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The Leading Optometrist in Downtown

The eye care professionals of Downtown TSO, specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. The eye doctor of Downtown TSO, located in downtown Houston, knows how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and understands the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Meet Your Local Downtown Houston Eye Doctor:

At Downtown TSO, our optometrist will 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, our eye doctors encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

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Danielle Richardson, O.D.

Dr. Richardson is from Indianapolis, Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, IN. She began her optometric career practicing in Manhattan, New York City but relocated to Houston where her significant other works for a technology company. She is a resident of the Downtown neighborhood and frequently walks to work although her patients tell her: walking is for NYC, Texans drive!

Dr. Richardson understands living in the digital age presents unique challenges for our eyes. Vision encompasses more than just a prescription and Dr. Richardson spends time understanding your personal visual demands. She treats patients as individuals and provides a personalized eye care experience tailored to their needs. She knows firsthand how an evolving world requires evolving eye care. Her patient treatment arsenal includes the latest optometric technologies including digital device lenses, computer progressive options, and blue light protection to ensure comfortable and clear vision even after staring at screens all day.

Dr. Richardson has been in the optometric field for 5 years and specializes in Therapeutic Optometry, LASIK surgery co-management, and contact lenses. Dr. Richardson’s professional interests include Digital Eye Strain, Dry Eye Disease, and learning about the latest contact and spectacle lens developments. She is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, a member of the Texas Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and National Optometric Association.

Outside of the office, Dr. Richardson is a yoga instructor who thoroughly enjoys practicing and teaching yoga for both private and corporate clients. As a former Indiana University cheerleader, Dr. Richardson is a die-hard Hoosier. She enjoys watching IU sports, especially the IU Cheer Program as they recently captured their 5th National Championship in six years. Dr. Richardson’s other interests include yoga retreats, documentaries, museums, traveling, and living a conscious + sustainable lifestyle.

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Van Nguyen, O.D.

A native Houstonian, Dr. Van Nguyen graduated from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry. Dr. Nguyen joined the Texas State Optical family in 2014 and is very excited to be working at the Downtown office. She has been in the Optometry Field for 10 plus years. Dr. Nguyen is a Therapeutic Optometrist and Glaucoma Specialist with special interests in Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Diseases. She enjoys educating her patients about their eyes. “Eyes are very interesting”, Dr. Nguyen states, which is why she made Optometry her field of choice! She is fluent in Vietnamese and able to perform eye examinations in Spanish.

Outside of work, Dr. Nguyen thoroughly enjoys doing volunteer work, arts and crafts, baking and reading. She is also very talented at making paper flowers and crocheting. She is the youngest with two older brothers and is very family oriented. When Dr. Nguyen has free time, she loves to spend it with her niece and family.

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Linda Matocha, O.D.

A native Texan, Dr. Linda Matocha grew up just south of Houston in Freeport, TX. She did her undergraduate work at University of Houston and graduated from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry in 1985. After working for an HMO in Houston for 4 years, Dr. Matocha joined the TSO family in November 1989 at the Memorial City location, later joining the Museum District TSO team in the fall of 2013 and Downtown TSO in January 2017. Dr. Matocha now splits her time between Memorial City TSO, Museum District TSO as well as Downtown TSO. Dr. Matocha is a Therapeutic Optometrist who practices full-scope Optometry including: comprehensive eye examinations, all types of contact lens fittings, Dry Eye Treatment and Co-management of LASIK and cataracts.

She and her husband Hal, a native Houstonian and Petroleum Landman, moved from the suburbs to the Museum District area in 2006. Avid sport fans, they support the Houston home teams in baseball, football, basketball and soccer. They combined their love of travel and sports by visiting every major league baseball team’s stadium. In 2005, they finished this quest and now want to see the Astros in all the ballparks. As of 2013, they have only missed seeing the Astro’s at the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers stadiums. Together, Dr. Matocha and Hal have also been to all 50 states in the United States. To keep balanced, they also enjoy the Musicals at the Hobby Center and spending time with their very large extended family.

Meet your local Downtown Houston Optical Team:

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.

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Mel Sanchez

General Manager

Mel is pursuing an education in the Law Enforcement Field! Here at Texas State Optical, Mel absolutely enjoys helping the patients. Mel states that when Frame Styling, she builds a relationship with each and every patient. She loves learning about everyone and learning from her customers. She has great experience, always comes in with a positive attitude and is fluent in Spanish. A great contributor to the team, Mel helps with frame ordering, assisting the patients as well as insurance filing. Mel’s proudest accomplishment is her children as well as finishing her first half marathon within her goal of 2 hours. Mel enjoys a variety of interests outside the office she enjoys working out at the gym, (which is a good thing since her favorite comfort food is chili cheese fries) she makes it a point to spend time at Little League as a loving mother, she enjoys episodes of her favorite show, “The Walking Dead”; when the young ones are put to bed, she loves spending time with her family, competing in BBQ Cook-off’s and of course running! Her favorite childhood memory is the road trips she took to Seattle, Tampa and all around Mexico. Mel has two favorite quotes below, that she holds near and dear to her heart

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

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Paige S.

Patient Services

Paige reminisces about spending her summers traveling around the states with her grandparents as a child. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” This happens to be Paige’s favorite quote by Mahatma Gandhi; leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Other than traveling, Paige likes to cycle, listen to records, play her ukulele and read. Paige stays true to herself and her beliefs, not allowing anything negative to influence her life. With this being said, positive energy is what Paige brings to Downtown Texas State Optical. Paige is always lending a helping hand, creating great experiences for all patients. Paige is very enlightening, cheerful, a kindred spirit whom is genuine and always has a smile on her face. Currently attending Le Notre Culinary Institute, Paige is pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts in hopes of opening her own restaurant one day. Paige is great with patients and looks forward to helping you in the near future.

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Optometric Assistant

Ali is currently attending Lone Star’s Surgical Tech Program in order to pursue a higher degree. Becoming a Surgical Technician is Ali’s ultimate career plan but afterwards she hopes to expand her education in order to become a PA in the future. What Ali loves most about her job is interacting with each patient and helping them with their individual vision care needs. “I enjoy styling patients in our unique frames; finding a frame that suits them well.” states Ali. Ali has a warm personality and is very helpful when it comes to the patients and their diverse needs. She is dedicated and always willing and ready to help. She also speaks English and Spanish fluently! Ali’s beautiful daughter Zoii is her proudest and most wonderful accomplishment. In her spare time, she thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with Zoii, her family and friends. Ali also likes to write and draw on her off days. A favorite pastime of Ali’s is playing with her daughter when she was a beautiful baby. Ali’s favorite quote comes from the Bible below:

“Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless–like chasing the wind.” -Ecclesiastes 6:9

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Breanne B.

Optometric Assistant

As a child, during the summer, Breanne and her family would spend warm Saturday afternoons at AstroWorld! “It was the best place in Houston, Texas.” Breanne expresses. “My favorite part was the Looney Tunes characters that would walk and dance around the park.” Breanne is extremely friendly, always walking around with a big smile on her face whom has a very warm laughter. Breanne provides Downtown Texas State Optical’s patients with exceptional customer service. Interacting with patients is Breanne’s favorite aspect of her job. “Knowing that I can help someone and be of value makes my job of such importance to me.” Breanne is currently an Accounting Major seeking her Bachelors and CPA Certification. Her career goals are to graduate from her University with an Accounting degree and work honorably in the field. Outside of the office, Breanne enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones and to go shopping! “My proudest accomplishments are being a devoted big sister, an Aunty and pursing my education in the Accounting field.” says Breanne. An inspirational quote by Kevin Kruse which Breanne holds close and represents is written below:

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.”

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Isabel H.

Lab Technician

Isabel attended SFASU for two and a half years with an Animal Science major. Isabel is currently our Lab Technician although she is very versatile in our Optical office. She wants to excel as the Lab Technician and provide eyewear as promised by quality check standards to the patients. She enjoys learning simple steps to dotting lenses to more challenging steps, cutting progressive lenses. “My co-workers, my boss, the patients, make my job amazing. I enjoy all the happy faces and the gratitude the patients have when receiving their eyewear.” says Isabel. Isabel gives Downtown TSO support, hard work and an excellent attitude, making every day run a little bit smoother than the day before. Isabel is also fluent in English and Spanish. She puts in a lot of effort which in turn, has our patients leaving very happy and satisfied. Outside of work, Isabel loves spending quality time with her husband and son. She enjoys long walks in the park and watching her son play. Isabel is proud to be the first to graduate in her family, graduating High School and off to College. Her parents mean the world to her and to see them so proud couldn’t make Isabel happier. Her favorite childhood memory is Sunday mornings where her family gathered to go to Church. After Church, Isabel and her family would go to her step-brothers ranch for a family luncheon. A quote Isabel goes by, that makes for a peaceful life is “Just keep calm and carry on.” Isabel looks forward to meeting our Downtown Texas State Optical patients and helping you with your eyewear!