Our Licensed Opticians
Get to Know the Team with a Passion for Helping Boston, MA, Area Patients See and Look Their Best
The Lexington Eye Associates optical shop is staffed by experienced and talented licensed opticians, serving the Boston, MA, area and beyond. Get to know each member of our knowledgeable team committed to effective, beautiful results.
Wayne A. Tilson, R.D.O., A.B.O.C., N.C.L.E.C.
Wayne is a graduate of the two-year rigorous optical program at Worcester Technical Institute, where he gained a thorough understanding of optics, from prescription analysis to spectacle fabrication.
“I learned about optics the ‘right way’ from two of the most highly respected educators in the industry,” he says.
Wayne has more than 26 years of experience as an optician serving the Central Massachusetts community.
Wayne is licensed in the state of Massachusetts, having mastered two national board exams. He maintains educational requirements annually to satisfy both the state and national boards.
“I decided to pursue a career as an optician because I’ve always enjoyed working with people and problem-solving,” he says. “Also, I have a creative side to my personality that helps me work with individuals to find their perfect fit in eyewear. I look forward to working with people of all ages, assisting with all their visual needs. Making people happy makes me happy.”
Curtis Hamel, R.D.O., A.B.O.C., N.C.L.E.C.
Curtis achieved his professional licensure as a registered dispensing optician through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Along the way, he gained a deep understanding of the various components of optics, including analyzing prescriptions and fabricating spectacles.
“I had the opportunity to work very closely with many highly respected opticians and optometrists while accelerating my licensure with various programs at Worcester Technical Institute, which provided me with a vast scope of optics,” he says. “This skill-set afforded me the knowledge and mastery to educate opticians that succeed me.”
Curtis has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed optician serving an extensive range of Massachusetts communities.
Curtis is licensed in the state of Massachusetts, having mastered two national board exams. Each year, he maintains the necessary educational requirements to satisfy both the state and national boards.
“I knew that I desired to pursue the optical industry when I witnessed a 3-year-old boy put a pair of glasses on for the first time,” he says. “He filled up with tears as he looked at his mother clearly for the first time and said, ‘Mommy, you’re so pretty.’ I knew that I could balance my technical skills in coordination with building lasting relationships with patients to provide the best possible eye-care experience. I see the experience through the eyes of the patient, and this allows me to effectively listen and determine the best possible fit, style, and comfort in eyewear.”
Steven McGahan, R.D.O., A.B.O.C.
Steven attained his professional licensure through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a registered dispensing optician, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the various components of optics.
“I had the opportunity to start my journey as an optician analyzing prescriptions and fabricating eyewear,” he says. “That is when I decided that I wanted to embrace the entire patient experience, from fitting eyewear to making the eyeglasses, and concluding the experience by dispensing to my patients to provide the best possible outcome.”
Steven has 30 years of experience as a licensed optician, serving the Massachusetts community. He has mastered his American Board of Opticianary Exam and maintains his education requirements from year to year to satisfy his state boards.
“I genuinely love what I do,” he consistently and passionately reminds us. “I have been fortunate to gain the experience over the years to provide the best possible experience in service, technical troubleshooting eyewear, and the proper fit and feel of glasses.”
Stephanie Guzzo, R.D.O., A.B.O.C., N.C.L.E.C.
Stephanie achieved her professional licensure through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a registered dispensing optician, where she gained a thorough understanding of optics, including prescription analysis and the appropriate fitting of eyewear.
“After volunteering at a hospital following my high school graduation, I was introduced to a highly respected optician. After she introduced me to the optical industry, I knew that I wanted to work with patients and provide them with the best possible vision,” she says.
Stephanie has over 20 years of experience as a licensed optician, having served the Massachusetts communities. She maintains her educational requirements annually as required by both state and national boards.
“My favorite part what I do is being part of helping someone see and look their best, and when children put their glasses on for the first time, I am still amazed,” she says. “I encourage patients to share their lifestyle and vision needs with me in an effort to identify the needs and make recommendations to improve their day-to-day life. I have a consultative approach, where I can listen to my patients needs and ensure that I meet their fashion, fit, and visual needs.”
Kathleen Hannigan, R.D.O., A.B.O.C., N.C.L.E.C.
Kathleen acquired her professional licensure through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she mastered two national exams and demonstrated her vast knowledge of optics, from prescription analysis to spectacle fabrication, sitting for her state boards.
“I began practicing in 1984 for a private practice in New York,” she says. “I worked very closely with the optometrists of this practice to gain insight and knowledge of optical theory and how that aligns with facilitating and providing my patients with the best level of care.”
Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience as an optician and has taken much pride in serving her communities, both in New York and Massachusetts. She maintains her educational requirements annually to satisfy both her national and state boards.
“I never stop learning,” she says. “This provides me the tools necessary to delve deeper into optical theory, so I can identify patients’ individual needs. It is very rewarding for me to guide patients through their eyeglass journey, by tailoring the best fit, function, and maximize visual comfort. I appreciate and value the lasting relationships I build with my patients, because I am always here to support them through the process and follow-up through the years.”
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