Susan E. Halstead
Title: Owner, Optician
Degrees/Certifications: American Board Opticianry Certified, Fellow of the National Academy of Opticians; Member of the New York State Society of Opticians, the Optician’s Association of America, and the Contact Lens Society of America.
Joines the practice in: 1997, Worked as Dr. Ling's optician from 1993 until purchasing the practice from him in 1997
About Susan: Council Chair of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Committee; Member of the Saratoga Centennial Committee; Member of The Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital; Former Chair, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; past Treasurer and Vice-Chair of Communication; served for 9 years on Wesley Board in numerous capacities from Event Chair to Treasurer; former Soroptomist; former member of the Board of Directors of Saratoga Bridges; married to Jeffrey Halstead, music educator at Saratoga Springs High School; son, Bradley, lives in Beacon, New York.
Dr. Amanda Solar
Degrees and Certifications: Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
Joined the practice in: 2016
About Dr. Solar:Graduated with honors from SUNY College of Optometry in 2008. Dr. Solar specializes in primary care optometry management, contact lenses and LASIK post operative management. Amanda has volunteered with VOSH International to provide eye exams in Peru Nicaragua and Panama and with the Special Olympics. Amanda enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her family. She speaks conversational spanish and provides eye examinations to the backstretch workers of the Saratoga Race Course.
Title: Office Manager, Optician, Marketing Director
Degrees and Certifications: New Your State Licensed Optician and American Board Opticianry Certified
Joined the practice in: 2006
Favorite Frame Line: Kate Spade and Adidas
About Jen: Loves Saratoga, the outdoors, staying in shape, exploring new foods and music, and Family Vision Care Center
Title: New York State and Nationally licensed Optician and Contact Lens Examiner
Degrees and Certifications: American Board Opticianry Certified, Fellow of the National Academy of Opticians, Contact Lens Examiner
Joined the practice in: 2001
About Phil: Proud Army Veteran; has two children, Hayden and Pierce; enjoys working on cars and restoring houses
Title: Front Desk Manager
Joined the practice in: 2005
Favorite Frame Line: Lafont and Face a Face
About Belinda: She along with her husband, Dave, and their son, Steven, have lived in Saratoga Springs since 1988. Her long-time presence and community service make her the perfect individual to greet our patients daily. Belinda enjoys reading historical fiction, trail walking and making serendipitous finds at flea markets. Autumn is her favorite season for the beautiful colors that it brings, “treating” children on Halloween (leaving the “tricking” to Susan and her goulish friends), and the abundance of low-budget Sy-Fy movies available through the month of October.
Title: Billing and Insurance Coordinator
Joined the practice in: 2004
Favorite Frame Line: Kliik, Kate Spade and of course, LaFont
About Joanne: mother of 4; happily married to Rich; has 8 pets; health nut; believes that the cup is always half full; loves to visit her family in Florida
Title: Doctor's Assistant
Degrees and Certifications: American Optometric Association Certified Paraoptometric
Joined the practice in: 2016
Favorite Frame Line: Gucci
About Dilyana: Originally from Bulgaria, Dilyana moved from Key West and married in Saratoga in 2014. She studied history and English in Bulgaria. Dilyana loves the old rich history of Saratoga Springs. She is always friendly and greets every patient with a warm smile. Favorite quote: "We all can make the world a better place only if we stick together."