About Our Practice


Vanessa Michel, O.D.

Vanessa Michel, OD was raised in Spokane, Washington. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Eastern Washington University in 1999. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois where she completed her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2004.

In 2014, Dr. Michel read an article in a professional magazine regarding myopia control and flew to Chicago to attend her first Academy of Orthtokeratology & Myopia Control meeting. “For years, parents had been asking me what could be done to stop their child’s eyesight from getting worse. It was so exciting to now have options. Working with these kids and their families has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.”

She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Optometric Physicians of Washington, American Academy of Orthokeratology & Myopia Control and the International Sports Vision Association.

Outside the office, you will likely find Dr. Michel and her husband cheering for their son and daughter on various sports and activities. She also enjoys traveling, horseback riding, skiing, and walking her dog.


Anna Chowaniec, O.D.

Dr. Anna Chowaniec was born and raised in Sammamish, Washington. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Chemistry minor from Pepperdine University and graduated with her Doctorate of Optometry from UC Berkeley. She gained clinical experience in various settings including Miami VA Healthcare System and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

After working in private practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Chowaniec is excited to be back in Sammamish serving the community she grew up in. She is passionate about lifestyle medicine, education and public health. She co-manages ophthalmic medical procedures and LASIK, and takes pride in providing her patients with the highest level of care. She loves being able to help her patients with their ocular needs and wellbeing.

In her free time, Dr. Chowaniec likes to hike and ski in the Pacific Northwest mountains. She also enjoys yoga, reading, running, and trying new plant-based recipes.


Jessica Vuong, OD

Dr. Jessica Vuong earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California, Berkeley in 2011. She later earned her professional degree at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. Dr. Vuong has trained at the Hayward Wellness Center in Hayward, CA as well as at the American Lake VA Medical Center in Lakewood, WA. Her training and work experience ranges from larger retail settings to community health clinics to private practice. Her favorite part about optometry is helping patients understand and learn about their eyes and caring for their visual needs. She is excited to work together with the team to provide quality vision

In her free time, Dr. Vuong enjoys traveling with her husband…they recently traveled to Europe for 4 months! She also enjoys painting, crocheting, and hand-making cards. She is fluent in Vietnamese and Spanish.


Our Team


General Manager

Mindy is our General Manager and our Lead Optician. Mindy has more than 20 years of experience in the optical field. Mindy has mastered her opticianry skills, ophthalmic technician, and most recently, patient care coordination and administrative responsibilities in management. Her 2 decades of experience allows her to be involved in many aspects of the day to day operations of both our clinics. She enjoys connecting with patients and providing them with exceptional customer service and all their eye-wear needs!


Ophthalmic Assistant

Taylor is a jack of all trades with a background in wildlife, fisheries, and genetics but has worked in fields as diverse as fine arts and the new home industry. She is currently enjoying combining her love of the sciences with her extensive career in customer service as a technician. Taylor lives in Sammamish with her sister, brother in law, and a small zoo. In her down time she loves doing anything artistic, reading, or anything in the great outdoors.


Call us today or visit our appointment request page to find a time that is convenient for you to see one of our doctors!