Our Patient Care Team
Meet the experienced and friendly staff who make Vision Source the leading provider of vision care products and services in Lakewood Ranch and Parrish, Florida.
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.
Shalease Stephan, Patient Care Coordinator
Shalease moved to Florida from Maine when she was only 10 years old. She has one son and they both love the outdoors and dancing. Most weekends you will find her catching the beautiful Florida sunsets and traveling the state with her boyfriend, who is also a dance instructor. Shalease has a deep passion for helping others absolutely loves learning new things in the medical eye care profession.
Angela LaPorte, Patient Care Coordinator
Angela is a proud mother of four and moved to Florida from Michigan. Angela has over 18 years of experience in the eye care and optical field. She enjoys camping, traveling and trying new restaurants with her husband, Jeff.
Kymberly Martinez, Patient Care Coordinator
Kymberly grew up in Sarasota, Florida and is the youngest of three children. She enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and traveling. She spent two weeks exploring Greece and Italy in 2022 and can’t wait for her next adventure! She is excited to be a part of the Vision Source team.
Valentina Della Volpe, Patient Care Coordinator
Valentina grew up in the Lakewood Ranch area and is proud to be a member of this growing community. She has experience working with people with disabilities as an occupational therapy assistant. Her background in healthcare and years working in customer facing roles help to bring a positive mind and genuine excitement to make ach patient feel cared for and listened to. She prides herself on delivering a memorable positive experience. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and loving her two dachshunds.
Cameron Archer, Intake Patient Coordinator & Customer Experience Specialist
Though he has roots all over the country, Cameron is a Florida native as he has spent the largest part of his life here. He loves a day out at a theme park, traveling around the world, gardening and just spending some quiet time at home with his sweet little fur baby, Sofia. Cameron is always wearing a smile and lives to inspire others to do the same. He has been sporting eyeglasses and contact lenses since middle school and sincerely believes the gift of sight to be exactly that, an incredible gift to be taken care of and cherished.
Benita Tillett, L.D.O., Licensed Dispensing Optician, Office Coordinator
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.
Dawn Rosenfeld, Optical Technician
Dawn is originally from Michigan but moved to California in 1996. She finally made her way back to Sarasota, Florida. She has been married to her husband Greg for 18 years and they share a 10 year-old boy named Russell. She has been in the optical industry for 29 years and has great experience in both private practice and in the wholesale optical laboratory field. She absolutely loves working with patients and educating them on the best eye wear for them. In her spare time she enjoys fishing golfing and walking her bulldog Diesel.
Elyse Kersting, Optical Technician
Elyse is originally from New Jersey but moved to Delaware when she was only three years old. She visited Florida frequently to see relatives over the years and finally was able to achieve her goal of making Florida her permanent home! She really enjoys spending time at the beach, boating and spending quality time with family. Elyse enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, setting personal goals and inspiring others to do the same. She has been a part of the eye care industry for over ten years and her greatest reward has been the relationships she has built over time her colleagues and the fulfillment she gets helping patients receive the gift of sight.
Deana Bryner, L.D.O., Licensed Dispensing Optician
Deana has over 32 years of experience in the optical industry including retail sales, eye healthcare and eyewear manufacturing. She is not only a licensed optician, but she has national certifications from ABO-NCLE and NBCOT. She also has an associates degree in occupational therapy. Deana was born and raised in Ohio. She is married and has one son and also a Shih Tzo! She enjoys the warm weather, going to the batch and sitting on the lanai watching storms roll by.
Jaclyn Colella, L.D.O., Licensed Dispensing Optician
Jaclyn grew up in Pinellas county but relocated to Georgia in 2014. However, she recently moved back to Florida! She has been in the optical industry since 2008. She first mastered the position of optometric patient care coordinator. Soon after moving to Georgia, she became a licensed dispensing optician for a large, privately owned ophthalmology practice. She is super excited to be back in Florida and is looking forward to building her forever home with her fiancé’ in Parrish, Florida!
Wendy Bunten, Optical Technician
Wendy was born and raised in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She has been married for 35 years and has one daughter. She received her opticians license in Massachusetts in 1991. By 1995 she opened her own optical practice which she grew for 25 years before selling it and moving to Florida. Her daughter, Sam, currently works at Disney World which made Wendy’s move to Florida that much easier! The visit her at Disney often! During her spare time she and her husband can be found on their boat exploring native Florida trails.
Tiffany Mondo, Optical Technician
Tiffany was born and raised in Manatee county. She graduated high school at Manatee High in 2005 so she has witnessed the wonderful growth of Manatee county in the last 25 years. Tiffany has three children, Breanna, David and Paislee. She is a big animal lover and really enjoys family boat days! She has worked in optical profession previously and is multifaceted. She completed everything from front desk to sales to filling insurance both vision and medical insurance.
Kelsie Woltz, Optical Technician
Kelsie was born and raised right here in Bradenton Florida. Kelsie loves the beach life and it is her favorite place to be. She actually keeps her beach gear in her trunk strives to make it to the beach at least twice a week to see the beautiful Florida sunset. She has four sisters. In 2015, they lost their youngest sister and Kelsie takes great price in raising her niece. She also stepped up to raise a god daughter. She is very busy taking care of these two wonderful ladies! Kelsie is a very hard worker has always held two jobs at a time. She loves working and being with people.
Samantha Jones, Medical Technician & Scribe
Samantha was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from cosmetology school and moved to Florida in 201. She soon fell in love with the optical field! She continually enjoys science and technology in the eye care profession absolutely loves meeting new patients. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, creating jewelry, going to the beach and spending time her husband and son at home.
Adriana Santiago, Medical Technician & Scribe
Adriana is a Sarasota native who really enjoys spending her time trying new restaurants and being out in the sun! Adriana has two dogs who she loves spending time with. She is always eager to learn new things and excels on anything she puts her mind to. Adriana has been in the eye care profession since 2019 and is excited to see where her eye care journey continues to take her.
Brittany Burch, Medical Technician & Scribe
Brittany was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida! She is a Manatee county native. She really loves boating and soaking up the Florida sunshine with her friends and family. She also enjoys spending free time in the kitchen creating new recipes. He loves taking her dog, Paislee out for walks and playing outside. Brittany has a great smile and loves to share it with patients. Next time you see her, give her one of your own!
Courtney Rice, Medical Technician & Scribe
Courtney as born and raised in Mississippi. She obtained her bachelors degree in Business Administration in 2012. Shortly after, she met her husband unexpectedly at a karaoke website. After living in Nashville for nearly 5 years, they decided to move to Lakewood Ranch. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, sewing, crafting and visiting her favorite local thrift shops. She absolutely loves working with people and is very excited to be a part of the team at Vision Source.
Heather Hedel, COA, Medical Technician & Scribe
Heather is originally from New Jersey. She and her husband moved to Florida in 2015 to care for her family. Heather and Randal live in Parrish with their two dogs, Romeo and Samson. In her free time they love to explore different hiking trails with their two dogs. The love biking, kayaking and gardening. Heather has worked in the eye care profession since 2010 and received her certification as a certified ophthalmic assistant shortly thereafter. She is excited to be part of the Vision Source team and looks forward to meeting and caring for patients within and around the community of Parrish.
Tiana Harris, Medical Technician & Scribe
Tiana is originally from New York. She has one child and a dog named Blue! She enjoys watching movies, reading and loves to eat pasta and popcorn. Tiana brings over 20 years of experience in the heath care profession. She is excited to be a part of the Vision Source team.
Alexis Negrete, Medical Technician & Scribe
Alexis was born right here in Sarasota and grew up with three brothers and one sister. Alexis played softball all throughout her school years. Her dream was to be a softball player. However, her dream changed to having a family. She has three beautiful girls. She loves being a mom. Her family enjoys going to the park, to the beach of course, Disney! She loves being a part of the Vision Source team and hopes to make it a life long career.
Alyah Gonzales, Medical Technician & Scribe
Alyah is a Florida native-born and raised right here in Bradenton. She lives in Parrish with her husband, Wyatt and her cat, Genghis. They love to spend free time exploring Florida and attending rock festivals. While she is new to the eye care profession, she has worked in health care before and real loves helping and meeting new people.