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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Vision Source/Watts Eye Associates the leading provider of vision care products and services in Newburyport.

Dr. Chad McDonald

Chad McDonald – Optometrist

Have you ever met a native Mainer you didn’t like?

Dr. Chad McDonald’s enjoyment for the New England way of life comes from his roots in rural Jay, Maine. Now living in the Newburyport area, he enjoys the quaint atmosphere and variety of activities coastal New England has to offer.

A graduate of the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine and the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Dr. McDonald distinguished himself for superior patient care, graduating with honors in primary care, contact lenses, pediatrics, and low-vision care. In 2013 Dr. McDonald became Newburyport’s first Board Certified Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry

Dr. McDonald completed his residency training with the Boston Medical Center and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. At the Lighthouse Center in New York City, he furthered his education in comprehensive care for the visually disabled. Dr. McDonald became a partner in the Watts Eye Associates practice in 1999.

Dr. McDonald is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association, serves as a Senior Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the New England College of Optometry in Boston, is a board member and past president for the Newburyport Lions Club, and enjoys the excitement of serving as chairman for the annual Bed Race during Yankee Homecoming week.

Outside the office, he likes spending time outdoors with his family. His wife is Dr. Rebecca Boyer, an OB/GYN physician practicing with Women’s Health Care of Newburyport and Haverhill. They have two sons. Dr. McDonald is a self-described sports junkie. His favorites are rooting for all the Boston sports teams. He enjoys skiing, road and mountain biking, tennis, and hiking. Kayaking has always been a summer favorite and he has found the current in the Merrimac River to be “very entertaining.” Dr. McDonald loves a good movie, enjoys reading books on American History and rocking out to iTunes. He has been known to eat fresh picked strawberries by the bucket full. However, no bio on Dr. McDonald would be complete, without mentioning his famous cat Seymour or his addiction to cinnamon.


Katharine DiResta Sullivan, O.D. – Optometrist

Dr. Sullivan grew up in the greater Newburyport area and as a child had her first eye exam at Watts Eye Associates. After completing her elementary school education at the Immaculate Conception School in Newburyport, she attended Brooks School in North Andover. Dr. Sullivan went onto college in Maine receiving her undergraduate degree, Cum Laude from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin College Dr. Sullivan was awarded honors as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar.

Dr. Sullivan attended the four year optometry program at the New England College of Optometry graduating with honors, Beta Sigma Kappa in 2004 and was awarded the Beider Scholarship.

After finishing her optometric education she then went onto post-graduate training completing her residency program in ocular disease at the Edith Nourse Memorial Veterans Hospital. Upon finishing her residency she worked as a consultant for Ophthalmic Research Associates (ORA) and then joined the ophthalmology practice of Dr. Glenn Kimball, M.D. in Haverhill where she attended patients for several years prior to joining Watts Eye Associates.

Dr. Sullivan is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists as well as the American Optometry Association. Dr. Sullivan became board certified in 2014 as a Board Certified diplomat of the American Board of Optometry. Her optometric practice interests involve specialization in primary eye care, diabetic eye exams, dry eye, and contact lens.

Outside of the office you will find Dr. Sullivan and her husband Mike busy keeping up with their two young boys watching them on the playing field and in the ice rink. Dr. Sullivan loves to run outside and enjoys reading whenever there is a quiet moment.

Dr. William F. Watts

William F. Watts – Optometrist (Retired)

Dr. William F. Watts, is the second child and only son of a mechanical engineer and an artist and grew up in Holden, a small town in central Massachusetts. He was drawn to practice and live in Newburyport over 35 years ago, as the close proximity to the ocean and mountains fit his passion for sailing and skiing quite nicely.

Dr. Watts received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Massachusetts College of Optometry in Boston, and continued his studies at the Gesell Institute of Child Development in New York City. He spent his first two years as a practicing Optometrist in the Army, stationed at Reynolds Army Hospital in Oklahoma and the 121st Evac Hospital near Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Watts has two children, Andrew and Sarah, whose families live in Newburyport as well. He also has one granddaughter. Casey is the newest Golden Retriever puppy to live at the Watts household.

Always civic minded, Dr. Watts has sung gospel on stage at the Firehouse, has chaired fund raisers for the Custom House Maritime Museum, was chairman of the Board of Deacons at Central Congregational Church, has served on the Board of Trustees at the Firehouse Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities. Currently, he is an active member and former President of the Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury.

Dr. Watts service to the Optometric community during his 42+ years in practice includes his time as President of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrist and National Board of Optometry Clinical Examiner. Currently he is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, an Advisory Board member of TLC Laser Vision Center of Massachusetts, and an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the New England College of Optometry in Boston.

Dr. Watts’ family love to play in their extensive perennial and shade gardens, which have been featured on the Newburyport garden tour in previous years. When they are not playing in the dirt, they can be found rooting for the Redsox and Patriots. Visiting the New Hampshire White Mountains and Sanibel Island looking for sea-shells are some of their favorites. No Christmas holiday would be complete however, without….not one….not two…..but three fully decorated Christmas trees.

Rick Masiello, RDORick Masiello, Lead RDO

Mass. Licensed Optician

Rick has been a Licensed Dispensing Optician for almost 27 years. He is married and has raised 4 children.

Lisa VanNorman, RDO

Mass. Licensed Optician

Lisa is Massachusetts license optician and loves to show off the latest eyewear fashion.

Favorite fashion Accessories : Sunglasses

Hobbies: Going to New York to buy frames at vision expo . Growing Oysters on her family farm on Cape Cod.

Lisa loves to help all our customers with their eyeglass wardrobe.

Sarah G. Sarah G., Manager

Vision/Medical Insurance

Sarah is the daughter of Dr. Watts, growing up in the business that her and her father share a passion for. Sarah has been working at the practice for over 17 years in a variety of roles. She is the practice manager and enjoys exploring new ways to improve the overall experience at Watts Eye Associates. You can see Sarah chasing her son and daughter though the streets of down town Newburyport. In her spare time Sarah enjoys family dinners, time out with friends, painting, drawing and all forms of art.

Angela Page, Patient Account

Vision/Medical Insurance

Angela has been an employee at Watts Eye Associates for 15 years. She loves her “fur babies”! In her life she has raised 3 children and is the proud “Nini” to 5 grandchildren who bring much joy to her life! There is nothing better than Family! Watts Eye co-workers have also been an extended family for Angela. She will tell you, “They are a wonderful group of people!”

Leanne K, AOALeanne Kierstead, CPO

Certified Optometric Technician

Leanne grew up in Amesbury Massachusetts. She started working at Watts Eyes Associates in 2006. Leanne is married with 2 kids, a girl and boy. The family enjoys time with their pets, 2 dogs and 1 cat. Leanne’s favorite activities are going swimming in her family pool or in the ocean. In the cooler months, her family likes to go on nature walks and sledding with the kids. Spending time with their large families and doing fun activities together is a priority.

Tara Watts, AOATara Watts, CPO

Certified Optometric Technician

Tara has two cats. Jazz is her 9 year old Lilac Pointe and Sierra is the 10 year old Russian Blue. In her spare time, she enjoys photography (mainly candid and nature shots), whale watching, traveling, and spending time with her niece and nephews. Tara also enjoys volunteering in several committees at her church including ushering, infant nursery and Operation Christmas Shoebox.

Fanny Kelly, CPO

Certified Optometric Technician

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic moved to the Unites States in 2007. Started working at Watts eye in 2014. She is fluent in Spanish. In her free time she likes cooking Dominican food and spending time with her husband , friends and family. Other then being a fantastic Optometric tech, she has a passion for trying different nail techniques and designs.

John Cavacchi, RDOJohn Cavacchi, RDO

Mass. Licensed Optician

John has been in the industry for 30+ years, and has loved every minute of it! He enjoys traveling the world with his lovely wife in his free time. He is a very classy gentleman, and can help you pick out the frames and lenses that work best for you.

Tracy Alford, Lead CPO

Certified Optometric Technician

Tracy has lived in Newburyport for the past 19 years since moving here from Maine. She has been with Watts Eye Associates for the past 10 years filling various roles in the office. Currently it is her voice you are most likely to hear when calling to schedule an appointment. When not in the office she is busy running after her two kids and on most weekends in the winter she will be found in a gym for her daughter’s basketball games. When time allows she enjoys finding a quiet corner with a good book and has recently started to learn to play golf to many tress dismay.

Jay Oczkowski, RDO

Jay Oczkowski has been an optician for 19 years and is a graduate of NH community technical college with a degree in opticianry. He grew up in Pelham NH, and moved to the NH seacoast 8 years ago for his passion of kite surfing. He enjoys extensive traveling, funny movies and especially Patriots and San Antonio spurs games.

His attention to details will help you find the best looking glasses possible to help fill all your needs.

Sarah Corl, CPO

Native to Raleigh, North Carolina and transplant to the lovely Newburyport area, Sarah Has grown up with New England in her blood. In her spare time, she loves to go soak up the sun on Cranes beach, take her dog Ryder for long walks on the Rail trail, and listen to great live local music. Currently residing in Ipswich, the coast is her favorite place to be. Sarah and her Fiance John also enjoy taking vacations to the Mountains of North Conway to hike, ski and leaf peep, all while taking selfies- which are John’s FAVORITE!

Cinthia Proano Cornea, Specialist 

Lead Technician

Cinthia is our Ecuadorian transplant. She is a fantastic corneal technician with an extensive medical background. She has studied the physiology and anatomy of the eye for over 20 years! In her free time she enjoys playing her violin, and spending time with her friends seeing plays and taking road trips!