Meet the Staff
Staff members at Richard C. Annis, O.D. are well trained in their field of expertise and attend continuing education classes throughout the year. This creates an office culture designed for excellent patient care and personalized service.
Office Manager / Ophthalmic Assistant
I have called the Saugatuck-Douglas area home for almost 60 years! After temporarily moving away, I returned in 1983. For me, “there’s no place like home” and I am here to stay!
What can I say? My adventure in eye care began over 35 years ago, yet I still get excited about new eyewear styles and new technology! The patients we see, year after year, have become more like family. And the opportunity to meet new people keeps the job interesting!
When I’m not at work, there are so many things I enjoy doing. Bowling during the winter and golfing in the summer. I also enjoy cooking, reading, rock hunting, bird watching and gardening. I especially enjoy trips “up North” in Michigan and since my son has graduated and settled in Traverse City I have a great excuse to head north! What a beautiful state we live in!
All in all – life is truly good. “Every day is a gift.” You’ll see this sign hanging in our office and I truly believe that!
My optical career started quite by chance in 1993. By about the 10 year mark, working at an optical chain store, I realized I wanted to help patients with my knowledge and experience in a more complete way. I no longer wanted to just “sell glasses.” There’s more to this profession and I wanted to grow.
Shortly thereafter, my resume and cover letter landed on Dr. Annis’ desk, and even though he wasn’t actually looking to add to his staff, he called me in for an interview. I told him all the reasons why he needed me and he bought it… hook, line and sinker (at least that’s how I role-played it in my head).
This small-town practice truly is the perfect place for me. I’ve gained so much more reputable experience, and I adore the clientele. Also, working alongside my very good friends every day couldn’t be any more fun!
Outside of the office I spend time with my best friend and husband, Tom, at our home at Gun Lake. Together, we’ve done our best to raise three grown children, who continue to impress us as young adults. Since we now have an empty nest, we’re able to enjoy more time camping and gardening. I also spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking for our family and friends. God continues to remind us of just how short and precious our existence is, so we spend every moment “Livin’ each day” to the fullest.
Optometric Assistant / Front Desk Insurance
Hello Hello! I’m what they call the *”Baby of the Office.” *That being said, this office is like a second home to me already. I started my journey here in December of 2022 and absolutely fell in love with the job and the amazing people I work with.
I absolutely love fashion and recent trends. I didn’t realize before I started working here how fun glasses are, and how unique everyone’s style is. I’ve found myself getting super excited for new frame arrivals, and becoming part of the staff opened a whole new door to getting excited about fashion in a whole new way.
I consider myself a huge “People Person” and am very outgoing. I have a Basset Hound puppy named Bell who keeps me very entertained when I’m not working. I also have the most amazing boyfriend who “I’m waiting to put a ring on it!” We love traveling and spending time with our families. My faith is very important to me and an important aspect in my day-to-day
life. My favorite verse is *”Be Still and Know That I am God,”* which helps me remember everything happens for a reason and God always has a plan.