Dr. Barbara Keys
I was born and raised in Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State College of Optometry in 1987. I have worked in Corporate Optometry, Veteran's homes, for an Ophthalmologist, HMO's and now private practice. I moved to Fairbanks in 1994 when my husband was stationed at Eielson AFB. I began working side by side with Jim and Salley Rothmeyer and formed West Valley Vision Center in 1997. In 2000, I purchased Rothmeyer Optical from Jim and Salley. I have two sons that keep me very busy with their activities and enjoy the part time schedule I work. I love Optometry and would recommend this profession to anybody.
Dr. Michael Mavencamp
I am a longtime Fairbanks resident and graduated from Monroe High School, Class of 1993. After graduation, I attended St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas where I graduated with honors in 1998 receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Biology. I then attended Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon and received my Doctorate of Optometry in 2005. I live in Fairbanks with my wife Meredith and our three children, Jack, Ryan and Addyson. I am happy to be practicing Optometry at West Valley Vision Center.
Dr. Brannon Mills
I was raised in rural Southern Oregon, and also experienced life as a missionary kid in Africa. After high school graduation I attended Biola University in Southern California completing a Bachelor's degree in History. I worked in the timber industry for a time before returning to professional school and receiving my Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University in Oregon. My lovely wife and I have been together since we were teenagers and we have three beautiful children, two boys and a girl. They bring such joy to our lives. We enjoy the outdoors, travel, and adventure especially camping, hunting, and fishing. I have practiced Optometry in both Alaska and Idaho, and our whole family is happy to be home again in Alaska.
Jamie Boyle, ABOC
I was born and raised in Canby, Oregon and graduated from Clackamas Community College in 1997 with an Associate of Arts Degree. I am married and we have two boys who keep us entertained and busy every day. I began working for West Valley Vision Center, shortly after moving to Alaska in July, 1999. My work here began as a receptionist and I received my ABO certification in 2003 and began working as an Optician, until 2005. I then cross trained as a technician, assisting the Optometrists in our practice. I became the Practice Manager in 2006 and am passionate about my job. I have come to know a great amount of our patients in my years of employment and look forward to seeing them from year to year. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, quilting and cooking.
Sharon Sesser, NCLEC
Contact Lens Manager
I came to Alaska in 1991 just for the summer and never left. I married my husband Robert, in 2001. I have worked with Dr. Keys since 1995 and love the challenge of my job, but most of all, I enjoy our great patients. I am a Certified Contact Lens Technician and manage our contact lens department. I teach insertion and removal of contact lenses to new wearers and evaluate the fit of the lenses to ensure they are performing properly. I look forward to working with each of my patients to meet their contact lens needs.
Melinda Simon, NCLEC, CPO
I have lived in Alaska most of my life and have three children. I began working for West Valley Vision Center in 2003 as a technician, assisting our Optometrists. I am both a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant and Contact Lens Technician. I currently manage the Technicians of the practice. Day to day, you will find me working directly with patients doing preliminary screenings and testing for the Doctors.
Alaska State Licensed Optician
I have lived in Alaska all my life. I have been a Licensed Optician since 1977 and Certified Contact Lens Technician since 2000. I joined West Valley Vision Center's staff in 2005 working as an Optician. I enjoy helping the patients, new and old who have followed me through the years. I enjoy gardening, picking berries and anything involving the outdoors.
Billing Coordinator/Patient Support
I was a patient at West Valley Vision Center before being hired in 2005. I was raised in Alaska. I am married and have two wonderful children. I enjoy working in Accounts Receivable and can assist you with your account and insurance billing questions.
Lucy Marsh, ABOC
I have been with West Valley Vision Center since June of 2006. I was born and raised in The Philippines and moved to Alaska in the early 1990's. Prior to moving to Fairbanks, I lived in Barrow with my husband. My husband and I have four children together. I have been in the Optical field for over 10 years and a Certified Optician since 2007. I am currently working towards my Alaska State Optician's License.
Amanda Nethken, CPO
I have been with West Valley Vision Center since September of 2008. I obtained my certification as a Paraoptometric Assistant in 2009. I assist the Doctors here by performing specialty testing for diagnosis and treatment of our patients' ocular health. I work part time and go to school full time, studying to become a Medical Assistant. I am married and have 2 children.
Jeanette Robinson, ABOC
I am originally from New York City, New York. I came to Fairbanks in November of 2001. I obtained my ABO Certification in 2010 and began working for West Valley Vision Center in August that same year. I am currently working towards my Alaska State Optician's License. I am married with two children. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping and reading.
I have been working at West Valley Vision as a Receptionist since July of 2011. I've lived in Fairbanks my entire life and have always loved the area and people in it. I have a lot of family all around the country and enjoy the chance to visit when I can; Florida is great in the middle of the winter! Although I like to travel, there is really no place like home. Whether it's going to my favorite coffee shop, hanging out with friends or just enjoying the outdoors, I take pride in being a local. It makes sense, then, that I take pride in working for a great local business. Just one stop in to see us, and you too will understand why.
I am originally for Murtaugh, Idaho and moved to Alaska spring of 2014. My family of 5 has moved all over the United States following my husband?s Army career. Being a family that loves the outdoors, we are excited to see what our great Alaskan adventure holds for us. I have worked for West Valley Vision Center since June of 2014. I work in the Insurance Department and am looking forward to what the future brings at this amazing company of caring people.