About Us

About The Practice


Arbor Eye Center made it a mission to provide the highest quality eye care and optical service available in Austin. Dr. Ellen P. Crothers and her husband, Frank, have 35 years combined experience in the optical industry. Ellen has always been fascinated by the eye, and she finds fulfillment in improving the vision of her patients. Frank has worked in all areas of the optometric office, from grinding lenses in the lab, to filing insurance, to instructing patients on the proper use of contact lenses. He is an excellent manager and a patient advocate. Ellen and Frank decided to combine their talents and start Arbor Eye Center, P.A. on June 4, 2005.

We set ourselves apart from other optometrist offices a few ways:

  • We see the patient as a person and an extension of our eye care family, not a number.

  • We spend as much time as possible with each patient, to insure that all questions have been answered. It is our goal to provide only the best eye care and optical available in Austin, Texas.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Ellen Pearman Crothers

Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

Dr. Ellen Pearman Crothers was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Alto High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. After that, Ellen attended the University of Houston College of Optometry where she achieved a Doctor of Optometry degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002. While attending the University of Houston, she was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society. Dr. Crothers completed an internship at the Montrose Clinic in Houston, where she gained valuable experience working with patients suffering from HIV and AIDS. Upon graduation, she worked as a relief doctor in the Austin area for 3 years before deciding to open her own private optometric practice. She is an active participant in the InfantSEE program, and she is a member of the Central Texas Optometric Society. Ellen enjoys exercise, good food and making her son laugh.

Dr. Michaela Novak

Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

Dr. Michaela Novak, OD graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. She then continued her education at the Illinois College of Optometry graduating magna cum laude with her doctorate of Optometry in 2008. During her time at ICO, Dr. Novak was a member of the Tomb and Key Honor Fraternity and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society as well as a participant in the clinical honors program. Dr. Novak’s training includes internships in primary care, ocular disease, contact lenses, and pediatrics. When not seeing patients, she enjoys hiking, running, and exploring Austin with her husband and twin sons.

Meet the Staff

Dr. Ellen Pearman Crothers

Frank Crothers Jr. A.B.O.C

General Manager

Frank Crothers, Jr. has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University in Central Texas. He is certified as an optician by the American Board of Opticianry since 1998. Frank has worked in every position in the modern optometric office, including: optician, lab technician, lab manager, and office manager. He enjoys cooking, following the stock market, football, kayaking, mountain biking, playing with his son Kwan and dog, Buddy. He has been with Arbor Eye Center since May of 2005

Preston Kim, A.B.O.C

Lab Manager

Preston Minho Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Texas in 1989. He has three older sisters and a room-full of nephews and nieces. He graduated from Copperas Cove High School and attended Central Texas College and Texas State University. He is fluent in Korean and certified as an optician by the American Board of Opticianry. Preston enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and anything outdoors. He is a HUGE Texas Longhorns sports fan. He's been with Arbor Eye Center since April of 2007.

Callie Jones, A.B.O.C

Optical/Frame Manager, Optician

Callie was born and raised in Austin, and she currently attends college where she pursues a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. Callie is certified by the American Board of Opticianry. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, outdoor activities, and preparing for the holidays with decorating and art projects. She has been with Arbor Eye Center since July of 2009.

Michelle Swanson, A.B.O.C


Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and Merchandise from the University of Houston. She is also fluent in Spanish. She has worked in the high-end fashion industry with stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Anne Fontaine. Michelle was also a member of upper management with Avon and Toni&Guy. Prior to obtaining her degree, she worked as an optician for nine years in Houston. Michelle and her husband Michael were recently married and moved to Austin in early 2015. Michelle enjoys exploring Austin, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Arbor Eye Center


9:00 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


9:00 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


9:00 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


9:00 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


8:00 am-2:00 pm





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