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Dr. Laura Vrazel Koehler
Dr. Laura Vrazel Koehler was born and raised in Danbury, Texas, and is part of a LARGE traditional Czech family. She graduated Salutatorian from Danbury High School where she was involved in everything from cheerleading and track, to marketing and debate competitions, to showing animals at the Brazoria County Fair.
Dr. Koehler earned a full scholarship to Baylor University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and as the top student in her Economics major. While at Baylor, she met her now husband, Justin, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Justin cares for children in the ICU at the Shriners Burns Hospital in Galveston.
Dr. Koehler graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Houston College of Optometry. During her internship with Eye Center of Texas, she trained under highly skilled ocular surgeons, and is prepared to manage LASIK, cataract surgery, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or any other concern her patients may have.
The Koehlers proudly welcomed their daughter, Maddox in 2012, and their son, Briles in 2015. They also have 2 kitties, Rocco & Murfee, and a beta fish named Blue.
Dr. Koehler and her family reside in League City, and enjoy traveling and camping with friends. Recent travels included Washington DC, Sydney Australia, Vegas (with the whole Signature Eye Center crew!) and Walt Disney World . They are proud Baylor Bears and return each year to cheer on their team. They attend St. Mary’s in League City and they strive to live a Christian lifestyle, and know that it’s all for Him.
Dr. Misty Otte Gawelek
We welcomed Dr. Gawelek to Signature Eye Center in 2020 after she had been in practice since 2009 in several different states. She was born and raised in a small rural town in northwest Oklahoma where her family settled in 1909. She participated in show choir, golf and cheerleading. After high school, she went on to Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Biology degree, where was very active with the OSU Cowboy’s football program.
Dr. Gawelek graduated from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Oklahoma where she served as class president and on the executive council. She completed her externship in Primary Care and after graduation, Dr. Gawelek decided to further her education and completed a residency in Ocular Disease. Throughout her experience, Dr. Gawelek has practiced everything from contacts and eyeglasses to co-managing cataract surgery, LASIK, dry eyes and the common “red eye”.
While practicing in Oklahoma City, Dr. Gawelek met her now husband, Ken, who was the Regional Director for Dollar tree in the Oklahoma area at the time. When Ken got transferred to the Houston area, they decided to settle in League City. Ken is now the Regional Director for Dollar Tree for the Houston/San Antonio/Corpus Christi/Harlingen areas. He has worked for Dollar Tree since 2004.
In 2019, Ken’s teenaged daughter, Emily, became a big sister, and Dr. Gawelek welcomed her first daughter, Molly! This bundle of joy completed their family of four along with their pound puppy, Annie. The Gaweleks love anything to do with water, especially spending time on the boat at Kemah and Galveston Bay as well as going to the beach, country concerts and live sporting events– especially football!
Brenda joined our team in 2012 and it’s like she’s been with us from day one! With over 20 years of patient care and optical expertise, she’s right at home with our little family. Brenda earned her degree in Opticianry Dispensing Technology in Tampa, Florida, and furthers her skill training through continuing education classes. We love Brenda’s organization and management techniques. Our patients love her sweet personality and detailed attention to their eyewear needs. She’s always on top of the best custom lens designs and loves teaching you about the technology behind it!
Katie joined the Signature Eye Center team in early 2011. She and Dr. Koehler actually worked together in another clinic that Dr. K was an intern for in 2007, and Dr. K was so happy to have Katie join the team! Katie is a certified optician and attends continuing education classes regularly to make sure that we are providing the best technology and best ophthalmic products for our patients. She is always updating our frame lines to bring in fresh styles, ensuring that we have something for everyone! Katie is also our resident tech-geek. She may not have known when she signed on with us that she’d be fixing software issues and repairing computers, but she’s so good at it!
Meagen studied Maritime Transportation at Texas A&M Galveston in 2006, and worked in the field for several years before taking time to spend with her husband and starting a family. Meagen is one of our vision and medical insurance coordinators, and she loves being able to work part-time with us, giving her the best of both worlds– helping her family financially, while still enjoying lots of family time! You may never personally meet her, but you can guarantee your visit and eyewear purchases run so smoothly because of her behind the scenes hard work with your insurance plans. Meagen is happy to discuss any questions you may have about your insurance policies.
Keely is our ultimate multi-tasker! You’ll find her running the show from the front desk– scheduling and registering patients, as well as contact lens training and ordering. She’s seriously amazing! Her beautiful smile & bubbly personality will welcome you to our office. Keely attends school in the evenings with the goal of being an early childhood teacher. She enjoys family time and her new dog.
Catherine has her hands in everything! When she first joined us in 2016, she specialized in our contact lens services, but has recently expanded greatly into being a top optician! Catherine will guide you though the eyewear experience and make it fun! Not so secretly, she and her fiance’ are proud pirates, and love everything Ren Fest! They have 4 sons, as well as dogs and a kitty to keep them busy! Catherine enjoys reading and collecting fun pens!
Kimi was born and raised in Indiana where she was quite the young athlete! She has worked in optical since 1990 and she’ll greet you with the warmest welcome when you arrive! She joined our Signature team in 2019.
She and her husband Chris love their dogs (their babies)- Charlie, Lady and Izzy. You’ll find them boating on the weekends, and they love world travel! Kimi has been to Rome five times!
Elizabeth joined our Signature Family in 2020, and she brings so much expertise! Her education background in communication and business is evident when she’s working with patients, listening to their needs, and presenting the best options tailored to them. She says being an optician is her passion, and she thrives knowing the patient is happy with the product and the service!
Elizabeth enjoys tailoring and cooking for her family. As a mom, she loves spending time with her son, especially playing soccer. She also teaches at the motherless babies home in Africa. She’s big on fundraising, and each year collects household items for donation. You just have to meet Elizabeth!
Jenniffer was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and raised in Galveston. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She has worked in optical since 2016 and joined our Signature Family in 2020. You’ll meet Jenniffer while she guides you through all the diagnostic medical testing before seeing our physicians. You’ll know that you’re in good hands with her!
She comes from a loving family who have taught her to be caring towards others, and it shows during her work day. She’s just the SWEETEST person you’ll meet!