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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!

Ellen B Goad, LDO
Practice Administrator

Born in Atlanta, Ellen grew up in Covington, Ga. She moved to Athens to pursue a 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.

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 is originally from Washington-Wilkes but currently lives in Madison, GA. with her husband, Bryant, and their son, Owen.

Abigail loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking, trying new food, and shopping with her mom.

Abigail Benkoski, ABOC
Gallery Manager

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

Wendy is an Athens area native, growing up in the small town of Winterville.

Outside of work, Wendy enjoys being a freelance makeup artist, spending time with her nephews, cooking and traveling.

Wendy Johnson
Ophthalmic Assistant and Technician

Samantha, a native of Loganville, is currently apprenticing to become an optician. This is a perfect fit for her as she is obsessed with glasses & finding the perfect fit. Sam has an adorable little girl named Charlie who she absolutely adores. She also loves exploring new places, traveling the globe trying new foods, and reading books.

Sam Haley, ABOC
Gallery Assistant

Silviana is originally from Florida but has settled down in Danielsville with her wonderful husband Kendall and their fur babies Maggie and Fergie.

In her free time she enjoys photography, hiking, and spending time with her adorable nieces.

Silviana Birkett

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.