THE STAFF AT Impact Vision Therapy
Our dedicated team of therapists, and staff work together to comprehensively test, diagnose, and treat each person in a patient first, patient friendly environment. At Impact Vision Therapy, we work one-on-one with each patient. Our highly customized therapy programs produce results that unlock each person’s fullest potential.
Meet Our Team
Christy Milks is our Lead Vision Therapist in Colorado Springs and in Castle Pines. Christy came to Impact Vision Therapy with a legal background. When her son was diagnosed in 2nd grade with eye teaming issues, it changed both his life and hers. He went through vision therapy and he became a different child at school and at home. He was below grade level in reading before vision therapy and by the end of 3rd grade he was at grade level and thriving in the classroom. He had been labeled extremely shy at school, but after therapy he became a much more confident student and it showed in class. Christy was excited to switch careers and immerse herself into a field which means so much to her and her family. Christy obtained her certification in vision therapy through COVD in 2018.
“Vision therapy helped my son and I was fascinated by it. Once I started doing this, I knew I didn’t want to do anything else.”
Christy moved to Colorado in 1997 and worked for a small law firm in Colorado Springs for 14 years before coming to Impact Vision. She lives in Monument with her husband and they lead a busy life keeping up with their three children- Phoebe, Owen, and Henry. When Christy isn’t working, she enjoys reading, hiking, and crochet.
Amanda Snyder is the Patient Care Coordinator in our Colorado Springs office. She came to Impact Vision Therapy in 2016 after working in a private preschool as a teacher and director for 12 years. In early 2016, her youngest son was diagnosed with a Convergence Insufficiency and she became very interested in vision therapy. After seeing the positive improvements in her son’s personal and educational life, she decided to make a career change and join Impact Vision Therapy.
“I really enjoy talking with the families and hearing all the great stories about their kids’ improvements in education as a result of the therapy they receive here”
Amanda was born and raised in Pennsylvania and got her degree in Elementary Education from Lock Haven University. She and her husband moved to Colorado in 2003 and have two boys. They enjoy outdoor activities and traveling together. In her alone time, Amanda enjoys reading, crafting, and baking.
Nada Watt is the office manager for both Colorado Springs and Castle Pines locations. She has been with Impact Vision Therapy since January 2020. Before becoming our office manager, she owned and operated her own fabric store for 6 years, adding to her more than 30 years of management experience. When the store closed, she was very excited to be able to join Impact Vision. Working behind the scenes, Nada does her best to help everyone else do their jobs with minimal distractions and enjoys hearing all the success stories.
“I truly appreciate Impact Vision Therapy staff and Dr. Watt’s commitment to patient care. They want to make our patients lives easier and better. To be a part of that is a gift”
Management comes easy for Nada. She has spent 30 years managing her own family of six children and now enjoys family time with her children and their spouses plus the addition of 24 sweet grandchildren. Family is everything to Nada and it takes up most of her free time, but when she has time to herself, she enjoys flower gardening, quilting, sewing, and family history.
Aleshia Day is a Vision Therapist in our Colorado Springs office. She started working with Impact Vision Therapy in January 2021. Prior to Impact, Aleshia was a paraprofessional for 9 years in District 11. She worked with students with special needs in both a middle and high school setting. When she left the district, her goal was to continue doing something meaningful in which she could have an impact on people’s lives. Her role as a therapist allows her to use her knowledge and experience to relate to people on a different level.
“I really love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and building relationships. I enjoy helping people who had no idea there was help out there for them”
Aleshia is the proud mother of 2 children, Brenden and Kylie. She spends most of her free time with her boyfriend Dax, family, and friends. Outside of work, Aleshia enjoys hiking, 4-wheeling, camping, and attending concerts. She is a great calming presence in the office and has the ability to help relax patients and co-workers alike.
Michelle Mahre is one of our vision therapists in Colorado Springs and has been with us since September 2020. Before coming to Impact, Michelle owned and operated a small custom drapery workroom. She is also a certified yoga teacher and group fitness instructor. Michelle enjoys connecting with people and her fitness history makes it easy for her to do that with her patients here.
“My best experience has been with a patient who had a head injury and couldn’t stand up straight. After a few weeks, they were standing tall and no longer tilting their head”
In her free time, Michelle likes to spend time with her husband, they enjoy camping and hiking together. She also enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her 150 lbs. “Snuggle Bug” dog, Sampson.
Kim Ashford is a Vision Therapist in our Castle Pines office. She started working with Impact Vision Therapy in January 2021 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is also a certified personal trainer. Before coming to Impact, Kim worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and provided mental health services. This background allows her skills to be utilized in the therapy process, providing motivation as well as empathy for our patients and all their unique needs.
“I had a patient start pretty hopeless that he could get better. As we progressed, he started to come in more positive, feeling better, and noticeably happier each week. I knew we were making an impact on his life in a big way.”
Kim spends time with her husband and 2 children (and sweet dog, Bonnie) outside of work. She enjoys singing, lifting weights, reading, hiking, and tennis and is surprisingly good at fitting every last dish into the dishwasher. Kim is very proud of her children and their accomplishments as well as her own.
Sara McCaslin is our Patient Care Coordinator in the Castle Pines office. She started working with Impact Vision Therapy in July 2021, but before that she focused on being a mom and volunteer as well as a travel planner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science from Minnesota State University- Moorhead. But if she could do anything in life and still earn money, she would be a beach bum. Sara enjoys interacting with our patients and their families. Helping them feel welcome in our office and being part of the changes and improvements they make is very rewarding.
“I love that our goal is to help patients become the best version of themselves; helping patients and families overcome obstacles they didn’t think could be solved.”
Sara likes to spend her time outside of the office with family and friends, watching sports (especially football & hockey), and listening to podcasts. She is an empty nester with her husband and dog, Bailey and is very proud of her adult daughter and her accomplishments.
Ashley Holsinger is our Patient Care Coordinator in Colorado Springs and also Dr. Watt’s Tech in Colorado Springs and Castle Pines. Ashley wears many hats in the office! She started working with Impact Vision Therapy in February 2021. Prior to Impact, she was a leasing agent for an apartment community. Her experience juggling different needs of customers helps her to juggle the many different things she does in our offices. Ashley made the switch to Impact after seeing the changes vision therapy made for her daughter. Seeing all the changes in patients is one of Ashley’s favorite things about her job.
“In one appointment there was a sweet little boy who was unable to see clearly. When we put on some glasses his whole world changed and that brought me to tears”
Ashley is mom to her daughter, Giuliana. Outside of work she enjoys the great Colorado outdoors with hiking and being around her family and friends.
Ann Aho is a Vision Therapist in our Castle Pines office; she started working with Impact Vision Therapy in July 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, plus a minor in Sociology. Before coming to Impact, Ann worked in several family service and advocacy focused careers. Her education and previous job experience has prepared her to work well with patients and their families through good communication and compassion. The caring support, and encouragement Ann displays because of her previous experiences lends itself well to being a great vision therapist. She chose to become a vision therapist after realizing the difference vision therapy can have on the patient’s lives.
“I love watching my patients make progress throughout the therapy process. It is amazing to be part of the team that works with our patients to help them improve their vision and feel better.”
In her free time, Ann enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, and paddleboarding with family and friends. She and her husband have three children and a Springer Spaniel named Bandit that loves going on walks.