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Meet the Leading Team of Optometrists in Northshore

The eye care professionals of Northshore TSO, specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors of Northshore TSO located just east of Houston know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

At Northshore TSO, 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, our eye doctors encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet Your Northshore Eye Doctors:


Michael Tran, O.D.

Dr. Michael Tran is from Houston, Texas and formerly attended the University of Houston. Dr. Tran has been in the Optometry field for over 6 years. Being very nearsighted since he was a child, Dr. Tran became extremely familiar with his family Optometrist over the years. “Seeing how someone can affect a person’s life, by helping them see better… made me want to do the same for others.” stated Dr. Tran, in regards to making Optometry his field of choice and passion.

Dr. Tran is specializing in full scope Optometry, Anterior Surface Disease and Contact Lenses. His professional interests include Diabetic Retinopathy, pre and post-op Cataract Exams as well as Dry Eye Syndrome.

Outside of the office, Dr. Tran thoroughly enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, always looking forward to a good dish! He also loves to fish, explore Houston and traveling to as many places as he can. Dr. Tran also speaks English and Vietnamese fluently! Come to Northshore Texas State Optical, where Dr. Michael Tran looks forward to helping you!


John Mann, O.D.

Dr. Mann was born and grew up in the Mid-west, in a town in the South-East corner of the State called Nebraska City, NE. He moved to Houston to escape the extreme weather in the Mid-West. Dr. Mann attended High School in Nebraska City and did his undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska. He earned his Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Houston in 1984. Dr. Mann has been around the eyecare field most of his life. His Uncle was an Ophthalmologist, his Father was an Optometrist and his brother practices Optometry in Nebraska. Helping people see and restore their eye-sight is extremely rewarding for Dr. Mann. This is why he chose to be an Optometrist. "From young, first-time glasses wearers, to people with eye disease, nothing is more precious than eyesight", he states. Having great experience in the Optical field, Dr. Mann always comes in with a positive attitude and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Mann specializes in treating Eye Infections, Allergies, Glaucoma and Dry Eye.

His professional interests include LASIK Surgery Management and Macular Degeneration.

In his spare time he likes to garden, read and spend time with his family and Grandchildren.


Lizeth Molina, O.D.

Dr. Lizeth Molina was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Houston where she graduated with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. As soon as Dr. Molina graduated, she went straight into optometry school at the University Of Houston College Of Optometry to complete her doctorate. During optometry school, one of her externship sites was a low income clinic in Houston where she helped keep Houston eyes healthy. Her other externship site was in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Indian health service where she expanded her knowledge of diabetic retinopathy and iritis. Dr. Molina has been working at different offices while in undergrad and optometry school and has over 8 years of experience in the optometry field.

Dr. Molina specializes in diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, lasik co-management and contact lens fitting. “I have always had bad vision, but as a teen, I met an Optometrist who fit me in my first pair of contact lenses. I didn’t just see better, I also became fascinated by the concept of sight and the science behind it. I wanted to learn all the things the doctor did to improve my vision and from then on, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.” states Dr. Molina, on why she chose the optical field.

In her free time, Dr. Molina likes quality time with her family, friends and her little cat Tom. Traveling has allowed her to know about different cultures and natural places, “so it has always interested me” says Dr. Molina. She also likes to explore Houston and Texas whether at a new restaurant, park or a quiet place to relax. Dr. Molina speaks both Spanish and English fluently and looks forward to serving you and your family at your next eye examination!


Cody Whiddon, O.D.

Dr. Whiddon is originally from Beckville, Texas, graduating from Baylor University with a degree in Biochemistry in 2013 and graduating from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry in 2018. He started working as an Optometric Assistant in 2013 and worked through most of school. Dr. Whiddon has always had an interest in healthcare and genuinely enjoys meeting new faces and helping people. "Being in the Optical field allows me to do both." says Dr. Whiddon.

Dr. Whiddon specializes in primary eye care, dry eye disease and fitting of specialty contact lenses, including scleral lenses and corneal refractive therapy lenses. He is particularly interested in the evolving management of dry eye disease as well as managing keratoconus.

On Dr. Whiddon's off days, he can usually be found hanging out at the park with his wife and son. "My wife and I are pretty big Astros fans." states Dr. Whiddon "We try to catch a few games a year when we have the time."


Jerry Chih, O.D.

Dr. Jerry Chih was born in Taiwan! He moved to the United States when he was 11 and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Chih completed his training at the University Of Houston College Of Optometry in 2019 as well as attended UT Austin.

Dr. Chih finds it very rewarding to help people see better and truly believes that the eyes are the most important organs of the body. He specializes in primary eye examinations, glaucoma, diabetic eye care, contact lens and cataracts. Dr. Chih has a strong interest in diabetic eye care, glaucoma and myopia control.

When he’s not working, Dr. Chih enjoys staying active and is very into the outdoors, whether he be running, cycling or working out! He is also a huge sports fan, loves UT football, Astros and catching a good NFL, NBA or MLB game! Dr. Chih is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Meet Your Northshore Eye Care Team:


Suzie Marquez

General Manager

Being a part of TSO for over 28 years has given Suzie the privilege of seeing several generations of patients. Building relationships with patients is something she takes pride in. Suzie looks forward to continuing to meet new patients and their families. She states: "It's exciting to be a key part of a progressive, leading edge practice. The most important part of my job is to make sure every patient feels welcomed." Suzie's favorite part about her job is working with all of the patients and her co-workers who are her family! Ms. Marquez is such a great attribution to the team who gives 110%, providing so much positivity whom is also fluent in both English and Spanish. Her proudest accomplishments are her children and beautiful grandbabies. Outside of work, Suzie thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with her grandchildren and going to Church!


Joanna Martinez

Administrative Assistant

Joanna’s goals are to grow within Texas State Optical! She feels as if the environment is very welcoming and helping patients makes her day. “It’s important to me to make our patients feel comfortable.” States Joanna. Joanna helps bill insurance and assist at the Reception desk when needed. Joanna is fluent in both English and Spanish. Outside of the office she loves to work out and has dreams of becoming a personal trainer on the side; she is really into outdoor activities. Her proudest accomplishment is being the first in her family to graduate college. A favorite childhood memory of Joanna’s is going to Mexico and camping with her cousins. A former politician, army officer and writer; Mr. Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill wrote Joanna’s favorite quote below:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."


Susana Gonzalez


Susana’s goal is to grow with Texas State Optical and to provide a great life for her beautiful children and family. Susana is also determined to finish school and to show her children that anything is possible. Her favorite part about working at Northshore Texas State Optical is the gratifying feeling of knowing she has an opportunity to help make someone’s vision better. Susana contributes excellent customer service and always has a genuine smile on her face while greeting patients. Making sure the patients are provided with the best eyewear is also very gratifying for Susana. Susana speaks both English and Spanish freely. In Susana’s spare time, she likes to spend time with her kids while watching movies together. She loves to bake sweets for her family and they really enjoy spending summer days at the beach. A favorite childhood memory of Susana’s is a cold visit to New York where she saw snow for the first time. “I would love to go back and experience that atmosphere again!” says Susana. Motivational speaker, business owner, author and radio host, Grant Cardone speaks one of Susana’s most favored quotes below:

“Whatever you want go all in and dominate, learn it, eat it, sleep it, breathe it and believe it.”


Cynthia Beckett


Cynthia has over 30 years Optical experience and has been a part of the TSO team for over 10 years. She is ready to assist you with any of your Optical needs. Cynthia plans to leave everyone with as much of her knowledge as possible. The challenge of making our patients look fabulous is something she very much enjoys! Cynthia brings knowledge, comradery and laughter to the team. Outside of work, she is an avid Tennis fan that loves to watch matches especially if they involve Serena Williams. She also enjoys football & basketball very much. Swimming at the park is something she would love to do on a daily basis. Cynthia's proudest accomplishment is raising her two beautiful daughters as a single mother!


Jessica A.

Patient Services

Jessica started working for Northshore TSO in April 2015. She plans to start College in the near future. Advancing in the TSO industry is Jessica's career goal. Working with patients is her favorite thing about her job. “Each patient has their very own inclination and great personality!” she states. Jessica enjoys learning about each and every patient. She is a wonderful contribution to the team. Jessica comes with excellent customer service skills and a lot of knowledge when it comes to insurance. Her proudest accomplishment is impressing her boss with her amazing customer service skills as well as completing and receiving her GED. Jessica is pretty much a homebody who loves to: read, lounge around with her two dogs, spend time with her grandmother and work on her Spanish. One of Jessica's favorite childhood memories is sitting in her tree house in her grandmother’s backyard, eating watermelon with her grandfather. Napoleon Hill, an American author in the area of the 'new thought movement' as well as one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature, gives a quote below that has been very relatable to Jessica:

"Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it."


Miranda R.

Optometric Assistant

Miranda has studied her basics in college and plans on going back in the near future to study Optometry. She contributes to her team of what is asked and more! Miranda is excellent in customer service and comes to work everyday with positive vibes and a friendly attitude. She thoroughly enjoys working alongside her co-workers and Northshore Texas State Optical's atmosphere. Her proudest accomplishment within TSO is being very detail oriented, picking up training quickly and doing her job efficiently. Outside of work, Miranda likes to spend time with her friends and family alike. She is big into yoga and outdoor activities as well! A favorite childhood memory of Miranda's is the countless hours she would spend with her step-siblings. Miranda's favorite quote comes from John O'Leary's book 'On Fire':

"... to live a radically inspired life, to embrace the lessons from your past, actively engage in the miracle of each moment and ignite the limitless possibilities of tomorrow."

Claudia C.

Optometric Assistant

Isabel A.

Dispensing Optician

"Seeing the reaction on our customers faces after they get their glasses or put their contacts in.... knowing they're satisfied with the outcome is ALWAYS a great feeling." says Isabel who is very passionate about Northshore TSO's patients and their vision care. Isabel provides outstanding customer service and great team work. Her proudest accomplishment thus far is her beautiful son who she says is her absolute world. When she is not at work she is either spending time with her son or her family. A favorite pastime of Isabel's is going to Mexico every December for Christmas and New Years to visit her dad’s family. Isabel understands Spanish very well although speaks very little. Her favorite quote comes from Philippians 4:13 in the Bible:

"I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."


Rose G.

Dispensing Optician

Rose's aspiration is to work in the medical field and to gain her Master’s degree in hopes of owning her own practice one day. Rose provides such a positive energy and enthusiasm that helps set a great mood. She enjoys working in an environment where she can be herself and genuinely assist her peers and patients with care. "Waking up in the morning is a simple task because I know I'm going to a practice that truly caters to patients and I'm honored to be a part of that." says Rose. A proudest accomplishment of Rose's is her consistency in pursing her dreams and accomplishing the small steps it takes to reach them. A favorite pastime of Rose's is waking up Saturday mornings and watching her favorite cartoons with her siblings. Outside of the office, Rose likes to volunteer at Inspire Church and get involved with youth from the community. A favored quote that Rose holds dear, is:

"Remember why you started."

David S.

Dispensing Optician

Jesus C.

Lab Technician

Being a part of the Northshore Texas State Optical family makes Jesus very happy. Having the opportunity to help a patient see life better daily motivates him and makes his job so much more worthwhile. With such a positive attitude, Jesus is a go-getter and always livening up the Northshore TSO office. Jesus really likes working in teams. He is very proud to be a working class American Citizen and is committed to his TSO team. Jesus enjoys reading a good book, watching movies and watching soccer while outside of work. His favorite pastime is playing soccer in school! Jesus is also very eloquent in Spanish as well as English. Jesus’ favorite quote comes from Confucius, a Chinese teacher, editor and politician of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history:

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”

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