Please feel free to see any of our doctors for your eye care needs. If you are coming in for a routine vision exam for glasses or to be fitted with contact lenses, you may find it most convenient to see one of our optometrists. If you have a more serious eye condition or need surgery, you should make an appointment with one of our M.D.s.
Dr. Theresa L. Clayton graduated magna cum laude with majors in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York, Potsdam College. She completed her medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. After an internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City she returned to New York Medical College for ophthalmology training. A corneal research fellowship followed at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Following this training, Dr. Clayton completed her ophthalmology residency at what is now the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Upon completion of her post-graduate studies she served as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for several years. Dr. Clayton returned to the Northwest to join Vancouver Eye Care in 1991 and is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Clayton serves as the Medical Director of Vancouver Eye Care Surgery & Laser Center.
Dr. Clayton’s favorite leisure activities include golf, gardening and reading.
Dr. Silvio J. Gurdian is a board-certified ophthalmologist who loves helping his patients repair their eyesight. He graduated magna cum laude with his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He then completed his residency in ophthalmology at Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University. While there, Dr. Gurdian was twice awarded the Rose Award for Outstanding Service Excellence in patient care. Upon completing his training, Dr. Gurdian joined Vancouver Eye Care in 2001.
Dr. Gurdian serves as the President of the Vancouver Eye Care Surgery & Laser Center and serves on the Governing Body. He enjoys a comprehensive adult ophthalmology practice where he has developed a reputation for listening to his patient’s concerns. During his free time, Dr. Gurdian enjoys the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest—from snow and water skiing to hiking.
Dr. Shauyene Hsieh joined Vancouver Eye Care in August 2012. While originally from Nebraska, Dr. Shauyene Hsieh moved east to obtain her college degree from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude. She then completed medical school at Columbia University, followed by an ophthalmology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Hsieh enjoys being engaged in the variety and challenges of practicing adult comprehensive ophthalmology. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese, as well as medical Spanish. Being a relative newcomer to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Dr. Hsieh is enjoying her time here, exploring the wonders of the area as well as running, hiking, and catching up on world events.
Dr. Michael C. Kim obtained his medical degree and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of California—Irvine. Dr. Kim then furthered his training by completing a fellowship in Cornea/External Disease/Refractive Surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami.
After completing his medical training, Dr. Kim joined Vancouver Eye Care in 2000 as a board-certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Kim serves as the President of Vancouver Eye Care, PS, and Secretary/ Treasurer of the Vancouver Eye Care Surgery & Laser Center and serves on the Governing Body. He also serves as a member of Vancouver Eye Care’s Executive Team where he helps to guide the administrative affairs of the practice.
Dr. John P. Rundle is a board-certified ophthalmologist with many years of practice experience. He is one of the founding physicians of Vancouver Eye Care, establishing the practice called Vancouver Eye Associates in 1968 after completing his medical education and training. Dr. Rundle received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School. He then served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force for two years before returning to Portland, Oregon to complete his post-graduate residency in ophthalmology at The Devers Memorial Eye Clinic at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Rundle serves as a member of Vancouver Eye Care’s Executive Team where he helps to guide the administrative affairs of the practice. When possible, Dr. Rundle enjoys golf, tennis, sailing, running, reading, woodworking and his seven grandchildren.
Dr. Chavez earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois in 2003. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2007. Dr. Chavez also completed an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery sponsored two-year fellowship in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University - Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon in 2009. After his fellowship, he was in private practice in Colorado and California. He was recruited by Vancouver Eye Care to better care for our patients and to expand services for our referring physicians.
Dr. Chavez is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. In addition, he has authored and co-authored textbook chapters and medical journal articles in the field of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Chavez's clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of eyelid, tear duct, and orbital disease and cosmetic surgery of the eyelids and brow. He has a special interest in endoscopic brow and tear duct surgery.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his son and wife, traveling, kayaking, and playing golf.
Dr. Richard L. Degen is an optometrist board certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He has over 30 years of practice experience. Dr. Degen retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force on April 1, 2012 after 26 years of faithful service.
Dr. Degen received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1982 from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. After graduation, he held several appointments with practices in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. In 1986 he joined the United States Air Force and from 1986 – 1989 he was assigned as the Chief of Optometry Services for the 812th Strategic Hospital at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. He then served from 1989 - 1992 as Chief of Optometry Services with the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Dr. Degen returned to the Northwest in 1992 where he worked as a Clinical Associate at the Vancouver Contact Lens & Vision Clinic before joining Vancouver Eye Care in 1997. Dr. Degen served 20 years in the Air Force Reserve at McChord Air Base, Washington in charge of the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry Clinic, was the Director of Training for the medical squadron and served on the Squadron’s Executive Medical Committee.
When he has time, Dr. Degen enjoys playing golf, weight-training and home improvement projects.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Fries is an optometrist board certified by the National Boards of Examiners in Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon and completed his postgraduate residency in Ocular Disease, Surgical Co-Management and Geriatric Vision at the Omaha Eye Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. After completing his training, Dr. Fries practiced as an optometrist at Vancouver Contact Lens & Vision Clinic before joining Vancouver Eye Care in 2000.
Dr. Fries also serves on the Board of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. When he has free time, he enjoys golf and traveling.
Dr. Sayge M. Heintzelman is an optometrist board certified by the National Boards of Examiners in Optometry. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. After completing her training, Dr. Heintzelman practiced as an optometrist at Olympic Eye Care in Port Angeles, Washington, Sammamish Vision Center in Sammamish, Washington and Sears Optical in Kelso, Washington, before joining Vancouver Eye Care in 2012. Dr. Heintzelman is a member of the InfantSEE Program.
When she has free time, she enjoys hiking, surfing, snowboarding, traveling and exploring the outdoors.