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Take a few minutes to get to know & see the friendly faces of our doctors, optical and office staff. We can do exams in Spanish & Polish too!

Our experienced Opticians and optical staff will assist you and take as much time with you as needed to find the perfect frames for you and your family.

Our office staff is incredibly knowledgeable and the friendliest staff around. They are here to assist you from start to finish.


Karen Cullinen

Licensed Optician

Karen has been a licensed optician since 1991 when she graduated from Middlesex College. We were lucky enough to have her join Colchester Eye Care to run our optical department full time in 2002. She has extensive experience in frame selection and eyeglass fabrication. Her lens knowledge is unsurpassed and she is a perfectionist!! If you want to know something was done the absolute best it could be, just work with Karen!

Karen is one of those people who always amazes you with the extent of their talent. She is very artistic, she is an amazing decorator and has an incredible sense of style. She is an avid bicyclist an amazing gardener and is currently learning to play the violin.

Stop by anytime to visit Karen in the dispensary (that she is mostly responsible for designing!). She is always happy to make a personalized recommendation!


Carol M. Csaszar

Licensed Optician

If you’ve stopped in the office lately you’ve seen that Carol’s warm smile is always on her face! She has the most incredibly positive attitude about life! She is a truly kind, caring, conscientious and ambitious person.

Carol has worked in the optical field for over 30 years and has been a licensed optician since 1986. Carol is certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).

Carol is well-skilled in all areas of Opticianry. She truly enjoys assisting people in selecting the eyewear to best fit their particular life style needs and personality, as well as teaching people about the latest advancements in eyewear materials and designs.

In Carol’s spare time she enjoys golf, gardening, oil painting and music. Carol said “I love working with the highly professional and caring doctors and staff at Colchester Eye Care. I love that the main goal here is to provide the highest quality in eye care in a friendly and family-like manner.”


Michele McCormick

Optician’s Assistant

Michele has been so loyal to Colchester Eye Care for so many years we had to find a place within our eye care family for her! When we decided to add another assistant to our awesome optical team, Karen suggested talking to Michele. She had always admired her intelligence and personality and thought she would be a great fit to our team. We all agreed and Michele is our new Optician’s assistant.

Michele comes to us with many years of extensive customer service, including retail store management, sales and marketing. She is great at multi-tasking, and enjoys helping customers and meeting new patients!

“I’ve been a patient at CEC for many years and got to know Dr. Dempsey and his wife Wendy. Their high level of personal, competent, and friendly service kept me coming back, in addition to their long-time personable & caring staff, including Tracy Gale & Karen Cullinen . I have referred my family members and friends to CEC as I trust them for my eye care and for my family’s as well. When the opportunity arose to work part-time it seemed liked the perfect fit, based on my positive experiences.”

Michele lives in town and has raised three wonderful sons with her husband. She is an active volunteer in her community currently with the Boy Scouts & the Colchester Land Trust. We hope you get a chance to say hello to Michele when you come in!


Megan Thompson

Receptionist and Optical Assistant

Megan has a great understanding of eye care. She is a jack of all trades. She comes to us with excellent experience both at the front desk and in optical from her previous position.

Megan says: “I am not only new to Colchester and Hebron Eye Care, I am also new to Connecticut – I recently moved to Middletown! I am excited to embark on this new journey with amazingly welcoming co-workers! Back in my hometown in New Jersey I worked for an Optometrist Office as well. There I touched upon various aspects of the office. Here at Colchester and Hebron Eye Care I get to further my knowledge and broaden my experience in both the front desk and optical side of the eye care world.

In my free time I enjoy exploring new places, I have a lot of places to see in beautiful Connecticut! I also enjoy cooking and “do it yourself” projects and crafts.

I have a “glass half full” type personality and face the world with an optimistic attitude! I am easy to talk to and look forward to meeting new people, both inside and outside of the office!”


Kathyann Lizotte

Ophthalmic Technician

Kathyann is our Ophthalmic Technician who will see you for pretest before our doctors complete your comprehensive eye exam.

Kathyann meets and greets the patients in a warm welcoming manner to get them prepared to see the doctor. She will review your history and address any concerns. She also performs the diagnostic testing to help the doctor diagnose eye disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye disease. She also trains people how to wear and care for contact lenses.

Drs. Dempsey and Sadanowicz met Kathyann at a Colchester vision screening they assisted at in 2014. She had been employed in the eye care field as an ophthalmic technician in an ophthalmology practice for over 15 years. She is extremely bright and caring and conscientious and they knew instantly that she would fit in with our practice. We were lucky enough to convince her to join our practice in January of 2016. She is a dynamo! Her deep love and understanding of people and eye care are a rare combination. She has made the lives of both the patients and doctors better every day.

Kathyann enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, music, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.”I love helping people see! I love working at Colchester Eye Care because I know patients will get a thorough eye exam and can improve their vision ,* whether it be with contact lenses* or some very* fashionable eye glass or sunglass frames. I think Colchester Eye Care is the best practice. The Doctors provide compassionate and personalized eye care for all of our patients,* as well as provide them with the greatest* eye care,* diagnostic, and treatment options. They take their time to talk to the patients and let them know important information about their eye conditions as well as to describe treatment options.

I love working here!* The doctors are absolutely the best,* and the staff here at Colchester Eye Care is very passionate, social and trustworthy, and make me feel like part of a family.”


Kellee Mefford

Licensed Optician

Kellee has worked for Colchester Eye Care on and off for almost 10 years. She is a licensed optician who has been in the optical field over 20 years. She is a graduate of the Middlesex Community College optician’s program. We have been lucky enough to have her coming back again and again to fill in when we need her. She is bright and caring and loves to help people.

Kellee says: “I really enjoy selling eyeglasses. In my free time I like spending time with my family, being outdoors, and gardening. I really enjoy working at Colchester Eye Care. The doctors and staff all make you feel so welcome. I’m so happy to be part of such a wonderful place.”


Jenna Cowan

Optical Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician and Receptionist

We are excited that we have found a fabulous addition to our eye care team. Jenna comes to us with years of optical experience in many different roles. She is taking that knowledge and her upbeat personality and bringing it to join right in with our amazing staff at Colchester and Hebron Eye Care. You will never know where you will meet up with Jenna in our offices. She can do it all and do it all really well.

Jenna says: ” I happily joined the team here at Colchester and Hebron Eye Care, where I do a little bit of everything from receptionist duties, to optical measurements, to technician pretests. Not only am I new to the team, but I’m also new to Connecticut, I moved from Maine to Coventry, CT. Excited to start this new journey with some great new co-workers and doctors, that gave me the most heartwarming welcome. Back in Maine, I worked in Optical for two years as an assistant manager helping patients pick out frames and lenses to best meet their needs. I also worked for an Optometry office for two years as Lead Optometric Technician where I reviewed patients history, and performed the diagnostic testing before the doctor completed the comprehensive exam.

I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, hiking, fishing, and really anything that has to do with the outdoors. I really enjoy working for Colchester and Hebron Eye Care because I know all the patients are getting the most exceptional care that they can possibly get for their eyes. The doctors provide personalized care for each patient and have a way of making you feel right at home to get all of your eye needs taken care of. I love working here! The staff are all extremely compassionate about their jobs, and have a way of making you feel comfortable and part of the family.”