Optometry Staff

All professionals at O’Donnell Eye Institute maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Eye Doctor Santa Rosa Beach, FL

 

Eye Doctor Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Dr. Lan O’Donnell

Santa Rosa Beach, FL Eye Doctor

O’Donnell Eye Institute
 

Dr. O’Donnell received her Bachelors of Biology and Psychology at Stetson University and went on to achieve her dual Masters of Physiological Optics and Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She is passionate about providing quality services to her patients. As a small girl, and a daughter of immigrants, Dr. Lan O’Donnell experienced poor health care and vowed to be different when opening her practice 11 years ago in Santa Rosa Beach.

She strives to give the most thorough eye exams EVER.  She analyzes patients' occupations, hobbies and lifestyles to determine their eyewear needs.  She provides a unique experience that you cannot get anywhere else and people have noticed her efforts.  In 2015 and 2016, Dr. O’Donnell and her company, O’Donnell Eye Institute, were voted “Best Eye Doctor” and “Best Eye Doctor Practice” by the community readers of Emerald Coast magazine and VIP Destin Magazine.

She is always intrigued by the optometry field when finding other serious health issues through eye exams.  “Many people don't realize their eyes are a window into their overall health,” says, Dr. O’Donnell.  A few things you would not think can be seen from an eye exam; Dr. O’Donnell has diagnosed AIDS, tumors, strokes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

As an optometrist, wife, and devoted mother of four, Dr. O’Donnell is living her dream of providing world-class family eye care in her new state of the art facility at the O’Donnell Professional Building!

Eye Doctor Santa Rosa Beach, FL

 

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Dr. Heidi Gonzalez

Santa Rosa Beach, FL Eye Doctor

O’Donnell Eye Institute
 

Dr. Gonzalez received her Bachelor of Biology Degree at Troy University in Dothan and went on to achieve her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She knew she wanted to be an optometrist since she received her first pair of glasses at the age of seven. From that early experience, she understood the power that sight could have on changing and improving everyday life and activities. It has been her joy and passion to help others receive that same experience, and that is one of the reasons she chose to join O’Donnell Eye Institute.

Dr. Gonzalez’s philosophy on quality eye care along with providing an exceptional, personal experience is a perfect match to those that the staff at O’Donnell Eye Institute incorporate every day for all their patients. She is focused on high quality, thorough exams in order to meet her patient's needs. Listening to the patient and understanding their wants and their visual demands, both at work and in their free time, is key.

Just as important as addressing her patient's vision, Dr. Gonzalez provides an extremely thorough medical eye exam in order to check for any potentially sight or life-threatening conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, hypertension, diabetes, and even malignancies. It is her goal to make sure her patients leave with no questions or concerns, so she prides herself on thoroughly explaining any findings.

Dr. Gonzalez grew up near Dothan, Alabama and lived for a short time in Santa Rosa Beach while she was studying Optometry. “I am so happy and excited to be back in this region I grew up in where I can provide outstanding eye care to the wonderful people of Walton and Okaloosa Counties, as well as the surrounding areas,” said Dr. Gonzalez.