Montana, Front Desk

MontanaI was born in Oregon, but my family moved soon after to Juneau, Alaska, where I was raised. I attended high school in Juneau, and then earned certification as an Ophthalmic medical assistant (OMA). I worked as a medical assistant in Alaska for several years before meeting my boyfriend and moving to Bellingham in 2007.

I have been working at Optometric Physicians Northwest since 2009. I feel blessed to have joined such a great team, and I look forward to continuing my education here in the future.

 I also enjoy photography and am very fortunate that the Pacific Northwest provides ample opportunity to develop both these interests.

I enjoy camping, shopping, reading, and traveling back to Alaska to visit family and friends. I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend Anthony and our english bulldog Abby!



Janet,  Accounts Responsible Representative

janetI was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, definitely a “Chi-town” girl. I graduated from a dental assisting program with certification.

I lived and worked for many years in Chicago, until I met my Parisian husband, Thierry, on the island of Martinique. We married and relocated to Michigan, where we lived for 15 years, until a career shift brought us to Bellingham in 2001.

After many years in health care, my path has most recently led me to a new specialty: Optometry. It has been exciting to learn, observe and personally experience the caring expertise of the doctors and staff here at Optometric Physicians Northwest. I have had the privilege of working with this warm and supportive group since 2011.

I am an animal rights advocate and have shared my passion, with the latest endeavor hosting a rollerblading event in Michigan to raise money for the Humane Society.

I also enjoy gardening, reading, art projects, kayaking and a vegetarian (compassionate) lifestyle. My husband and I share our lives in our Lynden home with three wonderful felines, Allison, Mack and Tommy.

Michelle, CPO, Technician

michelleSince 2006, I have enjoyed working at Optometric Physicians Northwest in many areas of the practice, but was most excited about joining the technical team in 2010. I am CPO certified (Certified Para Optometric) and look forward to many more opportunities for education and advancement.

Learning new things and meeting new people have been two of the great experiences I have had since joining the team. The staff and patients have become my second family.

I am a mom of three active boys with whom I enjoy hiking, camping, biking, and fishing. I am also very involved with the Scouts and am especially proud that two of my boys have earned their Eagle Scout badges.

Shelley, COT, Technician

ShelleyI am a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) who graduated from the Vision Care Program at the Spokane Community College in 1999.

My education and experience includes ophthalmic medical training and I have been a refracting technician since 2001.

My husband, John, and I moved to Bellingham in 2007 and recently settled in to our first home in Birch Bay.

I have been enjoying the Puget Sound Area and views of Mt. Baker by capturing their facets through photography.

I enjoy helping people both in the medical field and in volunteering my time in Bible education.



Cheri, Technician

cheriI grew up in Ventura, Ca. My family owned a hotel/restaurant business right on the beach. I personally feel growing up in a family business shaped my "patient-first" mentality.
My parents retired to Whatcom County, where I joined them after one visit convinced me of its beauty. In fact, seeing a deer and her babies grazing in the grass in the median was my turning point, I knew I’d never see that in California! I currently live on 17 acres with my dad and my kids, where we enjoy sweeping views of Mt. Baker.

I have worked in Optometry for over 24 years and enjoy all aspects of this field. I came to Optometric Physicians Northwest in 2008 and worked with the front desk. I left to work as an Ophthalmic Tech for a local retinal specialist for two years, until a Technician position opened up here in 2011. I was thrilled to return ‘home’ to be part of a very progressive and forward-thinking team!





Optometric Physicians NW has also welcomed several new staff members to our team and we look forward to introducing them to you soon.   Our goal is to have the best team available to serve all of your optical needs.

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