Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Vision Source the leading provider of vision care products and services in Lakewood Ranch and Parrish, Florida.
Dr. Troy Bedinghaus, O.D.
Board Certified Optometric Physician
Dr. Troy Bedinghaus is the President, CEO and Medical Director of Vision Source – Lakewood Ranch and Vision Source – Parrish. 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. After the rapid growth of Parrish, Florida, which is in North Manatee county, Dr. Bedinghaus constructed another 5400 square foot building and opened Vision Source – Parrish in January 2020.
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.
Dr. Jordan Petrosky, O.D.
Board Certified Optometric Physician
Dr. Jordan Petrosky received his bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida and earned his doctorate degree with Honors at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. He completed his residency in Primary Care, Ocular disease and Low Vision at the C.W. Bill Young “Bay Pines” VA Medical Center, one of the busiest VA Eye Clinics in the state of Florida. He is an active member of the AOA, FOA and Manasota Optometric Society.
Dr. Petrosky enjoys the treatment and management of ocular disease including the treatment of glaucoma, dry eye, progressive myopia, and specific corneal degenerations requiring specialty contact lenses.
He was born and raised in Port Charlotte, Florida and is the youngest of three children. He now lives in Bradenton with his fiancé who is also an optometrist. Together they enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time with their family, most of whom live in Southwest Florida. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and golfing.
Dr. Olga Sokol, O.D.
Board Certified Optometric Physician
Dr. Olga Sokol completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tampa in Tampa, FL and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where she graduated with honors. Her externship training was completed at the C.W. Bill Young “Bay Pines” VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fl and CorrectVision Laser Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she received training in the diagnosis and management of anterior and posterior segment conditions such as dry eye disease, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration as well as co-management of LASIK and Cataract Surgery. Dr. Sokol is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Honor Society, American Optometric Society, Florida Optometric Society and the Manasota Optometric Society.
Dr. Sokol delivers excellent and compassionate eye care to patients of all ages and is known for her caring and professional demeanor. She will take the time to listen to you and determine how to best meet your visual needs.
Raised in New York City, Dr. Sokol loves living in southwest Florida where she enjoys spending her free time exploring the beautiful beaches, cooking and traveling with her fiancé Dr. Jordan Petrosky, who is also an optometric physician.
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.
Philomena Marchione, B.S., Office Coordinator & Director of First Impressions
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
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.
Rachel Padula, B.S., Patient Care Coordinator
Rachel grew up in a very Italian and Puerto Rican family from all over New Jersey and New York. She is a 1st and 2nd generation American that mostly grew up in Charlotte County, but moved to Sarasota to attend Sarasota High School and obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of South Florida – Sarasota/Manatee. She is an avid reader, horseback rider, gardener and motorcycle rider. Rachel feels that even in our ever-growing isolation in the digital era, we are all connected by something and loves finding commonalities in other people.
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.
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.
Jen Feliciano, Optical Technician
Jen is originally from Staten Island, New York but in the year 2000, her family decided to move to sunny southwest Florida! Jen is a single mother of two wonderful children. She has worked in the medical field helping special needs children and several positions in the optical field. She also studies in specialized massage for pediatric and geriatric patients. Jen loves to cook, write, fish and dance to all types of music. She also loves spending time at the beach. She absolutely loves the optical field by educating patients and introducing them to new products that will improve their sight.
Amy Francis-Bacon, L.D.O., Licensed Dispensing Optician
Amy is a proud mother of two amazing children. She has been lucky enough to live in ten US states but now considers Florida her home. Amy was always curious about the optical and eye care field and she was excited when the opportunity to change professions came about. She studied opticianry at Hillsborough Community College and continued to work while completing her apprenticeship. In 2020, she officially became a licensed dispensing optician. She and her husband enjoy kayaking, cooking and raising puppies with Southeastern Guide Dogs. They are also on their way to completing their goal of running a half marathon in each state.
Chasity Conwell, Optical Technician
Chasity grew up in Palmetto, Florida and currently resides in Myakka City with her two children and their father. Chasity started in the eye care field in 2000 with mother who was also an optician! She worked and trained under her mother for seven years before venturing out on her own. Chasity really values the weekends and reserves that time for family. They enjoy traveling to different Florida beaches and staying in various resorts. Chasity also has a unique hobby that has turned into another business venture. She owns a company called Dawn’s Daisies where she creates beautiful hand crafted candles and chocolate covered strawberries.
Tiffany Martinez, Optical Technician
Tiffany is the mother of two wonderful children and grew up in Evansville, Indiana. Tiffany dedicates 100% of her time and energy to her family and although her hobbies are few right while the children are young, she absolutely loves anything outdoors including outdoor walks, beach time and camping. She loves working in the optical field and providing visual solutions for our patients. Giving patient’s the very best vision is not a job for Tiffany, but rather a gift…the gift of sight!
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.
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.
Devyn Tindell, Medical Technician & Scribe
Devyn is a Floridian and grew up in Bradenton. She enjoys spending quality time with her grandfather as he is more like her father. In her free time she enjoys taking her dog, Miley on long walks and hiking on nature trails. She also enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and they like to travel to new places and experience different cultures. She became interested in the optical field after a family friend introduced her to the eye care profession. She is very excited to make it a wonderful career and continues to learn and grow and become highly educated in eye health.
Kimberly Ung, Lead Medical Technician & Scribe
Kimberly was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida. She is Chinese-American and is the mother of a beautiful boy. Kimberly has always loved with working with people and knew that is was she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She also has extensive experience in the restaurant industry and has used that personal experience and customer service skills to apply to patient care. She loves the eye care industry because it allows her to interact with people and constantly challenges her to learn more every day.
Bethany Phifer, Medical Technician & Scribe
Bethany grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Bradenton in 2017. She really enjoys cooking, dancing and spending time at the beach with her husband. She particular enjoys working with people because she believes more happiness comes from giving than receiving.
Lindsey Phillips, Medical Technician & Scribe
Lindsey is originally from Jackson, Tennessee. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, swimming and spending time with her family. She absolutely finds the human eye to be a fascinating organ and enjoy studying it every day. She has a very strong desire and drive to help others achieve their eye and vision care goals.
Adriana Santiago, Medical Technician & Scribe
Adriana graduated high school in 2018 as a junior and jumped right into working full time in the medical field. As a young person she has already acknowledge that while money is important, it is not the key to happiness and what is more important is growing, learning and being around people you love. She loves to spend time eating out and taking road trips. She loves the beach and spending time with her puppies at home. Adriana exudes positivity and is excited about her career in the eye and vision care field.
Cameron Archer, Medical Technician & Scribe
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.
Maggi Wheeler, Medical Technician & Scribe
Maggi grew up in Bradenton, Florida her entire life! She is proud say that and loves working in a local community eye care practice where she can take care of her fellow Manatee county residents in a special way. Maggi has both medical experience and customer service concierge-like experience which allows her to fit right into Vision Source’s culture of providing a Ritz Carlton like experience. Maggi has a five-year old daughter who loves to go on adventures! Vision is something Maggi has struggled with during her younger life and she hopes to learn as much as possible to help make a difference in other people’s lives who deal with the same struggle.