Looking for a Memorial City Eye Doctor?
Memorial City Optometrists, specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. The Memorial City Eye Doctor’s at the TSO Memorial City eye care center know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.
Meet you local Memorial City Eye Doctors:
Our friendly Memorial City Optometrists, take the time to explain the results of your eye exams, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, the TSO Memorial City Eye Doctor’s encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Originally from Ohio, Dr. Eric Underwood moved to the Houston area to pursue a career in Optometry. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry, and his Bachelor of Science degree from Wittenberg University. He joined the Texas State Optical family in 2013 and is excited to be working at the Memorial office.
Dr. Underwood is a licensed Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist with special interests in Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease, specialty contact lenses (including multifocal lenses and scleral and hybrid lenses for Keratoconus, Astigmatism, and other ocular surface irregularities), binocular vision disorders, Glaucoma, and Pediatrics. He enjoys family practice and working with patients of all ages, including infants, toddlers, and children with special needs. He is also fluent in Spanish.
In his free time, Dr. Underwood enjoys: golfing, cooking, traveling, and outdoor activities with his wife and rescue dog. Their most recent trip was to Madrid and Spanish wine country.
A native Texan, Linda Matocha grew up just south of Houston in Freeport, TX. She did her undergraduate work at University of Houston and graduated from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry in 1985. After working for an HMO in Houston for 4 years, Dr. Matocha joined the TSO family in November 1989 at the Memorial City location. She joined the Museum District TSO team in the fall of 2013 and Downtown TSO in 2017. Dr. Matocha now splits her time between Memorial City TSO, Museum District TSO and Downtown TSO.
Dr. Matocha is a therapeutic optometrist who practices full-scope optometry, including comprehensive eye examinations, all types of contact lens fittings, dry eye treatment and co-management of LASIK and cataracts. Memorial City TSO, Museum District TSO and Downtown TSO carry over 750 frames and sunglasses in the latest styles to meet all patient’s needs.
She and her husband Hal, a native Houstonian and petroleum Landman, moved from the suburbs to the Museum District area in 2006. Avid sports fans, they support the Houston home teams in baseball, football, basketball and soccer. They combined their love of travel and sports by visiting every major league baseball team’s stadium. In 2005, they finished this quest. They then worked on seeing the Astros in every team’s stadium, finishing that quest in Oakland in 2015. Together, Dr. Matocha and Hal have also been to all 50 states in the U.S. To keep balanced, they also enjoy the musicals at the Hobby Center and spending time with their very large extended family.
Dr. Tran grew up on the Southwest side of Houston but has had the experience of living throughout Houston. She had once lived in the Galleria Area as well as Energy Corridor and currently resides in Katy. Dr. Tran attended the University of Houston Main Campus for undergrad and graduated in 2007 with a Biology major and Chemistry minor. She then attended the University of Houston College of Optometry to graduate in 2012 (Suma Cum Laude). She has been working in the Optometry field since 2005, starting as an Optometrist Assistant but became fully invested when she started Optometry school in 2008. Dr. Tran has been wearing glasses since the third grade and was always intrigued with how the eye and vision works. She says she’ll never forget how amazing it was to be able to put on glasses and see clearly for the first time and after this, knowing she wanted to help others improve their vision. Dr. Tran specializes in Glaucoma Treatment and Management, Cataract Co-Management, Lasik Evaluation, Dry Eye Treatment and treating red eyes and all contact lens complications. She also fits soft and hard contact lenses! Dr. Tran is very passionate about helping people see their best! Dr. Tran is not only fluent in English but fluent in Vietnamese as well.
In her spare time, she really enjoys reading a good book, hanging out with her family and friends and traveling with her husband, crossing places off of their Bucket List. Patches is her 3 year old Shih-Tzu, which she calls her baby, that’s another joyous thing she likes to invest her spare time into!
Dr. Zubin B Chacko was born and raised in Houston, TX. Growing up in the Alief area, Dr. Chacko was heavily involved in numerous extracurricular activities during his school years. Choral singing was extremely close to his heart during his formative years and as a result saw him competing at district, regional, and state levels. He attended Houston Baptist University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science with majors in both Biology and Mathematics. Dr. Chacko then went on to complete both an MBA and MHA at Houston Baptist University before entering the business arena. After a couple of years in the field, the prevailing economic climate and job dissatisfaction caused him to seriously consider going back to school. A helpful suggestion from his wife, a degree in science, and an internal desire to find a profession that served others made Dr. Chacko settle on the decision to go back to optometry school. He attended the University of Houston College of Optometry where he was awarded a Clinical Letter of Excellence and was also given the honor by his classmates to be their 2017 student graduation commencement speaker.
Dr. Chacko is a licensed Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. His interests lie in the diagnosis and management of various retinal conditions as well as dry eye and ocular surface disease. He enjoys truly getting to know his patients and establishing relationships that help him to truly understand his patient’s exact visual needs. He can speak English and Malayalam fluently as well as conduct a very basic Spanish examination. Dr. Chacko is also a member of the American Optometric Association and Texas Optometric Association.
In his free time, you will probably find Dr. Chacko reading, watching Marvel and other superhero movies, or spending time with his immediate family and friends. He looks forward to serving you and your family at your next eye examination!
Meet you local Memorial City Optical Team:
At our TSO Memorial City Eye Care Center, our friendly staff are our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients. Our helpful receptionists will do her best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding an appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your Memorial City vision care treatment possible.
Originally from the Detroit area, Catherine has an extensive background in Optical Management. She’s been all over the country but enjoys Houston the best. Catherine is currently working on her Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management. Catherine loves what she does, making a difference every day in every way for her patients. Her favorite part of her job is contributing towards changing patient’s lives in many ways through the gift of sight. She enjoys transforming patient’s appearance with the latest trends in eyewear and has many years of experience doing so! Her proudest accomplishment is opening and selling her own practice as well as receiving her educational degrees. She feels blessed to be the mother of 4 incredible children. Outside of work, Catherine loves to spend time outdoors, travel, swim and hike. Her favorite pastime is attending pool parties and family vacations. A British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between the years of 1940 and 1955 with the name of Winston Churchill has given a quote that is very inspirational to Ms. Churchill:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Catherine looks forward to meeting all of your optical needs and looks forward to seeing you!
Sheryl is a Manager at our Memorial Texas State Optical office. What Sheryl loves most about her job is meeting new, interesting people and loves being around her staff. Ms. Williams has many years of experience in Management and Customer Service. She has 20 plus year of experience as an Optician, Insurance Specialist and Finishing Lab Technician at our Texas State Optical offices. Ms. Williams is a native Houstonian who is married and has three sons who are all married, as well as 6 grandchildren, all living in the Houston and Beaumont areas. Her proudest accomplishments are her boys graduating College and her grandson becoming a Marine. Outside of work, Sheryl is very involved in her church, volunteers throughout the year feeding the homeless and working with various charities. Some of her special interests would include making jewelry, listening to some good music, sketching, dabbling in oil paintings and spending quality time with her family! She states her favorite pastime was when she shared unforgettable times with her grandbabies. Ms. Williams is loved by the staff and patients alike! There is lots of laughter in her life. One of her favorite quotes comes from the Bible, Luke 12:48:
“Everyone who has been given much, much will be required.”
Deztini was born in Bay City, Texas and moved to Houston at age 5 with her mother. Deztini furthered her education at HCC after finishing High School and has plans to advance to an Optometric Assistant or Optician in the near future. “Helping the patients and the peaceful, friendly environment makes my job worth coming to every day.” states Deztini. Deztini contributes excellent customer service skills, she is always willing and ready to help where needed. In Deztini’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her two beautiful children, bowling, sewing, singing, ballet, dancing and to praise and worship. Her proudest accomplishment is when she received several customer service certificates, making her so proud to help someone in need. Spending summers with her late great grandmother who lived in the country is one of Deztini’s most treasured childhood memories. “I enjoyed cropping, landscaping… my grandmother taught me everything.” Deztini’s favorite quote consists of the 3 C’s of life; Choices, Chances, Changes:
“You must make a Choice to take a Chance or your life will never Change. The greatest and most persistent blockages to your progress in life usually come from a single source – yourself.”
Evan graduated from Schreiner University in May 2017. His ultimate career goal is to become an Optometrist. “I live for helping people see better.” says Evan. He enjoys seeing the smile on the patient’s faces when their vision has improved. “It is a great feeling and makes each day worth it.” Evan’s dad was an Optometrist and one of his favorite childhood memories was visiting his old Optometry office, which in turn made Evan very happy. “It felt like home away from home… even at a young age, I always loved optics and Optometry.” Evan states. He also says it was the best, just to spend good old quality time with his friends and family. In his spare time, Evan loves reading any and all kinds of books but comic books are his favorite. He also likes to socialize and explore Houston when he gets the time. Graduating from Schreiner University has been a huge goal for Evan and finally graduating was amazing he says. It is his top proudest accomplishment. Evan gives a new perspective in seeing, as he comes from a different background, he states. He is a great help here at the Memorial City Texas State Optical office and looks forward to helping you with your vision care needs.
What Merary enjoys most about her job here at Memorial TSO is her interaction with the patients. “Being able to be a part of helping advance someone’s vision is what makes my job so worthwhile!” says Merary. Merary contributes patience and professionalism who is very versatile and can speak both English and Spanish fluently. One of Merary’s favorite pastime memories is being able to experience the Army Basic Training. Outside of the office, you can catch Merary at the gym! “I’m a very athletic person.” says Merary. Merary’s proudest accomplishment thus far is graduating high school. Merary has big plans to go back to college in the near future. Her favorite quote is below:
“Never quit on your dreams.”
Elisamai has been with TSO since May of 2014. She is a great contributor to our team as a Dispensing Optician. Elisamai is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. She has such a compassionate viewpoint and is always willing and ready to help out her team. Elisamai’s skill set includes making appointments, verifying insurance, pre-testing, ordering contacts and taking inventory. She is also fluent in English and Spanish! Getting her own place to live is her proudest accomplishment. Elisamai’s favorite childhood memory is camping with her Church and always being her Daddy’s little girl. Outside of work, Elisamai loves spending time with her family, twins and daughter and having fun movie nights! Her favorite quote is shared by a book that inspires many; The Bible:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. >He restoreth my soul. – Psalm 23-28
Valerie has been working with Texas State Optical since November 2014. She likes being part of the TSO team and enjoys meeting new people. Her favorite aspect of her job is being able to be a part of providing such a gift, contributing to helping people see. Valerie comes to work with a servant heart and a willing attitude to help where she is needed. “Our goal, as a team here at TSO Memorial is to give our patients the best care possible.” states Valerie. Her goal has always been to be the best she can. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys trading in the stock market, running, kickboxing, working outside in the yard, but most importantly she loves to spend time with the Lord in praise and worship. Valerie has 3 dogs and 4 cats. Her favorite childhood memory consists of spending quality time with her mom and sister swimming at the lake and bowling at the bowling alley with her dad. Her favorite quote comes from Philippians 4:13 in the Bible:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.”