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Dr. Charlene Haynes began her optometric career in 1990. She opened her own practice and Optical Salon in 1996 providing the highest level of eye care and customer service as well as having one of the most exclusive selections of fine eyewear in San Antonio. Growing her practice through word of mouth and satisfied patient referrals, Dr. Charlene Haynes has been recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Companies from the San Antonio Business Journal for three years in a row.

Due to growth and demand, in 2008 Dr. Haynes custom built a new and larger location allowing for the most cutting edge testing and eye care equipment as well as exclusive eyewear housed in a comfortable, luxurious environment.

A full range of progressive ophthalmic services are facilitated by an extraordinary group of highly experienced staff working together to provide world class service.

Dr. Charlene Haynes

Dr. Haynes grew up in Houston, TX and is a graduate of Texas A&M and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She is one out of only 3,000 Optometrists in the United States to have earned the prestigious status of Fellow of the American Academy of Optometrists and a Diplomate, Board Certified Optometrist.

Dr. Haynes has special expertise in contact lens fittings and ocular disease diagnosis and treatment. Her long time patients praise Dr. Haynes on her professionalism and expertise in her field.

When not in the office, Dr. Haynes enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time with Jeff and their 3 dogs.

Special Acknowledgements:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO)- Board certification demonstrates a commitment to a higher level of patient care and represents an elite group of approximately 1,000 members nationwide
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometrist (FAAO) – out of over 300 Optometrists in San Antonio only several carry this prestigious fellowship
  • America's Top Optometrists 2006
  • 1999 – 2001, San Antonio's Fastest Growing Companies from the San Antonio Business Journal
  • The Dennis Kennedy, O.D. Excellence in Eye Care Award 2005
  • Advisory Board, Medicine and Healthcare Committee for San Antonio Area Foundation – 2002 to 2014
  • American Diabetes Association, Chair of the Golf Tournament 2001

Organization Affiliations:

  • Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • Texas Optometry Association
  • Bexar County Optometry Association
  • Bexar County Optometric Society 1996-1997, President
  • A&M Century Club
  • Board of Directors of the Sarah Roberts French Home 1999 to present, serving four years as President
  • San Antonio Area Foundation – Advisory Committee

Dr. Anna McKinney

Dr. McKinney is a hill country native and grew up in Fredericksburg, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology along with a Minor in Business from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. McKinney earned her optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry graduating cum laude. In her final year of optometry school, Dr. McKinney completed internships involving a range of ocular diseases including chronic dry eyes, keratoconus, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Dr. McKinney also enjoys working with children to help reduce their risk of developing nearsightedness.

While in school, Dr. McKinney met her husband, Josh, who was born and raised in San Antonio. Together they have a son named Rhodes and a dog named Addie. Away from the office, Dr. McKinney loves to travel and cheer on the TCU Horned Frogs and San Antonio Spurs!

Jackie Palmer

Jackie has been with Dr. Haynes since she began her own practice in 1996. She received her BFA in Foreign Language from UTSA and her Spanish speaking abilities are a wonderful asset to our team. Jackie manages the office as well as the Optical Salon. Jackie and her husband, Hans have two daughters, Lexi and Lauren, along with two dogs. Their daughter Lexi is married and welcomed their first baby girl recently.

Laurel Verheul

As a long time patient of Dr. Haynes, Laurel has transitioned into our staff quite wonderfully as an optometric technician. She is a Texas Tech graduate with a degree in education. She and her husband Maarten have two children, Hunter and Lacey. On the weekends you might find Laurel shopping, traveling with her family and hunting with their Labrador Kinsey.

Ashley Foote

Ashley joined us in 2010 with over a decade of experience in the optical industry. After staying home with her children for a few years, she returned to our team at the end of 2016. Though she obtained her BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University, her passion lies in the optical industry. Ashley utilizes her skills in many areas from frame styling to working up patients and filing insurance. She and her husband Kelley now reside in New Braunfels with their children, June and Wyatt, and their dogs, Tommy and Toto.

Allie Gazo

Allie was born and raised in Slovakia and lived there until she moved to the United States in 2003 with her husband and daughter. In Slovakia, she studied pediatric nursing and graduated with a nursing degree. Allie has joined our team as an optometric technician with her nursing background allowing her to better care for our patients. Allie’s daughter, Julia, started her last year at WSU and is planning on attending optometry school after graduation.

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