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Our Optometrists

Eye care professionals at Texas State Optical – Southmore specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as eye diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. The eye doctors of the Southmore TSO in Pasadena, TX know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Meet Your Local Pasadena Southmore Eye Doctors:

Our Pasadena optometrists 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, we 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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John Mann, O.D.

Dr. Mann was born and grew up in the Mid-west, in a town in the South-East corner of the State called Nebraska City, NE. He moved to Houston to escape the extreme weather in the Mid-West. Dr. Mann attended High School in Nebraska City and did his undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska. He earned his Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Houston in 1984. Dr. Mann has been around the eyecare field most of his life. His Uncle was an Ophthalmologist, his Father was an Optometrist and his brother practices Optometry in Nebraska. Helping people see and restore their eye-sight is extremely rewarding for Dr. Mann. This is why he chose to be an Optometrist. “From young, first-time glasses wearers, to people with eye disease, nothing is more precious than eyesight”, he states. Having great experience in the Optical field, Dr. Mann always comes in with a positive attitude and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Mann specializes in treating Eye Infections, Allergies, Glaucoma and Dry Eye.

His professional interests include LASIK Surgery Management and Macular Degeneration.

In his spare time he likes to garden, read and spend time with his family and Grandchildren.

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James Mikkelsen, O.D.

Dr. James L. Mikkelsen, O.D. is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University as well as the University Of Houston College Of Optometry where he earned a Doctor of Optometry degree. He practices full-scope primary eye care including basic Eye Examinations, complex Contact Lens Fitting, Pediatric Vision Care, diagnosis and treatment of most medical eye problems, and Co-management of LASIK and Cataract Surgery.

Dr. Mikkelsen is licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and has been affiliated with Texas State Optical since 1988. He has been in the Optometry Field for over 35 years. He enjoys seeing the whole family, from children to grandparents at their eye care appointments. He especially enjoys teaching patients about their eye conditions so they might better understand how their visual system works. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. Mikkelsen’s interests were always in the fields of Science and Health, which made Optometry a perfect fit! His professional interests include Contact Lenses as well as binocular vision anomalies. Dr. Mikkelsen speaks English and Spanish freely. Dr. Mikkelsen was raised in Southern California and came to Texas as soon as he could. He came to Houston for graduate work in Microbiology/Virology at the University of Houston. Outside of work, Dr. Mikkelsen thoroughly enjoys traveling, visiting new sites around the country as well as overseas!

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Jonathan Tran, O.D.

Dr. Jonathan Tran attended UT Austin and the University Of Houston where he earned his B.S. in Biology and Business Administration as well as his Doctor of Optometry Degree. Board Certified in the Management and Treatment of various eye diseases such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration, Dr. Tran gained valuable clinical experience while at Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He began working for Texas State Optical, over 10 years ago as a Doctor’s Assistant and has been working as a Doctor with TSO over 3 years. While working as a Doctor’s Assistant he felt he had a real connection with the patients and their vision matters. “As a Doctor’s Assistant, I learned that my personality made assisting and educating patients an easy career choice. Listening to and understanding patients issues helps me assist and educate the patient. Personalized in-depth care is what I strive for.” Dr. Tran states.

His professional interests include, advancing the profession of Optometry by maintaining up to date, continual education and learning the most advanced and successful standards of patient care. Giving back to the community is important to Dr. Tran. He trained with the Good Neighbor Clinic in Houston providing Comprehensive Eye Exams to all age groups and gave exams in Spanish. Dr. Tran also speaks English and Vietnamese fluently! Jonathan also worked with Prevent Blindness Texas to carry out vision screenings to the underprivileged.

Aurora, Colorado is where Dr. Tran is originally from. His family as well as Dr. Tran were residing in Denver, Colorado when his father received a transfer order while working for the United Airlines, formerly known as Continental Airlines, bringing them to Houston, Texas. Dr. Tran enjoys watching sports and exercising in his free time. He is a die-hard sports fan for the Texans, Broncos, Rockets and Astros. Dr. Tran likes to keep up with news and events and has a daughter Sara who keeps him on his toes when he gets home.

Meet Your Local Pasadena Southmore Optical Team:

At TSO – Southmore, 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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Daniel Pecina, ABOC

General Manager

Daniel is our General Manager for both of our Pasadena Locations. He started in Patient Services over 16 years ago and worked his way up to Management. He became ABO Certified in 2005 and is maintaining/continuing his educational requirements. Daniel plans to become a Regional Manager with Texas State Optical one day! Continual growth in the Optometry Field and his co-workers make his job worth being a part of. “Our patients are happy and provided with the best care due to our advanced training and upmost service.” says Daniel. He creates leadership, team building and a fun atmosphere. Daniel speaks English and Spanish fluently. Outside of the office, his interests are music, art, fashion, live shows, going to the movies, DJing and reading fashion books! While his favorite past time of all is spending time with his friends and family. Daniel’s favorite quote is said by the one and only Andy Warhol.

“I never read, I just looked at pictures!”

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Sonja Antoon

Manager

Sonja has been a part of the TSO family since 2011. She enjoys assisting patients with all of their eye care needs. Ms. Antoon hopes to be a General Manager one day! Sonja has learned so much working alongside her General Manager, Daniel, and has a high appreciation for him and the company. She has gained a lot of experience and is proud of it. Sonja is both fluent in English and Spanish. Dedication is something that Sonja supplies to her team and patients. One of her proudest moments in her career was helping supply a patient with sunglasses who was not able to withstand the excruciate sunlight for long. The woman cried, she was thrilled she’d be able to go outside with her family, this was a day Sonja will never forget. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time at church, with her kids and her two grandsons. Sonja holds the following quote by Joel Osteen near to her heart:

“You may not be where you want to be, but you can look back and be thankful you’re not where you used to be.”

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Yoselin R.

Optometric Assistant

Yoselin has plans to attend college in the near future. She hopes to become an entrepreneur and own her own business. Yoselin also speaks English and Spanish fluently! Yoselin has a passion for Southmore Texas State Optical’s patients. She looks forward to meeting new faces as well as established patients. Yoselin is very hard working and brings a lot of positivity to Southmore’s office. Interacting with the patients and helping them with their individual eye care needs is what Yoselin likes to do best. Yoselin states, “Building relationships with patients, seeing their smile, just knowing that my team and I care about their health is very self-gratifying. We take proper care of our patients and their vision care needs!” Outside of the office, Yoselin likes to bake and study Business! Yoselin enjoys reminiscing about her 6th birthday when she visited Disneyland in California with her parents. British journalist and businessman, Walter Bagehot, has a quote that happens to be Ms. Yoselin’s favorite:

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

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Nathali M.

Dispensing Optician

Nathali hopes to become a Registered Nurse in the future to help children all around the world. Her favorite part about working at Southmore Texas State Optical is the gratifying feeling of knowing she has an opportunity to help make someone’s vision better. “I LOVE knowing I’m helping people, help themselves.” states Nathali. Nathali contributes excellent customer service and always has a genuine smile on her face while greeting patients. Making sure the patients are provided with the best eyewear is also very satisfying for Nathali. She strives to make Southmore’s patients comfortable while treating everyone as if they were family. She doesn’t want the patients to feel like they’re at an average appointment but wants them to feel at home. Nathali speaks both English and Spanish freely. In Nathali’s spare time, she likes to work on her Porsche 944 as well as go to car meets. A favorite pastime of Nathali’s is going to the Purple Raceway for the first time at 15 years old. Ms. Nathali has a remarkable and caring personality and looks forward to meeting you here at our Southmore TSO office!