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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Alabama Vision Source a proud provider of vision care products and services in Calhoun and surrounding counties.


Dr. David G. Chandler

Dr. Chandler has a faith-based, caring attitude toward his patients. He keeps on the cutting edge of eye care (through continuing education and up-to-date technology), and wants his patients to know that he understands the old adage, “People don’t care how much you know til they know how much you care”. It’s not just a saying, but a way, a philosophy so to speak, of providing eye care.

“We operate our practice with Biblical principles as our guiding philosophy” advises Dr. Chandler. “If you know those principles, then you know what to expect from us. We invite our patients to hold us accountable to the Word of God”.

Dr. Chandler loves Alabama football (but still loves his Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia and some of his LSU patients!). He is married for 30 years to Jacksonville native Bridget Reaves (an AU fan and much smarter than him), and has 3 daughters.   Bridget manages his practice, and him, while also acting as mom and best friend to the rest of the clan.  His oldest daughter, Chelsea (the second Dr. Chandler) will be joining him in practice in the Spring of 2017 after graduation from UAB School of Optometry .   Courtney (allegedly-reportedly his favorite) is working towards a Master’s Degree at UAB in digital forensics while managing her husband Jake Wilson, who is obtaining his Doctorate in chemistry at the University of Alabama (impressive, huh?).  His youngest, Cristen, has gone black sheep on him and now attends Auburn, where she is majoring in international business and wishes to attend law school at Alabama (coming back to the fold).   Dr. Chandler takes college fund donations at his office.

Dr. Chandler loves good food (no Thai, please), action movies, people and Tuscaloosa. He believes St. Peter will be handing out Krispy Kreme donuts at the gate with the HOT NOW sign blaring. Dr. Chandler played college tennis at Snead State, and now he’s assistant tennis coach at Jacksonville High , and enjoys this after hours job.  He loves Bridget more than his own life, and Chelsea, Courtney and Cristen hold the keys to his heart.

Dr. Chandler absolutely loves to take care of patients, and loves practicing

eye care (he’ll get it right after practicing long enough). He is politically and religiously conservative, and thinks he could have been part of the right wing conspiracy, but he doesn’t really know what that was. Nevertheless, he wishes the South would secede from the Union.

Dr. Chandler still thinks it’s cool to love America, and all that it stands for. He will support your right to do anything you wish (even eat rutabaga). He would like to see us move backwards a bit, toward the less liberal and more God fearing America we once were – except the part where we used to walk everywhere. He is not an NRA member, but believes if everybody toted, mass shootings, armed robbery and rap music would stop.

Dr. Chandler believes in loving the unlovable – but only through Jesus and the Holy Spirit can he do that. He believes there’s a counterfeit Jesus that has been perpetrated upon the world, and that the devil is more than satisfied with that. He will do anything he can to reveal the real Jesus of Scripture to anyone that will listen (no he’s not weird, just borderline). Dr. Chandler invites you to hold him accountable to God’s Word, both in business and personally. In this, he is serious.

Dr. Chandler understands that it’s not popular or cool today to let people know or make a stand with what you believe – in other words what is your world view – but to this he remembers the words of the great Jewish leader Joshua, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve, . . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)


Dr. Chelsea Chandler

Dr. Chelsea (as the staff calls her to distinguish from the older Dr. Chandler) is a native of Jacksonville and oldest daughter of Dr. David Chandler and Bridget Chandler. Chelsea has recently moved back to the area from Birmingham, and is currently seeing patients in our Anniston location. Dr. Chelsea is a graduate of the Jacksonville High School class of 2009, and has lived in Jacksonville her whole life (almost). After high school, she went to the University of Alabama, where she enjoyed playing in the Million Dollar Band, spending time with friends at her local church, and studying for her college degree in Spanish. After 4 years in Tuscaloosa, she graduated magna cum laude from UA with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, which included both International Honors and University Honors distinctions.

From Tuscaloosa, she then traveled north to Birmingham, where she began the most grueling 4 years of her academic life, otherwise known as the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Between studying, crying and eating, Dr. Chelsea managed to escape optometry school with good memories and friends for life, as well as distinct honors and membership in the Beta Sigma Kappa International honor society. She graduated from UAB in May 2017, and returned home to Jacksonville to follow in her father’s footsteps in becoming an optometrist in private practice.

When she is not with patients, Dr. Chelsea enjoys “hanging out” with her family and friends, including going to football games on fall weekends (Roll Tide!) and seeing her middle sister, Courtney, and brother-in-law, Jake, when she makes the trip to Tuscaloosa. She has even been known to sneak over to the dark side (a.k.a. Auburn) to see her younger sister, Cristen, and attend a couple Auburn football games. Dr. Chelsea is now seeing patients, both new and former, in the Anniston location, so set up an appointment with her today!


Kathy Barthel

Kathy has worked with Dr. Chandler since 1998 in our Jacksonville location. As senior practice management specialist, Kathy handles many of the day to day operations of our practices and coordinates patient care between our two locations. Kathy is married to Rick and they have two children and five grandchildren. Kathy and Rick are avid Crimson Tide football fans and enjoy bowling in local mixed leagues.


 Jann Troup

Jann has worked in practice management and insurance in our practice since 1998. Jann’s expertise lies in her work with companies to maximize insurance rembursement for our patients. She is married to David and has one brilliant grandson and four beautiful grandaughters. “Mimi”  is a member of Post Oak Springs Baptist Church and loves the weekend river life and plans to retire in Wedowee – but only when Dr. Chandler agrees!


Tiffany Garmon

Tiffany is one of the newest members of the Alabama Vision Source family. She has been working as our billing and insurance specialist since July 2017. At the end of a long work day, Tiffany enjoys spending time at home with a loving husband, David, and two beautiful children. When she is not on “mom” duty, she and her family can be found rooting for the Crimson Tide, enjoying quality time with her family, or riding her favorite Rzr at the local off-road park.

 

 


Ashley Greene

Ashley has been with our Optical team since 2014. She is our frame and lens specialist, and you will see Ashley after your visit with Dr. Chandler if you are in need of new glasses or sunglasses. Ashley is married to her husband of 6 years, Micheal, and they have two beautiful energetic little girls. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ashley enjoys trail riding in their Razor and attending dirt track racing with her family.


Beth Thomason

Beth has been with Dr. Chandler for the past 3 years and works with Dr. Chandler as an optometric technician. She loves being able to help our patients enrich their lives with clearer vision so they are able to participate in whatever activities they choose. She has been married for 15 years to Chris and has two “fur-babies”, Maggie and Macho. When not at work, she enjoys quilting, sewing projects, and spending time with family. She is also an avid Disney lover and will be participating in the Disney half-marathon this coming November. She and Chris enjoy travel and have started a goal and adventure of visiting all 50 states!


Morgan Hooper

Morgan is another one of our great opticians that helps sell glasses and contacts to anyone who needs them. She has been working in the field for over 9 years, and has worked with our office since March 2017. In her spare time, she is hard at work studying towards a degree in Business Management. On her off days, you can find her relaxing with family and friends, as well as participating in her local church, Sharon Hill Congregational Holiness Church.


Sherry Denham

 

Sherry joined our team in April 2015.  She is the current office manager in our Anniston office, where she is in charge of multiple aspects of office work flow, billing, and insurance.  Sherry graduated from Munford High School and attended UAB.  Sherry has 2 children and 4 wonderful grandsons.  She loves watching all of her boys participate in sports.  She also enjoys being on the lake and traveling to the mountains –  as well as reading and doing crafts.


Tasheika Dudley

 

Sheika joined our Alabama Vision Source team in March 2017 as one of our optometric technicians. When she is not at work with her “work wives”, Sheika goes home to a loving husband of 8 years, Leon, and her fur baby, Gucci. Sheika graduated from Stratford University with her Bachelors in Administration in 2012. Along with this, she is a jack of all trades, with licensing in cosmetology and real estate. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling (and, in her own words, is a certified army brat).


Jordan Thrasher

Jordan is in charge of helping Dr. Chandler with multiple tasks, including being a patient liaison-which involves communication between Dr. Chandler, his patients, and other doctors- and other tasks in which Dr. Chandler needs assistance. When she’s not hard at work, Jordan spends time with her 1-year-old little boy Connor. When she’s not looking after her baby, she enjoys watching the Auburn Tigers (BOO!), going to church at Life Worship Center, and crafting special trinkets for her loved ones.


 Kelly Browning

 

 

Kelly is our front desk receptionist, and she is the first smiling face you see when entering Dr. Chandler’s office. She is in charge of checking patients in and handling office and insurance paperwork. When not busy at the office, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, Jamie, and her two daughters, Jessica and Emily. Their hobbies include racing on the weekends and enjoying each other’s company while having a nice, lazy day at home.