Meet Our Staff

Dr. Megan Charney, O.D.

meganMegan was born and raised in Allen Park, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She completed her comprehensive Optometric training at the Michigan College of Optometry.

Dr. Ross DuMonthier, O.D.

20170713_084637-2Ross is a native of the Keweenaw and is excited to be returning to the Copper Country after completing his extensive training downstate. He graduated from Ferris State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and immediately began his Optometric training at the Michigan College of Optometry.

Dr. Kayla Stemberger, O.D.

KaylaKayla was born and raised in Houghton, she graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in biological sciences in 2015. Shortly after, she moved to Chicago to attend the Illinois College of Optometry where she received her optometric training . In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and her dog Marvin. Doctor Stemberger joined our practice in the spring of 2019 and is a great addition to our office.

Chris Ponnikas

KrisChris is the recognizable face of the College Ave Vision Clinic as our Front-desk Receptionist. She has greeted and checked in patients since 1986. She brings her years of experience and knowledge about billing insurance, ability to multitasking handling 10 things at once, all the while greeting our patients with a smile. In her spare time Chris enjoys biking, skiing, and traveling. She has one grown son and resides in Hancock.

Barb Halonen

Barb HalonenBarbara is the Office Manager, a Certified Optical Technician and has worked in the optical field, including her time in California for over 16 years. She has worked in every area of the office over the years. Barbara and her husband have two grown sons, and one grandson. They enjoy cooking, entertaining, spending time with family and traveling. Previously she worked as an office assistant, hairdresser, and substitute teacher. Barbara grew up in Southern California and moved to the UP in 95' to be close to family. She enjoys her job and the connection to the community

Lyn Monette

Lyn MonetteLyn has worked as an Optician for the College Ave Vision Clinic for the past 5 ½ year. She received her ABOC certification in 2013, along with ongoing continuing educational classes to keep up on the newest technology. Lyn has been trained in every area of the clinic but her expertise is working in the Frame room, which shows in her extensive knowledge of all the newest lens products and options. Lyn and her husband have five kids and are native to the area. In her spare time she loves to read, spend time with family and enjoys being outdoors.


Sue CattelinoEmma started working at our office last year. She has received extensive training in the optical field and is presently working as an optician in our frame room including contact lens ordering. Emma is originally from Chassell. She loves spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and traveling. We are glad to welcome Emma to our staff.


Sue CattelinoMichelle started working at our office in 2017 after moving to the area with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 dogs. She grew up in Ann Arbor area, and has traveled many places. Interests include camping, and watching College Football. We are happy to Welcome Michelle to our staff. Michelle works as our Optical Technique and front-desk person.

We regret to inform you that due to the current health crisis regarding COVID-19, the Vision Clinic will be closed. We will send out emails when we re-open. We have taken into consideration concerns from patients and staff, as well as recommendations by the CDC and American Optometric Association to make this decision. All patients with appointments during this time will receive a phone call regarding rescheduling. If you currently have an appointment it is canceled. When we reopen you will be called and rescheduled. Any patients with needs or concerns can call or email the clinic. We will continue to provide emergency eye care. We will continue to re-evaluate this ongoing pandemic and send updates when appropriate.