Our Staff – Doctors
Dr. Lynnette Burgess OD
Dr. Lynnette Burgess is a Behavioral Optometrist at West Michigan Vision Specialists and Clinic Director at the Vision and Sensory Center. She also provides Neuro-Optometric services at Spectrum Health Center for Acute Rehabilitation. Dr. Burgess is a graduate of Hope College and the Michigan College of Optometry. She has been in practice for more than 20 years and has been specializing in vision difficulties related to learning and brain injury over the last 10 years. Dr. Burgess earned her Fellowship in the College of Vision Development in 2010. She speaks throughout our community to professionals, parents, and educators sharing her extensive knowledge of vision, its development and rehabilitation. Dr. Burgess lives in Holland where she enjoys gardening, reading and tending her menagerie of animals. She has two grown children.
Dr. Kelly Daugherty-Zielaskowski OD
Dr. Daugherty-Zielaskowski graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She completed clinical rotations at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Merrimack New Hampshire Vision Care, the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Hospital in Cleveland, OH, and the Huntington West Virginia Veterans Affairs Hospital. Dr. Daugherty-Zielaskowski is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She has been treating binocular vision disorders and vision difficulties related to learning since 2007. She is also a published author in vision therapy research. In her spare time she enjoys reading, tennis, and spending time with her family. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three children.
Our Staff – Therapists
Jamie Crothers is a 1984 graduate of Hope College, with a BA in Social Work and Spanish. She has worked in a variety of jobs, all with the common denominator of helping people. She and her husband live in the Zeeland area with their two dachshunds. They have an adult son and college-age daughter. She delights in spending time with family and friends.
Debra has a BS in Psychology and worked with Special Education students as well as seniors with dementia and brain injuries before discovering her passion for Vision Therapy. She enjoys watching her patients progress in ability and self confidence while encouraging laughter in the therapy room. In her spare time, she chases after her three young children who beg often to come to “Mommy’s Work” to use all the fun equipment.
Mary Mellon began at the Vision and Sensory Center in September, 2015. She comes to us fresh out of public school teaching. Mary ended her 33-year teaching career having taught for 28 years with Godwin Heights Public Schools. During her teaching career she was inspired by Dr. Hohendorf, who happened to be her eye doctor. In 2008 she finished her training in Vision Therapy 1 and Vision Therapy 2, and began serving a few patients. Mary has now joined us as one of our regular vision therapy specialists.
Our Staff – Front Office
Patient Care Coordinator
Abby is our patient care coordinator. Her background makes her uniquely qualified to help you navigate the reimbursement process. Abby grew up in Grand Haven, MI and adores the West Michigan coastline. In her free time Abby enjoys cooking, baking, sewing, reading, and pirate-ing!