Meet the Team

TYLER STIEGEMEIER

Dr. Stiegemeier joined the Carrboro Family Vision team in July of 2019, bringing his expertise in glaucoma, eye teaming issues, prism, and specialty contact lenses. Originally a graduate of Ohio State University’s College of Optometry, he is a firm believer in helping his patients understand the ‘why’ behind particular medical and visual conditions. He is Carrboro Family Vision’s “go to” doctor for those patients who have complex vision issues.

Whether he’s tackling difficult vision problems for patients or treating more medical issues of the eyes (like diabetes or glaucoma), Dr. Stiegemeier’s favorite part of his job is engaging patients so that they more fully understand and appreciate their eyes. Conditions that Dr. Stiegemeier treats range from acute eye care needs such as eye infections and allergies, to long-term management of cases such as glaucoma or specialty contact lens fittings for irregular corneas. Patients that have moved from the local area return to see Dr. Stiegemeier because of his expertise and compassionate care. A strategic analyst and proponent of seeing both personal details and the big picture, Dr. Stiegemeier takes pride in helping others see life better.

A big-time Ohio State Buckeyes fan, Tyler also enjoys gardening, cooking, and baking. He makes the staff happy by baking treats like his specialty cupcakes (complete with gluten-free options). He has quite the green thumb and loves spending free time outside with family tending his garden in spring and summer and nurturing a variety of indoor plants such as orchids in the cooler months. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Lori, and their two children, Madeline and Miles.

SHANNON KIRCHMER

Dr. Kirchmer joined the team in March of 2023. Tar Heel bred, she grew up in Charlotte before studying Exercise and Sport Science at UNC Chapel Hill. She then pursued her doctorate degree with honors at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. Upon graduation she was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army Medical Service Corps. While stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, she was the recipient of many awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal upon her departure in 2023.

Dr. Kirchmer brings a disciplined and resourceful approach to the practice, with a determined and professional attitude— and was initially drawn to Optometry because of a family history of macular degeneration. From there, she then discovered the variety of care that can be provided from glasses and contacts, specialty lenses, and the co-management of systemic diseases that may affect the eye.

Dr. Kirchmer provides comprehensive care with special interest in ocular disease, treating medical emergencies, and specialty contact lenses. She enjoys managing conditions such as keratoconus, irregular corneas, and post-surgical ectasias. She strives to ensure everyone has a positive outlook on life!

Beyond work, Dr. Kirchmer channels her determination into her family, friends, and running. So much so, that in her spare time, she admits she can often be found running, while listening to podcasts about running (Ha!). With the Boston and Berlin marathons recently under her belt, Dr. Kirchmer doesn’t seem to be stopping her collection of medals any time soon! Every big run requires some fuel, so to power these endeavors she also enjoys baking sourdough bread and trying out new recipes.

RACHEL FRIEL

Dr. Friel joined Carrboro Family Vision in 2018 after graduating with her Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She then completed a primary care and ocular disease residency program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. Furthering her expertise during residency, she received training from specialists in the areas of primary care, retinal disease, glaucoma and anterior segment including dry eye disease. Dr. Friel recognizes the difficulty with the treatment of dry eye disease and helps patients navigate this disease process with education, treatment protocols and encouragement. Being able to offer a solution to a problem either visual or medical brings joy to Dr. Friel’s day.

When she’s not working, you can find Dr. Friel spending time with her husband, their new baby boy (born in March 2021), and 3-year-old golden retriever, Ken Scruffy Jr. A lifelong Harry Potter fan and regular at Pure Barre Chapel Hill, Dr. Friel also frequents Durham Bulls games (though she might be there more for the food than for the ‘ball!).

MATTHEW VIZITHUM

Dr. Vizithum has been with Carrboro Family Vision as the owner and CEO for more than two decades. He was first drawn to optometry after learning about a family history of glaucoma and he became passionate about preventing the disease. Since moving to NC he has provided clinic care to nursing home residents, at the Durham VA Medical Center, at the Chapel Hill Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, and he acted as the Interim Clinic Director at TLC Laser Eye Center in Raleigh. Dr. V was also a member of the Orange County Board of Health for 6 years, a clinical examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Optometry and was named the Young Optometrist of the Year by the North Carolina Optometric Association.

He also has an interest in entrepreneurship and is a member of the Carolina Angel Network. His interest in the human body extends to his personal life, where he has earned certifications in performance breathing, movement and as a wilderness medicine first responder. An adventurous spirit who lived for two years with his family in Costa Rica. He enjoys surfing, kitesurfing, tending to his vegetable garden, spending time with family, and connecting with friends.

JASON CHOW

Dr. Chow has been a partner and co-owner at Carrboro Family Vision since 2009, and has been practicing optometry at CFV since 2006. An alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley for both his undergraduate and Doctorate of Optometry, Dr. Chow is known for his enthusiastic chair-side manner infused by a passion for teaching. He has received awards for his graduate research in diabetes and his patient communication skills. Dr. Chow has worked in service of a variety of patient communities including seniors, military personnel, and humanitarian work serving overseas. He has a keen interest in how ocular disease relates to systemic conditions and is an advocate for preventative care.

Dr. Chow brings his passion for teaching into his personal life as a certified Enneagram Coach. He is endlessly fascinated by how each of us has a unique way of thinking, feeling, and sensing the world around us! His most influential mentor has been his toddler daughter Mae who inspires him to be mindful of the present moment. He enjoys reading, hiking, and immersing himself in 90’s rock music with Matchbox Twenty being his favorite band. A California native, Dr. Chow is also a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors who have finally healed his boyhood heartbreak with a run of blissful championships.

Our Staff

Marketing Strategist

BONNIE STEVENSON

Bonnie is Carrboro Family Vision’s Lead Optical Consultant and Sales Strategist and part-time Optical Consultant at Carrboro Family Vision. A North Carolina native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Bonnie matches her energetic spirit and can-do attitude with years of experience across the eyewear, customer service, retail, and hospitality industries. When not working, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her partner and family. She is an avid reader, a beachgoer, and an outdoor enthusiast.
Optical Operations Manager

SUE LEICHLITER

Sue is an American Board Certified Optician who has been with Carrboro Family Vision and Carrboro Family Vision for more than four years. Sue is an optical all-arounder, involved in everything from training optical staff to ensuring glasses quality and putting to work her deep product knowledge to help patients find glasses they will love. She even won a Silver Medal in an optical lab contest called the Lab Olympics. Sue is also a life all-arounder. A UNC-Chapel Hill grad and certified life coach, she previously taught non-native English speakers in Kuwait.
Front Desk Operations Manager

WILL GRANGE

As Front Desk Operations Manager, Will manages CFV & Carrboro Family Vision’s welcoming front desk team. Will has previously worked in the restaurant industry and has taught English as a second language at Durham Tech. He was born in England, raised between Arizona and Kansas, and lived for a time in Germany before finding his way to North Carolina. Will enjoys spending his time making music, cooking, being outdoors, and catching up with friends.
Optical Floor Manager

ERLINE RAMIREZ

As one of the people behind the front desk, Erline is one of the first and last faces patients see during their Carrboro Family Visionl visit. Whether she is communicating with patients, supporting doctors, or researching to maximize insurance coverage, she does so with a warm smile, an organized approach, and a helpful attitude. Outside of work, she enjoys being with her husband and two kids, spending time in the kitchen, and getting creative with DIY projects.
Optical Consultant

CALVIN

With over nineteen years in the optical industry, Calvin is passionate about helping each patient see and feel their best. His background in optical lab operations and customer care make him a valuable team member at both locations! He loves the challenges that come with troubleshooting glasses adjustments, and truly believes that every patients’ needs are the number one priority in the office!

Outside of the office, Calvin can be found listening to Anita Baker, spending time with his siblings (he’s one of eleven!), and together, spoiling their mother. He even finds the time to extend his creativity into his other passion, home essentials!

Optical Consultant

JOSIE DAVEIRO

Josie, excelling in optics for a decade, attributes her career choice to a blend of art, science, and healthcare passions. At Carrboro Family Vision, she relishes the dynamic days, aiding patients and offering a balanced, collaborative approach in management. Valued for her tranquility, she supports the growing team while indulging in 20 monthly books across genres, using reading as both meditation and a tool for continuous learning. Shaped by her North Carolina upbringing on the Outer Banks, Josie feels most happy when near the ocean, rivers, and “any water that is naturally moving”. In her hometown Elizabeth City, she loves exploring diverse cultural cuisines and libations.
Technician

JASMINE SUITT

Adaptable, passionate, and a quick learner, Jasmine thrives on connecting with her patients and cares deeply about patient outcomes. With 10 years of basketball history, not to mention a national championship under her belt, Jasmine is a team player with a zeal for patient care.

When she’s not helping lead the team to victory, she’s family-oriented and can be found out on nature walks with her dog, Zeus

Optometric Technician

MACY BLAKE

Macy has been an Optometric Technician at Carrboro Family Vision for the past year, assisting in patient care and working at the front desk. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Healthcare Administration at Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a hard worker with a can-do attitude and is enthusiastic about learning from both her colleagues and patients while working towards her goal of having a health-focused career. Outside of work, Macy enjoys traveling, supporting the Tar Heels, and spending time with her friends, family, and horse Phi.
Optical Regional Manager

ANGIE BENITEZ

With over 27 years of optical experience, Angie is no stranger to the art of fitting and crafting the perfect glass.

Previously a native of NY, with an optical reputation spanning all the way through New Jersey, Angie thrives on building and managing teams with contagious positivity. In her spare time, Angie loves spending time with her family, traveling, keeping up with her favorite sports teams, and cooking.

Her favorite feel-good advice is: “Be the example that shows others that they can overcome mountains too.”

Front Desk Receptionist

JORDAN CODY

Known for her exceptional organization skills and attention to detail, Jordan focuses on creating a smooth flow for the office accompanied with patience, positivity, and laughter.

She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, making tea, trying new foods, and watching movies on the weekend. Jordan also has a special affinity for all things Maya Angelou or Sylvia Plath.

Intern

LORELEI BYRD

Lorelei is our student intern who is attending UNC,majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, with plans to attend optometry school in the future. She uses her organizational skills for multiple projects across both the optical and clinical departments, and prides herself on being hardworking and persistent. In the rare moments that Lorelei is not studying or in class, she loves watching just about any sport, especially UNC basketball and football. Two of her favorite places on earth are Cape Lookout and the tiny island of Ikaria in Greece. Lorelei is also involved in campus ministry, and is secretary of Carolina’s Pre-Optometry Association.