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Meet Dr. Simon & Staff

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Dr. Simon takes the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.


Dr. Karen S. Simon

Dr. Karen Simon grew up in Green River, Wyoming. She attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming before moving to California for Optometry School. She is a 1998 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry. After graduation, she completed a residency in hospital based optometry in Sells, Arizona at the USPHS IHS Hospital where she received extensive training in the area of diabetic eye disease. She presented research on the prevalence of diabetic eye disease at the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting in 1999.
Before opening Eye Concepts Vision Center, Dr. Simon practiced for several years at a large ophthalmology group and then in a commercial location in Moline, Illinois and in Chandler, Arizona. She received the 2007 “Doctor of the Year” while practicing in Chandler.
In her free time Dr. Simon enjoys backpacking, running, and hiking with her husband, Andrew, a chiropractor and their two daughters Libby and Avery.

Jared Branch, Licensed Optician

Jared Branch has been an optician for 17 years. He is certified by the American Board of Opticians and the National Contact Lens Examiners. He has been a licensed dispensing optician in the State of Arizona since 2008.

Lyle Southard, ABOC, NCLEC

With 15 years of experience, Lyle brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Eye Concepts team . He is certified with the American Board of Opticians as well as the National Contact Lens Examiners. He is currently working on achieving his Arizona State License.

Kelly May, Optician

Kelly is the newest member to the Eye Concepts team. She has an extensive knowledge in her field, with 10 years as a practicing optician. As an expert dispenser, Kelly is able to provide the perfect frame and lens fit for any patient.

Brittany Branch, Scheduling Coordinator

Brittany is extremely service focused and strives to provide the best possible experience for our patients.