MEET OUR OPTOMETRISTS
Agnes Palys, O.D., FAAO
Dr. Agnes Palys is a 1976 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. She served five years as an Army Staff Optometrist at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. during which time she was appointed President of the Armed Forces Optometric Society. In 1979, she was honored in the Congressional Record for “dedication to patient care in the military.”
After making San Antonio her home in 1981, she started her practice and became part of the Vision Source network in 1993. She has earned the prestigious distinction of Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Noteworthy Practitioner. She became a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry in January 2012.
Dr. Palys served as Chancellor of Beta Sigma Kappa, President of Women in Business, on the Board of the Battered Women’s Shelter and as a mentor for the Northside Independent School District. Dr. Palys is continually attending advanced training & continuing education to provide her patients with the best care possible. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Rosenberg School of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word.
In her spare time, Dr. Palys enjoys gardening and volunteering as a Bexar County Master Gardener. She has two wonderful grandchildren that keep her busy as well. She loves traveling and exploring distant countries. She has explored over 82 countries during her world travels with trips in 2018 to Jamaica, Michigan, and Canada. Trips to Cuba, Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea are planned in 2019.
Alexandra (Ally) Zuercher, O.D., F.A.A.O.
HCVC – PALYS & ASSOCIATES
Alexandra (Ally) Zuercher, O.D., F.A.A.O. received her Doctor of Optometry from the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) in 2018. Dr. Zuercher was active in the Private Practice Club, the student chapter of the Texas Optometric Association, and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.
Dr. Zuercher continued her education by pursuing an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease through UIWRSO, spending a year working with various optometry and ophthalmology specialties to further her knowledge as an eyecare provider. She then continued her education by obtaining her fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry shortly after residency, giving her the prestigious title of F.A.A.O. Dr. Zuercher is a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist, licensed to provide all types of eyecare services, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses, to treating and managing many different types of ocular diseases.
In practice since 2018, Dr. Zuercher has also participated in vision screenings at the Special Olympics of Texas and has been involved with mission trips to the Texas Valley, providing hundreds of Texans with much needed eyecare. Dr. Zuercher is a caring listener who not only provides quality eyecare and services, but also strives to be the kind of eye doctor her patients can count on for many years to come.
In her time away from the office, Dr. Zuercher loves spending the evenings with her husband, her precious baby girl, and her two crazy and sweet beagles. She also enjoys swimming with family and friends at Medina Lake, trying new local restaurants and coffee shops, and playing board games.
Tasha Ward, O.D.
Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist
Dr. Tasha Ward is a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist licensed by the Texas Optometry Board in the treatment and management of ocular disease, myopia progression, as well as prescribing glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Ward was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas on her grandparents farm, attending William H. Taft High School. She advanced to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate of Optometry at The University of the Incarnate Word Rosenburg School of Optometry (UIWRSO), here in San Antonio, where she was involved in the Private Practice and Contact Lens Club. She completed her training at Salem Virginia Veterans Affair clinic in Salem, Virginia and at Sharp Eye Consultants here in San Antonio. Before graduating, she completed a rotation with Gregory Parkhurst, MD at Parkhurst NuVision where she received the Parkhurst Nuvision Excellence in Patient Care Award for going above and beyond in patient care.
She works hard to provide a higher standard of care and to take the time to listen to your individual visual needs. Outside of work, Dr. Ward enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with her husband and children.