Dr. J. Wallace Walker OD
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.
Dr. Amrita Kang OD
Dr. Amrita Kang was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry and completed a degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Kang has provided eye-care services for a variety of patients including those with with traumatic brain injuries, young toddlers, and aging veterans. As a result, she has come to enjoy working with all patient demographics and is excited to take care of the visual needs of the patients at Family Eye Care.
She has also participated in humanitarian eye-care missions in Nicaragua and most recently in Tibet.
In her free time, Dr. Kang enjoys exploring all that Oregon has to offer, and loves to hike, read, and cook. She also enjoys traveling, especially to provide eye-care services to under-served populations.
Dr. Anna Paffrath OD
Dr. Paffrath provides primary eye care, contact lens fittings, ocular disease management and surgical co-management. She dedicates herself to providing compassionate and personalized care.
Dr. Paffrath grew up outside of Chicago, IL. She attended college at St. Louis University and went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry. In addition to graduating with distinction, she received the Tole Greenstein Award for exceptional performance in the areas of binocular vision, vision therapy, and pediatric vision.
Outside of her rewarding profession, Dr. Paffrath enjoys ceramics, trail running, and picnicking at the Oregon coast.
Rhonda Smith ABOC
Rhonda has been in the optical industry since 2002, working in several optometry and ophthalmology practices, and joined our family practice in March of 2022. She brings her diverse experience of over 20 years as an American Board Certified Optician, as well as being cross trained as an ophthalmic technician, and has even worked at the prestigious campus of Pacific University, Department of Optometry.
Rhonda believes that when you become one of our patients you become part of our family. “Your satisfaction is the only measurement of our success” is Rhonda’s motto. She is fantastic in both selection of eyewear and adjustments, and is able to work with precision to help you see your best. Her main role is Optician, however you can come see her busy all around the office including covering the front desk, answering phones and is the primary buyer for frames in the optical department.
Her weekends are filled with adventures as she enjoys road trips with her family and lots of camping. You can often find her at the local lake wakeboarding with her two kids and husband, or reading a great book on the shores.
Rhonda states, “I have a huge heart and was born to help others. After meeting the doctors and staff at Molalla Family Eye Care I knew right away I was meant to be here. I enjoy the hardworking staff and the lighthearted atmosphere.”
Darcy was hired in 2003. As practice manager, she’s responsible for bookkeeping, HR and doctor contracts. She processes and bills insurances. 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.
Patient Records / Back Office
Lisa joined the clinic in 2010, and she takes care of most of the administrative parts of patient care. She sends the eyewear jobs off to our lab, makes sure that all patients visits have been billed for and queues them up to send to insurance, coordinates surgeries for our cataract patients, and too many other things to list here.
She feels it’s important to treat people the way you would like to be treated and she’s always striving to apply that to her own customer service skills.
Patient Billing / Back Office Support
Lorena joined our Molalla Team in November of 2019 after studying Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. Although skilled at all tasks associated with the clinic, her most recent job assignment is patient billing and collections, sending out recalls to patients when it’s time for their next eye exam, working with the Oregon Health Plan, and giving administrative assistance when needed.
Lorena’s favorite part of her job is having good communications with our patients. She has the ability to handle difficult situations and is happy and ready to assist patients with any questions they might have regarding invoices, billing and insurance.
Front Office Coordinator
Hired in 2004, Michelle has many years of experience working in our busy clinic and she is the friendly face you will most likely see when you walk into our office! Michelle works in all facets of the practice from scheduling appointments, reception, fitting and selection of eyeglasses, instruction of contact lens wear and performs pretesting of patients to ready them for their exam with the doctor. She also is the main coordinator of all things having to do with the front end of the office. She is eager to help create the best vision experience possible to each and every patient!
Michelle is a people person who enjoys listening to the patients, meeting their needs and providing one-on-one support.