Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Dr. Palys and Associates the leading provider of vision care products and services in San Antonio.
George McLean Executive Director – George handles all of the business, managerial, and financial affairs of the Vision Source. Mr. McLean obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola College and a Masters in Health Care Administration from George Washington University. He is a retired Army Reserve Lt. Colonel with prior administrative assignments at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and Army Health Services Command. Mr. McLean is a Certified Health Care Executive in the College of Health Care Executives, Member of the Medical Group Management Association, and a Life Member of the Retired Reserve Officer’s Corps. In addition, he is the owner of the Practice’s GAMC Travel Agency based here in our Vision Source office. George is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, IATAN, CLIA, and a Master Cruise Counselor(MCC). Ask him for a quote to Disney World, Las Vegas,Cancun,or a Carnival or Royal Caribbean cruise out of Galveston. Mr. McLean cruised on Princess and Carnival ships in 2014 along with a week’s all inclusive vacation in Cancun, Mexico. In late 2015, he visited Vietnam and Cambodia and has Iceland and the Northern Lights in his planner for 2017. He looks forward to booking Sandals and Beaches vacations for clients and his family looks forward to Sandals Grenada and Barbados. In 2017, he will have 79 countries he has visited over the years.
Olivia Davis Senior Insurance Specialist and Department Head- Olivia returns to the Vision Source after an absence of seven years. She is very proud of her three daughters and believe it or not, also of 5 grand babies! She loves spending time with all of them while enjoying the outdoors with her husband. She is a avid runner and fitness guru and spends her weekends participating in charity runs. She also participates in charity obstacle runs and completed a half marathon. Her future goal is to complete youth fitness certification. She is a Certified Fitness Trainer.
Sharon Rivera Insurance Specialist and Senior Frame Stylist – Sharon is an eight veteran of the Vision Source with a BS degree in Environmental Science. She moved from the Midwest (Kansas and Iowa) and came to the practice as an Optician, Frame Stylist, and Merchandiser.She transferred in to the Insurance Department. As an Insurance Specialist, she verifies, bills and posts patient insurance while assisting with patient insurance questions and benefits.
Her personal interests include artistic and creative drawings, paintings, crafting and sewing. She is responsible for decorating the office for Halloween and Christmas and other holiday decor. She loves to travel and is planning a trip to England and Europe.
Brenda Alanis-Senior Optometric Technician and Department Head-
Brenda is the Senior Optometric Technician here at the Vision Source and has been with the practice since 2002. She performs preliminary testing and contact lens instruction and dispensing for our patients and teaching and mentoring new technicians that join the practice. She feels that Vision Source is part of her family. She enjoys spending time relaxing with her family and especially with her beautiful niece. They love to go shopping, movies, and doing their nails together on the weekends.
Miguel Gloria – Optometric Technician –
Miguel A. Gloria Jr., a Long Beach, California native, joined the Army in 2003 as a combat medic. During his deployment to Iraq, he was also assigned to assist the 101st Airborne Division Optometrist and cross-trained as a paraoptometric technician. Upon returning home from his deployment, he married a fellow combat medic. He finished his service and studied biology while awaiting her return from another deployment. They were reassigned to Hawaii where they had two beautiful children, Damien and Eve, and Miguel worked as a certified paraoptometric technician at the Schofield Barracks, HI Health Clinic. There he served as the patient compliant representative, and received an award from the Tripler Army Hospital Commander as the Lead Technician. He is currently continuing his degree towards Kinesiology and has goals to become a personal trainer. Miguel is also proficient in hand-to-hand combatives and enjoys watching boxing and MMA fights on the weekends.
Bianca Cavazos – Optometric Technician
Bianca joins the Vision Source team after gaining several years experience working in another San Antonio optometric practice. She is a San Antonio native and is currently working on Biology degree. Her goal after optometry school is to become a Pediatric Optometrist because she enjoys children and working with the latest technology in eyecare.
She loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys being a makeup artist along with drawing portraits. She was thrilled watching our San Antonio Spurs become World Champions and looks forward a repeat of last season!
David Houl- Front Desk Administrative Supervisior
David was born and raised in Broomfield, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He has been in the optometric field for over seven years and is preparing for his ABO Certification exam in 2015. David brings valuable experience in cutting and surfacing lenses, training as a dispensing optician and insurance billing and coding to the Vision Source. During his free, he enjoys jogging, food preparation, operating his dog walking service and snowboarding while on vacation in the Rockies.
Adrian Garza – Optometric Technician
Adrian has been in the optometric field for over two years. He enjoys the high tech equipment in the office and likes working with young and old patients. He spends his free time with his two daughters checking out new restaurants, going to Six Flags and the movies.
Yajaira Silva- Optometric Technician
Yajaira was born and raised in San Antonio and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 2009. She received her Medical Office Specialist Certification at Southern Careers Institute. She breaks a fresh smile to the Front Desk and enjoys greeting and helping patients with their paperwork and explaining their insurance benefits. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and 3 1/2 year old daughter-Kaylee. She enjoys working out, shopping, and loves Country Music. Yajaira looks forward to traveling and planning a trip to Disney World with her daughter in the near future.
Angie Arriaga – Administrative Assistant –
Angie grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Holmes High School. She adores children and has two beautiful children, Deandra and Javian. She loves music and working out with hip-hop music. She caught the Physical Fitness Bug and works out daily and hikes with the family on weekends. She has lost 37 pounds in 2 1/2 months and jogs 3.7 miles because jogging is LIFE. She enjoys helping our Vision Source patients with their appointment scheduling, helping them understand their insurance benefits, and making the checking in and out process a lot easier. In addition, she calls contact lens and optical patients to inform them that their materials are ready for pickup. Angie is excited about joining the Vision Source team.
Thomas McLean – Director of Operations/Marketing – Tom has worked at the Vision Source for many years in the medical records and insurance departments and managed our TCBY Yogurt Franchise while in High School. He graduated from St. Mary’s Hall in 1998 and received his BS and MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in 2003.He spent his college summers in the intern programs at Frost Bank and HEB grocery store. Tom loves to travel and camp in National Parks in the US and Canada. Ask him about his family cruise to Alaska and Denali National Park. He joined the Vision Source in 2003 and trouble shoots computer problems, analyzes departmental functions, and implemented the Optometry.net internet marketing program. He planned and marketed the practice during the past four years to San Antonio businesses and other primary care facilties. Right now he wants to develop an office complex adjacent to our 4930 Evers Road location. Tom had a Destination Wedding in Cancun and purchased a new home that keeps him busy on nights and weekends remodeling and painting his former Parade of Homes model home. Tom enjoys camping and hiking and loved hiking and exploring Big Bend National Park. Tom and his wife Michelle are proud parents of Elizabeth Claire born in August 2011. They look forward to many years with their new son Mark Thomas born June, 2013.
Monica Garcia – Optical Manager
Monica returns to the Vision Source after five years in Wisconsin with her family as our new Optical Manager. She and her family endured the cold and snow up North and missed our mild winters along with our San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys. She grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Northwest Christian Academy. She and her family are glad to be back with her San Antonio family and friends. She returns with a new granddaughter to keep her and husband Peter constantly busy and on the go. She wants to show her family the beautiful scenery and history San Antonio has to offer. She often competes in friendly family baseball, basketball, and board games.She loves helping our patients selecting their frames and getting the most value with their insurance plans. Educating patients on the latest fashion eyewear and lenses is her specialty. Welcome back, Monica!
Sondra Walters- Optician and Frame Stylist – Sondra was born and raised in San Antonio and graduated Cum Laude from Robert E. Lee_High School in 2007. She also graduated from San Antonio College. She has been an Optician with the Vision Source for the past six years. She is an avid singer and has sung in the choir for over ten years. Catch her singing in a group on weekends! She enjoys spending time with her family and her three dogs, Gizmo, Pinky and Jack. When not spending time with her boyfriend, Miguel, or helping patients with the eyeglass orders, she can be found at the shopping malls or taking in the latest Hollywood movies. She hopes to do more traveling in the near future and a Sandals vacation is in her plans!
Adrian Hernandez -Optician and Frame Stylist
Adrian graduated in 2009, from Palo Alto College with an Associate of Science in Public Relations. In 2011, he graduated from Texas State University with a BA in Photography and minor in Mass Communications. He has worked in the optical field since 2003 while going to school. His interest in photography, history, and sculpture has taken him to Chicago and New York, and he hopes to visit Florence, Italy in the near future.
He loves music and shows especially the band Coldplay and musical icon, Madonna. He enjoys spending time with friends and family. He is anxious to help fit you with the latest in fashion eyewear.
Erick Juarez -Dispensing Optician and Laboratory Team Leader
Krystal Garcia -Administrative Assistant
Krystal Garcia comes to our optical after graduating from high school with Honor’s in art from Mary D. Bradford in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her hobbies include: drawing, shopping and reading. She also enjoys helping people attain their weight loss goals with the “It Works” Program. Krystal is a young mother who raises her daughter Ilianna and enjoys her growing day by day. She wants to learn the optical field and become a optician like her mother. She has plans to travel and see the world with her family and daughter in the coming years. Welcome to a start of a new career at The Vision Source.
Olivia Ibarra -Optician and Frame Stylist- Olivia was born and raised here in San Antonio and graduated from Holy Cross High School. She is working part time at the Vision Source while pursuing a degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Alamo College. During her free time, she likes to hangout with friends and family by the pool. She loves playing and watching all sports and looks forward to a championship year for her San Antonio Spurs. Catch her on weekends at the Coast fishing or hunting for Texas’s wild game. Country western dancing is a way of life for this dancing machine!