At Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas, we know that excellent vision results depend on distinctive patient care. We understand that everyone has their own unique vision needs. For every team member at Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas, we can truly say…Your Vision is Our Passion!
Get to know us better here:
Jonathan P. Cargo, O.D., Therapeutic Optometrist/Glaucoma Specialist
With a large family (wife Kelly and six kids!) and a thriving optometry practice, Dr. Cargo is a busy guy. But he’s never too busy to spend significant time getting to know his patients, making sure their needs are addressed and cheerfully leading the team at Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas.
“I think a core value that helps me every day is compassion,” said Dr. Cargo. “I look for the best in everyone and come to each encounter with an open heart while trying to make a positive impact on my patients, my work team and my family.”
A Metroplex native, Dr. Cargo always planned to return home to Texas to establish his practice after completing his formal training at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Following rigorous externships with the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Florida in Gainesville, Visual Health and Surgery Center in Lake Worth and Broward Optometry Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Cargo came home and founded Cargo Eye Associates in 2002.
In 2008, he and his team moved to their spacious new facility, Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas, where Dr. Cargo specializes in ocular therapeutics and disease treatment in addition to comprehensive eye care for the entire family. He holds an extended scope license that allows him to prescribe oral medications as well as treat glaucoma. Dr. Cargo also has advanced training in Laser and Minor Surgery.
“Optometry is a field that is always changing and innovating,” said Dr. Cargo. “I enjoy that about it as it challenges us to be our best and it allows us to bring new technologies to our patients in order to help change their lives with better vision.”
Dr. Cargo is a member of the American Optometric Association and has held leadership positions in the Texas Optometric Association and Dallas County Optometric Society. A sought-after optometric speaker, he presents as an industry partner to optometry groups across the country.
In his rare downtime, Dr. Cargo’s passion is cycling. “I love to spend time in the saddle,” he said, “pushing myself to my personal physical best while solving all the day’s problems in my head.”
Reena Patel, O.D., Therapeutic Optometrist/ Glaucoma Specialist
Dr. Patel has been a part of the Cargo Eye Care family since 2009 when she got her start as an optometric assistant. After completing her formal education and optometric training, she returned as an associate optometrist in 2017.
“There was nowhere I’d rather have established my practice than Cargo Eye Care,” she said. “The progressive thinking and authentic commitment to compassionate patient care were a perfect match for me!”
Dr. Patel completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in psychology, and continued her graduate studies at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Patel graduated as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
She completed her externship rotations at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and the Community Eye Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. During this time, Dr. Patel gained incredible experience in the treatment and management of ocular disease, pediatric care, specialty contact lens fitting and much more! She has an extended scope license that allows her to prescribe oral medications as well as manage and treat glaucoma.
Dr. Patel enjoys good food, traveling the world, music, dancing and making a positive difference in patients’ lives.
Cargo Eye Care Team
Kelly Cargo, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kelly has helped Dr. Cargo since Cargo Eye Associates was formed and has taken a more active role since the move to Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas in 2008. She loved her previous work as a Speech Language Pathologist in the public school setting, helping children improve communication skills.
During this season, she is supporting her husband’s efforts and enjoys the privilege of caring for their six children. In addition to assisting Dr. Cargo and the team behind the scenes, Kelly manages Cargo Eye Care’s optical inventory to ensure a wide and diverse selection of quality eyewear. Kelly wants every patient that comes to Cargo Eye Care to find eyewear that they feel confident and comfortable wearing while meeting their specific visual and lifestyle needs.
Kelly loves visiting zoos, parks and museums with her family, actively participating in their church community and reading a good book any chance she gets.
Phyllis Gee, ABO, CPO
Phyllis has been an ABO (American Board of Opticianry) certified optician since 2009. She started her career at Target Optical followed by more than six years of training and development in Austin, Texas at Lakeline Vision Source, under the direction of Dr. Laurie Sorrenson and her group of doctors.
Phyllis enjoys working with patients on selecting the perfect eyewear, especially when they are interested in changing from their “usual” style and want to try something new and different.
When she’s not serving the Cargo Eye Care patients, you can find Phyllis on the tennis court with her husband or finding a good book to occupy her imagination. They have three children so there is never a dull moment in their home!
Gabriela Hernandez, CPOA
Gabriela joined Cargo Eye Care in March of 2013. She enriches the team with her expertise in customer service developed during her time in the insurance industry as well as with a security company.
Gabby, as she prefers to be called, is fluent in Spanish and frequently assists Cargo Eye Care’s Spanish-speaking patients with both her clinical and optical skills. She has earned her certification as a paraoptometric assistant and strives for excellence in everything she does. Gabby is committed to providing the highest level of care every day. On the weekends, Gabby loves to take pictures and also enjoys scrapbooking.
Meredith Higgins, BS, CPOA
Meredith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and is true to her Dallas Cowboys! She left the great state of Texas to attend North Carolina State University and University of Maryland where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology.
At Cargo Eye Care, Meredith serves as a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) and has plans to further her education in eye care in the future. Meredith has been in the eye care industry since 2012 and has been a part of the Cargo Eye Care family since 2017. She has experience in the clinical and optical sides of optometry. This includes testing for eye diseases, contact lens insertion and removal training, verifying insurance as well as measuring glasses lens prescriptions.
In her spare time, Meredith loves to swim, play with her two cats, bike, play video games and spend quality time with family and friends.
Joanna Jones, CPOT
Joanna has worked with Dr. Cargo since 2007. She has seen Cargo Eye Care move into its current location and grow over time. Joanna’s passion is spending time with patients and educating them about their optical needs.
She brings several years of previous experience in the optical industry and has earned the highest level of certification as a Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT).
In her free time, Joanna likes to spend time with her husband watching their favorite movies or television shows, playing board games, watching FC Dallas Soccer games or going out to catch a show like Blue Man Group, Two Cellos or tribute bands at the House of Blues.
Blake Kuzniar, CPOA
Blake has been with the Cargo Eye Care team since 2014 and is growing in her skills and knowledge. Blake makes it her personal goal to learn something new every day so she can provide the best service to each patient.
She graduated from Irving High School and has an Associate’s degree from North Lake College. Because Blake is from the area, she occasionally welcomes previous classmates to the office. Blake and her husband are proud parents of one little boy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping and playing with her dog.
Taina Medina, CPO
Taina was born in Pennsylvania and raised in what she lovingly refers to as “Mayberry” North Carolina. She moved to Texas after graduating from Mount Airy High School in 2014.
Prior to graduating, Taina obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant license from Surry Community College and later worked at an assisted living facility in Flower Mound. She had two years of eyecare experience prior to joining the Cargo Eye Care team in January 2017.
Taina takes pride in providing top-quality care to patients, as well as being a dependable, hard-working, and fun team member. Taina and her fiance Michael have a beautiful little boy and live in Flower Mound.
Originally from in Greeley, Colorado, Lindsay is has been in the eye care industry since 2015 and loves helping patients understand the importance of ocular health. She also has a special interest in pediatric optometry.
“As a longtime contacts lens wearer myself, I love being involved in helping people see clearly for the first time,” she said. “It’s so rewarding!”
Lindsay’s eye care career began in customer service and she has diligently worked her way through various aspects of an optometry office including working as a technician, billing and front desk. She serves as an optometric assistant at Cargo eye Care and is working toward becoming a Certified Paraoptometric to continue her growth in the optometry industry.
Also an experienced welder and cattle wrangler, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her daughter in the great outdoors.
Denise Ronquillo, CPOA, CPOC
Denise has been a valued team member with Cargo Eye Care since 2011. She excels in serving all of Cargo Eye Care’ patients’ needs and frequently works as a technician, optician and billing specialist all in the same day!
Denise brings a passion and drive to exceed patient expectations to every task she performs. Denise is one of very few in the industry who is certified as a paraoptometric assistant and as a paraoptometric coder.
She is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico and is fluent in Spanish and English. Denise loves to be active and loves the challenge of crossfit. In her spare time, she enjoys arts & crafts and spending time with her family.
Samantha Salois, BBA, CPO
A proud Metroplex native, Sam was born in Dallas and raised in Flower Mound. She earned a BBA in Business Entrepreneurship from The University of North Texas (Go Mean Green!).
Sam worked in food service throughout her college career and has years of customer service experience, which serves her well in her role of Certified Paraoptometric at Cargo Eye Care. Sam’s primary goal at Cargo Eye Care is always to provide the excellent customer service experience she’s learned throughout the years and to be a valuable and reliable asset to the team.
In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her longtime boyfriend and their Australian Shepherd, Dax, as well as cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.
Darcy Seifer, CPO
Darcy joined Cargo Eye Care in January 2017. She has more than six years of customer service experience and brings outstanding people skills to the Cargo Eye Care team.
Darcy is excited and eager to learn new things daily and to improve her skills in the eye care industry. Darcy graduated from Carroll Senior High School in Southlake and continued her education at Tarrant County College. Darcy enjoys spending her free time with her dog, Koda, and watching the Dallas Stars!
Jeanette is a proud Texan, having been raised in Little Elm. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Jeanette joined Cargo Eye Care in February of 2018 and is working toward her paraoptometric certification. She has five years of customer service experience as well as previous experience in an ophthalmologist practice.
Jeanette loves spending time playing with her dog and feeding her creative side by working on her Etsy account (when she isn’t working on school!).