About Us

Kelley Lawrence, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Lawrence

Dr. Lawrence was born and raised in South Dakota. She first moved to Arizona in 2003. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon. Dr. Lawrence did additional training by completing a residency in ocular disease and primary care on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Sacaton, AZ.

Prior to her career as an optometrist, she was a first grade teacher. She has a special place in her heart for children and enjoys providing pediatric vision exams. She provides comprehensive eye health exams for infants through seniors.

Dr. Lawrence has a special interest in the management of medical eye conditions including diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, dry eye, eye infections, and eye allergies. She also has experience fitting a wide range of contact lenses. Dr. Lawrence is currently not accepting new patients.

Dr. Lawrence and her husband, T.J., have two sons. Her favorite activities include those spent with her family. She enjoys traveling and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Renee Thimesch, O.D.

Dr. Thimesch

Dr. Thimesch was born and raised in South Dakota. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. She then obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree by graduating Summa Cum Laude from Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon. Following her graduation, Dr. Thimesch practiced for 6 years in southern Minnesota. She moved to Arizona in mid 2014 and practiced in Chandler before joining Desert EyeCare Center in early 2018.

She enjoys working with patients, and getting to know them and their families. Dr. Thimesch manages and treats routine vision needs (glasses and contacts) as well as ocular health concerns (diabetes, cataracts, red eyes, eye allergies, etc).

Dr. Thimesch and her husband Dave have one daughter. In her spare time, she loves to read and go to baseball games with her family. They are big fans of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings.

Kelly Reed, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Reed

Dr. Reed was born and raised in southeast South Dakota. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where she also played collegiate volleyball. Dr. Reed then received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. Following optometry school, she received additional training by completing a residency in ocular disease at the Southern Nevada VA in Las Vegas.

Dr. Reed especially enjoys practicing medical optometry and managing ocular conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic eye disease.

In her spare time, Dr. Reed loves traveling, hiking, attending sporting events, spending time with family and friends, and finding new local restaurants to explore.

Cara, Practice Manager


Cara has been a resident of southern Arizona since 1989. She spent three years in the Middle East and is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cara has worked in Optometry since 2009 and has been with Desert EyeCare Center since we opened our doors in 2012. As the Practice Manager, Cara is well versed in all aspects of the practice, you'll see her wearing many hats in our office. Cara strives to ensure our patients have the best overall eyecare experience and enjoys helping patients with all their vision needs.

Outside of work Cara enjoys an active lifestyle of weight lifting and hiking with her husband Joey and their two sons, Jacob and Josiah.

April, Patient Care Coordinator


April is originally from Michigan but has called Arizona home since 2009. She has worked in customer service for many years and really enjoys helping and interacting with patients everyday.

In her spare time, April loves camping and hiking with her family, watching her daughters play sports, and coaching/playing volleyball.

Lori, Optometric Technician

Lori B

Lori has been an Arizona resident since 1992. With a background in veterinary medicine, she now enjoys helping human patients as an optometric technician and receptionist.

Lori spends her days off horseback riding, hiking, and off roading with the family.

Mercedes, Optician


Mercedes has been an optician since 2006. She enjoys helping patients see their best and, of course, making sure patients look good in their glasses. She's knowledgeable in pre-screening, front office, back office, and contact lens training.

In her spare time you'll find Mercedes hanging out with her family either at the softball fields, camping or wherever her children and her husband take her.

Maria, Patient Care Coordinator


Maria was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She has a strong background in customer service. Her previous work experience includes the Orpheum Theater, Talking Stick Resort Arena and the Phoenix Symphony Hall. Most recently she was the front office receptionist for Porsche Chandler. She enjoys interacting with people and is deeply knowledgeable on our front office procedures and patient pre-screening.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes three daughters and six grandchildren. Maria is engaged to her fiancé Mike, and they enjoy taking long walks with their newly adopted Siberian Husky "Zeus".

Christine, Ophthalmic Technician


Christine moved to Arizona from Michigan in 2011. She earned her degree as a certified ophthalmic assistant and has been working in eye care since 2001. She has a wide range of experience in the field of ophthalmology and optometry. Her experience ranges from general ophthalmology to many subspecialties such as cornea, glaucoma, retina, and oculoplastics. She enjoys both the medical side of optometry where she assists with ocular disease as well as the vision side, where she helps to fit, dispense, and repair glasses.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys riding bikes, walking, reading and just spending time with family and friends!

Melissa, Optician


Melissa, a native of Arizona, has been in eye care since 2009. Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge in patient pre-screening, contact lens fitting, billing, and provides top-class customer service! Melissa specializes in helping our patients find the best fashionable and functional eyewear. It’s not hard to spot Melissa in the office… she’s the one wearing the huge smile with dimples.

In her spare time, you will find Melissa spending time with her daughter, family and friends. She loves to shop, play bingo, help those in need, and make others laugh. In the rare event that you can’t find Melissa, just head to the closest softball field or volleyball court and there you’ll find her hitting home runs, or serving up aces!