About Lifetime Eyecare
Learn more about our optometry practice here. Lifetime Eyecare is pleased to offer a wide range of optometric services, eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Our staff is happy to help however we can.
Contact us any time to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.
Dr. Michael Bennett
Dr. Bennett is a 1983 graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Michigan State University, and his Masters in Neurobiology from the University of Houston. His graduate work in visual development was widely published, including papers in Science and Brain Research. Dr. Bennett has presented original research at meetings of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Bennett moved to Juneau in 1999 from the upper peninsula of Michigan, his home state, where he had been in private practice. He has been very active in cataract and refractive surgery co management and is particularly interested in custom and bifocal contact lens design and glaucoma diagnosis and management. Dr. Bennett and his wife Dianne have three grown children, sons George and John in Naples, Florida, and daughter Allison who lives in Seattle. He is a member of Glacier Valley Rotary Club and the Alaska and American Optometric Associations. In his leisure time he enjoys skiing, hiking, and the spoiling of grandchildren.
Dr. Elizabeth Hunt
Dr. Hunt is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Hunt received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The Ohio State University. She is a published scientific author and has completed research with the National Eye Institute. As part of her optometric education, Dr. Hunt completed externships at clinics such as the Sacramento Society for the Blind, the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute which is consistently rated the #1 eye hospital in the United States. Dr. Hunt has received many honors and awards including the American Optometric Foundation Carl Zeiss Vision Fellowship and is a member of the Alaska and American Optometric Associations. Dr. Hunt is particularly interested in ocular disease management including glaucoma, surgical co-management including cataract and laser corrections, and specialty contact lens fits. Dr. Hunt and her husband Brad are outdoor enthusiasts and photography aficionados that enjoy hiking with their two dogs.
Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our opticians can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.
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Jenica Canaday, CPO
Office Manager | Certified Paraoptometric
Jenica joined the practice in December 2013 as an Optometric Technician and became our Office Manager in 2018. In addition to her roles as Manager and Technician, she also provides support in our Billing Department. Because of her multiple roles, you may interact with Jenica in several departments during your visit, including pre-testing at your annual comprehensive exam or for other ocular medical testing ordered by our doctors. She has been a Certified Paraoptometric with the American Optometric Association since August 2015, and obtained a certificate in Optometric Practice Management through the University of Houston’s College of Optometry OD Excellence Program in 2019. When not at work she enjoys photography and spending time in the garden with her boyfriend, Chris, and their at-home “zoo” which includes chickens, a turtle, dogs, a cat, and fish. Jenica was raised in Juneau.
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Patient Care Coordinator
Iris joined the practice in December 2019. As one of our knowledgeable and friendly Patient Care Coordinators, she will be one of your first points of contact with our office. She will assist you with scheduling your appointment, check-out at the end of your appointment, and can answer any questions you may have about insurance coverage. She also helps train patients who are new to contact lenses about proper insertion, removal, and care. Iris was born and raised in Juneau. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Canada in Outdoor Education, and has been switching career paths to nursing over the past year and a half. In her spare time she enjoys baking sweet goodies, playing outside, and making pottery. Teal is her favorite color.
Patient Care Coordinator
Laurie joined our team in December 2020 with over 3 years of prior experience in the medical field. As a Patient Care Coordinator, Laurie’s goal is to make sure your visit goes smoothly from first phone call to check out. She will assist in scheduling appointments for you, answer any questions you may have, and will call your insurance to verify benefits before your appointment. Laurie was born in Alaska but grew up in Montana, later returning to Alaska where she met and married her husband, Chad. Four sons and multiple moves later, her family settled on Juneau as home base in 2015. She enjoys baking, watching true crime series, and painting. Three of her paintings are displayed at the Twin Lakes Playground. She is also a lifelong Star Wars nerd.
Krista joined the practice as an Optometric Technician in October 2019. As one of our technicians, you may see Krista for pre-testing at your annual comprehensive eye exam and for any ocular medical tests ordered by our doctors. Among many other duties at the office, Krista also inventories and orders most of the office’s medical supplies and keeps our exam rooms organized and well-stocked. Krista is T’akdeintaan shaawoo, grandchild of the Chookaneidi. She enjoys cross stitching, crocheting, and being crafty, best done when in front of a good movie. She also loves anything that she can do with her family, which is made up of her husband, Rick, two dogs, a cat, and fish. Together they enjoy camping, hiking, attending fires on the beach, and snuggling (except the fish, they hate snuggling).
Optical Manager | Optician
Lindsey joined our team in July of 2018 with five years of prior experience as an Optician and became our Optical Manager in 2019. You will meet with Lindsey or Michael after your eye exam for help in selecting the right frame and lens options to meet your lifestyle, comfort, and prescription needs. In addition to helping patients with frame and lens selection, Lindsey spends her time at the office adjusting and repairing frames, dispensing glasses to patients, and meeting with frame representatives to choose the newest frames for our office. She also trains patients who are new to contact lenses about proper insertion and removal techniques and contact lens care. Lindsey was born in California but raised primarily in Juneau, where she settled down with her husband, Chris. In her free time she enjoys photography, anything crafty, and attempting to learn the guitar.
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Michael joined our team in June 2019 with two years of prior experience as an Optician. You will meet with Michael or Lindsey after your eye exam for help in selecting the right frame and lens options to meet your lifestyle, comfort, and prescription needs. In addition to helping patients with frame and lens selection, Michael spends his time at the office adjusting and repairing frames, dispensing glasses to patients, and educating patients about proper insertion, removal, and care of contact lenses. Michael was born and raised in Juneau. After spending some time living in Anchorage, he and his wife decided Juneau was the place they wanted to raise their son, Mason. Michael’s hobbies include lots and lots of family activities. He also likes to build model airplanes, tanks, and helicopters, and never tires of going to the movie theater. During football season you will find him watching the game every Sunday. Go Eagles!!!
Patient Accounts Manager
Angela has been with the practice since May of 2013. She became the Patient Accounts Manager in May 2017. Her days at the office are spent reviewing and submitting insurance claims, processing and posting insurance payments, and doing claim follow up to assure your claims are processed fully and accurately. With her prior experience as our Patient Care Coordinator for 4 years, she also oversees and mentors the front desk staff. During evenings and weekends she is currently working towards getting a Health Information Management Coding Specialist Certificate through online courses with the University of Alaska Southeast. Angela is originally from Hoonah and has lived in Juneau since 2009. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, two cats, and being involved with her church.
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Michelle joined the practice in June 2011 and started working in our Patient Accounts Department in 2012. Michelle was our Patient Accounts Manager for 5 years prior to changing to part time status allowing her to spend more time with her children. Michelle’s extensive experience in the oversight of different departments within the clinic, including supervising the front desk staff and training new staff, have been a valuable contribution to the clinic. Her days are spent processing and reviewing insurance claim payments and doing claim follow up to ensure claims process correctly. Michelle is originally from Riverside, California, and has lived in Juneau since 2011. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband and children outdoors.