Near Austin, TX
The Bristol Family Eyecare Staff
Is Proud to Serve the Austin Metro Area
Our staff is here to make you feel welcomed and that every need you have is being met while you’re here. When you come in for an appointment, you’ll be greeted at the door with a smile. Our optometrists will take the time to make sure you receive the care you deserve, and our opticians will happily help you find the right eyewear for your style, personality, and optical needs.
Our Austin Optometrists
Dan Bristol, O.D.
Dr. Dan Bristol is the head optometrist at Bristol Family Eyecare, seeing patients at our Bee Cave and Lakeway locations. Above all else, his mission is to enrich the lives of our patients through education about their eyes and high-quality treatment.
Dr. Bristol is a 1998 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry. He gained further experience and training at a prestigious private practice in Jacksonville, Florida, and later the Corpus Christi Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. His experience gave him a passion for glaucoma management, which culminated in his certification as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.
Besides serving on the board of directors for Independent Eye Care Providers of Texas, Dr. Bristol is also a member of multiple other professional societies, including:
- American Optometric Society
- Texas Optometric Society
- Central Texas Optometric Society
- American Academy of Optometry
- Optometric Glaucoma Society
Dr. Bristol takes a continued interest in education, and he has lectured as an adjunct instructor for Austin Community College. He is also a member of the Ciba Vision Speakers Bureau and lectures to colleagues in the areas of practice management, coding, glaucoma management, and dry eye syndrome treatment.
In the greater Austin community, Dr. Bristol gives back by donating exams for qualifying Austin residents through the Prevent Blindness Texas program, and contributing to several other organizations. Dr. Bristol is an active runner, sand volleyball player, and billiards player, and even spent time coaching the Lake Travis Wildcats flag football team. In his spare time, Dr. Bristol enjoys playing with his pets: two rescue dogs named Bismarck and Piper, and his cat Lucy.
Dorothy Lea, O.D.
Dr. Lea was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she later attended the University of Maryland. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, she worked at an advertising agency in New York City before making the decision to switch careers to optometry.
Dr. Lea received her optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry, before practicing in Los Angeles, including time spent at the West Los Angeles VA Health Center.
Dr. Lea is passionate about travel and global vision care, which has certainly influenced her career. She’s traveled the country to gain valuable experience in a variety of different optometric environments, including by visiting remote Indian reservations through the Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Navajo Health Center in New Mexico. Dr. Lea also worked in Washington, DC at Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons for a time. Abroad, she has participated in vision screenings in El Salvador and taught English in Spain and China.
In her free time, Dr. Lea admits to missing the beaches of LA, but loves experiencing the live music and warm weather of Austin with her boyfriend and their new puppy.
Kayla Kindla, O.D.
Dr. Kayla Kindla earned her Doctor of Optometry in 2018, graduating from the University of the Incarnate Word’s Rosenberg School of Optometry. As part of her optometric training, she practiced at the William V. Chappell Jr. Veterans Outpatient Clinic in Daytona Beach, Florida, as well as the Community Eye Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. During this time, she gained experience treating a variety of health issues including glaucoma, diabetes, and dry eye syndrome. The passion she discovered for eye disease treatment, particularly glaucoma management, led her to earn the title of a therapeutic optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.
Dr. Kindla has been practicing optometry since 2018 and is a member of the American Optometric Society and Texas Optometric Society. Dr. Kindla also serves on the board as social chair for the Central Texas Optometric Society. She is licensed by both the Texas Board of Optometry and National Examiners in Optometry.
Dr. Kindla loves all outdoor activities including hiking and sand volleyball. During her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Duke, and taking him on outdoor adventures.
Lori Palmer, O.D.
Dr. Palmer is an optometrist in Georgetown providing complete eye care services for Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding communities. In addition to training in eye diseases and disorders, Dr. Palmer is also trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. With this background, Dr. Palmer is trained to recognize a range of health issues such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension.
Dr. Palmer works hard to stay current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care and regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses. It is because of Dr. Palmer’s dedication to continuing education that our Georgetown patients receive the most advanced and up-to-date vision care available.
Our Austin Staff
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Dr. Bristol is fantastic. Professional and friendly. Takes time to explain things. Never feels rushed. I've been a patient for about 10 years now, and always a good experience. The staff is super friendly, and the huge selection of frames is great.
- Charles K.
- Steve A.
Our family of six have been patients and fans of Dr. Bristol’s for 15+ years. I’ve been a CRT user for 14 of those years and love the freedom (without surgery.) My wife’s vision has been a moving target for the last ten years but Dan has patiently kept up. Kids are all happy with the service. Most of all we love Dan’s holistic approach screening for a number of potential health issues that can reveal themselves in the health of your eyes.
- Lance O.
Super service -- as usual and despite to COVID-19 pandemic. It doesn't get any better than this.
- Jeff L.
Always friendly and professional. The front staff and back staff are equally fantastic! They are extremely helpful and very efficient at getting you in and out in a timely fashion. I have found them to be outstanding with follow up care (i.e. frame adjustments, etc.) as well. Overall, a great choice!
- Marlo U.
Great facility, staff and service. Dr Bristol and team are fast, friendly and knowledgeable. In my experience they are prepared with the upfront insurance plan info so that you understand your covered options throughout the process (no financial surprises ) which I appreciate . The office also has a good selection of frames on hand to roils out the process.
Great people, Dr.Lee was fantastic, would recommend to everyone..
- Thomas C.