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.
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.
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. Alisa Nola is a developmental optometrist who is board-certified in vision development and therapy through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2014 with clinical and academic honors. Dr. Nola was awarded the Polly Flink Eastland Memorial Award for her service during her graduate studies. She finished a one-year residency program at the Bright Eyes Vision Clinic in Minnesota specializing in pediatrics, vision rehabilitation, and vision therapy. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Optometry Association (AOA), American Academy of Optometrists (AAO), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), Texas Optometric Association (TOA), and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO). Dr. Nola was recently recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometrists (FAAO). She is also participating in the InfantSEE provider program through the AOA. She serves as adjunct clinical faculty of the University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) in San Antonio, Texas. Read More
Dr. Kayla Smith is a board-certified optometrist and is currently working on her post-doctorate residency in vision rehabilitation and pediatrics at OCVT. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan where she majored in biology. She also was a varsity member of the Ferris State University cross country and track team. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from University of Missouri Saint Louis in 2019. She completed clinical rotations in pediatrics and vision therapy, primary care, and ocular disease. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Optometric Association (AOA), and American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She is also participating in the InfantSEE provider program through the AOA. Dr. Smith is very excited to join the OCVT team to further her knowledge in diagnosing and treating patients with developmental visual problems and head trauma. In her free time, Dr. Smith loves reading, running, camping, hiking and spending time with her family.
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.
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