Ana Ahady, Optometric Assistant

New with us at Westside Family Vision Center in autumn 2017, Ana was new to optometry too, but quickly became expert at verifying prescriptions in eyeglass lenses and at running vision tests. Full of energy and enthusiasm, she is a great presence in our office. 

Connie Bantillo, Vision Therapist, Administrator, Community Education Coordinator

Photo on 5-8-15 at 5.29 PM 2Connie has been a vision therapist since 1984, and with Westside Family Vision Center since 1990. She has degrees in psychology and health science. In addition to her work in vision therapy, she has been a substitute teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools, an exercise instructor for seniors in assisted living, a swim instructor and a lifeguard, as well as a volunteer for several community service organizations. Volunteer work continues to be very important to her.

Margaret Bols, Saratoga Vision Center Manager

5529_119060114468_6936498_nMargaret started in the optical field in 1984 and has been with Saratoga Vision Center since 1996. One of her favorite things is helping people look their best by helping with frame decisions when glasses are prescribed. Also a favorite is spending time in Hawaii.
Counting the days until next time…

Danielle Fanelli, Eyelid Hygienist

Danielle brought her business experience and began working with us in the summer of 2016. From helping with patients' accounts to pretesting and more, we have kept her busy and learning. She has become our Blephex specialist, so if you have symptoms of blepharitis (for example: itchy, crusty eyes), her spa quality treatment is something to ask us about.

Shakiba Firoozy, Optometric Assistant

img_2502Late spring 2016 Shakiba jumped right in at Westside Family Vision Center with her wealth of experience. If you are choosing glasses, she would love to help.

Lydia G., Optometric Assistant

Previously with Westside Family Vision Center as reception coordinator, Lydia returned in 2014 as our pretest and contact lens lead. Thoughtful, patient and comforting, she is a pleasure in the office.

Laura Gomez, Optometric Assistant

Laura, experienced in the world of eyewear and prescription glasses, enthusiastic and helpful, started with us in the spring of 2017. She is an excellent addition to our staff, always friendly and ready to help.

Sherry G., Optometric Assistant

An experienced optometric assistant, Sherry joined us in early 2018. Expert at training new contact lens wearers and pretesting before vision exams, she is a great help at both our Saratoga and San Jose offices.

Sarah Imwalle, Optometric Assistant and Senior Insurance Administrator

10425187_741677649188898_7001243863896439421_nSarah, with our offices since 2000, has insurance expertise to share, as well as years of experience helping people with glasses decisions, sharing her thorough knowledge of frame and lens styling and materials. She is a wealth of information.

Kerry Kelley, Optometric Assistant

An optometric assistant with many years of experience, and American Board of Opticianry Certified, Kerry joined us in the summer of 2015. He started in the family business with his optometrist father in Centralia, Washington before venturing out to become a Californian. Kerry's other specialty is Information Technology. He has been described as "especially friendly, helpful and knowledgeable."

Eileen Marquardt, Vision Therapist

Eileen is a retired elementary school teacher with 38 years of teaching experience. She has been involved in vision therapy since 2000 and enjoys working with kids and adults both. Eileen loves to travel, has a passion for cooking, and enjoys gardening. She has a son and a daughter, a grandson and two granddaughters.

Maria Mendoza, Clinical Manager

10628275_863487220329864_2491165149253338772_nMaria is well-versed in frame and lens selection, having been with Westside Family Vision Center since 1995, and in the optometric business previously as well. She can help you find what is current in frame styling and can help you understand all the options in lens materials, as well as helping find your best look.

Sheida S., Administrative Assistant, Insurance Lead

Sheida jumped in with us in early 2018, quickly becoming our go-to for navigating the complexities of the insurance world. Always ready to help, if she doesn't know the answer, she will go to great lengths to find it.

Genea T., Optometric Assistant

Genea, with experience in the optical field since 2003, joined us at Saratoga Vision Center in 2014. She has a bachelors degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. Genea loves being able to help people see the world with clear vision and enjoy the latest trends in eyewear.

Nicole Vasquez, Administrative Assistant

IMG_5356_2Providing a calm air at the Westside Family Vision Center reception desk, Nicole aims to please. She is a warm welcome and a great help with navigating insurance benefits and schedule needs. Nicole joined us in 2012.