Ellen P. Crothers, O.D.

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.



Michaela T. Novak, O.D.

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.



Sima Mozdbar, OD, MPH, FAAO

Dr. Sima Mozdbar completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. Dr. Mozdbar then attended the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree with summa cum laude honors and completed clinical rotations focused on ocular disease. Most recently, she completed her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and earned her Certification in Public Health.

Dr. Mozdbar served as an assistant professor and director of the Ophthalmic Clinical Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She currently remains on the faculty at the Texas Christian University School of Medicine and serves as a research mentor. Her research primarily focuses on ocular biomarkers in neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Mozdbar actively participates in professional organizations, including the Texas Optometric Association and the Texas Public Health Association Vision Care Section. She is excited to be back home in Austin, and enjoys spending her free time outdoors in the beautiful city with her husband and daughter.



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.



Kelly McKay


Kelly is originally from Austin, Texas but lived in Lubbock for four years before graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not working, Kelly likes to foster cats and kittens in need and hang out with her parents, three siblings, and her cat named Winston.



Carson Yarborough

Carson is an Austin native and has lived here her whole life. She has two dogs, Katarina and Kenzo. When she is not at work she enjoys working out, hiking, and most things outdoors. She’s worked at Arbor since April 2022.



Jacqueline Yanez


Jacqueline is the newest member of the Arbor family. She graduated from Texas State University in Exercise Sports and Science in 2019. She was a 6th grade Science teacher for 3 years prior to starting at Arbor. She likes to work out, go camping and plays soccer in her spare time. She has been with Arbor since Febuary of 2022.



Vuong Nguyen


Vuong is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. He relocated to Austin 8 years ago and owns a small ice cream shop on Lake Travis. He is passionate about professional sports including football, basketball, baseball and motor sports. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time wife his wife, family and friends, hanging by the pool, and playing video games.