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The Staff

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.



Karen has been a valued and loyal member of our team since the 1980s. Once a receptionist, and now with over thirty years of experience, Karen now oversees many aspects of the practice, including insurance, billing, staff, and overall operations. She believes in our high-quality eye care and enjoys seeing our patients return every year. During her time off, Karen likes to spend time with her family who all live nearby. She is also interested in fitness and nutrition – which are so easy to pursue living in Florida!



Sandy has been with Dr. Soto’s office since the 1990s and in the medical field since high school. As our frame stylist, she enjoys having a great frame selection and the latest lens technology to help patients look and see great. She believes that sometimes creating a new look can be a group effort, and will often inspire patients to ask for a second opinion. Of course, Sandy is usually right. The most rewarding part of her job is sharing the patients’ excitement when they try on their cool new glasses. Sandy enjoys spending her free time with friends and her pets.



Amanda educates our patients on correcting their vision and preventing or treating eye diseases. She assists patients in deciding what is best for them. She is also fully trained using our technology instruments. Amanda likes to spend her free time with friends and family, or playing video games and watching movies.



Manuela joined our team in 2017 as a front desk receptionist. She schedules appointments and greets our customers, assisting them with registration, insurance, and ordering contact lenses. Manuela is originally from Medellin, Colombia, so she also accommodates our Spanish-speaking patients. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, cooking, spending time with family and watching Netflix.



Tyler has been in the optical field since 2007. He has been Dr. Soto’s ophthalmic technician since 2016, when he moved to Sarasota from South Carolina. Tyler is knowledgeable and well-trained on all of our technological instruments. He takes great pride in assisting with the care of patients. Outside of work he likes to spend his time relaxing with friends.