J. Wallace Walker, O.D. – Optometrist
Dr. Walker graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry after earning a Bachelor’s in Spanish from Brigham Young University. Following that, he did an internship in New York City for people with visual impairments, as well as a rotation at the VA hospital in optometry services.
He started practicing in Molalla in 1994; in 2014, he joined the team in Milwaukie as well. At both clinics he performs eye exams, treats eye diseases and fits contact lenses. He’s also the medical director of both clinics.
Dr. Walker is proud of the relationships they’ve developed over the years – the doctor-patient relationships, as well as professional relationships with other specialists, so that when a patient needs specialty care, he can refer them to the right person. “We’re pretty good at finding out the patient’s needs and coming up with a solution,” he said. “I enjoy problem-solving, and I enjoy helping people.”
Random fact about Dr. Walker? He plays the banjo. He hates fishing. He’s also taken optometry students to South and Central America multiple times over the years to provide eye care.
Christopher Jacob, O.D. – Optometrist
Dr. Jacob graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry after receiving degrees in Geography and Education from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. His clinical experience includes services at a VA hospital in Pennsylvania, Indian Health Services clinic in Oregon and a LASIK eye surgery center in Oregon. He has served in Guatemala and Nicaragua providing eye care to under-served communities there.
Though born and raised in Calgary, Canada, he escaped the frigid winters of the north to live in the Portland area where he met his wife, Joanna. They have one son, George who keeps them on the run. Dr. Jacob is a sports enthusiast who loves hiking, reading, travelling, and spending time with his family. He loves old movies and has dreams of someday being on Jeopardy with fellow Canadian Alex Trebek!
Carry Washington – Optician
Carry Washington has been an optician/optical manager for more than 15 years and she absolutely loves it! She is an expert in all aspects of eye wear fitting and fashion.
Carry is a native Portland girl. She enjoys exploring the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge. She spends free time with her family, caring for them and supporting their sports activities.
Darcy Fisher – Practice Manager
Darcy was hired in 2003. As practice manager, she’s responsible for bookkeeping, HR and doctor contracts. She processes and bills insurances, and sends invoices to patients. She also interfaces with consultants and keeps an eye on the building, making sure everything is in good working order. She’s the mind behind the scenes who keeps everything running like it should.
Before joining the team, Darcy was a patient here, so she has a unique perspective. There are a lot of clinics where patients are moved in and out very impersonally. Here, it’s a small community. People know each other. The doctor takes time to to talk to patients. More, he remembers them on a personal level when they come back, months or years later. Darcy values that.
Random fact about Darcy? She was Alaska State Horsemen’s Champion in all three seats of Equitation – Western, Hunt and Saddle Seat – in the same year, on the same horse!
Michelle Brown – Optician
Michelle has a degree as an administrative assistant – that’s the position she was hired for in 2004. But some years later, she got the opportunity to receive the hands-on training needed to become an optician, an opportunity she gladly accepted.
Being an optician is fun. Michelle is the one who dispenses and fixes your glasses. She also teaches patients how to handle and care for their contacts. Patients often feel unsure of what will look good on them so she helps them find the perfect pair of glasses. She stresses style without sacrificing comfort, because if your glasses aren’t comfortable, you probably won’t wear them. Michelle loves seeing people discover the right frames.
Random fact about Michelle? She’s the mother of two, and she’s from Tillamook, where she worked at the Tillamook Cheese Factory Office. Having grown up on the coast, she does her best thinking on the beach.
Lori Elliott – Certified Paraoptometric
Hired in 2007, Lori attained her paraoptometric’s certification a few years later. In this position she’s continually adding to her knowledge, accruing additional training every year to keep her certification up to date.
At the Molalla clinic, she pre-tests patients, gets their visual acuities and measurements, and gathers their eye health history – basically everything they need to get ready for their exam. She also performs diagnostic tests for patients with specific eye health issues, assists the doctor with eye examinations and helps with the front desk as needed.
Lori is a people person; she loves working with patients, getting to see different people every day, returning patients too. Actually that’s what she’s most proud of at the clinic: their attention to the patient – meeting needs, noticing details, offering one-on-one support.
Random fact about Lori? She likes to camp, wakeboard and ride four-wheelers at the Oregon dunes.
Lisa Judd – Receptionist
Lisa joined the clinic in 2010, where she works the front desk, greets patients, checks people in and out, and lends a hand wherever she can.
Lisa enjoys the team, the friendships there. Most of all, she’s proud of how everyone in the clinic goes out of their way to help. She feels it’s important to treat people the way you would like to be treated; that’s part of who she is as a person, and what she teaches her kids. For Lisa, the golden rule isn’t just a personal ethic, but an ideal she’s always striving to apply to her own customer service skills.
Random fact about Lisa? She’s been to Australia!