Our Staff


At Stanislaus Vision Associates, we can say with confidence and pride that we have the best-trained optometric staff in Stanislaus County. They have a combined total of more than 100 years’ experience and receive ongoing training in optometric care at local and national seminars. We attend major optometry conventions in Berkeley, Las Vegas and New York, ensuring we’re up-to-date on the latest services, styles and materials.

Our large staff and commitment to service means you can have your eyeglasses serviced and adjusted without an appointment. Our insurance clerks are trained and experienced in getting the maximum benefits from insurance companies and helping customers understand what's covered.


Dr. Eric Miedema

Dr. Eric Miedema graduated from Dordt College where he played baseball and graduated Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He sees patients of all ages and fits specialty contact lenses including lenses for astigmatism and eye diseases like Keatoconus. He also fits contacts on athletes as young as 8 years old. Dr. Miedema works closely with local schools and school nurses to provide evaluations for their students and training for their staffs. He enjoys coaching youth and high school sports and has served on his church board, school boards, youth sports boards and as President of a local Parent-Teacher organization.


Dr. Spencer Whatcott

Dr. Spencer Whatcott grew up in Modesto. He went to high school at Thomas Downey High. He did his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University where he was Phi Kappa Phi. He was Phi Beta Kappa at U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry, served as class president, graduated first in his class and later served as an Associate Clinical Professor for seven years.

He is an accomplished musician, amateur astronomer and ham radio operator. He enjoys racquetball and motorcycling (Honda, not Harley). He is also a volunteer tour guide for San Francisco City Guides.

But his favorite activity is raising his son, Nathan.


Dr. Ken Thomas

Dr. Ken Thomas comes to us from Stockton and offers his language skills to our Spanish-speaking patients. He has a special interest in helping developmentally disabled individuals. Dr. Thomas also performs outreach optometric services at the State Hospital.