Dr. Russell D. Springer
Dr. Russell Springer graduated with his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis TN in 1997. Opening his own practice, Athens Family Vision Clinic, in 2001, he quickly earned a reputation for providing the most comprehensive eye exams, exceptional customer service, and the largest selection of frames and contact lenses in Athens.
Dr. Springer prides himself in staying abreast of all the latest technology and offers a plethora of ocular testing to diagnose and treat ocular diseases and conditions. His goal has always been to care for and treat his patients as though they were family; he built his practice on this standard and has continued it to this day.As a UGA Alumni, Dr. Springer, his wife Mary Jill, and their 18 year old daughter Abigail, enjoy the eclectic environment of the Classic City, traveling, and cheering on the Dawgs between the hedges. He is also a pilot and enjoys flight every chance he get.
Dr. Marsha Beckham
Dr. Marsha Beckham is from St. Louis, Missouri where she spent sixteen years in private practice. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Missouri in 1996 and her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2000. Dr. Beckham resides in Colbert, Ga and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
Dr Beckham specializes in treating a wide variety of eye related issues including fitting of contacts, management of ocular diseases, pediatrics, and integrating new technology into eye care. Dr. Beckham is committed to providing her patients with compassion and individual attention to give them the highest level of care they deserve. She looks forward to getting to know each patient as family and feels fortunate to work with such an outstanding team at Athens Family Vision.
Dr. Chelsea Miller
Dr. Chelsea Miller earned her Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree from Western Illinois University in 2006. She then attended Indiana University where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2010. Dr. Miller completed residency in ocular diseases at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta in 2011. After completing residence, she joined a private practice in Wisconsin, where she specialized in management of diseases of the eye including macular degeneration, glaucoma, corneal diseases, and post operative care. Dr. Miller became board certified in 2011 and served on the American Board of Optometry from 2012 until 2014. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association. Dr. Miller joined Athens Family Vision Clinic after moving back to Georgia in the spring of 2020. She enjoys getting to know all of her patients and working with them to reach their visual needs and goals. Outside of seeing patients, Dr. Miller enjoys running and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Dr. Chad Poole, OD
Dr. Chad Poole grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies. He became the 9th optometrist across 3 generations in his family when he received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 2006. Dr. Poole completed an externship in ocular disease at the Vitreoretinal Foundation, has experience with post-surgical specialty contact lens fitting, and has a special interest in pediatric eye care. He loves to educate patients about their individual eye conditions to be sure they understand all of their treatment options.
Dr. Poole brings 14 years of private practice experience to Athens Family Vision Clinic and East Athens Family Vision. He chose to join our team to practice with state-of-the-art equipment and elite management and staff.
Dr. Poole lives near Jefferson, GA with his wife and two young children. He cherishes every simple moment with his children, volunteers with the youth ministry at his church, and has almost finished his private pilot certification.
Mrs. Mary Jill Springer
Mary Jill Springer is our billing and insurance coordinator. Mary Jill is always up to date on current insurance benefits, changes, and filling procedures. She works diligently to ensure that all claims are filed properly and all benefits are maximized. She is a graduate from the University of Georgia where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1993. She is the driving force to make the best even better and stays abreast of the constant changes with health insurance policies and procedures.
In her spare time, Mary Jill is an avid tennis player, loves cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Heather WallPractice Manager
Heather has been in the optical field since 1996. She has managed in both optical and healthcare industries for the past fifteen years. Heather graduated from Piedmont College with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She obtained her master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. Currently, Heather is a second year PhD student pursing her decorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. When she isn't working with the team or studying, Heather loves spending time with her husband and children going camping, kayaking, and hiking.
Mandi RoellOffice Manager
Mandi joined our practice in 2013 and is Dr. Springer's Optometric Technician and front office manager. She has 18+ years of one-on-one customer service experience and loves getting to know our patients and making connections. She specializes in refracting, contact lens fit/care, hard-to-fit contact lenses, ocular testing, patient care and billing. Her main goal is to ensure all your questions are answered.
When she is not at work she is on the baseball field coaching her son and nephew who play travel baseball. She has two boys who keep her moving.
Kristen Whitmire, ABOC/ NCLEc/ LDOOptical Manager
Kristen specializes in fitting patients in contacts following cornea transplantation surgery and refractive surgery as well as patients with keratoconus, eye injuries, and other cornea problems. She excels in fitting patients in both soft and rigid multifocal contact lenses. Kristen has experience working on TV and movie sets fitting lenses for special effects.
She has over a decade of experience and is Licensed by the Georgia State Board of Dispensing Opticians, and certified by the American Board of Opticianry and The National Contact Lens Examiners.
KristenEastside Office Manager
Kristen joined the practice in 2015 and is the office manager at East Athens Family Vision. She has 18+ years of customer service expierence and loves getting to know her patients. Kristen specializes in optical, refracting, contact lenses, ocular testing/diseases, and billing. She is married and has three children who keep her busy with their sports.