Our Staff

Penobscot Eye Care is staffed with experienced eyecare professionals capable of delivering the highest level of service available. We pride ourselves in our family oriented atmosphere and look forward to creating long lasting relationships with each of our patients.

Penobscot Eye Care's Optometrists

Jeffrey E. Sawyer OD, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Jeffrey Sawyer, OD

Jeffrey Sawyer received his doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston in May 1981 after graduating from the University of Maine, Orono in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. After graduation, Dr. Sawyer served as an Optometry Officer in the U.S. Army with assignments in Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Germany. He returned home to Bangor, forming Penobscot Eye Care with Dr. Marquez in September 1988. Dr. Sawyer remained in the U.S. Army Reserves assigned to the 1125th US Army Hospital and was called back to active Duty in 1991 for the first Gulf War, serving at Fort Lee, VA. In 1993 he transferred into the Maine Air National Guard, 101st Air Refueling Wing. He was promoted to Colonel in July 2001 and served as Medical Group Commander until his retirement from the Air National Guard in October 2007.

Dr. Sawyer has advanced therapeutic glaucoma authority. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Optometric Association, Maine Optometric Association, and Armed Forces Optometric Society.

Dr. Sawyer is originally from Orrington and is a third generation optometrist, following in the footsteps of his father, Everett Sawyer who practiced in Bangor from 1952 to 1996, and his great grandfather Lewis Sawyer who was licensed in 1908 and retired in 1950. Jeff and his wife Lori have two sons. When he is not at the office, you can probably find Jeff on or near the water somewhere; canoeing, fishing or sailing.

Kimberly D. Allen OD, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Kimberly Allen, OD

Dr. Allen is our newest Associate. She joined our practice in November of 2006. Dr. Allen received her doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2003 after graduating from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. She then completed a residency in Ocular Disease with Kittery Ophthalmic Consultants in Kittery, ME. Dr. Allen has advanced therapeutic glaucoma authority through the State of Maine Board of Optometry. She is a member of the International Optometric Honor Society, Beta Sigma Kappa, the Maine Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Allen enjoys gardening, hiking and camping. She resides in Eddington with her husband, three sons, and two loveable Saint Bernards.

Kathryn O. Ward OD, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Kathryn Ward OD

Dr. Kathryn Ward grew up in Orono and received her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Maine. She attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, earning her Doctorate in Optometry in 1991. She returned to Maine to join Penobscot Eye Care later that same year. Dr. Ward has advanced therapeutic glaucoma authority through the State of Maine Board of Optometry. She is a member of the International Optometric Honor Society, Beta Sigma Kappa, the Maine Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Ward and her husband Karl have three children and a puppy. The family especially enjoys biking and traveling to explore different cultures. Dr. Ward is a Board member of CISV (Children's International Summer Village), a peace education organization that gives children from different countries all over the world a chance to interact and build inter-cultural friendships. She is also a member of VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity). Dr. Ward and her daughter have participated in eye care missions in Haiti and Jamaica.

Alyssa J. Verrill OD, American Board of Optometry

Alyssa Verrill, O.D

Dr. Alyssa Verrill got her start here at Penobscot Eye Care as an ophthalmic technician while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Maine in Orono. She attended graduate school at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, earning her Doctorate in Optometry in 2016. She has completed clinical rotations in primary care, contact lens, pediatrics, and ocular disease. She is a member of the International Optometric Honor Society, Beta Sigma Kappa, the Maine Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Verrill resides in Winterport with her husband. They enjoy singing together as well as camping, fishing, and exploring the beautiful Maine outdoors with family and friends.

Penobscot Eye Care's Professional Staff

Dale Graham: ABOC, FNAO

Dale Graham

Dale is our Practice Administrator. He joined us in 1996 as an optician and later took over managing the practice. He has over 30 years of experience in all phases of the optical industry. His focus is providing our patients with a caring and professional atmosphere at each encounter thus creating a loyal patient base.


Tina Nelson

Tina is currently our front desk co-coordinator and contact lens technician. She has been with us since 1998 serving in various positions throughout the practice. Tina prides herself in her continued effort to achieve certifications at all levels of eyecare.

Lisa Tasker, Medical Assistant, CPOA

Lisa Tasker

Lisa is Dr. Ward’s technician and has been employed by Penobscot Eye Care since 2000. One of Lisa’s strengths is the ability to deliver personalized care to our patients by making them feel like one of the family.

Stacey Kelley: Optician

Stacey Kelley

Stacey was originally hired for our Bucksport location in 2000. She served as a manager in that position until we sold the practice in 2006. She then joined our Bangor location where she has since been serving the role of billing specialist and dispensing optician.

Jill Trudel: COA, MA, CLT, ST

Jill Trudel

Jill is another of our certified ophthalmic assistants that received her certification from JCAHPO. She has been Dr. Marquez and Dr. Allen’s technician since 2005. She has been in the eye health field since 1998 when she worked for an ophthalmologist in Arizona.

Lana Gulesian: Front desk receptionist / Optician

Lana Gulesian

Lana has nearly thirty years as an eyecare professional. She originally joined Penobscot Eye Care in 1997. Lana is the first face you see upon entering our facility and will greet you with a welcome and caring smile.

Rebecca Bossie: Optician

Rebecca Bossie

Rebecca joined our practice in September of 2014. She is one of our dispensing opticians receiving her certification in 2009. Her experience as an optician assures you of the best possible solution when choosing and fitting your eyewear.

Stephanie Dempsey: Optician

Stephanie Dempsey

Stephanie is another of our certified dispensing opticians and optometric technician. She got her start in the eye care industry in January of 1993. She first joined our practice in April of 2007. Her current duties include dispensing, lab technician, and occasionally filling in as an optometric technician.

Shelley MacNevin: Optician

Shelley MacNevin

Shelley joined our team of eye care professionals in August of 2014. You will find her performing technical duties such as Visual Fields, OCT, Fundus Photography and pre-screening patients prior to their exams.

Kim Stetson: Optician

Shelley MacNevin

Kim joined our practice in 2016 bringing with her over 15 years of optometric experience. Kim has an associate’s degree as a Medical Office Specialist / Coding from Beal College. She is currently one of our optometric technicians responsible for diagnostic testing and patient screening.