Meet the Staff
Melissa Rodriguez, OCS – Employed since 2014
Certified Ophthalmic Coding Specialist
Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso
Hobbies: Family, Music, Art
Most Passionate About: Galaxy Themed Spray Paint Art, which she creates and utilizes to teach her two young nephews to develop their creative side and escape to the colorful cosmos.
What she enjoys the most at work: Meeting new patients and getting to know our patients. The ability to have fun at work and joke around but also be serious when it’s time to be.
Future Goals: Return to school and pursue her goal of becoming a Radiology Technician.
Sergio Marquez, COA- Ophthalmic Scribe – Employed Since 2011
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
Medical Assistant, Western Technical College
Hobbies: Soccer, video games, swimming
Most passionate about: Dallas Cowboys
Ideal way to spend time after work: Wrestling with his two children every night.
Future goals: Become a Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Technician, spend more time in the Operating Room assisting in Ophthalmic Surgeries.
Elizabeth Garcia, COA, Lead Technician – Working since 2005
Graduate of Bowie High School, 1998
Marching Band, Swim team, Softball Team
EPCC Ophthalmic Technology Program
What I enjoy most about work: Working with people and assisting the Doctor in ophthalmic care. Everyday brings joy with different experiences, no two days are the same.
Hobbies: Reading, water parks, amusement parks
Most passionate about: Watching my young daughters develop into young women, and enjoy their successes and achievements.
Long Term Goals: Achieve the level of Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician, and become a home owner.
Rocio Jerome, COA – Working since 2012
Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Licencado en Optometria
Licensed Optometrist - Mexico
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
What I enjoy most about work: Helping people understand the surgical process, performing complex refractions, helping patients meet their visual goals.
Hobbies: Reading, exercise, computer games
Long term goal: Own my own restaurant, and let the guests experience high quality, authentic Mexican food.
Laura Puga, COA - Ophthalmic Scribe - Employed Since 2014
Our newest Certified Opthalmic Assistant (More Info Coming Soon)
Graduate of Franklin High School and The University of Texas at El Paso
Patricia Araujo - Employed Since 2015
Front Office Supervisor
Certified Professional Coder by the AAPC
What I enjoy most about work: I love that every day is different, and I particularly enjoy educating patients about their insurance benefits and coverages. Creating financial solutions for patients and creating a relationship that allows them trust our office and practices. Working in an environment and industry that encourages continuing education. Most of all, my co-workers and the environment that we all create for each other to make our overall work experience wonderful.
Hobbies: Listening to music, dancing, reading (specifically Christian reading and future Hallmark movies).
Long term goal: Becoming a medical office manager/administrator, continue my education in healthcare, specifically in Ophthalmology.
STAFF MEMBERS CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARDS CERTIFICATION
Nicole Alarcon - Surgical Coordinator, Ancillary Service Coordinator
Nadia Bruno - Ophthalmic Technician
Claudia Castruita - Ophthalmic Technician, Medical Records Specialist
Daisy Escobedo - Ophthalmic Technician, Aesthetic Coordinator
Claudia Guardado - Front Desk Specialist, Insurance Verification
Guadalupe Kovacs - Licensed Aesthetician
Jackie Munoz - Ophthalmic Technician
Veronica Santibanez - Office Maintenance
Yair Villanueva - Front Desk Specialist, Insurance Verification