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Opticians and Staff in Bristol, CT

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.

Elizabeth Zantow

I have been with Della Porta Eyecare for 2 years now and love every second of it. I could not picture it any other way. I am currently studying for the Certified Paraoptometric exam. When I am not at the office, I am at home painting, drawing or cuddling with my cat Boo.

Patty Santos

When you love what you do it is not a job, and I love eyes. I have been I the ophthalmic field for 11 years. I am currently studying for the Certified Paraoptometric exam. I have 3 beautiful children. I look forward to my time with my family and the joy they bring me.

Marissa Drivdahl

I am new to the field of optometry and currently studying opticianry at Middlesex Community College and recently earned my ABO certification. I am passionate about what I do. I love seeing the joy it brings to patients when they look through their glasses for the first time. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy going on hike with my dog.


Alane came to Dr. Della Porta’ office following a number of years in customer service at the retail level. She received training at Briarwood College in Southington. Alane received her CPO certification in June, 2001 and belongs to the Paraoptometric Section of the American Optometric Association. She served as Chairman of the Connecticut Optometric Association’s Paraoptometric Section for 2005-2006. Alane spends her off time with her large family and particularly enjoys activities with her grandchildren.

Liz Thornton

I began optical care office as a file clerk in 1988 while still attending Bristol Eastern High School. This is where I found my interest in eye care. I earned my Certified Paraoptometric Assistant certification through the American Optometric Association. I attend yearly meetings and events to maintain this certification.

I joined Della Porta Eyecare from inception as both an eyecare professional and office manager.

My time away from the office is spent enjoying quality time with friends and family on many life adventures.