Dr. Ted Andrew Snyder received his Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University following undergraduate studies at The University of Akron and Miami University. He graduated as valedictorian from Clear Fork High School in Bellville, Ohio. Dr. Snyder was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. In Akron he was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an Honors fraternity. He graduated in the Top 20 of his optometry class.
In addition to patient care as an optometrist, Dr. Snyder has been a college professor and Department Chair of the Optical Science Program at a local college. He also worked at a LASIK institute, performing pre-operative and post-operative evaluations.
Through his involvement with the Give The Gift of Sight Foundation, he has delivered eyecare to needy individuals in Morocco, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia, and Paraguay. In addition, he has done numerous missions focusing on children throughout Cincinnati with Cincinnati Public Schools, LensCrafters, and Children’s Hospital. Through these programs he has donated eye exams to more than 15,000 needy people. Early in his career, Dr. Snyder was recognized for his volunteer work by President Bill Clinton.
Dr. Snyder has a long-standing interest in working with children. While he was in high school he taught Safety Town, a program which teaches safety to pre-kindergarten children. He has been a Columbus Big Brother and a Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Mentor. His community involvement also includes serving as a Vision Advisor to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and a Board of Director to Sedamsville Community Council.
International patients are also a special interest of Dr. Snyder’s, as he has a fondness of cultures and languages. He has a map of the world with pins marking where his international patients are born.
Outside interests of Dr. Snyder include a passion for cars, traveling, volleyball, biking, house restoration, photography, and spending time with his dogs. He has rescued 4 dogs and volunteers at Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue. Through his photography he seeks to capture a culture in its people and architecture. He has had photography exhibits at the Weston Art Gallery at the Aranoff, the Cincinnati Art Museum One World Wednesdays, Middfest International, Henke Winery, and Higher Ground Coffee House, among other sites.
Nancy Kohler, our office manager, has been with the practice since 2004. She attended the University of Cincinnati RN program.
Nancy entered the ophthalmic field in 1975 and has worked with numerous ophthalmologists in various states. She received her license as an Ophthalmic Technician in 1985. She entered the field of insurance/billing in 1996.
She recently purchased a new home in Ormond Beach, Florida, and is enjoying her new surroundings. Her interests are traveling, reading, motorcycling, and needlepoint.
Nancy has been married for 40 years to her high school sweetheart Ken and has one grown son and two wonderful grandchildren.
Elaina Meyers joined the staff of Mason Eye Center in May of 2012. She enjoys meeting Dr. Snyder’s patients and is excited to be involved with a profession that helps people in such an important way.
Some of Elaina’s interests include travel, scrapbooking, card-making, cooking, gardening, visiting parks, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Elaina also likes learning about and interacting with people whose languages and cultures are different from her own.
Elaina and her husband Dale have been married for more than 20 years. They have a wonderful and active elementary-aged son.
Kathy Fischer joined the staff at Mason Eye Center in January 2015. She retired from Occupational Therapy in 1995 and is excited to begin a new career as Mason Eye Center's optician.
Kathy has lived in Mason for the past 20 years with her husband and has one grown daughter. She is a Master Gardener and loves spending time tending her vegetable and perennial gardens and collecting Japanese Maples and conifers. When she's not in her garden she can be found in her pottery studio making hand built and thrown functional pieces.