Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Susan Whaley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Florida and the University of Houston College of Optometry. She completed her externship training at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida and at the Eye Foundation in Orlando, Florida. She is actively involved in clinical research regarding the development of new contact lenses and solutions and serves as a Principle Investigator for Vistakon, Alcon, CooperVision and Bausch & Lomb. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an organization dedicated to the highest standards of optometric practice through clinical care, education, and research. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a designation currently held by approximately five percent of optometrists nationwide. She is a member of the Northwest Florida Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and Wildwood Church. She also serves as President of the NWFOA. Dr. Whaley and her husband, Brian, have two children.
Dr. Suzane Mechler graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida earning her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her externship training was completed at the NSU Eye Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Bascolm Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, Aran Eye and Associates in Coral Gables, and the private practice of Drs. Chrycy and Chen, in South Miami. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and of the Florida Optometric Association.
Dr. Elizabeth Vanderpool Strickland started her college career at the University of Central Florida and earned her Bachelors of Visual Science as well as her Doctor of Optometry degrees from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Her externship training included a rotation in contact lenses at The Eye Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida and a rotation in ocular disease at the Fox Medical Center in Kendall, Florida. She also completed her internship training with rotations focused on contact lenses, disease, and pediatrics and vision therapy at the NSU Eye Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is a member of the Northwest Florida Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association, as well as the Tallahassee Chapter of Moms Run This Town, the Gulf Winds Track Club, and the Florida Trail Association.