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 has been on 28 cruises with large ships and smaller river boat cruise ships. In late 2015, he visited Vietnam and Cambodia and in early 2017, he traveled to Iceland and saw the Northern Lights. In 2018, he traveled to Negril and Montego Bay as a Travel Agent Guest of the Jamaican Tourist Board. A Tauck trip to Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel in Michigan was wonderful with cool temperatures while Texans had 100 degree heat. A trip to Canada with stops in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec closed out 2018. He completed a Viking Ocean Cruise to Cuba in early 2019 before the embargo. A trip to Kauai and Oahu with the family in early summer was so much fun. The Viking Cruise to Japan and Korea will close out the year . He and his wife will have visited 84 countries after the 2019 trips.
Thomas McLean – Director of Operations/Marketing
Tom has worked at the Vision Source for many years in the optical, lab, medical records and insurance departments. He received his BSBA and MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the Vision Source in 2003 and now manages overall day to day operations of the practice. Tom enjoys camping, hiking and sand volleyball. Tom and his wife are proud parents of Elizabeth and Mark. When he’s not playing with the kids or playing sand volleyball, he stays busy repairing and remodeling homes as a side business.
David Houl – Director of External Affairs and Communications
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 nine years. David brings valuable experience in development and training team members, cutting and surfacing lenses, optometric technician, insurance billing and coding to the Vision Source. During his free time, he enjoys fitness, cooking healthy meals, vlogging, traveling, and snowboarding while on vacation in the Rockies.
Elisa Salazar – Administrative Assistant
Elisa is a Graduate of Harlandale High School and has been in the Eye Care field since 2015. She is a proud new mother of a baby girl- Loretta. She loves Horror movies and is a pet lover with her tan and black dachshund by her side. She is very active with church activities keeping her busy. She loves helping patients with their eye care questions and concerns while working at The Vision Source.
Loera – Administrative Assistant
Samantha Loera was born and raised in Laredo,Texas. She graduated in 2012 from Cigarroa High School. She has a beautiful 9 year old daughter, Aleena. Mom and Aleena both love to play softball. Softball keeps Samantha on the go and very active. She also likes to travel, meet new people and most definitely loves exploring enjoying the great outdoors. This is Samantha’s first year in the optometric field and she plans to use her prior customer service experience to help her patients with vision and medical insurance questions and benefits. Feel free to book your next examination or family’s appointment with Sam’s professional assistance.
Meagan Villarreal – Administrative Assistant
Meagan Alexandria Villarreal was born in 1996. She is from San Antonio, Texas. Graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2014. Being the youngest in the office, Meagan enjoys working front desk, scheduling patients, dispensing contacts and of course – making patients feel comfortable and happy to be in the office. Meag also enjoys art, nature and spending time with her family and friends on her free time.
Olivia Ibarra – Administrative Assistant
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!
Olivia Davis – Senior Insurance and Verification Specialist
Olivia returned to the Vision Source after an absence of seven years. She has been a valuable team member for 17 years and ensures that patients health care benefits are authorized and fully utilized at the Vision Source. She helps the patient understand vision coverage and how this differs from their medical insurance. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and physical fitness.
Sharon Rivera – Junior Insurance Verification Specialist and Senior Frame Stylist
Sharon is a 12 year veteran of the Vision Source. She started her Optometric career in the Optical Department assisting patients with eyewear selection and prescription knowledge as well as merchandising and inventory control. She transferred into the Insurance Department in 2014 as an Insurance Specialist. She verifies benefits coverage and posts patient insurance while assisting with patient insurance questions and benefits. Sharon’s personal interests include: artistic and creative endeavors such as drawing, painting, crafting and sewing. She is often responsible for the theming and decor of the office during the holidays and special events. Travel is another passion and Universal, Orlando is a destination mainstay, however, London is her ultimate future goal.
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 2001. 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. Brenda loves working with people and can not imagine anything more rewarding than helping people to see their best! She enjoys spending time relaxing with her family and especially with her only niece and all her nephews. She loves to shop and watching movies with her family and friends.
Heather Ramos – Optometric Technician
My name is Heather and was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I am a Holmes High School graduate. I have been working here at The Vision Source for the past 3 years as an optometric technician before passing my certification exams last year- now a Certified Paraoptometric Technician. When not busy testing and working with patients, I love spending time with my daughter and boyfriend. We love going camping and watching movies. I am excited to keep learning as much as I can in the ever changing world of Optometry.
Nadia Reyna – Optometric Technician
Hi I’m Nadia, born and raised in San Antonio. I’m 26 years old, graduated from Southwest high school 2010. I’m fairly new to eyes but I have already learned so much thanks to my coworkers and Ms. Brenda. I love what I do and I’m looking forward for the years to come. I’m just trying to take everything in so I can better assist our patients w their vision needs. On my spare time I enjoy being at home watching movies with my 2 kids or going to the park to get some sun.
Rudy Gonzalez – Optometric Technician
Born and raised in San Antonio Texas. Graduated Harlandale High School in 2009. Just Graduated with an associate degree in Healthcare Office Management and Currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Palo Alto College. Worked in pediatrics for 6 years and enjoyed working with kids of all ages. Enjoys writing, bike riding and cooking for his family and friends. Now he brings his passion for patient care to our practice here at Vision Source.
Kitty Boscarello – Optometric Technician
Kitty lived in San Francisco for many years, but moved to Austin, Texas in 2010 to pursue the performing arts, and from there to San Antonio. She is new to our office, and the eye industry, but enjoys the fast pace and loves being a part of the Vision Source family. She spends most of her free time with her family having adventures all around the world, as she loves to travel! Closer to home, you can find her on the trails with her boyfriend and her beloved German Shepherd.
Gustavo Solis – Optical Manager
Gus is from Brownsville, TX and has been living in San Antonio since 2010. He is married to his best friend who met while working at Walmart and they have 2 beautiful children. Gus has been in the optical industry since 2001. Gus joined the Vision Source family in January 2017. Gus brings a vast knowledge of frame styling and lens options. When Gus is not working he enjoys spending time with his family traveling to different lakes and rivers around the San Antonio and Hill country area. Gus’s passion is tennis. He captains the Oak Hills tennis team, which is headed to state competition in August.
Sondra Walters – Assistant Optical Manager
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 with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. She has been an Optician with the Vision Source for the past 10 years and enjoys helping patients with their eyewear selection. She likes going to the movies and her new hobby is building Lego models. The last one was Disney’s Lego Castle with over 4,000 pieces. Sondra loves to travel and looks forward to planning the next family vacation to Disney World.
Monica Garcia – Optician and Senior Frame Stylist
Monica returned to the Vision Source after five years in Wisconsin with her family. 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 is excited about the upcoming Dallas Cowboy season and looks forward to the start of a new season. Monica grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Northwest Christian Academy. She has been in the optical field for over 21 years and enjoys helping patients with their frame and lens selection while getting the most value with their insurance plan. She often competes in friendly family baseball, basketball, movies, and board games during her free time.
Adrian Garza – Optician and Frame Stylist
Adrian was born and raised in San Antonio and graduated from Holy Cross HS in 2007. He has been in the optometric field for over six years and with our office since September 2014. He is cross trained as an Optometric Technician and Front Desk Supervisor. He enjoys the high tech equipment in the office and likes working with young and old patients while helping them with their optometric needs. He spends his free time with partner and his daughters checking out new restaurants and spending time at theme parks in South Texas.
Carmen Mendoza – Optician and Frame Stylist
Carmen has been in the optical industry for over 15 years. She has a passion for eyewear sporting a vast collection of beautiful frames. A native from Brownsville Tx. Carmen has been living in San Antonio just under 8 years. Carmen is a proud mother of two beautiful girls.(Abby and Lizz). When not working , Carmen enjoys her free time going to the lake, hiking, Zumba and working out at the gym.
Alicia Navarrete – Laboratory Assistant
I’m a proud mother of two wonderful teenagers. They are my life! I have been married for 9 magical years. I have been part of Vision Source for a short time and they have made me feel like family. I have a degree in Digital Media Designing. I have a passion for photography and traveling. In my spare time I enjoying watching movies and wine tasting in the Texas Hill country.