Meet Our Staff

Kay D

Kay D, ABOC, Optician

Kay has worked in the optical industry for over 30 years. She has worked in various areas from dispensing instruction to office management for optical corporations and private practices. She has a degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing and is American Board of Opticianry Certified.

In 2005 Eye Center Northeast opened the Optical Shop, and Kay came to work for her husband. She now manages that department as well as over seeing the optometric operations. She and Joanne enjoy working with the staff and pride themselves with giving personal attention to patients and customers. When not at the office, she and her husband try to keep up with their 3 daughters and their many activities.

Joanne L

Joanne L., ABOC, Optician

Joanne joined the Eye Center Northeast team in 2007. She has 10 years experience in all medical front desk activities, but soon found her strong point in the optical shop. After training with Kay, Joanne successfully passed her exam and received her ABO Certification in June 2010.

The patients are very important to her and she truly enjoys being part of their optical experience. She lives in Newburgh and is very busy with her family that includes her husband and 5 children.


Sarah M., ABOC, Optician

Sarah joined Eye Center Northeast in 2014 with over 10 years of experience as an Optician and Optometric Technician.  Soon after joining our team she completed her ABO Certification.  She enjoys working one on one with patients helping them look and see their very best.

When not at work, Sarah can be found with her husband cheering on their two daughters at their many hockey games.

Rita Surett

Rita, ABOC, Optician

Rita recently moved here from Massachusetts where she had worked as an Optician for many years. She graduated from Mt. Ida College with an Associates Degree in Opticianry. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time outdoors on her farm here in Maine.

Christie T

Christie, CPO, Certified Optometric Technician

Christie joined the Eye Center Northeast team as a medical transcriptionist in 2003, and joined the front desk staff in 2007. She is now a certified Optometric Technician, passing her CPO in February of 2015.

Christie loves sports whether it be watching her New York Yankees, keeping stats or working concessions for her son's hockey and football teams, or cheering on her two daughters while playing softball or basketball. Christie enjoys interacting with patients and looks forward to seeing you soon!

Heather T

Heather, CPOT, Certified Paraoptometric Technician

Heather joined the Eye Center Northeast team in 2002. She has enjoyed working in many areas at Eye Center Northeast. She has completed all levels of certification for a technician and is pursuing the National Contact Lens Certification.

Heather is a member of the American Optometric Association Paraoptometric Section and a member of the Maine Paraoptometric Association. Heather is the 2017 President for the Maine Paraoptometric Association which brings education and training to all Paraoptometrics in Maine.

She was presented with the Maine Paraoptometric of the Year Award for 2015 by the Maine Paraoptometric  Association. 


Kyra, CPO, Certified Optometric Technician

Kyra joined Eye Center Northeast in 2016. She has worked as an Optician for four years at a small practice before taking her current position at Eye Center Northeast as a Certified Optometric Technician. She enjoys working directly with the patients and doctors. She earned her Optometric Technician Certification in 2017.

When not at work she loves spending time with her husband, three cats and her large family.


Jody, CPO, Certified Optometric Technician

Jody joined Eye Center Northeast in 2016 as an Optometric Technician. She received her Associates Degree from UMaine and has taken classes in Medical Terminology. In 2017, she earned her Optometric Technician Certification, and is now a Certified Optometric Technician.

When not at work Jody and her husband enjoy bringing their two daughters to various sports and activities.

Karen G

Karen G., Secretary

Karen has worked in the eye related field for over 15 years, joining Eye Center Northeast in 1998. She began working at the front desk, and has since been trained in medical records and billing. When not working, she enjoys spending her time with her family and her new grandson.


Sara, Secretary

Sara joined Eye Center Northeast in June of 2015. She completed her Associates Degree at Beal College. She has been working in the medical field now for two years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children.

Pat L

Pat L., Billing Manager

Pat has been an Eye Center Northeast billing specialist for over ten years. Pat loves to knit and read. Every Christmas season Pat donates her hand knitted hats and mittens to the giving tree at EMMC to help out needy families.

If you have any billing issues or questions please call our office and speak to Pat!


Leitha, Office Manager

Leitha has worked in the health care field for 25 years. She joined Eye Center Northeast in 2012 to be the operations manager. She has years of experience in many areas of administrative and clinical services.

If you have any comments or suggestions for our practice I would enjoy hearing from you.