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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Ponte Vedra Eye Associates the leading provider of vision care products and services in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Dr_Wolf_in_waiting_area_2_1Karen S. Wolf, O.D.

Dr. Wolf received her Bachelor of Science from Franklin & Marshall College. She spent the next two years working in vision research at SUNY College of Optometry, in New York City. Dr. Wolf then attended and received her doctorate degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts.

After attending a one year residency program at the Jacksonville Eye Center. she opened a private practice in Ponte Vedra Beach, where she currently practices full time.

In 1999, Dr. Wolf became the State Administrator in Florida for VisionSource, a national network of leading Optometrists. She has also served as a Medical Director for Vision Care Inc., and has served on the Board of Directors for the Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce, First Coast Laser Network, and Prevent Blindness Florida.

Dr. Wolf is a member of the Florida Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. She has been a Legislative Committee member for the Florida Optometric Association, and also has served as a member of the Managed Care Committee and as Chairman for their Industry Relations Committee. She has served on the Income Committee for the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Wolf has been awarded the Brookshire Psychology Award for Outstanding Clinical Research, and has also received the Vistakon Award for Clinical Excellence. She also received the Visionary Award by Prevent Blindness, for her extraordinary commitment to saving sight in Florida. In 1998 she was named “Florida’s Optometrist of the Year”, by the Florida Optometric Association. She was the first woman to receive this prestigious award in the history of the association.

More recently, Dr Wolf has been involved with fundraising for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, helping bring holiday gifts to over 350 children. After a very inspirational visit to Miramar Marine Air Station in 2009, Dr Wolf returned home and joined forces with the Greater Jacksonville USO, providing support to our troops. She was the Event Chair of Palencia’s “Dancing in the Streets – Military Style”, which raised over $30,000 for the USO. “It is an honor to give back to our troops. I am grateful to them for giving us the freedom we enjoy everyday!”

“I’ve been a patient of both Dr. Wolf and Dr. Houston for over 20 years and can honestly say I’ve never had anything but wonderful treatment from both of them!” ~C. Zaiser 7/28/12


Dr_HoustonGil Houston, O.D.

Dr Houston received his Bachelor of Science in 1976. He then attended the University of Rhode Island and received his Master of Science. In 1982 Dr. Houston received his Doctor of Optometry, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors from the New England College of Optometry.

Dr. Houston worked at the VA Hospital in Birmingham, AL and also was on staff at the College of Optometry at the University of Alabama until 1993. He then relocated to Ponte Vedra and joined the practice where he now works full time.

Dr. Houston has published articles in the Southern Journal of Optometry, Academy of Optometry Journal, American Optometric Association Journal, and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Houston is a volunteer optometrist at the Sulzbacher Homeless Healthcare Center. He has also served as a Board Member for the Northeast Florida Optometric Association. He is a member of the Florida Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.


photoSusan Rost Monahan, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Monahan is a western Pennsylvania native who spent several years in New England before making her way to north Florida. Her Bachelor of Science degree was awarded by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1993, followed by a doctorate degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1998. Dr. Monahan completed an ocular disease residency in Kittery, Maine in 1999.

After completion of her training, Dr. Monahan was an Assistant Professor of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry for seven years. She was a clinical instructor and lecturer in geriatrics and low vision, and took students out into the community to provide specialized eye care for the homebound and the homeless. She worked concurrently as an associate primary care optometrist at a suburban private practice, NewtonEye, during that time.

In 2008, Dr. Monahan, her husband, and their two daughters, relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach. Since moving to Ponte Vedra, Dr. Monahan has been actively involved as a volunteer and recent event co-chair for Community PedsCare, a pediatric hospice program in Jacksonville. She has also had multiple leadership roles within her children’s school parent association.

Dr. Monahan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, as well as a member of the Florida Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. She began working as an associate at Ponte Vedra Eye Associates in November 2012.


photoDr. Alissa Alterman

Dr. Alissa Alterman grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended Nease High School. She studied Exercise Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida in 2012. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association, and Northeast Florida Optometric Association. She joined Ponte Vedra Eye Associates in September of 2013 and is excited to be serving the community in which she was raised, including former high school classmates, family, and friends. Her parents are chiropractors – her mother currently practices in Jacksonville Beach. Her stepmother was a former teacher at both Nease High School and Ponte Vedra High School, and now serves as the Secondary Science Coordinator for St. John’s County.

Her special interests include children’s exams, contact lenses, and early diagnosis and prevention of eye diseases. We are extremely happy to welcome her to our practice.


MercyMarcy Dragotta, Optometric Technician

Marcy has been a part of our practice for over 10 years. She is our head Ophthalmic Technician. She is trained in pre-testing, contact lenses, visual fields, ocular photography, glaucoma testing, and much more. She works hard to ensure our patients experience outstanding customer service in our practice, and is a graduate of the Ritz Carlton “Legendary Customer Service” program. We are proud to have her on our team. She is an asset to our practice.

“P.V.E.A has the best staff, including the docs, front desk Marcie and Melissa – thanks for your help in finding the perfect glasses!!!” ~D. Dallas 8/22/12


Melissa_in_pinkMelissa Weeks, Licensed Optician, Frame Stylist

We welcomed Melissa to our practice in 2007. She is a licensed optician of 15 years, certified by the American Board of Opticianry. She brings expertise to all areas of the optical department, and is extremely knowledgable. Melissa is also “Customer Service” focused, also a graduate of the Ritz “Legendary Customer Service” program. She will do all she can to help you find the right frame and customize your lens selection to fit your needs and lifestyle. We promise it will be a fun and enjoyable experience!

“Melissa is the Best!! always courteous, helpful, professional, and just a pleasure to deal with!! ~D. Brown 8/24/12


Roberta_in_pinkRoberta Welton, Dispensing Technician/Front Desk Coordinator

Roberta is our welcoming smile as you enter our front door, always ready to greet you and to help make your experience in our practice a pleasant one! She is efficient and knowledgable, and takes pride in helping patients above and beyond the call of duty.

“Front desk was extremely friendly and helpful. I really appreciate them going out of their way to get my previous records from my Dr. They were extremely friendly and took time to listen to my concerns. I appreciated Dr. Houston’s conservative approach with treatment, he was very informative, and as you know, very friendly. Thank you all so much for such a great experience! I will send more patients your way!” ~N. Stark 9/18/12


Joy_and_Leticha_1Leticha Rangel, Office Manager

Leticha assists in both the front and back office, and assists patients with their insurance benefits. She has many years of experience in the healthcare industry, and works hard to help patients identify their insurance benefits and navigate through the complicated world of health insurance plans and benefits. Her welcoming smile will greet you and she is always happy to assist with any and all of your eyecare needs.

“Friendly, prompt, and very knowledgable and thorough!! My insurance had changed, so I reluctanly had to find doctors that took my insurance, I could not be more thrilled that my insurance changed!! ~L. Rice 8/28/12