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 have obvious symptoms. 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 including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe 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.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Amy Munroe Parker graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and completed her doctorate at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Parker provides a variety of eye care services including comprehensive routine exams for glasses and contacts, wellness evaluations for diabetics and other medical conditions, and glaucoma testing and management. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Harris County Optometric Society.
This Texas native lives in northwest Houston with her husband. She enjoys photography, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Parker practices at:
- Vision Centers of Houston - Deerbrook
Originally from Pittsburgh, Dr. David Jacobson grew up in Miami, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida with honors. Dr. Jacobson received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1979 from the University of Houston College of Optometry.
As part of his training, Dr. Jacobson spent three months at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem where he was involved in a research project involving contact lenses and binocular vision, which was subsequently published.
Upon graduation Dr. Jacobson gained valuable clinical experience by his association with a large ophthalmology group in Houston. During this time he was invited to join the faculty of the University Of Houston College Of Optometry as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the primary care and contact lens services. He combined his teaching career with a private practice, which he started in 1983. He has been full time in private practice since 1987.
Dr. Jacobson has been a member of various professional organizations over the years including the Harris County Optometric Society, the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He has also been active with the Eye Care for Kids Foundation for several years which provides needed eye care to local children with who would otherwise be unable to afford it.
In the community, Dr. Jacobson has been involved in many organizations including the Bellaire -SW Chamber of Commerce and Midtown Business Network. He has been president of B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation and Young Israel of Houston synagogue and has served on the board of directors of several other community organizations.
Dr. Jacobson and Suzanne his wife of 28 years have three children, Sara, Rachel and Noah and live in southwest Houston.
Dr. Jacobson practices at:
- Vision Centers of Houston - Greenway-Galleria
Dr. Vuong graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctorate from the University of Houston College of Optometry, graduating with magna cum laude honors.
Dr. Vuong practices full scope primary care optometry. She routinely diagnoses and manages eye diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. In addition, she co-manages ocular procedures such as LASIK and cataract surgery. She has a passion for treating dry eye disease and fitting specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Vuong loves to volunteer and give back to the less fortunate. Previously, she was on a mission trip to Guerrero Clinic in Chihuahua, Mexico providing eye care to an indigent population. During her off time, she enjoys traveling, attending cycling/barre classes, and spending time with her two fur-babies – Lychee & Miso.
Dr. Vuong practices at:
- Vision Centers of Houston - Greenway-Galleria
Dr. Poly De La Garza is a native Houstonian, who graduated from Klein Oak High School. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A&M University and her doctorate from the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Dr. De La Garza has undergone externships at the Eye Center of Texas, where she co-managed LASIK procedures, cataract surgery, and retinal disease, and at Conroe/Woodlands Eye Clinic where she specialized in retinal disease, pediatrics, and binocular vision.
Dr. De La Garza enjoys seeing children of all ages and has a background in developmental vision and vision therapy.
She is a member of the Texas Optometry Association and the American Optometry Association.
Dr. De La Garza practices at:
- Vision Centers of Houston - Willowbrook
Dr. Lin was born in Taiwan but has been raised in Houston from a young age. She graduated from Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions and attended University of Texas at Austin with a full academic scholarship. From there, she continued to receive her doctorate degree at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Upon graduation, Dr. Lin completed her externship at Northwestern University where she routinely diagnosed and managed ocular procedures such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and foreign body removal. In addition, she has experiences from George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Hospital where she vastly focuses on geriatric population in eye disease such as macular degeneration and dry eyes. Today, she is passionate for fitting specialty contact lenses and managing dry eyes disease.
Dr. Lin loves to travel the world on her free time. More importantly, she’s constantly looking for ways to give back to the community. In the past, she has hosted fundraising activity to provide for those in need of glasses. It is her personal mission to raise awareness for ocular health of all ages and has appeared on various news media outlets advocating for optometric professions. She is the mother of three fur-babies: Cheeto (named after her favorite chips), Bella and Simba. She is a huge Disney fan and loves to attend cycling and yoga classes. Dr. Lin is fluent in Mandarin language.
Dr. Julie Kells was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. She later moved to San Antonio, Texas where she was a student-athlete at St. Mary’s University playing volleyball while completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at University of Houston College of Optometry. She graduated UHCO Summa Cum Laude with a clinical letter of excellence, and was involved in the American Optometric Association, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, and Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
She completed her clinical rotations at Space Center Eye Associates in Clearlake, Texas with a focus on ocular disease, and Bellaire Family Eyecare in Houston, Texas with a focus on fitting specialty contact lenses. After graduating optometry school, she completed a one-year residency program at Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic in Durant, Oklahoma specializing in managing and treating patients with ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetes and co-managing LASIK and PRK patients.
Dr. Kells enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors by hiking, biking, and going to the lake.
Dr. Pham was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. She then went on to earn her doctorate degree at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Dr. Pham completed her externships at the San Diego Naval Medical Center and at Cedar Springs Eye Clinic in Dallas. There she provided routine exams, fit contact lens, co-managed cataract and refractive surgery, and managed ocular diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye.
In her free time, Dr. Pham enjoys rock climbing, playing video games, and tending to her plant babies. She loves exploring the Houston restaurant scene and is always open to recommendations.
Dr. Jantz Chappel was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas. He graduated with a Chemistry degree from Park University in Kansas City and graduated with Cumlaude. He one of the few doctors in the Houston area that did not graduate from the University of Houston College of Optometry but actually graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry.
Dr. Chappel did his externships at Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Wichita VA, and Aprima in Nashville. With a focus on ocular disease and fitting Specialty Contact lens on Keratoconus patients, and on healthy corneas. Now he values to educate his patients and wants them to leave more informed about their eyes than when they came in.
Dr. Chappel was raised doing construction his whole life. Now he does carpentry on the side as a hobby. He always has a movie and tv recommendation. He moved down to Houston to get away from the bitter cold weather of Kansas and to be close to his sister who is also in Houston. If you have any recommendations for things to do in Houston he is all ears!