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Optical Staff

Whitney Head-Burgess, MA, ABOC

Optical manager

Hailing from Missoula, Montana, Whitney has lived in Oregon since 1999. She received her B.S. from Eastern Oregon University in 2010, going on to earn a B.A. from Southern Oregon University in 2013 and an M.A. in Sociology from Portland State University in 2019.

Whitney began her career in optics in Spokane, Washington in 1998, and has been an American Board of Opticianry certified optician since 2003. She served on the Optician’s Association of Oregon board of directors from 2002 until 2006; helping plan and organize optician education, outreach and the yearly convention. Whitney keeps up to date with current trends in frame, lens, and contact lens technology insuring that your prescription will work to its highest potential. When she’s not working  she enjoys surfing, hiking, and/or exploring the world with her partner and her dog, Walter.

John Watson, Optician

Originally from Utah John is a student and local Jiu-jitsu athlete. Graduating with an AAOT from Oregon Coast Community College, he earned notable scholarships including the Oregon All Academic Team and the Oregon NASA Scholarship. An active member of the Student Government at OCCC, he was an advocate for students on the College Council as a voting member, initiating the Student Mental Health Workgroup. Currently he is an Oregon State University student  on scholarship working towards a BA in microbiology with a minor in chemistry. He chose this as his pre-optometry focus in order to concentrate on the medical aspects of the profession. When not in the office he can be found studying, practicing Jiu-jitsu, or spending time with his girlfriend, 5 year old boy, and his dog, Bohdi.

Optometric Staff

Jennifer Burris, CPOA

Clinic Coordinator

Jennifer is a Pacific Northwest native who returned to Oregon in 2014. She began her career in eye care in New Mexico in 2004. Holding her 2nd paraoptometry certification through the American Optometric Association, Jennifer most enjoys patient education and disease management. She is a 2019 graduate of Portland Community College in computer science. In her free time, she can be found spending time outdoors with her dog, playing guitar, and watching football.  Jennifer would like to express how excited she is to be a part of the OC Eye Care team, and looks forward to assisting the Lincoln County community with their vision and eye health needs.