Our Team


Meet Dr. John McDaniel


Dr. McDaniel is a graduate of The Ohio State College of Optometry. Outside of the office, he enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors and in the mountains. He also enjoys writing and recording music, and hanging out with his wife, Vickie, and young son, Callam. Dr. McDaniel and his family are also very active in his church.


Meet Dr. Abbie Derby


Dr. Derby has been practicing since 2013. She specializes in helping patients find the best glasses and contact lens prescription for their vision. She also enjoys treating all types of medical eye issues like conjunctivitis (pink eye) and dry eye. When not at work she spends most of her time riding vintage mini dirt bikes with her husband. Dr. Derby (or Abbie, as she likes to be called) is originally from Iowa and did undergraduate at The University of Iowa SO ---- GO HAWKEYES!


Meet Murphy


Murphy is our S.C.S (Snack Consumer Specialists). Murphy is in charge of all things snacks…. mostly eating snacks. He can be found most days in the back office planning his next snack heist. When not at the office, Murphy enjoys spending time with his human (an 8-year-old boy) or just lay’n on the coach watching TV.


Meet Thomas Cervantes, ABO


Thomas is our director of operations. Thomas has been with the company from the very start. He has been certified by the American Board of Opticianry since 2009. Outside of the office, Thomas is a world class mountaineer. He is also known world wide for his rugged good looks and dashing personality.


Meet Samantha Ford


Samantha is our referral coordinator. Anytime one of our patients need to be referred to a specialist of any kind, Samantha is the person that makes sure that the specialist’s office gets all the info they need to get you in as soon as possible. In her spare time, Samantha loves going to fashion, art and music shows. Samantha is a true fan of ALL FORMS OF ARTS.


Meet Rachel Sandoval


Rachel is an Optician. In other words, she handles glasses, lenses, frame styling, etc. Rachel has over a decade of experience in opticianry, optics, and frame styling. Her experience with all aspects of eye care makes her one of the best stylists in Colorado. When she is not helping patients in the office Rachel loves taking care of her pet cats and koi fish.


Meet Maiah Fogel


Maiah is also an Optician for now but she plans on attending med school in the near future. She specializes in helping patients with sports eyewear, such as prescription sunglasses for shooting, fishing, or other sporting activities. When not at Ascent Eyes, Maiah enjoys hiking with her dog! Maiah is an Ohio State graduate like Dr. McDaniel SO ---- GO BUCKEYES!

Give us a call today to arrange your yearly eye exam.
You’ll be glad you did.

We look forward to meeting you!