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OUR Myrtle Beach TEAM

Meet our optometric team in Myrtle Beach, SC. We offer a range of services to patients of all ages - all with personalized attention and a smile. In our eye care and vision therapy office, every patient is treated warmly. Individualized attention is the foundation of our care, to ensure that your eyes remain healthy. We're dedicated to optimizing your vision!

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Meet Dr. Mark T. Dean & Our Team

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Dr. Mark Dean OD

Dr. Dean graduated Illinois College of Optometry 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. Dr. Dean practiced with his father Sparta Michigan, where grew up, a small town north of Grand Rapids. He relocated to Myrtle Beach in 1981 where he currently owns an directs a specialty practice devoted to vision therapy and vision rehabilitation.

He is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), in 2010 he completed the COVD fellowship process. Members of COVD are optometrists who specialize in working with children and adults experiencing difficulties in the areas of binocular vision, focusing, eye teaming, strabismus and amblyopia and visual processing skill.

He coordinates with parents and educators in writing IEP programs and helping to write accommodations and 504 modifications. He also coordinates sensory integration programs with Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Behavior Medical Specialties. 

He is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitative Association (NORA). Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is an individualize treatment regimen for patients with visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and other neurological insults. He provides treatment for people with visual field loss, double vision, visual balance disorders, visual midline shift syndrome, post trauma vision syndrome, light sensitivity and reading disorders. 

Dr. Dean is also a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA); South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA); and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).


Elizabeth Welch

Patient Care Coordinator

Elizabeth who goes by Libby, joined our team in June 2020. With over 30 hears in professional office management positions and a strong background in high volume, high pressure environments, Libby manages administrative duties and patient relations for Grand Strand Vision Services.

As the Patient Care Coordinator, Libby is the friendly voice greeting you when you call. She ensures the smooth operation of the front office with her robust knowledge of scheduling, medical records, insurance authorizations, patient inquiries and the need for timely access to the services being provided.

"I enjoy working with an organization that is making a difference in the lives of others, therefore, I am overjoyed about joining the staff at Grand Strand Vision Services and help further their mission."


Heather Lee

Vision Therapist

Heather found her passion in helping children and adults to live and enjoy their lives to the fullest at a young age. Originally from Charlotte, NC. Heather relocated to Conway, SC with her husband and son while pursuing her degree in Psychology at Coastal Carolina University. During her time there, Heather also completed all required coursework and passed the Board of Behavior Analysis, RBT exam, to obtain her RBT certification. Heather has worked as a Behavioral Therapist in the years prior to accepting a position as a Vision Therapist at Grand Strand Vision Service in June 2020. Heather enjoys reading a good book, taking a long walk on the beach and spending time with her family.


Julia Hagerud

Vision Therapist

Julia is a South Carolina native, born and raised in Conway. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University in the spring of 2020 with a bachelors degree in Public Health. In June 2020 she accepted a position as a Vision Therapist at Grand Strand Vision Services and will use her background experience in working with early learners to provide therapy services. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach with her family, spending time with friends and playing tennis.

Additional Staff

Additional Staff

Insurance Specialist, Vision Therapy Administrator, Vision Therapy Tech

Kim Redmond is our Vision Therapy Tech.  She works with Julia and Heather to provide therapy services.

Teresa Prince is our Insurance Specialist. She works with Libby to help with your insurance providers.

Betsy Bullard is our Vision Therapy Administrator. She works with Dr. Dean to provide patient services and assist with marketing.  


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Call us today with questions or to schedule your appointment.

Grand Strand Vision provides professional optometry and vision therapy services to patients from Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, SC, and Leland, NC.


Our office will be closed on Monday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day!