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.
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.
Optical Lab Manager
Hired in 2004, Michelle has 14 years of experience as an optician as well as training new contact wearers and teaching contact lens care. She also manages 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.
Hired in 2018, Rose has over 20 years of experience in the Optical Industry. She specializes in repairing the seemingly unrepairable eyewear and helping patients pick the perfect pair of eyeglasses. Her favorite part of her job is the patients! Helping them get exactly what they want is what makes her love working at Molalla Family Eyecare.
Certified Paraoptometric Technician
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.
Patient Records / Front Desk / Optometric Technician
Lisa joined the clinic in 2010, where she performs most every task that is associated with direct patient contact. You can find her at the front desk checking in patients, on the phone booking appointments, pretesting patients for the doctor, managing patient charts and helping in the optical department.
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.
Samantha joined our team in January of 2018 with 20 years of experience in the workers compensation insurance industry. She is the person that you will most likely speak with when scheduling your appointment. Samantha’s main job at the clinic is verifying patient insurance information and getting everything ready for their visit, but she also helps at the front desk with patient flow and in the optical boutique.
Compassionate is one word that we use to describe Samantha, and really listening to a patient’s concerns is one of Samantha’s strong points.