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:
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!
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.
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!
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.”
Meet Your Northshore Eye Care Team:
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!
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.”
Daniel concentrates on his primary responsibility which include managing the complex operation of the lab. His goal is to ensure the production of eyewear is as accurate to prescription, ready as promised and meets TSO’s quality check standards. Daniel’s career plans are to advance with Texas State Optical as much as possible. He is a great attribution to the Northshore team and is great at what he does! His favorite part of the job is being able to communicate with the patients and being able to help them see better. He is a hard worker at everything he does who also helps with the Reception Desk, answering phones and Frame Styling patients. Daniel also speaks Spanish and English fluently. His proudest accomplishment is being a Manager and running his own Lab. Outside of work, Daniel thoroughly enjoys four wheeling, attending sports games and spending time with his family and friends.
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.”
“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.”
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.”
Nia is currently enrolled at San Jacinto College North. After she gets her Bachelor’s Degree she will transfer to HBCU or a University in Texas. What makes Nia’s job most enjoyable is assisting people on a daily basis. Nia thoroughly enjoys giving patients their Preliminary Exams. Nia has a positive, fun attitude whom is able to assist our English and Spanish speaking patients, being a fluent English and Spanish speaker herself. A proudest accomplishment for Nia is getting 1st and 2nd place in her High School Chess Team. She stated when she first started playing, she didn’t think she would be able to get that far but won 1st and 2nd place in several competitions. In Nia’s spare time she enjoys listening to music and fixing her hair, which is also something that relaxes her mind as well as herself.
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou, an American author, poet, and civil rights activist has given a quote above that is inspirational to Nia.
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.”
What Ali loves most about her job is interacting with each patient and helping them with their individual vision care needs. “I enjoy styling patients in our unique frames; finding a frame that suits them well.” states Ali. Ali has a warm personality and is very helpful when it comes to the patients and their diverse needs. She is dedicated and always willing and ready to help. She also speaks English and Spanish fluently! Ali’s beautiful daughter Zoii is her proudest and most wonderful accomplishment. In her spare time, she thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with Zoii, her family and friends. Ali also likes to write and draw on her off days. A favorite pastime of Ali’s is playing with her daughter when she was a beautiful baby. Ali’s favorite quote comes from the Bible below:
“Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless–like chasing the wind.” -Ecclesiastes 6:9
Dalia is very interested in drawing and painting. She is very proud to have earned second place in two art competitions. Dalia is very helpful, always a lending hand whenever in need, loves interacting with the patients and putting a smile on their faces. She is pursuing a higher education in the Medical field. “I love the friendly environment that Northshore Texas State Optical brings… everyone is so productive and caring.” states Dalia. Dalia speaks both English and Spanish fluently. The one and only Albert Einstein, speaks Dalia’s favorite quote below:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
Kristen plans to become ABO Certified in the near future to further her knowledge in the Optical Field with hopes of managing her own TSO practice one day. “The staff is awesome to work with and I enjoy helping patients pick out a beautiful pair of glasses that not only help them see well, but a frame that helps increase their confidence.” states Kristen. Kristen contributes wonderful customer service skills and takes pride in putting the patients’ needs first. Her greatest accomplishment is her son who gives her patience and humility to handle any situation that comes her way. Outside of the office, Kristen thoroughly enjoys listening to music and spending quality time with her friends and family. Kristen is working at American Sign Language to better assist our patients in need. American oil industry business magnate, industrialist and philanthropist, Mr. John D. Rockefeller spoke Kristen’s favorite quote below:
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”