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.
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!”
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 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.
Working at Spencer Texas State Optical motivates Sonia to pursue her career goals by continuing her education in the medical field. “It has helped me discover how important medicine is, patient’s vision health and the technology in our lives.” says Sonia. Sonia is a great contribution to the team who provides the services that helps Spencer TSO’s patients obtain better vision and is always helpful in educating the patients about the health of their eyes. Sonia is fluent in 5 languages! She can speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. Sonia’s proudest accomplishment is attending college to pursue her profession and dream as well as being a great role model for her son. Outside of the office Sonia likes to watch movies, go to museums and do fun activities with her son. Her favorite childhood memory is when her family would meet at her mother’s home for Christmas and sing together in harmony. Sonia’s favorite quote is written by author Bo Bennett below:
“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.”
Crystal has plans to take the ABO test to become ABO certified. “I love working in the Optical field.” says Crystal. 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 Crystal’s proudest accomplishments. She loves spending quality time with her children. Crystal also enjoys dancing and good music. When Crystal 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, Crystal is currently learning Spanish. Crystal’s 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.
Nicollette enjoys Spencer TSO and the ability for continual growth in her career endeavors. “I wanted to work with a company that would help me pursue my educational goals and help me gain skills to obtain a career where I can serve, encourage and be a blessing to people.” states Nicollette. Nicollette likes meeting new people and helping them make healthy choices! “Being a part of the Texas State Optical team and working alongside a company that prides itself in providing great customer service is what makes my job worthwhile.” says Nicollette. Graduating from High School and walking across the stage is one of Nicollette’s proudest accomplishments. She is also very proud to have coached an undefeated U-16 girls’ soccer team. Outside of the office, Nicollette likes to listen to music, watch movies, spend time with her family and go to concerts. Her favorite childhood memory is when she played competitive soccer. “I enjoyed being a part of a team and making new friends and had so much fun traveling to different cities to play tournaments.” Nicollette says. Nicollette speaks little Spanish but is working at being proficient in the language. Author Amy Leigh Mercree writes Nicollette’s favorite quote below:
“A kind thought, word or action creates infinite ripples of caring, consideration and peace.”
Jorge has attended a semester of Community College working on his general studies. “I love the Medical field.” 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.”