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. James L. Mikkelsen, O.D. 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. 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. 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.
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!”
Cynthia has over 30 years Optical experience and has been a part of the TSO team for over 10 years. She is ready to assist you with any of your Optical needs. Cynthia completed 2 years of Office Administration from Lamar University. She is at the end of her career but plans to leave everyone with as much of her knowledge as possible. The challenge of making our patients look fabulous is something she very much enjoys! Cynthia brings knowledge, comradery and laughter to the team. Outside of work, she is an avid Tennis fan that loves to watch matches especially if they involve Serena Williams. She also enjoys football & basketball very much. Swimming at the park is something she would love to do on a daily basis. Cynthia’s proudest accomplishment is raising her two beautiful daughters as a single mother!
Patty is our Optometric Assistant. Contributing great customer service, Patty has a very positive attitude and can speak Spanish and English adeptly. She has over 6 years of Ophthalmology Assistant experience and has been with our team for over 6 months now. She went to school for a Medical Assistant and did her internship at Ophthalmic Consultants of Texas where she was offered a job and stayed with that company for 6 1/2 years. While working at that office, she worked alongside the O.D. and Retina Specialist. She hopes one day to get her Certification for C.O.A and return back to Ophthalmology. What Patty enjoys most about her job is knowing that her previous and present work skills can help improve the vision of their patients today. Patty and her co-workers provide awesome team work! She is able to give more detailed exams; Medical, routine, Cataract post-op, etc. One of Patty’s proudest accomplishments is when the Doctor as well as she were treating a patient with a retinal detachment, glaucoma, who only could see hand motion and only knew her voice. She won’t forget the day this patient had surgery, removing the bandages from her eyes and the patient crying because she was able to see Patty’s face. This was a day to remember and a day to never forget. In her spare time, Patty loves to spend time with her family and her grandson Grayson. She absolutely enjoys Church on Sunday’s. Some of her other interests and hobbies outside of the office include going shopping, listening to music and going to the movies with her family. One of her favorite childhood memories is when Saturday’s would roll around; she spent those days at her grandmothers. “You’re either going to sink or swim.” would have to be her all-time favorite quote.
Although Minerva has mastered the understanding and can clearly interpret Spanish, she is still practicing on speaking Spanish more freely. Minerva is wholesome, joyful and dedicated to Spencer Texas State Optical’s patients. “What makes my job worth going to, is knowing that I’ve helped someone with their vision care needs, helping them feel refreshed. It is also a great feeling knowing I’ve helped my team.” states Minerva. Accomplishing a BA in Psychology, Minerva plans to be a Mental Health Technician in the future, as she thoroughly enjoys helping people. Minerva’s focus is preliminary testing for the Optometrists as well as helping our patients with their individual needs at the Reception desk. In Minerva’s spare time, she enjoys playing video games, watching a good TV show as well as spending quality time with her family. One of Minerva’s proudest memories is walking across her graduation stage to receive her diploma. A favorite childhood memory of Minerva’s is during the Christmas holidays, where she would join all of her family to celebrate Christmas. Abraham Lincoln has given Minerva her favorite quote below:
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Jorge has attended a semester of Community College working on his general studies but plans to study for Construction Management. “I love the Medical field as well.” states Jorge. Being a part of the Spencer Texas State Optical family makes Jorge very happy. Having the opportunity to help a patient see life better daily motivates him and makes his job so much more worthwhile. With such a positive attitude, Jorge is always willing to learn. Jorge is a go-getter and always livening up the Spencer TSO office. “I want to make sure we rise above the stereotype of your average work place and Optical office. I am committed to making sure our patients leave with a smile on their face.” says Jorge. He wants to excel as the Lab Technician and provide eyewear as promised by quality check standards to the patients. Jorge is proud to contribute in his home and to be a working class citizen as well as always being upright. Jorge is an avid gamer and movie enthusiast outside of work. He most partakes in videogames because he loves the culture of being able to play with people across the world. His favorite pastime memory is spending quality time with his friends and family, and not only playing the latest scary games but beating the game as well! Jorge is also very eloquent in Spanish as well as English. Jorge’s favorite quote comes from the show ‘The Office’, which is a hilarious documentary-style look into the humorous office life:
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
Aracely has been with the TSO family since 2011. A very skilled, patient and friendly Optician, who loves to take care of her patient’s needs. Aracely gives 110%, providing so much positivity whom is also fluent in both English and Spanish. After High School, Aracely went to school for Medical Billing and Coding. Her career plans and goals are to attend school again! What she loves most about her job is knowing that her Optician skills will give her patients a better view in life with their new glasses. She contributes in helping out the General Manager by picking out new frame style’s and keeping those boards stocked! Outside of the office, she enjoys going to the movies, kayaking with friends and family and to spend time with her husband. Aracely will never forget, getting chased by dogs and climbing up the trees as a child with her cousins; one of her favorite childhood memories. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” was spoken by a Henry Ford, which happens to be Aracely’s favorite quote!
“I wake up happy about going to work…. I enjoy the patients and my co-workers very much as well as getting to know all of Spencer Texas State Optical’ s diverse patients.” states Rocsana. Rocsana has a positive, fun attitude whom is able to assist our English and Spanish speaking patients, being a fluent English and Spanish speaker herself. She spreads so much kindness and has staggering organizational skills. She looks forward to helping the patients with their individual eye care needs. Rocsana’s career goals are to grow with Texas State Optical as she thoroughly enjoys giving a lending hand and helping the patients greatly. Medical Billing and Coding Specialist is Rocsana’s expertise and field of study. Rocsana’s proudest accomplishment is graduating college. “I have many wonderful childhood memories but the one I speak of the most is waking up every Saturday morning to loud music, food and cleaning products! Both of my parents are moving people who love music and to dance silly. This is a memory I hold close and do till this day.” says Rocsana. Outside of the office Rocsana likes to scrapbook, read an interesting book and take professional photography. Musical artist from the 20th century, Mr. Frank Sinatra speaks Rocsana’s all-time favorite quote:
“The best revenge is massive success.”
Erica is very skilled in the Eye Care Field. Erica graduated in 2013 with an Associate’s Degree in Eye Care and Applied Science from San Jacinto College. She hopes to become an Ophthalmic Technician and she plans to work towards her ABO/NCLE Certification. Erica enjoys being able to help patients and see their reactions to how much more vivid the world can be. Aside from doing preliminary testing, Erica also enjoys helping patients select glasses. Erica is also fluent in both English and Spanish. One of her happiest achievements is finishing school! Outside of the office, she likes to listen to music, watch movies with her friends and family, relax, play games and do arts and crafts. Author, poet and Civil Rights Activist, Maya Angelou said something that is very influential to Erica:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”