Meet Our Staff

Staff Susan E. HalsteadSusan 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 AmandaDr. Amanda Solar

Title: Optometrist

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.


Dr Claire BianchiDr. Claire Bianchi

Title: Optometrist

Degrees and Certifications: Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)

Joined the practice in: 2002

About Dr. Bianchi:A graduate of SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Bianchi is a behavioral optometrist who specializes in vision therapy, learning related vision disorders and myopia control.


Jennifer GrassiJennifer Grassi

Title: Office Manager, Optician, Marketing Director

Degrees and Certifications: 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


Phil PrimePhil Prime

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


Belinda BouchardBelinda Bouchard

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.


Joanne BillingtonJoanne Billington

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


Dilyana BellDilyana Bell

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."