Meet our Eye Care Team
We believe we have one of the best eye care teams you can find. Each of our staff members at Waco Vision Source has ongoing training throughout the year. Everyone on our team is either working towards new certifications or making advancements in their current certifications.
Jackie spends her work days as our Lead Doctor’s Assistant — screening patients, running special testing, and assisting in anything else our patients may need. Jackie is also a Certified Paraoptometric.
Outside of work, Jackie likes to stay home and watch her favorite shows while spending time with her 2 daughters and husband. Jackie is a Disney fanatic and is always dreaming of her next visit to Disneyworld. She is also a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to try new foods!
Chelsea is often the first person to greet you in our office. She has been with us since 2017 and has trained in almost every area of the office to better answer our patients’ questions. From working as a Doctor’s Assistant to helping as an Optician and Contact Lens Tech, she loves to work with people.
Chelsea is married, has a son and many fur-babies, and loves to spend her free time with family and friends. She also loves to travel and try new things. She loves God and loves people.
Combining strong customer service skills with a fine arts background, Shannon has been an amazing addition to our Optical Team. Her previous career spanned the beauty industry as a retail advisor, makeup artist, and skincare specialist with both private salons and major cosmetic brands. Shannon uses her knowledge of facial structure, color theory, and design principles to style our patients in their next amazing pair of glasses. She is currently working toward her American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification.
She is a bibliophile, cat mom, and history geek who loves to cook, sit around campfires with friends, laugh, and collect obscure bits of useless trivia.
Kelly is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and currently serves as our Insurance Specialist. She brings with her years of medical customer service experience.
Kelly and her husband were both born right here in Waco. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephew and 2 nieces as well as her husband’s daughters and granddaughters. She and her husband enjoy traveling and attending football games.
Julie developed a love of public relations and social media through growing a Facebook page honoring her 22 year old dog, Tigger. She is a lifelong resident of Waco and is our Social Media Manager extraordinaire.
She is mother to one son. She has been involved in animal advocacy over 25 years and currently serves as the President of Waco Pets Alive!, a rescue in Waco.
She loves all things art, plants, music and outdoors. *Julie is wearing an Eco frame with sunglass clip.
Megan is our Lead Contact Lens Technician. She was born and raised in Austin. Megan has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio Television and Film, but her heart lies in healthcare. After over six years in a specialty medical practice, her family relocated to Waco in 2019. She is currently working toward her National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) certification.
When not busy helping patients, she enjoys attending her son’s baseball games, working outside and spending time with family and their new rescued puppy.
Allison is proficient in many areas of the office, from contacts to optical to assisting the doctors during exams. She is most often found assisting as Dr. Virden’s Specialty Contact Lens Technician.
Allison has lived in the Waco area her entire life. She graduated from West High School in 2018 and from MCC with an Associates Degree in Biology. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech and plans to become an Optometrist herself.
In her free time, Allison enjoys hiking, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family.
Nick is an Optician and has been in the optical field since 2014. He has worked in all areas from frame styling to making glasses in the lab. Optical is his passion, and he strives to make every patient happy and understand what they are getting in their new glasses. Born in Pasadena, TX, his family moved to Central Texas in grade school. He graduated from Temple High School and completed an Associate of Arts in Mathematics from Temple College in 2018. He is currently working toward his American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification.
When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. You can usually find all of them on the baseball field where Nick coaches his sons’ teams. When they are not playing baseball (which is rarely!), they are at home hanging out with family, shooting pool, and talking baseball.
Between insurance company rules and government regulations, managing a practice has gotten so complicated that you often need an
engineer to figure things out. Our Business Manager, Ryan, graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Civil Engineering, and he keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes for our practice. He worked as a Licensed Professional Engineer before joining our practice in 2009.
Ronda began working in the Optical field in 2010 because she hated her first pair of glasses so much. Once she found the right eye doctor that helped her understand why she was having problems with them and how they could be better, she was hooked. We were honored she chose to join our team when she came to Waco. Ronda has moved out of state to be nearer to family, and we wish her all the best.
Lymya brought years of retail customer service and merchandising experience to our office, as she followed her passion of a career in healthcare. As our Contact Lens Technician, she enjoyed being hands-on with each patient to make sure vision is as clear and comfortable as possible.
We wish her well as she continues her studies on the road to becoming an optometrist herself!