Dr. Ellen Pearman Crothers

Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

Dr. Ellen Pearman, O.D. received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. After that, Ellen attended the University of Houston College of Optometry where she achieved a Doctor of Optometry degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002. While attending the University of Houston, she was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society. Dr. Crothers completed an internship at the Montrose Clinic in Houston, where she gained valuable experience working with patients suffering from HIV and AIDS. Upon graduation, she worked as a relief doctor in the Austin area for 3 years before deciding to open her own private optometric practice. Dr. Crothers sees patients of all ages, and she provides all general eye care services. She enjoys fitting specialty contact lenses, especially for myopia control in her pediatric patients. In her free time, she is busy chasing after her 2 sons.

Dr. Michaela Novak

Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

Dr. Michaela Novak, O.D. graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Notre Dame. She then continued her education at the Illinois College of Optometry graduating magna cum laude with her Doctorate of Optometry in 2008. Dr. Novak’s training includes internships in primary care, ocular disease, contact lenses, and pediatrics. Dr. Novak is passionate about educating her patients and has special interests in myopia control and the management of dry eye disease. When not seeing patients, she enjoys hiking, running, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and twin sons.

Dr. Tanya Kohli, O.D.

Dr. Tanya Kohli, O.D. earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in creative studies at Texas A&M University. She received her Doctorate of Optometry degree at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. Her skills involve primary care, contact lenses and ocular disease. She recently completed a residency to specialize in providing vision therapy for patients with visual processing disorders, autism, learning disabilities, stroke, traumatic brain injury, visual-vestibular issues, strabismus and amblyopia. Dr. Kohli’s passion lies in instilling confidence in children and is currently working towards her fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In her free time, Dr. Kohli likes to go for scenic runs, listen to live music, explore local coffee shops, and spend time with her family.

Frank Crothers Jr. A.B.O.C

General Manager

Frank Crothers, Jr. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University in Central Texas. He is certified as an optician by the American Board of Opticianry since 1998. Frank has worked in every position in the modern optometric office, including: optician, lab technician, lab manager, and office manager. He enjoys cooking, following the stock market, football, kayaking, mountain biking, playing with his two boys Kwan and Knox. He has been with Arbor Eye Center since May of 2005.

Preston Kim, A.B.O.C

Lab Manager

Preston Minho Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Texas in 1989. He has three older sisters and a room-full of nephews and nieces. He graduated from Copperas Cove High School and attended Central Texas College and Texas State University. He is fluent in Korean and certified as an optician by the American Board of Opticianry. Preston enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and anything outdoors. He is a HUGE Texas Longhorns sports fan. He’s been with Arbor Eye Center since April of 2007.

Callie Jones, A.B.O.C

Optical/Frame Manager, Optician

Callie was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She has two lab babes, Olive Rose and Ladybird, who she loves to spoil. Callie has been certified by the American Board of Opticianry since 2011 and she enjoys creating long term relationships with her patients. Outside of work, Callie loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, outdoor activities, and preparing for the holidays with decorating and art projects. She has been with Arbor Eye Center since July of 2009.

Michelle Swanson, A.B.O.C


Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and Merchandise from the University of Houston and is fluent in Spanish. She has worked in the high-end fashion industry with stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Anne Fontaine. Michelle was also a member of upper management with Avon and Toni&Guy. Prior to obtaining her degree, she worked as an optician for nine years in Houston. Michelle enjoys exploring Austin, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has been certified by the American Board of Opticianry since 2018 and with Arbor Eye Center since May 2015.

Allison Albin, A.B.O.C


Allison has worked in the optical field for almost 10 years and has been certified with the American Board of Opticianry since 2014. She has a strong eye for fashion and loves finding the perfect frame for her patients. She is an avid maker of things and enjoys crafting, painting and rehabbing furniture. When she is not at work, she is spending time with her husband and two children hiking, camping or enjoying one of Austin’s fabulous restaurants. She has been with Arbor Eye Center since October 2018.

Chris Collins, Dr. Assistant

Chris was born and raised in Austin. He is the eldest of 8, along with a twin sister. He went to college in Utah and studied Criminal Justice. Chris enjoys cooking, personal training, participating and watching basketball and football games, and personal time with the family. He has been with Arbor since February 2019.