Dr. Michelle Thelen, grew up as a military dependent while her father served in the United States Navy. She experienced many different areas in the United States and spent four years in Okinawa, Japan.
She attended Florida State University and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
After graduating, Dr. Thelen went to optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude in 2000. While there she traveled to Costa Rica three times as part of an Optometric mission trip to help those less fortunate. Dr. Thelen trained at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Thelen served as clinical director for Vision Quest Laser Center until June 2007. There she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the center and assisted with LASIK surgery.
Dr. Thelen joined Annandale EyeCare in 2007.
Dr. Thelen is a member of Virginia Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and The Optometric Society.
As a licensed optometrist, Dr. Thelen provides comprehensive eye examinations, diagnoses and treats all disorders that affect the eye and vision. In addition to training in eye diseases and disorders, Dr. Thelen is also trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. With this background, Dr. Thelen is trained to recognize a range of health issues; such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and hypertension. He also works hard to stay current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care and regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses. It is because of Dr. Thelen's dedication to continuing education that our Annandale patients receive the most modern and progressive vision care available.
Dr. Michelle and Dr. Court met while in optometry school in Memphis, TN. They married in 2000 and have two daughters; Madeline and Lillian, who currently attend school at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Annandale, VA. Her hobbies include golfing, travel and cooking.