Tammie has been an optician since 2000 and became ABO certified in 2010. She joined Dr. Kiella's team in 2016. Tammie performs testing such as visual field screening, retinal photos and nerve fiber analysis.  Tammie really enjoys working with patients and helping them select quality eyewear.  She moved back to Traverse City in 2008 where she is raising her two beautiful daughters. They love going to the beach and spending time outside.  They also like watching movies and just being together.

Rachel VanHouten, ABOC

Rachel joined Dr. Kiella as an Optician in 1999.  She is ABO (American Board of Opticianry) certified.  Rachel performs ancillary testing, nerve fiber analysis, visual field screenings, threshold visual fields and retinal photography, as well as selection and dispensing of eyewear and contact lenses.  She is married, has two sons, a granddaughter and twin grandsons, and resides in Traverse City.  In her free time, she enjoys sewing and quilting. 

Patrick Kiella, OD, FAAO Board Certified

Dr. Kiella came to Traverse City in 1980 after graduating from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.  He purchased the Optometry practice that Dr. Ken Tinker had established in the early 1930's.

Dr. Kiella completed his undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University and Ferris State University with honors.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association, as well as the Michigan Optometric Association.  

In 1986 he was accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  Dr. Kiella enjoys all areas of eye care.  Dr. Kiella and his wife Mary reside in Traverse City and have three grown children.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing squash, golf, and working in the yard.

Lori Czubak, ABOC

Lori has been working as an Optician since 1983.  She  is ABO (American Board of Opticianry) certified and has a degree from Northwestern Michigan College in Applied Science.  Lori handles all aspects of eyewear selection and dispensing as well as contact lenses.  She also performs testing that includes retinal photography, nerve fiber analysis, visual field screenings and threshold visual fields.  She lives in Traverse City with her husband and two girls.  Lori enjoys spending time with friends and family.  

Meet Our Staff

Korie Franckowiak

Korie works a part-time schedule at the office.  She handles the front desk and helps keep our busy office running efficiently.  Korie attended Grand Valley University in Grand Rapids, graduated with an Elementary Education degree, and is teaching full-time for GTACS School District. She will continue to help the staff, patients, and Doctor while out of the classroom.

Debra Franckowiak

Debra has been working for Dr. Kiella since 1997.  She has an Optometric Assistant degree from Lakeshore Technical College in Wisconsin.  Debra handles the insurance billing and is the front desk coordinator.  She is married and has three daughters and two grandsons.  She and her husband enjoy watching their favorite sports teams.  Before moving to Traverse City, she was an Ophthalmic Assistant in Portland, Oregon for 12-years at an ophthalmology practice.   

Tammie Ayers, ABOC

Cynthia Abbe, COA

Cyndi Graduated from Ferris State University in 1989 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Opticianry and became ABO certified.  She worked as an optician prior to finding an interest in the ophthalmology field, where she worked for 10 years in the Lansing area becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant and surgical counselor.  Cyndi moved to Interlochen with her family in 2014 and joined Dr. Kiella's team early in 2015.  While not at work, Cyndi loves the great outdoors and spending time with family.   

Patrick Kiella OD, FAAO