Jean Silecchia, O.D.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Dr. Silecchia received her undergraduate degree from SUNY College at Cortland. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, she went on to attend Pennsylvania College of Optometry, graduating with a Doctorate in Optometry and a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science.
During the last year and a half of her time at Pennsylvania College of Optometry Dr. Silecchia rotated at different eye clinics throughout the east coast, including offices in Miami, Philadelphia, the DC area and the Charleston area. Each rotation included emphasis on different aspects of optometry, including disease, contact lenses, and primary care. At the conclusion of her rotations, Dr. Silecchia graduated with Honors and received an award for Clinical Excellence in Primary Care.
Dr. Silecchia is licensed to practice Optometry in South Carolina and New York. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, South Carolina Optometric Association and the Coastal Carolina Optometric Society.
When she’s not in the office, Dr. Silecchia enjoys spending time with her husband Cody, son Bennett, their pug Romeo and rescue boxer/hound Bella, relaxing at the beach with a good book and many other outdoor activities around the area.
Here are some fun facts about Dr. Silecchia:
- Dr. Silecchia prefers lemonade over sweet tea. Although, she says she can’t live without coffee. 🙂
- If she had to eat one food for the rest of her life, she would select pasta.
- Dr. Silecchia’s dream vacation would be a trip to Thailand.
- Her favorite hobby is going to the beach and paddleboarding.
- If Dr. Silecchia was stranded on an island, she’d want to have these three items with her: 1) fire starter, 2) machete & 3) a bug net.
- Dr. Silecchia was motivated to become an eye doctor, based on her own eye doctor experiences. Her favorite patient memory was fitting a scleral contact lens on a patient that hasn’t seen 20/20 in a very long time. “Seeing their happy tears and getting a real hug was amazing!”
Justin Dungan, O.D.
Dr. Dungan founded our practice in 2007 and continues to see patients part time while overseeing all practice operations. He received his Doctorate of Optometry degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University School of Optometry. Dr. Dungan also majored in Chemistry while attending Eastern Kentucky University. While attending IU, he served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists and published a research paper on Accommodative Testing. While at IU, he served as an Associate Instructor in Diagnostic Procedures of Optometry, teaching underclassmen the skills needed to perform a proficient ocular examination.
He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the South Carolina Optometric Association. He has been recognized by Marchon, Inc. as a leader in the optometric field for offering superior product selections and customer service. He has also been recognized by the Management and Business Academy for providing legendary patient care.
“The thing I love most about what I do is interacting with people. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their families. My goal is to walk out of the office at the end of the day and know that I made a difference in someone’s life; that’s what it’s all about!”
Here are some fun facts about Dr. Dungan
- Dr. Dungan prefers his sweet tea and lemonade mixed together.
- Dr. Dungan’s Saturday morning routine consists of some quiet reading on his front porch, followed by a bike ride to a local coffee shop for breakfast and coffee, then walking around the Farmer’s Market in downtown Summerville.
- Dr. Dungan has three pets. 1 dog (Chocolate Lab/Boykin mix) named Luna. And two outside cats, Maggie and Molly.
- If Dr. Dungan had to eat one food for the rest of his life, he’d select Chicken Tikka Masala.
- His favorite song is “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.
- Dr. Dungan’s dream destination vacation would be to stay in an overwater bungalows in Bora Bora.
- You will find zip-lining through a rainforest in South America on Dr. Dungan’s bucket list.
- Dr. Dungan loves to renovate old historic houses.
- If Dr. Dungan was stranded on an island, he’d want these three things with him 1) Family 2) clean, drinkable water 3) endless supply of pineapples
- When asked what is one thing you cannot live without, Dr. Dungan responded” It’s so cliche but I would say, my family. I’m honored to be a dad and husband, and they challeng me every day to be a better person.”
- Dr. Dungan has two favorite patient memories. Early on in his career, he thought he saw a possible tumor in the back of a patient’ eye, although she had no symptoms. The patient was a young woman with young children. Dr. Dungan lost sleep for weeks worrying about her and what the outcome would be. He is glad to report that after great treatment at Duke University she is now in remission and doing wonderfully. Also, “I remember one of my first few patients had an extremely high prescription. I worked so hard to ensure that her prescription was spot on, glasses were the perfect size, fit well, and were lightweight to ensure she would love them and actually wear them. I just remember this tiny, little patient sitting in my chair, about 9 or 10 years old, and doing everything I could to ensure she was happy with her new glasses. Fast forward to the time of this writing, and she now works at one of our locations and is looking forward to attending Optometry School next year!”
Dr. Brenda Flores
Dr. Flores grew up in south Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry degree at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee where she graduated Cum Laude and received Honors recognition in the area of Adult Primary Care during her last year of clinical rotations.
Following optometry school, Dr. Flores completed a year long residency program with a concentration in the treatment and management of ocular disease at the William V. Chappell Jr. Outpatient Veteran clinic in Daytona Beach, Florida. During this time she studied under retinal, corneal, and glaucoma specialists. She was nominated for and received a Blue Ribbon Excellence in Customer Service Award. During her last year of optometry school, Dr. Flores participated in clinical rotations in the Charleston area, where she fell in love with coastal living and all that the low country has to offer. She enjoys spending her free time on the water and exploring the outdoors with her fiancé whom she met in Charleston. She is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, South Carolina Optometric Association, and the Coastal Carolina Optometric Association.
Here are some fun facts about Dr. Flores:
- She prefers lemonade over sweet tea.
- When she has a Saturday off of work, she enjoys taking an early morning stroll on the beach.
- If Dr. Flores had to eat one food for the rest of her life, she’d be eating Buffalo wings every day.
- Her favorite song is “The Best is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra
- Dr. Flores daydreams about a New Zealand vacation as her dream destination.
- Seeing the Northern Lights is on her bucket list.
- Her favorite hobby is cooking but she is wanting to learn to garden.
- If Dr. Flores was stranded on an island, she would want these three things with her: 1) knife 2) fire starter and 3) water purification device.
- After having terrible eyesight herself, Dr. Flores decided to pursue optometry. She can relate to patients via her own experience. Her favorite patient was helping a young girl who had a very high prescription. This patient shared with Dr. Flores how she was getting bullied by others due to her glasses being so thick. “Watching the sheer joy and self-esteem boost that she got when she put in her contact lenses was so great to watch. It was nice to be reminded how something so seemingly simple can make such a positive impact in someone’s life.”
Dr. Walz grew up outside of New Orleans, LA. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry in 2009 and went on to complete a residency with an emphasis on ocular disease management at the Huntington VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV. He then received advanced fellowship training in traumatic brain injury vision rehabilitation at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center where he directed the Polytrauma Optometric Clinic for three years. Dr. Walz has served on the faculty at the Ohio State and University of California-Berkeley Schools of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. In his free time, Dr. Walz enjoys running and spending time outdoors with his wife, Alice, and 2 sons.
- Dr. Walz loves drinking sweet tea and lemonade mixed together.
- When he has a Saturday off of work he likes to sleep in and eat a big breakfast
- If Dr. Walz had to eat one food for the rest of his life he would select his wife’s spaghetti.
- The best superpower would be X-ray vision. (Of course, he is an eye doctor after all!)
- His dream destination vacation would be to vision Kauai.
- His favorite hobby is running.
- Dr. Walz’s favorite patient memory was when he treated a patient with a torn retina. The patient was too scared to drive to the retina specialist by herself, so he drove her. The patient was extremely grateful that she sent him a dress shirt and a tie from the store she worked at.
Dr. Mostert was raised in a military family and has lived all over the world from England to Germany and even Japan. However, he claims Columbia, South Carolina as home. Since his family moved there in his late teens he fell in love with the state and the people and always vowed he would come back.
He graduated from Spring Valley High School and went on to attend Brigham Young University. He graduated with Honors and received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. He then continued to get closer to home and attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated Cum Laude and received the William Feinbloom Low Vision Award for his efforts in vision rehabilitation during his school rotations. He hopes to continue his studies in low vision and help those in the low country with vision impairments. When he isn’t looking at eyes, Dr. Mostert spends his time exercising, eating the fine cuisines of Charleston, and exploring the outdoors.
He is currently licensed to practice Optometry in South Carolina and is a member of the American Optometric Association, South Carolina Optometric Association, and the Coastal Carolina Optometric Association.
Dr. Mostert’s fun facts:
- Dr. Mostert prefers a good tart lemonade over sweet tea.
- On a three-day weekend, you can find him traveling to Florida to visit his family.
- If Dr. Mostert had to eat one food for the rest of his life, you’d be finding him eating Snickers.
- He thinks the best superpower to have is flight to have the ability to skip traffic all the time!
- Dr. Mostert’s dream vacation spot is Finland
- You can often see Dr. Mostert on his motorcycle, before and after work. Riding his motorcycle is his favorite hobby.
- If Dr. Mostert was stranded on an island, he would want to have the following items with him
2) a fresh-water supply
3) a satellite phone
- Dr. Mostert became interested in becoming an eye doctor in his early 20s when he had LASIK.
- His favorite patient memory was when neither he or his patient realized that she put a new contact over her old one. “We both promised never to tell anyone… Until now. Whoops.”