Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.
Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.
Julie has 26 years of experience as an ABO licensed optician. As our Office Manager and Lead Optician her enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work have helped shape Apple Eyecare into what it is today. She truly loves the optical world and understands it well. Julie is also a representative for Vision Source where she is using her leadership skills to further support her passion for optometry. Her interests include her family, remodeling, decorating, snowmobiling and the great outdoors of Eastern Oregon
Shelia is our patient advocate and billing/insurance specialist. Her dedication and heart for helping people endear her to the Apple Eyecare team and to the community. She has been helping people understand their insurance at Apple Eyecare for 14 years. She says that work is her biggest hobby but when not at work she loves to do crafts, fish, and spend time playing with her two grandchildren.
Barb has brought her organizational, management, and decorating skills to the benefit of Apple Eyecare. As co-owner and co-founder of Apple Eyecare alongside her husband, Dr. Dan Beckner, she continues to use her skills wherever needed. Barb has many interests that include travel, camping, snowmobiling, boating, gardening, dogs, kids and granddaughter.
Amy brings more than a cheery smile to Apple Eyecare. She is always willing and eager to help in whatever capacity she is most needed. She does pre-testing, receptionist work, and general office work. Amy also does an excellent job of calling our patients with the reminders that your doctor has recommended you to be seen again. Amy grew up in the small ranching community of Prineville and enjoys riding her horse, hunting, camping and anything that gets her into the mountains.
Dennis spends his time helping in Optical. He has a natural talent for understanding the math behind optics which makes him an amazing optician. Before joining Optical he did Pre-testing and Special Testing, giving him the background for understanding the doctors prescriptions. His experience and positive attitude make him a key member of the team. Dennis also enjoys sports, Trail Blazers, Ducks Football, spending time with his family, and the Art of BBQ.
Kelsey has joined our team as a Dr.’s Assistant. She is a certified medical coder and enjoys helping our doctors gather and record the information and tests that give our patients superior service. Kelsey grew up in the small rural town of Pomeroy, Washington before deciding that she loved the Grande Ronde Valley. We are glad that she chose to move to La Grande. She loves road trips,traveling to new places and spending time with family and friends.
Kaitelynn loved spending her summers at her grandparent’s home in La Grande, so when she got a chance to move here and join the Apple Eyecare team she was delighted. She came with 3 years of optical experience, so we are also delighted she has chosen La Grande. She is currently performing the initial tests that prepare our patients to see the doctors. Her other interests include her dogs, Miso and Harley, hunting, dancing, traveling, music, football and snowboarding!
“A gold fish,” is how JayJay describes himself. He adds that it is “because I’m always the snack that smiles back!” We love his sense of humor and he does have an ever-present smile. He was born in New Jersey and raised in New York. He loves to explore the world and was glad to find La Grande and a new lifestyle. When not at work you might find him exploring, playing volleyball, listening to music or taking pictures.
The warm smile of greeting at Apple Eyecare is probably from Hannah. We are delighted to have her as our receptionist. Her warm, caring personality and quick smile show her belief that God put her on earth to love people. She also has a love for animals, especially her Jack Russell, Milo, who she says is the best dog in the world! Hannah loves spending time hiking the great outdoors with family and friends.
Emily was born on Whidbey Island, WA and raised in Sandpoint, ID. Her spirit of adventure brought her to La Grande to pursue degrees in business and communications from Eastern Oregon University. She has decided to stay in the area and use her degrees in the field of eye care! We are delighted to welcome her to the Apple Eyecare team. Her spare time is spent with friends, hiking, skiing, drawing and traveling.
Kim, a native of La Grande, has wanted to be an optician since she first came to Apple Eyecare when she was 7 years old! She decided then that someday she would like to work at Apple Eyecare. We are so delighted to have her on our team. Kim loves to read, make people smile, listen to music, travel and spend time with her family.