Meet Our Staff
Allison Lake, ABOC
Allison is an ABO-certified optician and our optical board manager. She has 27 years of optical experience, making her extremely knowledgeable about the latest lens technologies and her passion is to help her clients choose the best possible eyewear options for their needs. Allison worked in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 15 years and is very excited to continue her career in Portland!
Originally from Massachusetts, Allison moved out to San Francisco in 1992 after having graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her art background definitely has enhanced her career as an optician, and she is adept at helping people make great aesthetic decisions! In her spare time Allison loves hiking, bird watching and just enjoying nature. She also loves travel, nature photography and wine tasting. She moved to Portland with her wonderful husband of 28 years and their kitty Malcolm.
Sarah Watkins, NCLE, CPOA
Sarah is our optometric assistant, as well as our pre-testing, contact lens and insurance verification specialist. With certifications from both the National Contact Lens Examiners’ (NCLE), as well as the American Optometric Association (CPOA=certified paraoptometric assistant), she brings a vast amount of expertise to the practice. Sarah has always had a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning. She is working towards further education and certification in order to provide our patients with exceptional care.
Sarah was born and raised on the East coast, but has made the Pacific Northwest her home for almost 20 years. She fell deeply in love with the big city-small town feel of Portland, and never looked back. She enjoys exploring this city, it’s surrounding areas, and all of the great events that it has to offer…especially the Waterfront Blues Festival! She spends her free time Zydeco and Salsa dancing, reading a good book when she gets the chance and hosting large BBQ’s for family and friends. Most of all, Sarah loves spending time with her husband, daughter, step-son and their Bichon, Max “King of all Wild Things”.
Gary Lee Ross-Hall, ABOC
Gary Lee is an ABO-certified optician and our product quality control expert. Growing up in and around the optical field, he is a second-generation optician and has been in patient care for over 22 years. In college, Gary Lee studied art and photography and enjoys applying those talents and attention to detail to his optical craft. During a hiatus from optics, Gary Lee was a supervisor for a major airline carrier working primarily with passengers that had missed their connecting flights, and also a member of leadership support with eBay in Trust & Safety. He takes great pride in providing the very best customer experience for our clients.
Originally from Arizona, Gary Lee moved to the Northwest after a visit to the Oregon coast in 1988. One of his greatest passions is international travel and learning about, as well as experiencing, other cultures, architecture and history. For a short time he lived in Salt Lake City, where he had the pleasure of attending many of his husband's singing performances with the Utah Symphony and Opera. They have recently returned back to Portland with their cats Jasper and Romeo.
John, Ken and Stephanie
John is our bookkeeper and payroll specialist. Ken is our IT support expert and "Mr. Fix It" guy. Stephanie is our part-time billing specialist. These three amazing individuals work behind the scenes to make sure Uptown EyeCare is running smoothly every day!
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