Meet our Staff

George J. Brown, O.D.

Dr. Brown is a recognized leader in the field of eye care. He has an enthusiastic, warm and friendly manner with people of all ages. In addition to complicated contact lens care, he has an extensive background in pediatrics and vision therapy.
Dr. Brown has been a clinical investigator for treatments of dry eye, and computer vision syndrome. He also has much experience in the treatment of eye emergencies and eye diseases. Dr. Brown is a 1986 graduate, with honors, from The New England College of Optometry.
Following graduation, he served a one-year Fellowship, specializing in eye disease at the Omnivision Center. He is a former recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Contact Lens Award. His undergraduate Degree is in Physics from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Brown has been an active member of our community and in the local optometric association where he served as President in the 1999/2000 year.

David J. Santos, O.D.

Dr. Santos is a 1991 graduate of the State University College of Optometry in New York. SUNY is recognized as the leading university in the world in the treatment of eye coordination and eye alignment dysfunctions. In addition to having been a cancer researcher at Roger Williams Medical Center, Dr. Santos has been very active in testing new contact lens designs.

Dr. Santos is well known for his kind and patient demeanor. His knowledge of eye disease and learning-related anomalies is unparalleled. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Central America.

Robert W. Hill, O.D.

Dr. Hill is a 2002 graduate of New England College of Optometry and has been part of our team since June 2002. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Providence College in 1998, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedical honor society.

While at New England College of Optometry Dr. Hill was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, the international optometric honor society and VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity). He received advanced eye disease training at the VA Hospitals in Providence, RI and Bedford, MA, and studied contact lenses and corneal reshaping under Dr. Marjorie Rah, an internationally recognized leader in contact lenses. Dr. Hill has authored a paper on anti-angiogenesis drugs and the eye.

Dr. Hill excels in the areas of specialty contact lens fitting, including multifocal contact lenses, eye disease, and pediatric vision. He lives in Riverside with his wife Melanie and belongs to the East Providence Lions Club and a local chapter of BNI (Business Networking International).


Eric M. Prytula, O.D.

Dr. Prytula received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. After gaining experience in the area of pharmacology research in the private sector, Dr. Prytula turned his passion to eye care, earning his optometry degree from Chicago’s prestigious Illinois College of Optometry. He continued his pursuit of excellence receiving Clinical Honors in Primary Care and advanced medical eye care.

Dr. Prytula has developed a subspecialty and interest in Low Vision and Vision rehabilitation. He’s done extensive work in diabetic eye care, ocular disease management, pediatrics, and primary and emergency care and eye safety among athletes. A former standout hockey player, Dr. Prytula has redirected his energy into eye protection and vision and wellness through lifestyle modifications and preventive eye care. In addition, Dr Prytula has a passion for Dry Eye Therapy and Computer Vision Syndrome.


Courtney Mota, O.D.

Dr. MotaDr. Mota earned her Bachelor of Science from Roger Williams University, where she majored in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. Dr. Mota then went on to graduate from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, where she demonstrated her strong work ethic and dedication to education in roles as both peer tutor and teaching assistant. Dr. Mota has traveled to Central America to provide care and education pertaining to eye health in developing countries. As an advocate for the importance of eye care for children, she has spoken before local House and Senate members on Beacon Hill.
Dr. Mota’s practice focuses largely on primary eye care with a passion for contact lenses and pediatrics. Dr. Mota is able to relate to each patient with her warm manner, and has conversational proficiency in both Spanish and Portuguese.


Our Management Team

Lelia Braga, Finance Manager

A longtime patient of the practice, Lelia joined our team in 1996. She has filled many duties from patient care coordinator to technician and optical assistant. Her behind the scenes work is a big part of our success. Lelia is a kind and considerate person who takes care of the financial parts of our business. She is fluent in Portuguese.




Sarah Glover, Administrator

sarahg_editsColor Sarah manages the internal operations of our practice. She gained experience in the optical world while managing an ophthalmology practice in Northern Virginia. Sarah is a trained optician, and has a background in business management. She loves spending time outdoors with her two children, and is active in the local community.  Sarah is an alumni of East Providence High School.



Aimee Foti, Assistant Clinic Manager

Bio coming soon!


Holly Tavares, Director, Third Party Billing

Holly joined our practice at the end of 2015.  She came to us with more than 10 years of management experience in the medical field and an extensive knowledge of insurance and third party billing.  Since starting here she has taken on the role of billing manager.  Holly is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.




Debbie Stanley, Technician Team Captain

Debbie recently celebrated her fourteen-year anniversary, most of those spent as head of the technician department. Debbie is sweet, kind and patient, and an outstanding coordinator for our clinic. Debbie is a native of East Providence, and is fluent in Portuguese.





Deb Lopes, Front Desk Team Captain

Deb has been a shining smile at reception since 2010. Her warm and kind demeanor, coupled with her attention to detail, makes her an outstanding leader in our practice. She coordinates many of our online programs, including appointment requests, and frequently provides outreach to patients who are due for their exams. She is a graduate of EPHS and RIC, and is fluent in Portuguese.




Juanita Ruiz – Optical Team Captain

Juanita joined our practice at the end of 2012 and has a real gift for frame styling. You can trust her to find your perfect frame quickly and accurately. Juanita is a graduate of EPHS and the Sanford Brown Institute, and is fluent in Portuguese.




Irwin Klein, R.O. – Lab Operations

Irwin is a graduate of the New York City Technical College’s Opticianry program, and brings over thirty years of experience in all aspects of eye wear production, design, and fit. He has provided the Brown Center team with critical technical leadership as well as quality control, delivering thorough workmanship with a friendly and earnest attitude.