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Our Team

Welcome to Thomas Eye Center. We like to get to know our patients personally so that we can provide the best support possible. We share a little of ourselves here so that you can get to know us, too!

Doctor Kaj Thasan

Dr. Kaj Thasan
Doctor Ashley Toland

Dr. Ashley Toland
Ellen Goad

Born in Atlanta, Ellen grew up in Covington, Ga. She moved to Athens to pursue and degree and graduate from UGA.
Ellen passed her Georgia State Boards to become a Licensed Dispensing Optician in 1990. Her career with Thomas Eye Center began in 1998. Since then she has become a consultant, author and advisor to the optometric industry.

She is married to Stephen and mother to two sons, Mason and Jackson. Ellen enjoys time with family, traveling, reading and creating spectacular patient experience.

Ellen B Goad, LDO
Practice Administrator
Sean Bailey

Along with his duties at TEC as Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Sean is also enthusiastic about photography, writing, and music.

He currently resides in Oconee county with his incredible wife, Lindsay and their two dogs and cat.

Sean Bailey, COA
Assistant Practice Administrator

Abigail began her career with TEC in 2013, obtaining her American Board of Optician Certification in 2017. As Gallery Manager, she strives to provide all of her patients with the best vision possible, while maintaining a personal connection with each patient. With over 10 years of optician experience, she makes sure her passion for eye health, clear vision, & up-to-date styles is shown each day at TEC. Abigail is currently studying for her state boards to become a Licensed Dispensing Optician. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryant and their two children Owen & Bailey. She currently resides in Madison, GA. Abigail enjoys cooking, trying new recipes, the newest Netfilx series, and UGA football.

Abigail Benkoski, ABOC
Gallery Manager
Melinda Wilbanks

Melinda was born in Athens and grew up in Commerce, where she still resides. She is the proud mother of two wonderful girls, Erica and Brooke.

Melinda’s hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, reading, and working in her yard.

Melinda Wilbanks
Billing and Insurance Coordinator
Riley Shepstone

Riley is from Athens and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School. She is currently enrolled at Kennesaw State University
where she is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Dance. When she can she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Riley Shepstone
Patient Care Coordinator
Alyssa Drake

Born in Athens, but currently resides in Madison County. She began her medical career in Dec 2017.

Alyssa enjoys spending time outside, taking naps, and spending time with her future husband and their fur baby, Diesel.

Alyssa Drake
Victoria Packard

Born in Athens, Tori resides in Maysville GA. She went to UNG and spent years in retail and was a substitute teacher for special needs kids before beginning her career in the medical field. Tori has a passion for kids, and helping others. Tori’s hobbies include going to church, traveling, going to concerts, and cooking. Tori’s favorite things to do are to go to the gym and take naps.

Victoria Packard
Claire Brooks

Claire Brooks

ABOC- Why Be Certified?

ABO-NCLE certification demonstrates to the public and the industry that an ophthalmic professional is qualified and competent. It proves that this person takes pride in their profession and in maintaining up-to-date skills and knowledge.

In particular, it identifies to the public that this professional is a dispenser who will handle your eye wear needs with competence – someone who can be trusted to provide the quality care you want and deserve.

It’s also interesting to note that: As of December 31, 2013, there were 29,585 ABO Certified Opticians and 10,557 NCLE Certified Contact Lens Technicians.