Dr. Michael ShanksDr. Michael Shanks
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Dr. Michael Shanks was born in 1970 in Deming, New Mexico. He grew up in the south central mountains of New Mexico in a small community named Capitan. He graduated with honors from Capitan High School in 1988. He did his undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University, graduating with honors with a degree in biology in 1992. In 1994, he began his studies at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1998.

Dr. Shanks has been in private practice in Abilene and Burleson, Tx since 1998. In 2011, he purchased the practice of Angela Nicolini and renamed it Professional Eyecare Associates. Dr Shanks is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Rolling Plains Optometric Association. He was a past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. Dr Shanks is also an active member of the Southern Hills Church of Christ.

Away from his practice, Dr Shanks enjoys many outside activities including biking, golfing,swimming,traveling, grilling outdoors and spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys to read and tries to watch as much football as humanly possible. He has been married to his lovely wife Erin since 2002, and has two adorable children, daughter Sara Jane, and son Cullen.

Shelley MayfieldShelley Mayfield – Insurance Specialist
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Shelley calls Abilene her home. She is married to Bill Mayfield and they have two kids. She has been working in the insurance billing business since 1998, but joined our staff in 2002. She enjoys billing insurance because she gets to problem solve and help patients receive their maximum benefits.

 

 

Claudia MerrickClaudia Merrick-Contact Lens Technician/Optometric Technician
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Claudia was raised all over the Big Country area, but has lived in Abilene since she married her husband, Michael Merrick, in 2004. She has been in the optometry business since February 2011 but joined our staff in July 2011 when Dr Shanks bought the business. She enjoys working in optometry because she gets to be part of helping little kids see clearly for the first time. The look on the child’s face when they can see makes her day!

 

Lavinia RuizLavinia Ruiz – Office Manager/Optician
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Lavinia was born and raised in Snyder, TX. She took her first job in optometry in 2008 at Dr. Caves office. She moved to Abilene in 2010 which she now calls home, and joined our staff in January 2011. She enjoys helping people pick out glasses that will bring out their sense of style and their own personality.