Dr. Courtney Thelen, Optometrist


Dr. Courtney Thelen, ‘Dr. Court’ is an optometrist at Annandale EyeCare providing complete eye care services for Annandale, Springfield, Alexandria, Falls Church and Burke, VA and surrounding communities.

Dr. Thelen hails from North Platte, Nebraska. He attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology. While there he was captain of the swimming and diving team.

After graduating Dr. Thelen went to optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from optometry school in 1998. While in school he went to Costa Rica three times as part of an Optometric mission trip to help those less fortunate. Dr. Thelen trained at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Thelen joined Annandale EyeCare in 2001, purchasing the practice from Dr. Michael Obremskey in 2006. Dr. Thelen is a member of the Virginia Optometric Association, Northern Virginia Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, Ocular Nutrition Society, and the American Optometric Society. He has served as a consultant to Vistakon Contact Lenses and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. He is a past member of the Holy Spirit Catholic School PTO Executive Board and is currently serving on the Holy Spirit School Advisory Board.

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. Court and Dr. Michelle 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. His hobbies include, golfing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and home improvement projects.


Dr. Michelle Thelen, Optometrist

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.


Cylene Turner


CPO (Certified Paraoptometric)

Cylene is a native of McKeesport, PA, living in the Metro area for over 30 years. She is a Mother of three children; two sons and one daughter. She is also the proud Grandmother of two awesome grandsons! Her youngest son is serving our country in the United Stated Air Force.

Cylene is a certified paraoptometric, and has been working the eye care field since 1994. She joined Annandale EyeCare in 2004. She is trained to assist the doctors in patient examinations, she performs special tests and coordinates referrals to various eye care specialists. Cylene is also in charge of our contact lens department. She is trained to assist with the fitting of all types and styles of contact lenses.

Cylene is also a very big Pittsburgh Steeler fan, Steeler Nation Forever!


Kevin Beavers

ABOC, Licensed Optician

With almost 20 years of experience, continued education and training he has become very successful working with lenses, and an expert in consulting and fitting the latest frame and lens designs. He has developed a great collection of creative and quality frames to choose from to complete the whole eyeglass experience.

Kevin is always available to help with your lens and frame needs. Stop by and see what is new and speak with him about what is best for your eyeglasses needs.


Tiffany Flowers

Front Desk Supervisor

Tiffany is a native of Northern Virginia. She is an graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is working on obtaining her nursing degree.

Tiffany joined Annandale EyeCare in 2007. She is dedicated to making a welcoming environment for all of our patients and to make a smooth and easy introduction to our practice. She is in charge of scheduling appointments, verifying insurance benefits, coordinating patient flow and assists with contact lenses and glasses.

Tiffany is your resource for all things going on at our practice. She stands ready to help you.


Tammy Knight


Front Desk

Tammy is a native of Northern Virginia. She has one daughter currently working on her masters degree at George Mason University.

Tammy joined Annandale EyeCare in 2012. Having over 16 years of customer service experience she is devoted to making sure every patient feels a warm welcome to our practice. Tammy assists in scheduling appointments, verifying insurance benefits and assists with glasses and contact lenses. She gives friendly reminders to patients of upcoming appointments by calling or emailing them.

Tammy is ready to help you with any of your appointment and eyeglasses and contact lens needs.


Yesenia Chavez

Optometric Technician

Yesenia joined Annandale EyeCare in 2016. She is trained to assist the doctors in patient’s examinations, she performs special testing, contact lens follow ups and teaching contact lens classes.

Yesenia is a proud new mother of a baby boy. She loves to cook, take long rides and read.

Yesenia is a native of Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Science. She is working on her Certified ParaOptometric certification.


Melissa Jota

Optical Frame Stylist

Melissa was born in Peru, where they make the world’s best ceviche! She lived there until she was 15 yrs old when she moved to Northern Virginia for her father’s work. She graduated from Robinson High School and is currently working on her computer science degree through Northern Virginia Community College.

Melissa said she is excited to join Annandale EyeCare and looks forward to helping our patients and as she grows in her position Melissa has plans to earn her optician’s license. When not at work, she loves to watch movies and enjoys drawing.