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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Eyecare Associates of Southern Oregon the leading provider of vision care products and services in Medford.

Brian K. Mitchell, O.D.

Dr. Brian Mitchell grew up in Bend, Oregon. He attended Pacific University on an athletic/academic scholarship. He earned All-American honors in baseball in 1989. He graduated in 1992. In 1994, Dr. Mitchell earned his doctorate from Pacific University College of Optometry. He joined the staff at Eyecare Associates in 1994.

Dr. Mitchell enjoys every aspect of optometric care from treatment of ocular disease to fitting contact lenses. He is past president of the Southern Oregon Optometric Society and current member of the American Optometric Society. In his free time he enjoys playing competitive men’s baseball, camping, paddle boarding, coaching, and spending time with his family.


Tessa Johnston, O.D.

Dr. Johnston was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon. She graduated with honors from Oregon State University where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry and French. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at The Ohio State University in 2006, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During her training she completed rotations in contact lens, ocular disease, and pediatric vision. In August 2006 she returned home to the Rogue Valley and joined Eyecare Associates.

Outside the office, Dr. Johnston enjoys spending time with her husband Tim, daughter Brooke and son Alex. In her free time she enjoys boating and other outdoor activities.



Damon Hanson, O.D.

Dr. Hanson grew up in Central Point, Oregon and earned his doctorate from Pacific University college of Optometry.

In his free time, Dr. Hanson enjoys participating in sports, playing board games, and traveling with his wife, as well as watching Ducks, Blazers, and Giants games with his family.


W. Kurt Wilkening, O.D.

Dr. Wilkening has (sadly for us) retired. He was in private practice in Medford since 1981. After building a successful solo practice for ten years and establishing a satellite office in Shady Cove, he co-founded Eyecare Associates of Southern Oregon, PC. and built a state of the art eye clinic at the current location on Royal Ave.

Dr. Wilkening grew up in Iowa and received his Bachelor of Science in Visual Science from the University of Iowa in 1977. He earned his doctorate from the Illinois college of Optometry in 1981.

Dr. Wilkening enjoys skiing, mountaineering and back country exploration but is most happy when he is with his wife Toree and two beautiful daughters Brienz and Cedar.

Our wonderful Dr. Kurt Wilkening announced his retirement with this lovely letter to his patients and staff




All our doctors are currently accepting new patients. We are available Monday through Friday in the Medford office with appointments beginning at 7:30 am for your convenience.

Our Staff

We cannot maintain our respected status without an excellent staff. Our staff’s conduct,  attitude. and expertise are direct reflections of the quality of care provided to our patients. Without a solid foundation and excellent teamwork, an office simply cannot function properly. Our goal is to provide all this and more by continually challenging our staff to become more educated in various aspects of eye care. The end result is spectacular. We hope you will find our skills, abilities, and attitude to be our finest qualities.