Meet Team Binyon – Behind the Masks!
This hardworking team of individuals are passionate about what they do – helping you see your very best and look your best. We love building relationships with our patients and look forward to meeting you!
Heather LeClaire, O.D.
Dr. LeClaire landed in Bellingham in 2018 by way of Minnesota (born and raised), Ohio (optometry school) and Seattle (after falling in love with the city on a visit during optometry school). She loves exploring the PNW with her family and friends, especially the restaurant scene and art galleries. At home you’ll find her with her nose in a book or being creative. She gifted each staff member with a beautiful cross stitch versions of their glasses! In September 2021, Dr. LeClaire became the owner of Binyon Vision Center, proudly continuing a great legacy of exceptional eye care.
Mark McEathron, O.D.
Dr. McEathron has been serving patients at Binyon Vision Center for over 40 years. He graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1980, and entered practice here the same year. Dr. McEathron has been a member of the American Optometric Association since 1976, and of the Washington Optometric Association since 1980. He was Mt. Baker Optometric President in 2001-2002. He’s completed every leg of the Ski to Sea race. His growing family including seven grandchildren keep him busy and filled with joy. He loves to travel with his wife Mary, go kayaking near Deception Pass Bridge, and play the harmonica.
Calana Mansell, Office Manager
Calana joined us as our receptionist in the end of October of 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and moved into the bookkeeping position only six months later! She moved to Bellingham from Seattle temporarily in 2009 but loved it here and has been here ever since. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Rory, baking and cooking, and curling up with a good book with one of her three cats.
Caitlin Bruno, Office Administrator
Caitlin’s earliest memories include heading to Binyon Vision Center to see her dad at work and she feels blessed to be able to work alongside him and the rest of the Binyon crew today. After travelling all over the world in her previous career, she is thrilled to be back in Bellingham and raising a family with her husband Rory. Outside of work and being active in their church, the Bridge Bellingham, they chase after the two little ones and have become experts on every playground in Whatcom County.
James Kilpatrick, Licensed Dispensing Optician
James has been working in the optical field since 1996 and joined the Binyon team in 2013. He enjoys walking the waterfront with his wife Nikki and daughter Saffron. On all but the coldest and rainiest days look for him outside. He’ll be the one playing the ukulele.
Sarah Bray, Optician Apprentice
Sarah came all the way from Portland, Maine to join our lively crew, first as our receptionist, then moving into a role as an optician apprentice in 2015. When not learning the ins and outs of frames and lenses, you can find her outdoors hiking or riding the bike she affectionately calls Big Blue. On the weekends, she loves a good brunch to start the day at Bellingham favorites Homeskillet, Old Town Cafe or Nelson’s Market.
April Demmer, Optician Apprentice
April leaped into opticianry in 2018 when she joined our crew. She originally comes from a small town in Colorado, attended bible college in York, England and then settled in Bellingham where she met her husband Derek. They love quality time with family and friends and meeting new people who challenge them to grow! In her spare time April is often outdoors with her camera and loves to travel- especially to Disneyland!
Heather Froehner, Receptionist
After putting up with one too many summers in the California desert, Heather
moved to Bellingham in October 2020 and joined the Binyon team in May 2021.
She spends her time exploring the beauty of the PNW with her husband and two
kids, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and serving as an officer for the
Bellingham Evening Toastmasters. She looks forward to one day seeing the
lower half of everyone’s faces!
Joe Vitek, Front Desk
Joe moved to beautiful Bellingham from Portland, OR in 2017 to sing in Western’s top choir. After learning choir teachers are stuck working in school for life, they decided to stay in Bellingham ever since and joined Binyon as a receptionist in fall 2021. They are happy to call Bellingham home thanks to all the lovely, artsy, and nature-oriented people. They’re passionate about helping others and greatly appreciate the amazing, abundantly beautiful places that can be found even in the smallest areas of Bellingham. In their free time, they enjoy playing many instruments, reading and hiking.
Jill Hoyt, Optician
Jill thought that she retired a few years ago but we are delighted that in between travel and golf, she’s willing to flex her optician muscles again. She is a lifelong Bellinghamster, has two kids and a grandpuppy and spoils her Binyon family with delicious cookies.
” Stellar service from a locally-owned and operated business. Felt very safe with COVID precautions in place. Dr. LeClaire took time to discuss all questions I had, was very present and focused throughout the exam, and made sure I understood everything she was explaining. As soon as I left the exam, Optician Sarah had already selected some frames for me to try based on my style & her keen fashion sense. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to pick my new look. Can’t recommend this team highly enough!” – David
“Love going to my appointment. Always a warm greeting and good bye. Super fun and friendly staff. They always go out of their way to help. Dr McEathron is the best and he loves what he does.” – Kristen