Qualified and well trained therapists with the skills and knowledge to apply appropriate Vision Therapy programs to meet the individual needs of each patient. Highly credentialed therapists with competencies in OCVT best practice vision therapy methodologies.
Ashley Coley, COVT
Director of Vision Therapy and Outreach
Being a people-type person and having the personality to match it, Ashley has worked exclusively in customer-centric positions. Ashley’s desire to have a major impact in children’s lives led to her studies in Education. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas State University at San Marcos. Ashley graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors. The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has board-certified Ashley as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT).
Ashley Alavi, COVT
Director of Programs and Patient Relations
Ashley completed her degree in Psychology from the University of Texas.
With an extensive background working with children, she consistently strives to help unlock a child’s true potential. Ashley worked as a tutor and mentor for several Austin and Dallas families and has assisted in conducting research at the University of Texas Children’s Research Lab. Connecting with people is one of her key attributes. The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has board-certified Ashley as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT).
Theresa Yee – COVT, SHRM-CP
Human Resource Manager
Theresa graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Nutrition Dietetics. She gained experience working with children through nutrition education outreach and tutoring in elementary schools. “I love to interact and help people achieve their goals and strengths. It’s an honor to be part of this team that makes a difference and impact in others’ lives.” The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has board certified Theresa as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT).
Sylena Martinez, COVT
Head of Vision Therapy
Sylena graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood Development. She has tutored in diverse elementary schools and assisted with research at the University of Texas. Sylena is dedicated to make an everlasting impact on her patient’s lives and thoroughly enjoys working with them to achieve their greatest potential. Her goal to make a difference and develop tender relationships with others is what led her to OCVT. The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has board certified Sylena as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT).
Marina Guindy, COVT
Head of Vision Therapy
Marina graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S in Communication with a minor in Interpersonal Health communication and Pre-Health sciences. Through her research studies at UT, Marina learned about the importance of communication in the health care field and strives to provide all her patients with the positive reinforcement and support they desire. Her love for working with children as well as her curiosity about vision therapy is what makes her a perfect fit at OCVT. The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has board-certified Marina as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT).
Lead Vision Therapist
Nataline graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences and Psychology. She has a background in mentoring and tutoring children in diverse schools and non-profit organizations. She is passionate about education, loves working with children and hopes to become an educator for a non-profit one day. The best part about working for OCVT is making a lasting difference in patients’ lives.
Lead Vision Therapist
Rowan is currently an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin completing her B.S.A degree in Neuroscience as well as a certificate in the Spanish language for Health Professions. She plans to initially pursue her PhD in Neuroscience and then attend medical school, ultimately planning to work in the field of Neurorehabilitation, helping individuals with neurological disabilities and trauma recover and live normal lives again. Her passion for neuroscience, medicine, and helping others led her to OCVT and is what continues to drive her care for her patients.
Josh is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After graduation, Josh hopes to enter graduate school focusing on conflict resolution. Before joining our team, Josh worked with children in a variety of environments including tutoring, substitute teaching, swim lessons, and mentoring. His love for helping children reach their potential makes him a perfect fit at OCVT.
Randa graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Disease Control. She has gained experience working with children through her involvement in a mentoring and tutoring program with local elementary schools. Randa greatly enjoys working with her patients to help them acquire their fullest visual potential that will guide them see and lead better lives. Randa’s passion for helping others, making a positive impact, and eagerness to expand her knowledge about vision therapy is what led her to OCVT. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career as optometrist and to provide accessible and high-quality eyecare services, particularly to low-income and underserved communities.
Christina graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Medicine. She is currently working towards her goal of pursuing a career in medicine and aspires to provide the best care for those in need. She truly enjoys working with the patients at OCVT and is inspired by the extraordinary ways vision therapy has had an impact on the patients’ everyday lives. Christina has a passion for working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds and is driven to meet the unique goals of each patient.
Daniela Torres graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Health: Epidemiology and Disease Control and a minor in Biology. She has always sought ways to improve her community through volunteer service. Throughout college, she regularly served at the San Antonio State Hospital, Corazón Clinic, and as a Peer Mentor. Daniela previously worked as an Ophthalmic Technician for one year, she has a deep passion for Optometry and hopes to ultimately attend Optometry School. There is nothing she has found more fulfilling than helping patients achieve their highest quality of vision and is excited to help you get there.
Sabrina is currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a B.S. in Kinesiology- Exercise Science and a Business Foundations Certificate. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school and pursuing physical therapy with a focus in pediatrics. Her caring demeanor and passion for helping others makes her a perfect fit for OCVT. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Austin, cooking, and discovering new music.
Samuel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and minors in business and sociology. He has worked with special needs children throughout his life and assisted with research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Samuel’s goal is to provide his patients a friend as well as a therapist. He seeks to make each therapy activity as fun and beneficial as possible. In his free time, Samuel loves playing music and basketball, as well as traveling as much as possible.
Brooke is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biology as well as a minor in Sociology. She aspires to become a Physician Assistant with a focus in Psychiatry. Brooke has gained experience working with children through volunteering at the Texas Children’s Hospital in the Houston Medical Center as well as providing swim lessons to local swim teams. Her passion for helping others is what led her to OCVT.
Aliya is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. She aspires to attend medical school, and is very passionate about working with children and helping them fulfill their potential. Aliya has gained experience working with children through working at a UT-affiliated daycare and at various day-camps for at-risk kids in Houston. Her passion for empowering children, medicine, helping others and is what led her to OCVT.
Viana is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin where she is completing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. After graduation, Viana hopes to attend medical school and continue delivering quality eye care in the field of ophthalmology. Before joining the team, she gained experience working with kids as a volunteer in a music therapy group, soccer coach, and health education teacher. Her passion for vision and empowering others to fulfill their potential makes her a perfect fit at OCVT.
Michelle is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin where she is completing a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biochemistry. After graduation, Michelle hopes to attend medical school and to continue to work with patients in healthcare. She has prior experience working with kids as a math and science tutor, becoming a research assistant in a study to determine the effects of language brokering, and working with cystic fibrosis patients at the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. During her free time, Michelle loves to dance, listen to music, and explore new places.
Jen is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Neuroscience with a minor in Sociology. Jen’s experience as a tutor for a disenfranchised elementary school and a former medical assistant has shaped her love for helping people – especially children – realize their full potential. After graduating, Jen aspires to work in healthcare policy where she can help make healthcare more accessible for the American public. Her positivity, eagerness to learn, and ability to empathize with others makes her a perfect fit at OCVT.