. Mann. This is why he chose to be an Optometrist. “From young, first-time glasses wearers, to people with eye disease, nothing is more precious than eyesight”, he states. Having great experience in the Optical field, Dr. Mann always comes in with a positive attitude and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Mann specializes in treating Eye Infections, Allergies, Glaucoma and Dry Eye.
His professional interests include LASIK Surgery Management and Macular Degeneration.
In his spare time he likes to garden, read and spend time with his family and Grandchildren.
Dr. Lizeth Molina was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Houston where she graduated with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. As soon as Dr. Molina graduated, she went straight into optometry school at the University Of Houston College Of Optometry to complete her doctorate. During optometry school, one of her externship sites was a low income clinic in Houston where she helped keep Houston eyes healthy. Her other externship site was in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Indian health service where she expanded her knowledge of diabetic retinopathy and iritis. Dr. Molina has been working at different offices while in undergrad and optometry school and has over 8 years of experience in the optometry field.
Dr. Molina specializes in diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, lasik co-management and contact lens fitting. “I have always had bad vision, but as a teen, I met an Optometrist who fit me in my first pair of contact lenses. I didn’t just see better, I also became fascinated by the concept of sight and the science behind it. I wanted to learn all the things the doctor did to improve my vision and from then on, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.” states Dr. Molina, on why she chose the optical field.
In her free time, Dr. Molina likes quality time with her family, friends and her little cat Tom. Traveling has allowed her to know about different cultures and natural places, “so it has always interested me” says Dr. Molina. She also likes to explore Houston and Texas whether at a new restaurant, park or a quiet place to relax. Dr. Molina speaks both Spanish and English fluently and looks forward to serving you and your family at your next eye examination!
Meet Your Local Pasadena Eye Care Team:
Our exceptional, friendly TSO staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.
Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.
Daniel is our General Manager for both of our Pasadena Locations. He started in Patient Services over 16 years ago and worked his way up to Management. He became ABO Certified in 2005 and is maintaining/continuing his educational requirements. Daniel plans to become a Regional Manager with Texas State Optical one day! Continual growth in the Optometry Field and his co-workers make his job worth being a part of. "Our patients are happy and provided with the best care due to our advanced training and upmost service." says Daniel. He creates leadership, team building and a fun atmosphere. Daniel speaks English and Spanish fluently. Outside of the office, his interests are music, art, fashion, live shows, going to the movies, DJing and reading fashion books! While his favorite past time of all is spending time with his friends and family. Daniel's favorite quote is said by the one and only Andy Warhol.
"I never read, I just looked at pictures!"
Bobby is currently attending San Jac Community College. His goal is to work in a field he is comfortable with, such as Ophthalmology. “I love the experiences I gain and what I learn coming into TSO every day.” says Bobby. Bobby is a hard worker with a positive attitude. He is a quick learner and will do anything to better Texas State Optical and the patients. Bobby’s proudest accomplishment is joining a Pharmacy Tech Program in High School that furthered his knowledge in the medical field. When Bobby is not at work, he enjoys spending his time outdoors, primarily hunting or camping. Listening to music is another one of Bobby’s favored hobbies, “it’s very relaxing” he says. Disney employee for the Epcot ride Horizons in the 1980s once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” It’s a quote Bobby relates to greatly.
Cris has plans to take the ABO test to become ABO certified. “I love working in the Optical field.” says Cris. She contributes ten plus years working in the vision field and is very versatile; being able to help as an Optician or doing lab work. Raising three beautiful children and setting a great example for them is one of Cris' proudest accomplishments. She loves spending quality time with her children. Cris also enjoys dancing and good music. When Cris was younger and visited her father in Victoria on Saturday’s, her whole family would get together and play football which makes for her favorite childhood memory. Although not fluent yet, Cris is currently learning Spanish. Cris' most favored quote comes from Psalms 139:14 in the Bible:
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Norma plans to become ABO certified in the near future. “I would love to grow with Spencer Texas State Optical and to remain educated and up to date on the most popular frames and beneficial contact lenses.” says Norma. “It’s exciting to be a part of such a dedicated and passionate group that strives to excel in patients vision care needs. The leadership is outstanding and so are my co-workers who create a pleasant environment that adds to a smooth sailing day. I truly look forward to coming in and working alongside my amazing co-workers and patients.” states Norma. Norma has over 10 years of optical experience and has a passion in serving others. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. The optical industry has allowed her to build great relationships with the patients. Frame styling a patient is very rewarding for Norma as their glasses are something they will use and see every day. “Knowing that the patient feels and looks good every day is pretty awesome.” says Norma. Norma’s proudest accomplishment is raising her beautiful children as a single mother, watching 4 of them graduate and waiting on her youngest to do so as well. Outside of work Norma enjoys spending time with her family, barbecuing, playing Monopoly and ‘Just Dance’ on Wii, fishing with her sons and doing volunteer work with the youth in her community. A favorite childhood memory is talent contests she would have every Christmas at her grandmas as well as making tamales. Norma’s favorite quote comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 in the Bible below:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Alexa is currently attending San Jac and has a great passion for the Optometry field. Alexa enjoys meeting new, interesting people and loves being around her coworkers. Very personable, Alexa is a quick learner with a persistent drive and can help Spencer TSO patients in both Spanish and English. Alexa is always willing to help with an outgoing and positive energy. Her proudest accomplishment is being a hard worker; keeping a full time job while attending college. In her spare time she loves to go shopping or simply be out with her friends. Her favorite childhood memory is going to Florida with her whole family. Spike Milligan, who was a British-Irish comedian, writer, poet and more, wrote Alexa's favorite quote below:
"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."
Susana’s goal is to grow with Texas State Optical and to provide a great life for her beautiful children and family. Susana is also determined to finish school and to show her children that anything is possible. Her favorite part about working at Spencer Texas State Optical is the gratifying feeling of knowing she has an opportunity to help make someone’s vision better. Susana contributes excellent customer service and always has a genuine smile on her face while greeting patients. Making sure the patients are provided with the best eyewear is also very gratifying for Susana. Susana speaks both English and Spanish freely. In Susana’s spare time, she likes to spend time with her kids while watching movies together. She loves to bake sweets for her family and they really enjoy spending summer days at the beach. A favorite childhood memory of Susana’s is a cold visit to New York where she saw snow for the first time. “I would love to go back and experience that atmosphere again!” says Susana. Motivational speaker, business owner, author and radio host, Grant Cardone speaks one of Susana’s most favored quotes below:
“Whatever you want go all in and dominate, learn it, eat it, sleep it, breathe it and believe it.”