Experience is everything…
Berlin Optical Expressions is a family optometry practice founded on a commitment to personal, professional eye care, attention to all of our patients’ individual needs, and providing you the best experience possible with outstanding customer service, an incomparable optical showroom, and an unrivaled team of professional opticians.
Located in the Berlin Mall, between Fisher Road and VT Route 62, we are Central Vermont’s premier optometry and eye care destination. We are a team of thoughtful, friendly eye care professionals that care about how you see the world, and how the world sees you.
Our vision is that your vision is the absolute best that it can be!
Dr. Leipert is co-owner of Berlin Optical Expressions, and is a graduate of The New England College of Optometry. He’s been in practice since 2000, specializing in fitting contact lenses (including hard-to-fit contact lenses), and primary eyecare for children and adults. Dr. Leipert can evaluate and monitor many eye-related conditions including glaucoma, and provides both diabetic eye exams and the co-management of cataract and refractive surgeries (LASIK, PRK). Dr. Leipert is a member of the Vermont Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
Tim is co-owner of Berlin Optical Expressions, and has worked as our signature Dispensing Optician since 2004. He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry, and takes great pride in providing customers with the best eyewear for their individual needs.
Dr. Garuna Hartnett is a 2008 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. A California native, she moved to Vermont in 2012, and has been practicing at Optical Expressions ever since. Dr. Hartnett is committed to promoting good ocular health and vision through comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, and the regular monitoring of eye disease. Dr. Hartnett is a member of the Vermont Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
Graduated from Southern California College of Optometry 1970.
Activities and Accomplishments -
Appointed and served on three State and Provincial Boards of Optometry -
California 2007-2015, College Board of Optometry in BC, Canada 2010-2011, Vermont State Board of Optometry 2016-present
Present Committees -
Past President of the California Optometric Association 2006-2007
Served as Clinical and Chief of Optometry at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles 2000-2007
Dr. Mercedes Smith is a native of Long Beach, CA. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Smith received her Doctorate of Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed clinical rotations at VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Long Beach, CA., The Eye Institute, Phila. PA., Kay, Tabas & Nikham Ophthalmology Associates, Phila., PA., and Halpern Eye Care, Norristown, PA.
Dr. Smith practices primary care optometry with a special interest in treatment and management of ocular disease. Dr. Smith is a member of the Vermont Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
Licensed by the State of Vermont in 1987, Nicole has been helping people with their eye care needs right here in the Berlin Mall since "the day the mall opened." She is American Board of Opticianry certified, and has served on the board of the Vermont Optician's Association. Nicole brings an infectious spirit of cheerfulness to her work, and is always happy to help you find the perfect pair.
Sydney is both a technician and optician trainee here at Optical Expressions. When she's not helping people find the perfect pair of glasses, she enjoys the theatre (both on stage and in the audience) and playing with her little dog, Charlie.
Will received his BA in English and Education from Castleton University in 2011. He joined the team at Optical Expressions in 2016 and is working towards his Opticians license.
Will lives in Waterbury with his partner and their cat, Mika. They enjoy hiking and exploring central Vermont.
Sally has been with Optical Expressions since 2005; she handles all of the billing in our office, and generally makes sure our practice and our patients have all their administrative, insurance, and payment needs handled stress-free and professionally.
Cindy handles the accounting and human resources functions for our practice. Her education is in Business Management. The skills she has acquired working in patient care through the years have taught her the importance of providing friendly and professional services to our patients.
Evelyn has over 30 years of customer service experience. She joined the Optical Expressions team in 2015 assisting all aspects of customer service and office procedures.
Cheyenne has been with Optical Expressions since 2017, and has a little over 3 years of experience in customer service. Cheyenne is always happy to help our patients with their needs whether it be making appointments or questions about their insurance.
Kelly started back in March of 2018. She has lived in central Vermont her whole life. She has many years of customer services and medical insurance experiences. Kelly started as a patient with Optical Expressions and then she got a job here and the rest is history!