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Our Careteam


Cheryl

OFFICE MANAGER

Cheryl

From working as a firefighter/paramedic, to various office settings, to a surgery center, to pediatrics, Cheryl has seen and done it all. She has taken her experiences and knowledge acquired from all of those previous positions and has applied them to her current one – office manager at The Center for Vision Development!

Cheryl originally joined The Center for Vision Development staff as a part-time front desk rep, as she sought a break from the busy world of management. However, the more time she spent at the practice, the more she started to learn and understand about the day-to-day operations. She became eager to take on a bigger role, and she did just that by becoming office manager.

While Cheryl admits to not knowing much about the realm of vision therapy at first, she was very familiar with a lot of the specialists and practices in the area. She quickly got the hang of things. Soon she was making phone calls to pediatricians and internists she had developed prior relationships with and discussing ways The Center for Vision Development could help their patients!

Cheryl was born and raised near Annapolis, MD and lives with her husband, son and mother in a multi-family home that was converted from her childhood home. She spends her free time in the craft show/food vendor circuit, so you can catch her spending her weekends roaming around the Delaware/Maryland/Virginia area.


Kerry

VISION THERAPY MANAGER/PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Kerry

Twelve years ago, Kerry was a kindergarten teacher. This is when she would witness firsthand just how much vision problems can affect other people. Seeing her students struggle with their vision in the classroom was concerning, so she decided to do something about it. She decided to become a vision therapist, and now that she’s a member of The Center for Vision Development staff, she’s in a position to help people solve their vision problems!

As a teacher, Kerry realized that there was a direct correlation between poor vision and struggling in the classroom. After doing some research, she came across The Center for Vision Development and realized that there were plenty of strategies out there that could help people. It was then she decided to become a vision therapist. After hands-on training with Dr. Kungle, Kerry decided to further her education by becoming a board certified therapist.

There are several aspects about being a vision therapist that Kerry enjoys. She loves being able to work directly with children and adults who struggle with their vision. She also relishes the opportunity to continually learn about the field and challenge herself to attain more knowledge. Of course, she also appreciates the emotional, heartfelt moments where patients successfully overcome their vision struggles!

When Kerry wants to relax, she enjoys spending time on a beach, which is one of her family’s long-running traditions. She also loves to travel and spend time with her husband and two young sons.


Debbie

VISION THERAPIST

Debbie

One of the best parts about being in any healthcare field is being able to help other people. You always want to make sure that they’re in better condition when they leave you then they were in when they found you. Debbie can attest to this. As a vision therapist at The Center for Vision Development, she embraces every day as a new journey, a new opportunity to learn and a near opportunity to help people!

Debbie was first referred to The Center for Vision Development by her sister, who also worked in the optometry field. The field of vision therapy was new at the time, but the concept of helping people with troubled vision improve their eyesight intrigued her. She ended up beginning her career in 2006 at a Pasadena location and 15 years later, is now in the Annapolis office. 

Debbie’s most memorable moment as a vision therapist occurred while helping a man who had never observed depth awareness. After therapy, he was finally able to see his wifes’ face with depth, a story that Debbie fondly remembers as “a wonderful thing.”

Born and raised in Maryland, Debbie is a simple soul. She loves reading books, watching old movies, playing with animals and being off the grid. A little known fact about her is that she finally obtained her driver’s license at age 32, a moment she calls “my greatest achievement!”


Julia

VISION THERAPIST

Julia

Being a vision therapist allows one to work with all types of people from various backgrounds and age ranges. As a vision therapist at The Center for Vision Development, Julia knows this all too well. She used to work with children, then realized she preferred one-on-one interaction with seniors. Now she gets to work on a one-on-one basis with both seniors and children, and help them with their vision issues!

Julia grew up in a military family, so she was constantly moving before finally calling Maryland home. She began working at Dr. Kungle’s office in Annapolis, and has been with the doctor ever since. She relishes the ability to learn something new every day and the challenges the position brings. The practice has gained new patient populations and treatment approaches ever since she started. Julia loves the challenge of keeping with the ever-evolving world of optometry!

Julia also loves the diversity of the client population. One moment she may be tasked with helping a child work on integration of primitive reflexes. Then later on, she may have to assist a patient who is recovering from visual field loss due to a stroke. The vast shift in clientele definitely keeps her sharp and on her toes.

Because Julia spends so much time helping others, she definitely appreciates whenever she has free time to herself. She enjoys yoga and going jogging, as both help her stay physically and mentally fit.


JoAnn

VISION THERAPIST

JoAnn

Who would’ve thought that a simple job hunt would change the course of JoAnn’s life? That’s precisely what happened before she became a vision therapist. She was looking for a simple part-time job that would fit her schedule, and somewhere where could grow. She also wanted to be in a place where she felt like she was helping others improve their quality of life. Lo and behold, that special place would happen to be The Center for Vision Development!

JoAnn started her vision therapy career at The Center for Vision Development 8 years ago, and that’s where she met Dr. Kungle. She’s forever grateful to the doctor for taking a chance on her and allowing her to grow and prosper as a vision therapist.

One of JoAnn’s favorite parts of being a vision therapist is working with children. She relishes the opportunity to help shy youngsters who may be feeling insecure about their vision problems. She loves witnessing the shift in their personalities as they become confident and more secure with themselves. When JoAnn checks back with them a year or so later and finds out that they’re doing well in school, she feels the ultimate sense of fulfillment.

When she’s not busy helping people with their vision problems, JoAnn enjoys gardening, photography and spending time on the water. More than anything, she loves spending time with her family. Her granddaughter is one of her favorite people in the world; chasing her around helps keep JoAnn young and in shape! 


Rebecca

VISION THERAPIST

Rebecca

In the summer of 2014, Rebecca was on the hunt for a part-time job and answered an advertisement for a position at The Center for Vision Development. At the time, she had never even heard of the position she was applying for – a vision therapist. Now, several years later, she is not only a vision therapist, she also makes a difference in helping people see better!

Rebecca became a vision therapist through a rigorous apprenticeship which consisted of closely observing the optometrists and vision therapists at the practice. While in the midst of training one day, she overheard a vision therapy patient excitedly tell the doctor that for the first time in decades, she was able to see her surroundings in three dimensions. This showed Rebecca how vision therapy is able to change people’s lives and reinforced her desire to be a part of it.

While she enjoys many aspects of being a vision therapist, in particular Rebecca loves the creativity and innovativeness that she’s afforded with her patients. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach, she likes taking each patient’s individual vision situation on a case by case basis. She enjoys the challenges that each unique case brings!

Rebecca grew up in a military family so she moved around often. Today, as the wife of a Naval officer, she still finds herself traveling and relocating often; she has lived in two different countries overseas. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time outdoors with her husband and their four children.


Cassidy

VISION THERAPIST

Cassidy

Cassidy hails from the Annapolis and Crofton areas. After being homeschooled for both middle and high school, she attended Anne Arundel Community College. Today she’s a vision therapist at The Center for Vision Development, where she is able to help people from all walks of life with their vision problems!

Cassidy began her healthcare journey while assisting a family member. She would attend physical therapy with them at a physical therapy center, and loved the atmosphere so much that she inquired about joining their team. Soon after that, she became a chiropractic assistant, which allowed her to teach different exercises and therapy techniques for spinal health. This eventually led her to TCFVD, where she gets a chance to work with all types of people, and help make a difference in their lives. She loves being around a friendly, easy-going staff who she’s always cracking jokes with.

When Cassidy isn’t busy at the clinic assisting others, you can find her hanging out with her husband and their three cats. She’s also actively trying to reduce her environmental footprint. She even goes out of her way to make sure all of her work attire is handmade or from a thrift store!


Juanita

VISION THERAPIST

Juanita

Juanita always had a vision that involved helping people improve their visual skills, and consequently improving their quality of life. So it’s ironically appropriate that her “vision” led to her becoming a vision therapist (still in training) at The Center for Vision Development!

Having graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Juanita earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Because Juanita is still in the training phase, she is not yet able to work with patients on a one-on-one basis. When the time comes, she will definitely be ready, as she has experience working one-on-one with adolescents and adults with special needs.

Juanita’s favorite part of vision therapy is the fact that there’s always something new to learn. It offers so many unique challenges, like finding out which treatments work best for certain vision ailments on certain patients. Being able to adapt and be flexible is key, and she is more than ready for it.

Born and raised in Maryland, Juanita has plenty of interests when she’s not working. She enjoys listening to music, baking and spending time with her family.


Valerie

VISION TECHNICIAN

Valerie

Growing up in Maryland, Valerie was a regular girl with regular interests. Her biggest problem growing up was her vision; she simply couldn’t see clearly. As a youngster, she was always bumping into things and her vision was far from 20/20. Then one day, she was put on a strong prescription and lo and behold, she could see! Valerie relished the ability to see clearly for the first time and wanted to help others with vision problems experience the same thing. That is why today, she’s a technician at The Center for Vision Development!

Valerie’s first experience in optometry was at Lenscrafters as a Vision Technician. She then honed her skills at another optometrist office, before finally settling in at TCFVD. She absolutely loves interacting with the doctors at the clinic and appreciates how they push her and inspire her to be better. She also loves it when patients feel satisfied after seeing progress.  

When Valerie has some free time, you can catch her hanging out with her spouse. She’s a fitness buff, so she’s constantly working out and setting new fitness goals for herself. She also went skydiving recently, an experience she describes as “amazing!”


Ideliya

VISION TECHNICIAN

Ideliya

Everyone has a particular field that interests them. For Ideliya, that field of interest is optometry. So when she came across an online job posting for a vision technician at The Center for Vision Development, she jumped at the opportunity. Now she gets the chance to work with a kind, friendly staff that’s easy to work with every day!

The world of optometry has always struck a personal chord with Ideliya, beginning when she first got glasses in middle school. Being able to see the world clearly for the first time was eye-opening, as she felt like she had been missing out on so many details. She appreciates the gift of sight and believes that part of experiencing the world is being able to witness nature and people through vision.

Ideliya grew up in Silver Spring, MD and would eventually attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County. There was able to meet a variety of people who ended up mentoring her in the field of healthcare.

When it comes to her favorite part of the job, Ideliya loves the syntonics aspect with patients. This allows her to fully understand exactly what a patient is going through and how vision therapy has been going for them. She also loves working with children, and has taken a particularly strong interest in the developmental health and medicine aspect of the field.

In her free time, Ideliya loves cooking and hanging out with her friends. She still fondly reminisces about being the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding this past summer!


Leslie

RECEPTIONIST

Leslie

Sometimes you get job referrals from sources you’d least expect. Take Leslie, for example. She was informed of an open front desk receptionist position at a local vision clinic by a friend of hers at church. The next thing Leslie knew, she was a part of the The Center for Vision Development family!

Leslie’s friendly disposition and knowledge of patients helps to keep the day to day operation at The Center for Vision Development running smoothly. Not only that, she gets to witness the magic of optometry applied to patients on a daily basis.

For instance, a patient came into the office after suffering from double vision for months. After the doctor put prisms in his glasses and corrected the problem, the patient was so thankful at his ability to see straight again that they became visibly emotional. This, in turn, also caused Leslie to become emotional. She loves seeing the improvements made in the visual aspects of people’s lives when they walk out of the door!

Leslie has been married to her husband for 35 years. She has two daughters in the medical field, and she is extremely proud of both of them. In her free time you can catch Leslie traveling and vacationing with her family. She also likes to cook, go on hikes and is an admitted foodie who loves trying new foods at different restaurants!


Mytease

RECEPTIONIST

Mytease

Sometimes a person just needs to embark on a new career and embark on a new adventure. Mytease Brown definitely can relate. As a receptionist at The Center for Vision Development, she has found a place where she can put her administrative skills on display on a daily basis!

Prior to joining The Center for Vision Development, Mytease had 20 years of experience working as an Administrative Operative/Department Manager for several retail chains. This experience definitely comes in handy when handling the operations at the vision center.

In her free time, Mytease focuses on eating clean and following a healthy, plant-based lifestyle.