Chris D. Teichmiller established
his full scope, primary optometric practice
in Decatur over 15 years ago out of a desire
to provide the highest quality and most innovative
vision solutions available to his patients.
This is accomplished by offering
comprehensive lifestyle, health, and vision
solutions to enhance the quality of life of
Dr. Teichmiller's patients. As the most important
asset of his practice, patients are made to
feel comfortable when they come to his office
for treatment. Through a lifestyle history,
patient's needs are identified and matched
with the best possible solutions. With a sincere
spirit of cooperation and teamwork, his staff
of six employees are accommodating and attentive
to all who are looking for solutions to their
As a full scope, primary optometric
practice, they provide co-management services
for cataract, glaucoma, retinal, dry eye,
and refractive surgery. A large selection
of designer frames are available for those
who opt for glasses. Contact lens services,
including specialty and bifocal contact lenses,
are fitted to meet every client's specific
needs. Dr. Teichmiller's staff also offers
customized nutritional and weight loss supplements
to facilitate a healthier lifestyle.
A very special service provided
by Dr. Teichmiller is Corneal
Refractive Therapy (CRT), which is different
from any other conventional hard or soft contact
lenses. With CRT, the lenses, which are similar
to rigid gas permeable lenses and are FDA
approved for nighttime wear, are designed
to gently reshape the central part of the
cornea while the patient sleeps. The lens
is removed in the morning and the vision is
corrected to 20/20 in most patients during
waking hours. Patients with mild to moderate
nearsightedness with minor astigmatism are
excellent candidates for the use of CRT.
In 2004, Dr. Teichmiller was
chosen by his peers to serve as President
of the Alabama Optometric Association and
he has participated in the Mission: Makeover
project being conducted in Decatur.
Chris Teichmiller, OD, MPH
Dr. Kim Ocampo is Decatur’s
newest female optometrist. She graduated with honors from the UAB School of Optometry and began working alongside Dr. Teichmiller in 2006. While Dr. Ocampo offers comprehensive eye care services to people of all ages, she has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, dry eyes, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Patients often remark on her warm, caring nature, and Dr. Ocampo prides herself on extending the same courtesy and depth of compassion to her patients as she does
to her own family members. Together with her extensive training from one of the best optometry schools in the country and some of the most advanced technology available to eye care professionals, Dr. Ocampo seeks to provide the highest quality eye care services through customized exams that are uniquely tailored to each individual’s lifestyle and eye care needs.
One of the most specialized services that Dr. Ocampo offers the Decatur area is low vision evaluations to the visually impaired. She and her staff will develop a
customized vision rehabilitation plan based on a person’s individual capabilities and needs.
This plan may include special devices which may be prescribed to help assist with daily living activities and aid in maintaining lifestyle independence.
Kimberly Ocampo, OD
Miller - Optical Technician
Beginning her optical career in 1985,
Dorothy started working in the vision
care industry and joined Dr. Teichmiller’s
team in 1990 when he purchased the practice.
Dorothy has become an exceptional
optical technician by attending continuing
education classes and working very closely
with frame representatives and the optical
labs. Frame selection is a vital aspect
of her position. Frame styles have changed
dramatically over the years and Dorothy
stays up to date on the latest in frame
style and technology.
Breeding - Medical Assistant
Marquitta, a Certified Medical Assistant
since June of 2000, graduated from Wallace
State College with an Associates Degree in
Applied Science. She joined the practice in
1999 and has become a vital member of the
optometric team working alongside Dr. Teichmiller.
An active member in the American Association
of Medical Assistants since 1999, Marquitta
has acquired many hours of continuing education.
She has superior technical contact lens background
coupled with a genuine desire to fulfill customer
needs, which makes her a valuable asset to
our team. An additional trait is Marquitta’s
ability to assist and give comfort to first
time contact lens users.
Heflin - Certified Para Optometric Assistant
Meleia is a graduate of Lawrence County
High School and attended Calhoun Community
College. Working in the optometric industry
for the past 11 years, she became a member
of Dr. Teichmiller’s staff in December 2000.
Focusing on the importance of continuing education,
Meleia completed the Para Optometric Assistants
Course offered by the American Optometric
Meleia enjoys working with the patients and
their new challenges. With a caring personality
and excellent qualifications, Meleia projects
the positive professional image that typifies
her sincere dedication.
Allen - Front Office Coordinator
Mary joined Dr. Teichmiller’s team in January
2001. Having received a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Education from the University of
North Alabama and with previous management
experience, Mary applies her business and
personal skills in a way that reflects her
versatility. She is frequently the first contact
with patients and assumes the role of initial
information to prospective patients.
Patient knowledge and comfort are a priority.
Follow-up and customer satisfaction are Mary’s
Johnson - Patient Accounts & Insurance
Cheryl attended school in Nashville, Tennessee
before moving to Hartselle, Alabama. and joined
our staff in October 2001. She has become
a very valuable member of the team whose job
spans a wide spectrum of responsibilities.
Cheryl is cross-trained in the front office
duties, accounts and insurance, as well as
the technical aspects to assist where needed.
She enjoys working with people of all ages
and the change of pace from direct contact
with patients to managing the accounts keeps
her job rewarding. Her greatest assets are
her versatility and people focused personality
within our office.