Meet the Staff
Staff members at Richard C. Annis, O.D. are well trained in their field of expertise and attend continuing education classes throughout the year. This creates an office culture designed for excellent patient care and personalized service.
Office Manager / Ophthalmic Assistant
For almost all of my 50+ years, I have lived in the Saugatuck-Douglas area and I am proud to say I am a Saugatuck High School grad! After leaving the area briefly, I moved back in 1983 and am here to stay.
It's hard to believe that this wonderful career I have happened by chance, but that's what it did. The previous doctor was looking for someone local to work part-time, someone who knew the area and the people. In 1986, when Dr. Annis took over, my part-time job became much more than just a job. I've had over 28 years of getting to know our patients, their families and their vision needs. It's like having a big, extended family.
And then there's my family. The stories I could tell would take up pages! My "baby" is a senior this year, with plans to attend Grand Valley after graduating. Our life is busy with basketball games and all the things that go into having a senior in high school. I like to keep myself busy - when not perched on the bleachers watching a game, then with photography or bird watching. Then it's bowling in winter and golf in summer, which means spending time with friends.
Before coming to Dr. Annis's seven years ago, I spent ten years working for an optical chain store. During that time I came to realize that I wasn't comfortable as a "salesperson," selling glasses to "customers." I also didn't like having to hurry through a "sale," trying to convince people to buy extras that didn't benefit them.
This small-town, but very high-tech, optometric practice is the perfect home for me! I get to form a genuine relationship with you, and nothing makes me happier! This reason alone helps me determine what features will most benefit you in everyday life. Today there is such a vast array of technological advances in lenses and frames. I get to use my knowledge and experience to help you choose eyewear that is a reflection of both your personality and lifestyle.
You'll see me prior to seeing the doctor for some preliminary tests which include Visual Fields, Non-Contact Tonometry (NCT) and Digital Retinal Photos. I'm also teaching folks how to live life in the contact lens world.
Life outside the office is great, too! My semi driving, deer hunting husband, Tom, and I live on Gun Lake. I have a beautiful drive across Allegan County getting to work each day. We have three active teenagers. Kate loves dance and performing arts and hanging with her friends. Emily is our outdoors girl and loves the woods, hunting with Dad and riding her bike all 14 miles around the lake! Braydon is moving up in the belt ranks in Karate. You can usually find me snipping in my flower/herb garden, cooking, Letterboxing, or snapping photos of nature and people. We share our residence with our dog Chloe and ferret Swiffer. Together we are one big, very happy family!