Our Optometry Team
Our team of dedicated eye health professionals are here to serve you. We combine extensive knowledge in the field of optometry with a passion for helping people solve their vision problems. It is our goal to create a friendly and professional atmosphere that you can rely on for all of your eye health needs.
Dr. Kevin M. Chauvette O.D., F.C.O.V.D.
Dr. Kevin M. Chauvette performed his undergraduate training at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH and graduated from New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts with a doctor of optometry degree in 1989. He is a Fellow in the College of Optometry in Vision Development (COVD), the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), The American Optometric Association (AOA) and the NH Optometric Association (NHOA). He is an adjunct faculty member of the New England College of Optometry in Boston, the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, SALUS Collage of Optometry in Elkins Park, PA, and Western College of Optometry in Pomona, CA .
Dr. Chauvette opened his private practice, Merrimack Vision Care in Merrimack, NH in September 1990. The first satellite office in Manchester was opened in November 2000. In 2006 Dr. Chauvette launched Eye Q Vision Therapy Center, a vision therapy specialty practice. In addition to Eye Q Vision Therapy Center, Merrimack Vision Care has three locations, Merrimack, Manchester and Milford, NH.
Dr. Chauvette specializes in Pediatric Vision Care, vision care for children struggling in school, children with developmental disabilities (autism, cerebral palsy, etc), with a concentration in the area of neuro-rehabilitation. He is currently the Director of vision clinics at the following rehabilitation facilities: Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Concord, NH, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospitals in Salem, Portsmouth and Nashua, NH, and Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford, Massachusetts.
At these facilities, Dr. Chauvette evaluates and treats patients who have recently suffered stroke, traumatic brain injury, cranial surgery and other neurological disorders. Dr. Chauvette is one of the few optometrists in the area that is certified to provide vision therapy to assist individuals struggling with tracking disorders, eye teaming disorders, focusing disorders and/or visual perceptual dysfunctions. He has authored several articles and lectures frequently on the subject of visual rehabilitation for adults and children.
Dr. Matthew Francis O.D.
Dr. Matthew J. Francis attended Boston University and graduated in 1999 with a B.S. in Human Physiology. He went on to graduate from the New England College of Optometry in 2003. During his training he worked in multiple private practice settings, including Optometric Associates in St. Albans, VT and Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates in Havre de Grace, MD. Dr. Francis then completed his one year residency training in Ocular Disease at D’Ambrosio Eyecare in Leominster, MA. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the New Hampshire Optometric Association.
Dr. Francis joined Merrimack Vision Care in 2004 and sees patients in both the Merrimack and Manchester locations. He enjoys providing general eye care, contact lens fittings and the treatment of ocular disease. With his time away from the office, Dr. Francis stays active playing basketball, golf and skiing. He currently resides in Nashua, NH with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Adam Grimm O.D.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Grimm completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 2011 with a B. S. degree in Biological Sciences. Dr. Grimm then made the move to the Northeast to attend The New England College of Optometry, graduating with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2015. He completed internships at the VA Medical Center in Columbus, OH, Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, MA, VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, and Tuft’s University Medical Center and New England Eye in Boston, MA.
Dr. Grimm sees patients at both the Manchester and Merrimack locations. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the New Hampshire Optometric Association, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, and was a Student Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. His clinical interests include medical optometry, pediatrics, and neuro-optometry, but he enjoys all aspects of patient care.
In his free time you can find Dr. Grimm hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, golfing or just about anything else that allows him to spend time outdoors.
Dr. Mark Harris O.D.
Dr. Harris, also a graduate from the New England College of Optometry, Boston, holds a B.S. in Biological Science Education and an Associates of Science degree in Radiation Therapy Technology from the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Dr. Harris’ clinical experience includes work at the Lahey Eye Clinic, Lowell, MA and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Manchester, NH.
He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the New Hampshire Optometric Association. In 2013 he was voted Optometrist of the Year among his colleagues in the AOA for his outstanding dedication to the field.
Dr. Harris joined Merrimack Vision Care in 1997 and now sees patients in both the Merrimack and Manchester locations. Dr. Harris provides general eye care, contact lens services and treatment of eye disease. In his free time Dr. Harris enjoys skiing and horseback riding.
Dr. Patrick Mallin O.D.
Dr. Mallin received his doctorate of optometry from Pacific University in Oregon and completed post-doctoral residency training at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, with a concentration in primary eye care and ocular disease. He also completed internships at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, and at the Lebanon VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania, among others. He is a member of the New Hampshire Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
In his free time, he enjoys exploring New Hampshire and outdoor activities such as running, hiking, and kayaking.
Dr. Thuy-Nga (Lily) Nguyen O.D.
Dr. Nguyen graduated from undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida with a B.S in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Public Health & Applied Physics in Medicine. She completed her doctorate degree in 2014 at Western University of Health and Sciences, College of Optometry in Pomona, California. During Dr. Nguyen’s clinical training, she was at Flint Sensory Learning Center in Flint, Michigan, UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, in Bay Pines, Florida, and Villages VA in The Villages, Florida.
During her free time, Dr. Nguyen likes to stay healthy and remain active by running and exercising, meeting and socializing with family and friends. Dr. Nguyen also gets involved in volunteering events to help screen patients, especially small children. She has an interest in vision therapy, assisting individuals with visual disorders that impact overall quality of life.
Dr. Nguyen is fluent in Vietnamese and English. She recently moved to Manchester, NH from Winter Park, Florida in August 2015.
Dr. Suzanna Schmitt, O.D.
Dr. Suzanna Schmitt is a New York native originally from Long Island. She completed her undergraduate studies at Binghamton University in upstate New York with a B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience in 2012. Dr. Schmitt then completed her doctorate of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry in Boston in 2017. She has done a combination of primary care and ocular disease internships at the VA Hospital in Portland OR, Castle Family Health Centers of California, Midwest Eye Professionals in Chicago. In addition to specialty internships at the VA Hospital Jamaica Plain MA in Low Vision Rehabilitation and at the New England Eye Institute in Specialty Contact Lenses.
Dr. Schmitt enjoys to practice primary care Optometry and likes seeing patients of all age ranges and visual needs. She is passionate about management of eye disease as well as fitting contact lenses. Dr.Schmitt will primarily being seeing patients at our Milford location. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the New Hampshire Optometric Association.
In her free time, Dr.Schmitt enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Lisa Holtman, O.D.
Dr. Lisa Holtman graduated from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota, Magna Cum Laude, in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She then moved to Arizona where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry in June of 2017. She completed internships at the Memphis VA Medical Center as well as multiple private practices including M&M Eye Institute in Prescott, AZ and Moyes Eye Center in Lee’s Summit, MO. She has a concentration and advanced training in the areas of vision therapy and neurorehabilitation.
Dr. Holtman joins us as a vision therapy/neurorehabilitation resident in association with the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.