Meet Our Team

Dr. Tyler Stiegemeier

Dr. Stiegemeier joined the Carrboro Family Vision team in July of 2019, bringing his expertise in glaucoma, eye teaming issues, prism, and specialty contact lenses. Originally a graduate of Ohio State University’s College of Optometry, he is a firm believer in helping his patients understand the ‘why’ behind particular medical and visual conditions. He is CFV’s “go to” doctor for those patients who have complex vision issues.

Whether he’s tackling difficult vision problems for patients or treating more medical issues of the eyes (like diabetes or glaucoma), Dr. Stiegemeier’s favorite part of his job is engaging patients so that they more fully understand and appreciate their eyes. Conditions that Dr. Stiegemeier treats range from acute eye care needs such as eye infections and allergies, to long-term management of cases such as glaucoma or specialty contact lens fittings for irregular corneas. Patients that have moved from the local area return to see Dr. Stiegemeier because of his expertise and compassionate care. A strategic analyst and proponent of seeing both personal details and the big picture, Dr. Stiegemeier takes pride in helping others see life better.

A big-time Ohio State Buckeyes fan, Tyler also enjoys gardening, cooking, and baking. He makes the staff happy by baking treats like his specialty cupcakes (complete with gluten-free options). He has quite the green thumb and loves spending free time outside with family tending his garden in spring and summer and nurturing a variety of indoor plants such as orchids in the cooler months. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Lori, and their two children, Madeline and Miles.

Dr. Madison Moss

Dr. Moss joins the CFV team from her Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. While pursuing her Doctorate of Optometry there — and during her time as an undergraduate studying Exercise and Sport Science and Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill — Dr. Moss earned a number of honors, awards, and distinctions, but she’s proudest and happiest when working directly with patients. Dr. Moss firmly believes all patients should leave their visit feeling better than when they arrived.

Dr. Moss specializes in fitting medical contact lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal grafts, corneal disease, dry eye, high prescriptions, and other eye conditions that make wearing glasses difficult. She also has a passion for myopia management, using specialty contact lenses to slow the progression of nearsightedness. In addition, she enjoys managing anterior segment eye disease and practicing comprehensive, primary care optometry.

To friends, family, and coworkers, Madison is an enthusiastic optimist known for her big smile and sunny disposition. Also a hiker, a beach bum, a restaurant and brewery regular, and fan of her beloved Tar Heels, Madison and her husband Bailey are thrilled to be back in North Carolina, close to their equally-excited family.

Dr. Rachel Friel

Dr. Friel joined Carrboro Family Vision in 2018 after graduating with her Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She then completed a primary care and ocular disease residency program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. Furthering her expertise during residency, she received training from specialists in the areas of primary care, retinal disease, glaucoma and anterior segment including dry eye disease. Dr. Friel recognizes the difficulty with the treatment of dry eye disease and helps patients navigate this disease process with education, treatment protocols and encouragement. Being able to offer a solution to a problem either visual or medical brings joy to Dr. Friel’s day.

When she’s not working, you can find Dr. Friel spending time with her husband, their new baby boy (born in March 2021), and 3-year-old golden retriever, Ken Scruffy Jr. A lifelong Harry Potter fan and regular at Pure Barre Chapel Hill, Dr. Friel also frequents Durham Bulls games (though she might be there more for the food than for the ‘ball!).

Dr. Shannon Kirchmer

Dr. Kirchmer joined the team in March of 2023. Tar Heel bred, she grew up in Charlotte before studying Exercise and Sport Science at UNC Chapel Hill. She then pursued her doctorate degree with honors at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. Upon graduation she was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army Medical Service Corps. While stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, she was the recipient of many awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal upon her departure in 2023.

Dr. Kirchmer brings a disciplined and resourceful approach to the practice, with a determined and professional attitude— and was initially drawn to Optometry because of a family history of macular degeneration. From there, she then discovered the variety of care that can be provided from glasses and contacts, specialty lenses, and the co-management of systemic diseases that may affect the eye.

Dr. Kirchmer provides comprehensive care with special interest in ocular disease, treating medical emergencies, and specialty contact lenses. She enjoys managing conditions such as keratoconus, irregular corneas, and post-surgical ectasias. She strives to ensure everyone has a positive outlook on life!

Beyond work, Dr. Kirchmer channels her determination into her family, friends, and running. So much so, that in her spare time, she admits she can often be found running, while listening to podcasts about running (Ha!). With the Boston and Berlin marathons recently under her belt, Dr. Kirchmer doesn’t seem to be stopping her collection of medals any time soon! Every big run requires some fuel, so to power these endeavors she also enjoys baking sourdough bread and trying out new recipes.

Dr. Matthew Vizithum

Dr. Vizithum has been with Carrboro Family Vision as the owner and CEO for more than two decades. He was first drawn to optometry after learning about a family history of glaucoma and he became passionate about preventing the disease. Since moving to NC he has provided clinic care to nursing home residents, at the Durham VA Medical Center, at the Chapel Hill Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, and he acted as the Interim Clinic Director at TLC Laser Eye Center in Raleigh. Dr. V was also a member of the Orange County Board of Health for 6 years, a clinical examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Optometry and was named the Young Optometrist of the Year by the North Carolina Optometric Association.

He also has an interest in entrepreneurship and is a member of the Carolina Angel Network. His interest in the human body extends to his personal life, where he has earned certifications in performance breathing, movement and as a wilderness medicine first responder. An adventurous spirit who lived for two years with his family in Costa Rica. He enjoys surfing, kitesurfing, tending to his vegetable garden, spending time with family, and connecting with friends.

Dr. Jason Chow

Dr. Chow has been a partner and co-owner at Carrboro Family Vision since 2009, and has been practicing optometry at CFV since 2006. An alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley for both his undergraduate and Doctorate of Optometry, Dr. Chow is known for his enthusiastic chair-side manner infused by a passion for teaching. He has received awards for his graduate research in diabetes and his patient communication skills. Dr. Chow has worked in service of a variety of patient communities including seniors, military personnel, and humanitarian work serving overseas. He has a keen interest in how ocular disease relates to systemic conditions and is an advocate for preventative care.

Dr. Chow brings his passion for teaching into his personal life as a certified Enneagram Coach. He is endlessly fascinated by how each of us has a unique way of thinking, feeling, and sensing the world around us! His most influential mentor has been his toddler daughter Mae who inspires him to be mindful of the present moment. He enjoys reading, hiking, and immersing himself in 90’s rock music with Matchbox Twenty being his favorite band. A California native, Dr. Chow is also a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors who have finally healed his boyhood heartbreak with a run of blissful championships.

Our Staff

Office Manager

Lynne Yellin

For nearly eight years, Lynne has made sure CFV runs smoothly, grows seamlessly, and that our staff and patients feel the “family” in Carrboro Family Vision. Lynne earned an undergraduate degree at The College of William and Mary and a Masters of Science in Operations Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has helped Carrboro Family Vision grow with the community, enabling staff to provide patients with the kind of service and care worthy of our five-star rating. Lynne is also a mother to five daughters, a runner, hiker, and warm weather seeker who loves traveling to Maine in the summer. One of her favorite past times is volunteering at an animal shelter.

Megan

Megan wears many hats at Carrboro Family Vision. A detail-oriented problem solver known for her boundless energy, she has been with CFV for more than six years. Her training and experience as an optician, optometric technician, and front desk administrator allow her to assist patients in every department. She also draws from her prior experience in both optometry and as an international flight attendant.

Outside of work, Megan is a traveler, a foodie, a baker, and a live music fan.

Insurance Specialist

China King Mccaskill

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Optical Operations Manager

Sue Leichliter

Sue (she/her) has been an American Board Certified Optician since 1992. She truly enjoys helping our patients find the perfect pair of glasses!

Her favorite pastimes include nature photography, traveling, beat-making, cooking, pickleball, and listening to all kinds of music. She is passionate about social, racial, and economic justice.

Optical Floor Manager

Erline Ramirez

A fashionista, with an eye for style, Erline brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work as an optician. With previous experience in both management and front desk responsibilities, Erline can be found solving lots of different problems, all with a warm smile and helpful attitude.

If she’s not busy in the optical finding your next best look, she’s enjoying being with her husband and two kids, spending time in the kitchen, and getting creative with DIY projects.

Optical Regional Manager

Angie Benitez

With over 27 years of optical experience, Angie is no stranger to the art of fitting and crafting the perfect glass.

Previously a native of NY, with an optical reputation spanning all the way through New Jersey, Angie thrives on building and managing teams with contagious positivity. In her spare time, Angie loves spending time with her family, traveling, keeping up with her favorite sports teams, and cooking.

Her favorite feel-good advice is: “Be the example that shows others that they can overcome mountains too.”

Marketing Strategist

Bonnie Stevenson

Bonnie is Carrboro Family Vision’s Lead Optician and Sales Strategist. A North Carolina native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Bonnie matches her energetic spirit and can-do attitude with years of experience across the eyewear, customer service, retail, and hospitality industries.

When not working, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her partner and family. She is an avid reader, a beachgoer, and an outdoor enthusiast.

Optical

Bryan Lester

Bryan is an American Board Certified Optician. A wearer-of-many-hats at Carrboro Family Vision, he’s a valuable resource throughout the office; from pretesting patients during exams to interpreting insurance benefits, as well as ordering and verifying glasses, he makes sure patients get the care they need.

Outside of work, Bryan is a big-time Tar Heel, an avid disc golfer and a frequent hiker who loves spending time outdoors.

Optical Consultant

Josienne Lafreniere

A New Hampshire native, Josienne recently relocated to North Carolina and joined the Carrboro Family Vision team as an optical consultant. A lover of bad puns, she is able to channel her “sparkle” into finding the best frames and glasses possible for our patients.

Her favorite past-times include listening to true-crime podcasts, knitting, going for walks, and playing fetch with her cats.

Optical Consultant

Josie Daveiro

Josie, excelling in optics for a decade, attributes her career choice to a blend of art, science, and healthcare passions. At Carrboro Family Vision, she relishes the dynamic days, aiding patients and offering a balanced, collaborative approach in management. Valued for her tranquility, she supports the growing team while indulging in 20 monthly books across genres, using reading as both meditation and a tool for continuous learning. Shaped by her North Carolina upbringing on the Outer Banks, Josie feels most happy when near the ocean, rivers, and “any water that is naturally moving”. In her hometown Elizabeth City, she loves exploring diverse cultural cuisines and libations.
Optical Consultant

Calvin

With over nineteen years in the optical industry, Calvin is passionate about helping each patient see and feel their best. His background in optical lab operations and customer care make him a valuable team member at both locations! He loves the challenges that come with troubleshooting glasses adjustments, and truly believes that every patients’ needs are the number one priority in the office!

Outside of the office, Calvin can be found listening to Anita Baker, spending time with his siblings (he’s one of eleven!), and together, spoiling their mother. He even finds the time to extend his creativity into his other passion, home essentials!

Optical Lab Manager

Kelly Sweeney

Kelly’s positive outlook on life can be felt from the first moment you meet her. In her words, “Everyone has a story or a struggle. Showing kindness with empathy is important because you never know how your kindness can impact others.” Kelly, formerly an educator in Wake County, made a career move to eye care. With her compassion and experience, she loves helping patients find the perfect frame that embodies their personality. When not helping patients at CFV, Kelly loves spending time with her “kiddos.” She loves to sing, read, and draw, preferably at the beach! She is a fan of P!nk, Dr. Seuss, and John Lennon, showing us she is truly an old soul.
Technician

Macy Blake

Macy has been an Optometric Technician at Carrboro Family Vision for the past year, assisting in patient care and working at the front desk. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Healthcare Administration at Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a hard worker with a can-do attitude and is enthusiastic about learning from both her colleagues and patients while working towards her goal of having a health-focused career. Outside of work, Macy enjoys traveling, supporting the Tar Heels, and spending time with her friends, family, and horse Phi.
Technician

Jasmine Suitt

Adaptable, passionate, and a quick learner, Jasmine thrives on connecting with her patients and cares deeply about patient outcomes. With 10 years of basketball history, not to mention a national championship under her belt, Jasmine is a team player with a zeal for patient care.

When she’s not helping lead the team to victory, she’s family-oriented and can be found out on nature walks with her dog Zeus.

Technician

Nolan Gingrich

Nolan graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2023 with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. He is a quick learner with a strong work ethic, and you can always find him laughing or smiling everywhere he goes. He believes “that listening more than you talk is the key to great communication and growth”. Nolan is taking a gap year while he applies to optometry schools. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, playing Catan, and finding new movies to watch with friends — recommendations are always appreciated!
Technician

Michelle Verderber

A graduate in the art of photography, Michelle has a special interest in making sure patients can also see the beauty this world has to offer.

When she’s not busy capturing photos outside of work or capturing your relevant health information for an examination, she’s busy taking care of her cat, Daisy, who has clearly captured her heart. When at home, she can also be found binging TV shows from new series to the classics.

Front Desk Operations Manager

Will Grange

As Front Desk Operations Manager, Will manages CFV’s welcoming front desk team. Will has previously worked in the restaurant industry and has taught English as a second language at Durham Tech. He was born in England, raised between Arizona and Kansas, and lived for a time in Germany before finding his way to North Carolina. Will enjoys spending his time making music, cooking, being outdoors, and catching up with friends.
Front Desk Manager

Kaylee Bull

As Front Desk Manager, Kaylee (they/she) brings their adaptability, confidence, and drive for excellence to the Carrboro Family Vision clinic team. Cross-trained as a technician, they focus on maintaining a positive clinic experience for both patients and staff.

Kaylee joined CFV after graduating from UNC in December ‘23 and recently published their first history paper! Outside of school, they have previously worked as a barista and with non-profit organizations focused on ending food insecurity. After work, Kaylee enjoys spending time with their cat, Orion, watching movies with friends, and crocheting.

Front Desk

Jordan Cody

Known for her exceptional organization skills and attention to detail, Jordan focuses on creating a smooth flow for the office accompanied with patience, positivity, and laughter.

She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, making tea, trying new foods, and watching movies on the weekend. Jordan also has a special affinity for all things Maya Angelou or Sylvia Plath.

Front Desk

Nick Soluri

Nick brings his welcoming attitude to the front desk. He prides himself on providing a positive experience to every patient at Carrboro Family Vision. Originally from New York City, he’s made his way back down to Chapel Hill and is excited to be in the tight-knit community of the area.

Outside of the clinic, Nick has published poetry, interviews, and prose in various literary journals and magazines, and enjoys researching new music, visiting the local bookstores, and hanging out with every farm animal he can find.

Intern

Ruby Rexach

In addition to interning with Carrboro Family Vision, Ruby manages her own nail business. She considers herself an entrepreneur who “puts my creative energy into fun pursuits that also brings in extra money”. After growing up in a family immersed in the optical field, Ruby is quickly learning operations at our busy optometry practice. She aspires to ultimately become an optician.

When not at work or school Ruby reads and loves listening to artists like Gio Genesis.

Intern

Lorelei Byrd

Lorelei is our student intern who is attending UNC,majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, with plans to attend optometry school in the future. She uses her organizational skills for multiple projects across both the optical and clinical departments, and prides herself on being hardworking and persistent. In the rare moments that Lorelei is not studying or in class, she loves watching just about any sport, especially UNC basketball and football. Two of her favorite places on earth are Cape Lookout and the tiny island of Ikaria in Greece. Lorelei is also involved in campus ministry, and is secretary of Carolina’s Pre-Optometry Association.