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Meet Your 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, CPO

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 two 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 whether in the optical, answering the phone, at our front desk, or starting your exam. 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 completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Tarleton State University in 2020.

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.


Kelly is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and currently serves as our Insurance Pre-Verification 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.


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.


An Optician since 2014, Nick has done everything 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.


Hutton’s infectious smile is the first thing you’ll be greeted with when you visit our office. Her previous retail, management and customer service experience make her the perfect fit as our Front Office Coordinator.

Hutton is a lover of Mycology, an avid tattoo collector, polymer clay creator, painter & is book obsessed. She loves to cook & is always ready for soup season! She enjoys traveling & seeing live music with her husband whenever they can.  When they aren’t at a concert, they are usually focusing their energy into their photography business, Luminary Perspectives.


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 from the University of North Texas, 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.


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.


Leslie graduated from Montana State University COT with a Certificate of Applied Science for Medical Coding and Insurance Billing.  She has found, however, that she prefers working directly with patients and is one of our Doctor’s Assistants. Leslie is also working toward her Certified Paraoptometric Certification.

Leslie loves spending her spare time with her three kids and husband. She enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, especially on trips to the coast. She also has a passion for taking photos and knitting and quilting.



Diana is our Medical Billing Specialist with a background in medical transcription and medical billing as well as insurance verification.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and getting to see her three grown children whenever possible.  She’s an avid reader who also loves to bike and walk.



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.



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.