Your Austin & San Antonio Vision Therapy Team
The team at the Optometry Center for Vision Therapy is comprised of highly credentialed, competent, and caring professionals who are committed to providing you, the patient, with the highest quality vision therapy. Our vision care specialists go through extensive training to make sure that your care is the best we can deliver.
Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FNORA-Executive Director
Dr. Briana Larson, a developmental optometrist is COVD board certified in vision development and therapy through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She completed a post-doctorate clinical residency in vision therapy and rehabilitation with emphasis in pediatric optometry; a credential achieved by less than 1% of optometrists nationwide. She focused her post-doctorate research on Vision and Attention Deficit and Vision and Autism. In 2012, The American Academy of Optometry inducted her as a Fellow of the Academy. The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) welcomed Dr. Briana Larson as a Fellow (FNORA) during its 2014 Annual Conference at North Carolina. A Fellow (FNORA) designation is recognition of a vision care specialist’s highest level of competence in clinical abilities and scientific knowledge in the field of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. Dr. Larson has the distinction of being the lone practicing developmental optometrist in the state of Texas with this exclusive set of credentials. Dr. Larson currently serves as Residency Coordinator of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation through the University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) in San Antonio, Texas. Read More.
Erica O’Brien, OD, FCOVD – Clinical Director, OCVT
Dr. O’Brien, born and raised in the Austin area, is a developmental optometrist who is board-certified in vision development and therapy through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. O’Brien graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry where she received awards distinguishing her excellent clinical care in “Neuro-Ophthalmology.” In 2014, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development inducted Dr. O’Brien as a Fellow at the annual conference in San Diego. As of 2015, Dr. O’Brien is one of eleven (11) optometrists in the State of Texas with this distinguished credential. She has successfully completed the International Examining Board’s requirements, including satisfying over 100 hours of continuing education and training, written tests, and an oral interview to specialize in vision rehabilitation. She joined OCVT in 2012 due to her passion for helping others and to provide the highest level of care in a professional environment. Dr. O’Brien serves as adjunct clinical faculty of the University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) in San Antonio, Texas. Read More.
Dr. Edna Ortolano, OD
Dr. Edna Ortolano grew up in upstate New York, outside of Buffalo. Valedictorian of her high school class, Dr. Ortolano went on to attend Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and studied pre-medicine. She was a member of the Dean’s List and an Honor Student in the Department of Biology.
Dr. Ortolano then attended Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated in 1998 with a Doctorate in Optometry and a Bachelors in Vision Science. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, the National Optometric Honor Society. There she completed her externships at Fox Clinic, focusing on Primary Care and the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute which encompassed post-operative care in cataracts, retinal disease and refractive surgery.
After graduating, Dr. Ortolano had her own private practice in Florida for over 8 years. She specialized in comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses and LASIK management. In addition to Optometry, Dr Ortolano is a certified teacher of Elementary Education and Middle School Math in both Florida and Texas. She taught fourth grade English Language Arts and 6th grade Advance Math and gifted program for over four years. She has a passion for educating children and brings a vast knowledge of teaching principles to the practice.
Dr. Arushah Manasia, OD, Resident Doctor
Dr. Arushah Manasia is a board-certified optometrist and is currently working on her post-doctorate residency in vision rehabilitation and pediatrics at OCVT. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University in 2020. For her 4th year clinical rotations, she traveled to Massengale Eye Care in Moore, OK, Lawton Indian Health Services in Lawton, OK, and Southwestern Eye Institute in El Paso, TX. Her skills involve pediatrics, vision therapy, ocular disease management, primary care, and contact lenses. She is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and is also an InfantSEE provider. Dr. Manasia is very excited to join OCVT team to further her knowledge in diagnosing and treating patients with developmental visual problems and head trauma. In her free time, Dr. Manasia loves working out, hiking, exploring new places in different cities, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Emiko Vasquez, OD, Resident Doctor
Dr. Emiko Vasquez is a board-certified optometrist and is currently working on her post-doctorate residency in vision rehabilitation and pediatrics at OCVT. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Biology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She was accepted as an early decision admission to the Southern California College of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry with Summa Cum Laude honors. During her time in optometry school, she was active in extracurricular activities including being president of her third-year class, president of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, and volunteering to provide free eye exams at multiple health fairs. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and National Optometric Association (NOA). She is also participating in the InfantSee provider program through the AOA. In her free time, Dr. Vasquez loves to work out, try new places to eat, and spend time with her family and two dogs
Your Vision Therapists Team
The team is made up of highly credentialed, qualified, and dedicated optometric vision therapists who collaborate with OCVT doctors to put into effect vision therapy programs that meet the individual needs of each patient. We are committed to providing the highest quality and personalized optometric vision therapy care. For individual backgrounds, please Click Here.
Your Patient Services Team
The patient services team is made up of dedicated professionals who ensure your experience with OCVT is personable, seamless and welcoming. We strive individually and collectively to provide the best quality care with the patient and family’s satisfaction being paramount. Our goal is to provide help with scheduling, billing, general inquiries and other assistance that you may require. For individual backgrounds, please Click Here.
Your Other Support Team
We have additional experienced professionals who assist and provide support to your other OCVT teams, so we can better meet the needs of our patients and their families. For individual backgrounds, please Click Here.