Since returning home, Dr. Heather has become very active with the Maryland Optometric Association. Starting as the Young OD Committee Chair, she is now the 2nd Vice President and sits on the Board of Directors. In 2020, she received the "Young OD of the Year" award for Maryland Optometry.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, boating, hangouts at the Point, F45, and running a small pet painting business.
She serves as the Education Committee Chair for the Maryland Optometric Association and as a Leadership Institute recipient for the American Optometric Association.
Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling with her husband and young daughter and exercising with her two Italian greyhound pups. She looks forward to becoming part of the Bay Hills Eye Care Family!
Ray Atcherson, OD
Dr. Ray Atcherson graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1978. After focusing in pediatric vision care for five years, he opened Bay Hills Eye Care in 1983. After 42 years of exemplary Optometric care, Dr. Ray is working towards retirement from patient care (if we ever let him go).
His main focus is the Co-Owner of the practice. He fills his free time with boating, fishing, hunting, and being Mr. Fix-it!
Lynn - Practice Administrator
Lynn has a diverse background in management, advertising, and HR for over 30 years. She has been in the Optical field since 2008 and with Bay Hills Eye Care since 2014.
In 2008, she graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with a certification in Billing and Coding.
Lynn is the Practice Administrator at Bay Hills and wears just about every hat in the building. From managing staff and HR, to submitting all insurance claims, to keeping up with accounts payable, accounts receivable, and monthly billing, Lynn can do it ALL and for that we are so appreciative!!
She has a level head and is able to maintain composure in the face of pressure, which is an invaluable asset in an ever changing healthcare business! If you have any questions about our office practices, your bill, insurance claims, or have any suggestions, Lynn is here for you!
Shani - Patient Care Coordinator
Shani began her career in the optical field with Bay Hills Eye Care in 2009. She is the smiling face that greets patients on arrival, assists patients with appointment scheduling, authorizes insurance prior to your appointment, finalizes your visit and answers all of the general questions that come her way. Multitasker extraordinaire!!!
With over 13 years greeting you from our front desk, Shani is proficient in all aspects of running the practice and is ready, willing and able to assist you.
Erika - Optometric Technician
Erika came to our practice in 2018 after starting her career at an Optometry office in South Carolina. She is responsible for preliminary testing on our patients prior to seeing their assigned Doctor.
She is also in charge of performing new contact lens wearer training classes (with patience that is unrivaled!), and ordering the contact lenses for the office.
She is thorough but incredibly efficient, which keeps the wait time down for a more punctual visit. Her technical proficiency is only outshined by her smile and charisma.
Stephanie - Optical Lab Manager
Stephanie, affectionately nicknamed "Murray," joined the team in July of 2020. She came with experience in the Optical industry at a commercial Optometry location, but then took some time as a Pharmacy Technician before returning to the Optical world. She is incredibly organized and thorough, which makes her a wonderful asset to our busy office.
From the time an Optical order is created, Stephanie works with the labs and insurance companies to order your glasses, and keeps track of all jobs from start to finish. Everything is checked in upon arrival for accuracy, and at pick-up, each frame is experly adjusted to make them a perfect fit. She is able to critically monitor status reports to ensure timely and accurate arrival of your eyewear. She is also great at frame and lens selection in our Optical!
Tiffiney - Optician
Tiffiney is our newest employee, joining BHEC in September of 2021. She has spent over 13 years in the optical industry, as an Optician, Optical Manager, and Optical Trainer. She loves working with people and loves the chance to find the perfect fitting frame for each individual patient.
Tiffiney is skilled in taking accurate measurements for optimal vision, and is great at explaining which lens features fit best with your lifestyle.
Your enjoyment in your new eyewear is her motivation! Stop in anytime for an adjustment, cleaning or tune-up and she will get your glasses back to 100!