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Schertz eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Schertz Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Meet Your TSO Schertz Eye Doctors:

Our Schertz optometrist takes the time to explain the results of your Schertz eye exam, describe your options, listen to your eye care needs and explain our eye care services. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Dr. Leigha M. Nielsen, O.D., FCOVD

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Dr. Leigha M. Nielsen graduated with honors from the University of Houston College of Optometry. She also holds degrees in Biology and Business Management. During the course of her studies, she participated in research focusing on keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease, which was presented at the Associates for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).

Her professional memberships include the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Bexar County Optometric District Society. Dr. Nielsen practices full-scope Optometry and works with patients of all ages, specializing in standard and specialty contact lens fittings, minor ocular surgeries, diagnosis and treatment of amblyopia, anterior segment pathologies, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal pathologies. She also handles a great deal of refractive corrective surgery co-management and cataract surgery co-management.

A strong believer in community and family, Dr. Nielsen plays an active role in the city of Schertz where she owns and practices at Texas State Optical, and is excited to take that same approach to her new location in New Braunfels. Both of these locations specifically highlight the importance of caring for the eyes of the entire family with specific pediatric care designed to provide children with comprehensive testing and therapy to give them every advantage in life.

Children having that ability to confidently go to school and learn without the struggles and disadvantages vision related problems can incur is why she has relocated her full-service vision therapy clinic, Nielsen Vision Development Center, to be housed at Texas State Optical – Oak Run. By providing every option to parents and their families under one roof, we can ensure that no half measures are taken when treating a child’s vision.

Dr. Nielsen will always take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, go over your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Dr. Michael Castro

Dr. Castro picture small Dr. Michael Castro is a graduate of the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. He earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station.

During his training, he focused on treatment of ocular diseases including management in diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. He is also well-versed in the treatment of diseases of the anterior segment and cornea with a particular interest in dry eye management.

His professional memberships include the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the Bexar County Optometric Society.

Meet Your TSO Shertz Eye Care Staff

Our Schertz eye clinic staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Our TSO receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.

Valerie – Office Manager

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Valerie began her optical career in 2004 and earned certification through the American Board of Opticianry in 2010. She has experience in all areas of optometry including patient testing, contact lens fitting, frame-styling, insurance and fabrication of glasses in the lab.

As our office manager, Valerie is focused on your experience with us being the best it can be. This includes a dedication to each and every patients needs long after your eye exam is over. Her goal is to provide each patient with personalized eye care while upholding the prompt and professional service you deserve.

She likes to spend her free time on outdoor hiking adventures, watching football, taking fun family trips and meeting new friends. She also enjoys painting, reading and watching scary movies!

Shandi – Admin Team Lead

Employee Photo Shandi Jimenez

Meet Shandi! She has been with our team since 2017, and after a short break, we are thrilled to welcome her back as our lead Administrative Coordinator. With her 12 years of experience in the optical field, rest assured that she can answer all of your insurance questions and will expertly guide you through our check-in process.

Shandi is a San Antonio native and a huge fan of the SA Spurs. She is very family-oriented and has 3 children, who happen to all have the same birthday each 2 years apart!

Shandi loves to spend her spare time at home with her cat Joey and fiancé Danny, with whom they are excitedly planning their upcoming wedding.

Nancy- Medical Tech

Employee photo Nancy OrozcoMeet Nancy! As our Medical Tech, she will be involved in making sure your special testings are handled with expertise and care.

Nancy started her career with our practice in the summer of 2019, and she has used her time here to make lasting connections and learn how to utilize advancements in medical eye care to treat our patients.

We are sure that her soft demeanor and happy attitude will help you have the best experience possible when you visit!

Monae – Optical Technician

Employee photos Monae Gabriel

Meet Monae! As a technician, she is able to assist the doctor in gathering all of your pre-testing information. She wants to make sure your annual eye exam is a pleasant experience from beginning to end.

Monae has been in healthcare service for 2 years and comes to TSO wishing to continue providing loving care for patients young and old. She relocated to Schertz from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. She comes from a large family and has 5 brothers! Monae is very involved in church, is fluent in sign language, and always looking for new experiences because she loves trying new things!

Monica – Optician

Employee photo Monica Morales

Meet Monica! Our friendly optician will find the perfect look to go with your new prescription. Her goal is to help choose a frame that you love with your personal style in mind. For work, for play, and everything in between, she has an eye for choosing the best accessory to fit any lifestyle.

Monica started her career in customer service in 2019 and joined our team in the summer of 2020. She has a passion for helping people. Monica loves the field of optometry and strives to become certified in the field by next year.

In her spare time, Monica enjoys hiking, cooking, dancing, and loves all things Disney!

Michael – Managing Director

Enployee pics mlMichael has worked with Dr. Nielsen for over three years, helping manage all aspects of her businesses and acting as her representative for the company. With over 11 years of experience as a personal and executive assistant, Michael brings structure and organization to each practice, allowing the doctors to focus on providing excellent patient care for you and your family. While currently spending the majority of his time in our new Veramendi location, he can also be found at Dr. Nielsen’s Texas State Optical in Schertz where we continue to bring multi-generational family eye care to our neighboring community.

Michael and his wife have two dogs, a labrador and maltese, and have recently built a house in New Braunfels where they are happy to call home. When scheduling free time, he and his wife love traveling, exploring different cultures and foods, and meeting new people.

 

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