Meet The Staff

~ Your Eye Team ~

  • Susan Jong

    Dr. Susan Jong, a life-long Louisianan, grew up in Lake Providence working in her family owned business. After undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), she received her doctorate degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 1979 where a strong interest in vision therapy developed. 

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  • Charmaine Wright
    Vision Therapy Administrator

    Charmaine joined the practice in 2013 as our Vision Therapy Administrator. She’s a native of Kentucky and holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. During her free time she enjoys her two teenage daughters, Emma Kate and Campbell and rooting for her alma mater. 

  • Tabitha Goings
    Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

    Tabitha joined Advanced Eye Center in 2008 and is currently the head therapist at our Baton Rouge location. She earned her Vision Therapy certification through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in 2011. Tabitha graduated from Louisiana State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. In her free time, Tabitha enjoys drawing, building collages, and creating homemade jewelry.

  • Rachel Hotard
    Vision Therapist

    Rachel is from Port Allen, Louisiana.  She graduated from ITI Technical College in 2008 with a degree in office administration.  Since then, she has worked in the physical therapy field as an office manager, but she has always wanted to work on a more personal level with patients.  In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her daughter, getting all the baby snuggles!  She loves being outside, taking family trips to the beach, and of course anything LSU! GEAUX TIGERS!!

  • Ashley Ainsworth
    Vision Therapist, CPO
    Certified Paraoptometric

    Ashley was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She moved to Baton Rouge to be closer to family.  She has a background in working with patients in orthopedic and chiropractic clinics. In 2017 Ashley earned her Paraoptometric certification. In her free time, Ashley enjoys kayaking, camping and exploring the outdoors.

  • Jessica Madere
    Office Manager

    Jessica has lived in Baton Rouge since Kindergarten except when she spent a year overseas in Saudi Arabia, due to her father’s job. She comes from banking and being an Office Manager in a clinical setting. She graduated from LSU’s School of Mass Communication with a concentration in Advertising. In her spare time, she's an enthusiastic Crossfitter who loves hanging out with her little girl and husband. 

  • Sydney Young
    Optometric Tech

    Sydney is a Baton Rouge native with several years of experience in providing quality patient care. She serves as Advanced Eye Center's contact lens specialist. She is highly skilled in preliminary testing and contact lens training. 

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8:30 am-6:00 pm


8:30 am-6:00 pm


8:30 am-6:00 pm