The Visionaries

We couldn’t be the Austin eye care visionary practice we are today without an extremely skilled team whose passion is to improve the lives of others through visual success. Featuring big thinkers, do-gooders, and life changers, the primary aim of every individual on board is maximizing the potential of every patient.

Dr. Denise Smith – Founder and Clinical Director

I am an optometrist by trade and an optimist at heart. I believe that no matter how difficult or complex things are, there is always a solution. At Austin Vision Therapy Center, my main duty is to diagnose and treat visual disorders that negatively affect people’s lives. I give people options that they didn’t have before; that they didn’t even know existed.


I lead my team to think outside the box we strive to provide the most comprehensive approach to care in Austin, even when it goes against the norm. And I am not afraid to grow as a physician to provide my patients with the most resources for success.

I value my team and encourage them to come up with innovative methods to improve our services. And I foster a warm and caring environment where patients of all ages feel welcome and inspired to do more and be more.

How I see it: “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” -Anonymous

Patrick Lauren – Business Operations and Right Hand Man


My job is to ensure Austin Vision Therapy Center has what it needs to maintain efficient operations. My main duty is to keep everyone on board satisfied and happy whether they are patients, referring doctors, or our valuable team members. In a nutshell, I do whatever it takes to support our reputation, striving to provide the best vision therapy in Austin.

How I see it:  “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” -Steve Jobs

Tracie Lynn Strange – Office Manager


My job is to help guide patients through their vision therapy journey in an educational and administrative capacity, as well as to provide support to the staff so that they may in turn provide stellar service to our patients. I strive each day to do whatever is necessary to ensure a smooth flow in the practice as well as patient and team member satisfaction.

How I see it: “Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision. But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”― Kālidāsa

Dr. Travis Bailey – Associate Optometrist


As an optometrist on our team, I evaluate and treat disorders of the visual system, administer therapy and measure program progress. I enjoy being a detective of the unexplainable and sometimes unseen problem. My passion is being an advocate for those who have not been given answers elsewhere. I work alongside patients through their rehabilitative programs providing insight and motivation along the way. It is my goal to make a positive impact and improve the quality of life of all those who walk through our doors. We strive to provide the best vision care Austin, TX has to offer.

How I see it: “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those
because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” –Aristotle