Our Team

Susan E. Halstead

Susan E. Halstead

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.

Joined 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. Michael Caruso

Dr. Michael Caruso

Optometrist

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

Joined the practice in: 2018

About Dr. Caruso: Graduated with Clinical Honors from New England College of Optometry. Dr. Caruso is passionate about the cornea and specializes in fitting contact lenses and orthokeratology. He is an active member of the Contact Lens Society and has provided care to patients at clinics such as Boston Medical Center and the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Caruso grew up in Connecticut before attending Stonehill College where he graduated a Presidential Scholar. He is a huge Boston Redsox fan, an avid golfer and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and camping.

Dr. Amanda Solar

Dr. Amanda Solar

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.

Additional Staff

Jennifer Grassi

Jennifer Grassi

Office Manager, Optician

Belinda Bouchard

Belinda Bouchard

Front Desk Manager

Joanne Billington

Joanne Billington

Billing & Insurance Coordinator

Dilyana Bell

Dilyana Bell

Optician Apprentice

Jamie Young

Jamie Young

Ophthalmic Tech

Lily Halstead

Lily Halstead

Office Greeter