Dr. Gary Cole completed his undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Washington in 1993. He completed his doctor of optometry degree at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR in 1997. He then went on to complete a one year post graduate residency in ocular disease at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. He spent the following two years as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor for the Pacific University College of Optometry where he advised students in pediatrics, ocular disease, and specialty contact lenses. He went on to establish East Vancouver Eye in November of 2000. Dr. Cole enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife and four children.
Dr. Tracy Dodd, our associate doctor since 2006, is a native of SW Washington. She received her undergraduate degree in French and Biology in 1993 from Pacific University. She then continued at Pacific University College of Optometry, earning her degree in 1997 alongside Dr. Cole. A very social and outgoing person, Dr. Dodd loves traveling, gardening, and, most of all, spending time with her husband and their two boys.
Crystal is one of our most versatile team members! She began her optical career in 2006 as an Optometric Technician, and came to EVEC in 2014. Her experience as an optician, optometric technician, in billing and insurance verification, and in patient coordination has given her well-rounded knowledge as an office manager. She has invested 16+ years in the industry! She became an Optometric Technician in 2006 while studying Architecture and CAD programming in college. She brings her upbeat and caring personality to create a great work environment in a patient-focused practice. Crystal was born in California, but raised in Vancouver. Some of her favorite hobbies include dancing and traveling with her husband. Her contagious smile is sure to brighten your day!
Diana comes from a very big and friendly family. Her motto in life is to treat everyone with kindness and a warm smile. She's been an optician for over 4 years and loves it more than ever! She enjoys assisting people in selecting the best and most unique frames that will fit their personality and welcomes you to the best and friendliest eye clinic in the Vancouver area!
Kim began her optical career in 1994, when she graduated Wisconsin's Lakeshore Technical College's Ophthalmic Assistant program. Having a husband in the Coast Guard allowed her to travel the US, but now she has settled down and loves the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys spending time with her family and is greatly involved with her children's martial arts program. Kim's kind heart and great customer service makes her a wonderful addition to the EVEC family.
Jessica has lived in Vancouver for the majority of her life. She began her career as an Optometric Technician, here at East Vancouver Eye, in 2019. Jessica has over 10 years of experience in customer service, which is displayed in her caring heart and love for helping people. In her spare time, she enjoys doing community service, spending time with her husband and son, playing board games, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
One of our newest staff members, Jaylee, graduated high school in 2020 and is excited to be able to help people with their vision! She is eager to learn about this field of work with all the amazing people that work at East Vancouver Eye Clinic. Jaylee enjoys the sunshine, the beach, and spending time with her Fiance and their dog.
Michele was born and raised in Vancouver and loves living in the Pacific NW. She has over 16 years of exceptional customer service skills working as a Patient Care Coordinator. Michelle got started in the dental field but made the transition into the optical field in 2012 and loves every moment of it. Her fun-loving, easy going attitude will make you feel right at home. Michelle and her husband enjoy spending time with their daughter and son, taking them to the beach, boating, and camping.
Patient Care Coordinator
Nettie has lived in the Vancouver area for most of her life, but is originally from Minnesota. She still goes back to visit family as often as she is able. Nettie has worked in the customer service industry for almost 30 years! Nettie's hobbies include reading, crocheting, and spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and their 2 dogs.
Insurance Benefit Coordinator/Billing Specialist
Melanie was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver has been home for over 25 years. She spends her free time on flower and vegetable gardening, reading, boating, and craftwork. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren.
Doreen was a patient at EVEC before she became an employee in 2021, and loves the patient-centered focus of the practice. She spent a few years employed with a Blue Cross of WA/AK office and brings her experience from the insurance side of things and an attention to detail to bear on billing issues. She is a painter, writes poetry, is an avid reader, and also spends a great deal of time in the kitchen and vegetable garden.
Patient Care Coordinator
Kenzie has been a patient of Dr. Cole since she was young, and appreciates working in an environment that feels like family. Born and raised in Vancouver, Kenzie has so many great memories from this area. She enjoys learning from her peers, spending time with her family and dogs, and traveling!