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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Premier Eyecare the leading providers of vision care products and services in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


-1-21Dr. Tsai was born and raised in Terre Haute, IN and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington as an Eli Lily Endowment and Howard T. Batman Scholar. While attending college, she worked in the Pediatrics/Binocular Vision clinic and the optical laboratory in the school of Optometry. After completing three years of her undergraduate studies, she was admitted into the early acceptance program in the School of Optometry at Indiana University. In 2004, she completed her Bachelor Of Science in Optometry as she con-currently studied for her Doctorate. She completed her Doctorate early in May 2006. Her training included working at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL (ranked number 1 in eyecare in the world in 2003) and Roudebush Veterans Affairs Clinic in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Tsai’s primary interests include ocular disease, pediatric care, and visual therapy.

She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Virginia Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and is a Fellow in the Virginia Academy of Optometry. She currently serves as the Vice President for the Battlefield Optometric Association. In 2013, she completed her term as President for the Virginia State Board of Optometry after being a Board member for three years. She offers vision care with the Lions Club and the InfantSee Program which is sponsored by the American Optometric Association. She is an active member in her community, participating with the Chamber of Commerce, Next Generation Business Leaders, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Corporate Achievers, and the Health Advisory Committee for Fredericksburg Head Start.

In 2009, Dr. Tsai entered into a partnership with Dr. Samuel Smart and now retired, Dr. William Mitchell Powell. In March 2014, she was entrusted to be the successor and sole owner of the practice. When she is not working or doing public speaking for visual therapy, Dr. Tsai enjoys reading, golfing, running, traveling, air sports including sky diving, and spending time with her family and two dogs.


-1-38Dr. Church graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Optomety. After completion of his Doctorate, he completed a thirteen month residency in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular diseases and ocular emergencies. Has has been practicing in both Fredericksburg and Culpeper, Virginia for over sixteen years.

Dr. Church is passionate about meeting all of the eye care needs of a family…from young pre-schoolers to their grandparents. His practice of optometry balances both well vision care and medical eye care. Daily, he cares for patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, cataracts, eye emergencies and those in need of second opinions–as well as patients who need a comprehensive eye examination for new glasses or contact lenses. With years of eye care experience and a family that includes four children of his own, Dr. Church understands the importance of making each patient feel comfortable and cared for. He also knows how important it is to make healthcare convenient for busy families.

Dr. Church underwent laser vision correction (LASIK) in 1998. He provides a valuable resource to patients who are trying to make decisions between glasses, contact lenses and surgical correction. Whichever of these choices his patients are interested in, Dr. Church is able to offer the most technologically advanced solutions. For his patients interested in contact lenses, it is exciting to know that patients from ages 10 to 100 can find safe, convenient and comfortable contact lens options.

Premier Eyecare has been happy to welcome Dr. Church to the practice as of May 2014. When not seeing patients, Dr. Church enjoys running with his wife of 20 years and teaching 3rd graders at Salem Fields Community Church in Spotsylvania County.


Dr. LambertsonDr. Lambertson is a board-certified optometrist who was born and raised in Fredericksburg, VA. She graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2018. She then earned her Doctorate from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2022. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Virginia Optometric Association. Her optometric training utilized the most advanced technology to assist in diagnosing and treating ocular conditions.

While completing her doctorate, she worked as a patient care technician at Premier Eyecare. Dr. Lambertson has been a patient at Premier Eyecare for 17 years, but it was during her time as a technician that she realized she wanted to join the team as a provider after graduation.

Dr. Lambertson’s favorite quote is from Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment during eye exams is a priority for her. She believes that patient education is one of the most crucial components of medicine. She is eager to provide healthcare in her hometown, including comprehensive eye exams for glasses or contacts, pediatric eye exams, diabetic eye exams, and exams targeted at treating glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, dry eyes, and ocular emergencies.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Lambertson enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

SAMUEL C. SMART, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.V.A.O. – Retired

On December 21, 2018 Dr. Samuel C. Smart, O.D. retired after 47 years of dedicated service to the Fredericksburg area. We wish him many years of joy and relaxation as he starts this next chapter of his life.