Meet the Staff

Meet Our Team

Old Saratoga Eyecare provides the highest quality, compassionate optometric care to ensure you and your family are healthy, happy, and seeing great. Meet our caring and compassionate team committed to providing exceptional eye care to you and your family.

Dr. Angela Gardner O.D.

- Owner/Optometrist

Angela Gardner, O.D., is a therapeutically licensed Optometrist who has been in the area since 1998.  Dr. Gardner completed undergraduate work at Binghamton University, obtaining a Biology degree while a member of the Women's Varsity Soccer Team.

Dr. Gardner is a current member of the American Optometric Society, The New York State Optometric Society, and Vision Source.  She is also an active member of the Schuylerville Lions Club.

After graduation, Dr. Gardner attended SUNY State College of Optometry where she graduated with honors.  Dr. Gardner then completed a residency in hospital-based optometry at Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center in Massachusetts.  During her time at the VAMC, Dr. Gardner gained valuable experience in caring for patients with multiple medical conditions. Dr. Gardner practices primary eye care taking care of patients from pediatrics through geriatrics managing their eye care needs with the latest technology.

Dr. Gardner completed an extensive in-person training for Neurovisual Medical Evaluations in 2022. With this training, Dr. Gardner is able to diagnose and treat Binocular Vision Dysfunction. 

Tara LaFave

- Owner/Licensed Optician

Tara LaFave, a native of Saratoga Springs, NY,  is a 1988 graduate of SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Following graduation, Tara continued her studies in the Optical field to become a New York State Licensed Optician in 1991.

She then furthered her career to add a certification to fit contact lenses in 2007. Shortly after, Tara entered the business side of the Optical Industry, managing several different office settings which include large optical retail stores, optical departments within private Ophthalmology offices, and smaller Optometric practices, giving her over 30 years of experience to the practice.

Tara is a member of The American Board of Opticianry, The New York State Society of Opticians, and locally has been an active member in The Schuylerville Lions Club since 2005.

Tara enjoys camping with her husband and good friends, gardening, and spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.

Bonny Sargent

- Licensed Optician

Bonny Sargent (Lebrecht) is a 2008 graduate of Schuylerville Central School and a 2010 graduate from SUNY Adirondack. She is American Board of Opticianry certified since 2012 and a New York State Licensed Optician since 2014. Bonny has been working in optical since 2011 and became a part of our team in 2017.

She is an active member of the New York State Society of Opticians and is currently the Facilitator for the Albany and Hudson Valley region for the Vision Source Representative program. This role is focused on networking and connecting key staff members from all Vision Source practices in a geographic region in order to encourage leadership, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and business concepts to better support practices their staff and doctors.

Bonny has significant interest in eyeglass frame trends and styles, as well as staying up to date on current improvements to lens options. Her goal is to help you see great and look good doing it! In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Shannon Bass

- Billing Coodinator

Shannon Bass, CMAA, is excited to be a part of the Old Saratoga Eyecare team working her magic with scheduling, billing, and customer care.  Shannon has a weakness for cat eye glasses, thunderstorms, and a good cup of coffee

Bethany Sloan

- Technician/Scribe

Bethany has been a part of our team since November 2021, assisting Dr. Gardner in her in depth NeuroVisual exams. She is passionate about delivering the best patient care and continues to stay data-informed so she may help with all your eye care needs.

Bethany is proud to live and work in the Greenwich area. You are sure to see her with her beautiful family supporting the community at all the local events.

Emma McShane

- Technician

We are proud and excited to have Emma as a new part of our team since January 2023!