Northwest Hills Eye Care
Optometrists in Austin, TX
About Our Practice
Northwest Hills Eye Care is pleased to offer a wide range of optometric services, eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Our staff is happy to help however we can. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life of every patient by assuring that each patient is achieving their best possible vision. We want to provide our patients with superior and personalized eye care while utilizing the finest materials and technology available, delivered by a competent and caring team. It shows in everything that we do. From your first contact with us to your appointment and your follow-up, we aim to make your eye care experience great. This is what drives us to provide you with the best care year after year! Contact us any time to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.
Laura S. Miller, O.D.
“I absolutely love being an optometrist and getting to know my patients personally! Practicing as a low vision specialist is incredibly rewarding. I enjoy helping children and adults be able to function better in their daily lives by improving their visual functioning with low vision aids. I also really delight in the challenges of fitting difficult contact patients, helping treat my patient’s eye disease and watching a child see clearly through their first pair of glasses. I have been truly blessed with a great family, wonderful staff and awesome patients! I would love to have you as a new patient in the practice.”
Education & Externships
- Concentrated Glaucoma Course, University of Houston, 2000
- University of Houston, College of Optometry, 1991-1995
- Externship, Eye Institute of San Antonio, 8-94 to 12-94
- Specialty: Treatment of eye disease, glaucoma and pre- and post-op care
- Externship, Wilford Hall Medical Center, 5-94 to 8-94
- Specialty: Low vision, specialty contact lenses and primary care
Activities & Professional Organizations
- Texas Optometric Association, Member 1995 to present
- American Optometric Association, Member 1995 to present
- Low Vision Section member, 1996 to present
- Central Texas Optometric Society, Member 1995 to present President, 1998-19
- Prevent Blindness Texas, 1998-2003 President 2001 to 2002
- Hillcrest Baptist Church, Sparks AWANA Director
- Central Baptist Church Round Rock, Special Needs Ministry Buddy
Consulting Optometrist for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Austin State Supported Living Center.
Awards & Recognitions
- Young Optometrist of the Year — Texas Optometric Association
- President’s Award — Texas Optometric Association
- Young Alumni of the Year — University of Houston College of Optometry
- Corning Low Vision Award — University of Houston
Katherine Stola, O.D.
Dr. Katherine Stola graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL where she was a recipient of a full scholarship for her academic performance. She also graduated summa cum laude from the Illinois College of Optometry with a Doctor of Optometry degree. She received the Illinois Optometric Association Award and the Wildermuth Scholarship for advanced academic performance and leadership. She was a member of the prestigious Gold Key Honor Society, Tomb and Key Honor Society, and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Honor Society. While studying optometry, Dr. Stola was selected to serve as a teaching assistant for several optometric classes. Additionally, she recently traveled to Honduras to provide eye care to those in need through the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity organization.
Dr. Stola is licensed in Texas as a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. She is well trained in modern optometric treatments and therapies. She is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Central Texas Optometric Society.
Dr. Stola enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and her son, Adam. She is currently accepting new patients and looks forward to serving you and your family.
Jennifer Wood, O.D., F.A.A.O
Dr. Wood came to the field of optometry via opting out of veterinary school. After 17 years of practice, she is still very thankful to the little terrier that persuaded her towards an alternate profession. Eyes don’t bite!
Dr. Wood enjoys working with patients of all ages, with an emphasis on the visually impaired. She brings over 15 years of experience within the specialty of low vison rehabilitation. After graduating from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2001, she completed a residency in low vision rehabilitation. Following her residency, she was a research Fellow at the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. One of the many studies she participated in investigated neural plasticity of the visual cortex and its possible implications on eccentric viewing. After finishing the two-year position, she traveled across country and became the Director of Low Vision Services for a busy retinal practice in Lexington, Kentucky. She also served visually impaired students at the Kentucky School for the Blind for over six years. Dr. Wood finds it both humbling and restorative to assist patients with their sight.
She is licensed in Texas as both a therapeutic optometrist and an optometric glaucoma specialist and maintains active membership in the American Academy of Optometry.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her three rascally boys and her two dogs. Now a bit wiser, she has learned to stay clear of their mouths.
Saleem is offering a north location for his practice, The Better Hearing Center of Austin, at our office. I understand the importance of good hearing and how the eyes and the ears have to work in unison. Saleem is a wonderful, caring, hearing specialist. His practice is centered on providing excellent patient care with the most up-to-date hearing technology available. There is NO CHARGE and NO CO-PAY for ear exams, ear cleanings, hearing instrument demonstrations, hearing instrument service and maintenance. He will provide you with up-to-date information and restorative care so you can make confident decisions to help you to hear better.
About Our Team
Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our opticians can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.
Learn more about our team here!
Joe Gonzalez – CPOA, Office Manager, Optician, Low Vision Technician
Joe successfully completed the course and passed the Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) and Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) test given by the American Optometric Association.
Having over 20 years experience in optics (sixteen with me), Joe’s knowledge of lenses and optical devices is second to none. He is able to work with individuals with low vision to help them adapt to the new devices that Dr. Miller prescribes. You can also make an appointment for personal instruction on optical devices or low vision aids before you see the doctor. His knowledge of frames and lens materials helps patients in their selection of eyewear to best suit their needs.
Joe wears many hats and is Dr. Miller’s right hand man. If you have questions regarding our practice, glasses, or low vision he is the guy to speak with. His caring demeanor and fun loving personality make him irreplaceable.
When he is not working he enjoy spending time with friends and visiting family.
Lesli Dove – Front Desk Coordinator & Insurance Specialist
Lesli has worked in the medical field as an Insurance Specialist and Receptionist for 9 years. She has a caring demeanor and is always willing to help.
If you have questions about your insurance benefits, she is the one to ask. She loves being able to interact with patients and try and help them as much a possible with any questions they may have. Give her a call and let her schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
When she is not working she loves spending time with family and friends and visiting her daughter and son in-law, Shelby and Derrick, in Forney Texas.
Ebony Thomas – CPO, Optician
Ebony is our optician fashionista! While her many years of optical knowledge makes her an asset to our office, it is her whimsical and on point sense of humor that we love and has us all in stitches. You will appreciate her modern take on eye fashion with that “old-fashioned” personal attention.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends at local art and musical events. Keep an eye out for her and say hello. She will be the one in the fun glasses!
Leslie Fuentes – CPO, Optometric Technician
Leslie has successfully completed the Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPO) exam given by the American Optometric Association. She has been in eye care since 2008 and is our lead technician. She has extensive knowledge of various contact lenses and loves working with custom contacts to help our low vision patients. When Leslie is not at the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and her son, Andrew.
Galen Hudson – Optometric Technician
As the newest member of the Northwest Hills Eye Care team, Galen has been learning the ropes under Leslie’s tutelage. Luckily, he hit the ground running with previous optometry experience. With a degree and background in Health and Fitness Promotion, Galen enjoys spending time in the gym hitting the weights, getting fit, and helping others do the same. He now strives for healthy and strong eyes as well.
Gabriela Ramirez – Optician
Gabriela has been in the Optometry profession for over 23 years. She initially received her OD degree in Mexico and practiced in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico before relocating to Texas! She has experience in total patient care and is a veteran Optometric Tech and eyewear consultant. Gabriela has assisted thousands of patients and truly enjoys helping to find the ideal combination of style, technology, and prescription correction. Her career goal is to stay current with technology and provide the best care to patients. She loves to frame style and help her patients see the world! In her free time she enjoys spending time with family , designing clothing and motorcycle riding.
Regina Budet – Low Vision Occupational Therapist
Regina received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. After working in a neuro-based hospital setting, she discovered her passion for low vision rehabilitation and went on to complete the low vision rehabilitation certificate program from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015. She enjoys collaborating with her patients to develop a customized approach to engage in meaningful activities that help promote functional independence and life satisfaction. As a new edition to the Northwest Hills Eye Care team, she is excited to be working with team members to help find the best solutions to meet patient goals. In her spare time, Regina enjoys being active and spending time with family and friends.
Kris has been working in the field of optometry for almost 11 yrs. She began working at a training center with fourth year optometry students, not only learning a lot from them but she also taught them how to fit hybrid contact lenses. Since she began working at Northwest Hills Eye Care she keeps expanding her contact lens knowledge as this is her passion. Earlier this year she became a Certified Option and is currently working on becoming a Certified Contact lens fitter and will take her test later this year. In her spare time she not only enjoys spending it with her family but also restoring old Honda mini-bikes with her husband and the help of their three Australian shepherds.