Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Lakewood Family Eye Care the leading provider of vision care products and services in Lakewood Ranch.
Dr. Troy Bedinghaus, O.D.
Board Certified Optometric Physician
Dr. Troy Bedinghaus is the President, CEO and Medical Director of Vision Source – Lakewood Ranch. He completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Texas A&M University and received his doctorate degree at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association and is past president of the Manasota Optometric Society. He has been practicing in Manatee county since 1997. Dr. Bedinghaus is also a member of the American Academy of Myopia Control & Orthokeratology and is certified by Paragon Vision Sciences to perform Corneal Refractive Therapy.
In 2004, Dr. Bedinghaus founded Vision Source – Lakewood Ranch, a private practice where he delivers personalized and professional eye and vision care to his patients. In 2019, Dr. Bedinghaus will open his second location, Vision Source – Parrish (North River) in Parrish, Florida.
Dr. Bedinghaus also writes for VERYWELL.com, an About.com brand and health care oriented web site, VERY WELL hired Dr. Bedinghaus as the Vision Expert. He continues to develop the vision web site by writing monthly articles about various eye and vision related topics.
Dr. Bedinghaus and his wife, Treva have six children, three boys and three girls. They are residents of Lakewood Ranch, Florida and active members of the community. They enjoy working on home improvement projects, playing guitar and watching their children participate in ballet and basketball activities.
Meet Our Team
Our staff delivers first-class service from the minute you call or walk in our office. Please do not hesitate to contact us if any questions or problems arise.
Natalie Mungenast, C.P.O., Office Manager, Certified Paraoptometric
Natalie is our office manager. She grew up traveling with some of the world’s most prestigious circuses. She is a 7th generation circus performer. Performing acrobatics and aerial stunts around the world facilitated her love for all cultures. She is married to Davis and they have three children who attend a performing arts school. Natalie and her husband previously owned their own optical gallery in Punta Gorda, Florida before joining Vision Source at Lakewood Ranch. She enjoys all aspects of the industry but especially loves to ensure each and every patient receives an exceptional first class experience. In addition to her office manager duties, she keeps the office running smoothly by filling in at every position in the office.
Fiona Matthews, Patient Care Coordinator
Originally from Roswell, Georgia, Fiona is one of our patient care coordinators. Fiona came from a well traveled family and is very excited to be near the ocean. She has always been interested in eye and vision care ever since her first pair of glasses were prescribed. She is especially excited to be a part of our practice because of the practices grasp on eye care technology. She loves making a difference in our patients lives and making them feel well taken care of. Fiona enjoys exercising, running, horseback riding, kayaking, painting, working with antiques and of course, going to the beach!
Cynthia Ramirez, Patient Care Coordinator
Cynthia is originally from Providence, Rhode Island but raised in Hopkins, South Carolina. However, over the years she and her family visited the Tampa Bay area for the past 15 years and she knew she would eventually live here. She has worked in almost every branch of healthcare and became fascinated with working with the community and helping others, especially in their time of need. She loves working at Vision Source at Lakewood Ranch because the entire staff works as a team to make sure the needs of our patients are met at all times. Cynthia also enjoys beach photography and enjoying music.
Sandra Barth, Optical Technician
Sandra is one of our optical technicians. She particularly enjoys working in our full-service optical laboratory. She grew up in a small German town in Bavaria. She learned in school that Florida had more than 300 days of sunshine every year and she knew that that is where she would end up. Her parents had a condo in Sarasota for years so she was able to experience a touch of the Florida sunshine on vacations. She never wanted to go back to gray, raining Germany. After completing an optician apprenticeship program in Germany, she relocated to New York City and then eventually to Sarasota. She loves the variety of people she comes in contact with and really enjoys hand crafting beautiful glasses for our patients. She loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys outdoor activities such as scuba diving, cook-outs and going to the beach.
Philomena Marchione, B.S., Administrative Assistant
Philomena (also known as Mena) is a professional people person that graduated with a B.S. in Communication from Southern Connecticut State University. As a communications major, she specialized in interpersonal and organizational communication as well as advertising and promotion. She has over 15 years of customer service experience as well as years of management, sales and administrative experience. Mena has a passion for ensuring that our patients have the most rewarding experience when visiting our office from the moment patients call to schedule their appointment and throughout their journey to optimal vision. In her free time, Mena is a mother of an exceptional little boy. She also enjoys freelance photography.
Anastacia Freitas, Optical Technician
Anastacia brings 30 years of optical experience to Vision Source. She has an interest in fashion which lends itself well in the optical industry. Anastacia is the proud mother of a special needs child. This personal experience has caused her to enjoy helping all people in achieving self-confidence in their own way and style.
Benita Tillett, L.D.O., Licensed Optician
Benita is a Licensed Dispensing Optician. She has lived in Florida since the age of seven and moved to the Bradenton/Sarasota area in 2004 after getting married. Benita enjoys shopping at the local outlet mall and her and her husband enjoy running at Disney events. They particularly enjoy learning every day how to live a healthier lifestyle. She became interested in becoming an optician when she received her first pair of eyeglasses at 13 years of age. Picking vision care as a trade was a natural choice after becoming so interested in how her eyes and eyeglasses worked. She received her associates degree in Opticianry at Hillsborough Community College and became a licensed optician in 2000. She enjoys working with technology so it was a natural fit for her to work as an optician at Vision Source of Lakewood Ranch since the practice is technology driven. After being fit with several styles of ill-fitting glasses as a teenager, she takes pride in assisting our patients to not only see better but also look fantastic in their new pair of eyeglasses.
Courtney Renshaw, B.S., Medical Technician & Scribe
Courtney is an optometric medical technician and exam room scribe. She grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas and then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She graduated with her B.S. in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion. She has worked in many parts of the health field including tobacco prevention/cessation and safety/injury prevention before finding her career in optics. She has found a passion for optics and firmly believes that seeing your best allows you to live your best life. Courtney and her husband Kirk and enjoy riding bicycles, weight lifting, watching movies, and participating in their church and community.
Brianna Bruening, Medical Technician & Scribe
Brianna is an optometric medical technicians and exam room scribe. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She recently moved to Florida because she was grew tired of the colder weather in the northern climate. She is the youngest of two older brothers. She enjoys reading and spending time with family. Brianna became interested in optometry after she really realized how our eyes can impact our overall health. She was amazed to learn how the eyes are often the window to reveal general systemic health problems, like elevated blood pressure or cholesterol, and not just eye disease, such as glaucoma. She was also excited to learn about digital retinal imaging that make it easier to visualize and diagnose these problems.
Nicole Savage, B.A., Medical Technician & Scribe
Nicole was born and raised in Waco, Texas. She attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas and double majored in Psychology and Music performance. After graduating from college and playing countless orchestra pit “gigs”, she decided to work towards a more stable career. She then worked in animal shelter management and rescue. After working as the director of community outreach, adoptions, and rescue, she became friends with a Vision Source doctor. Since 2014, I have been involved with eye care and absolutely love taking care of patients. Nicole’s primary focus has been performing contact lens evaluations. Her hobbies include hiking, nature trails, kayaking, and anything dog or animal related.