Dr. Susan Reckell is the Founder and President of Riviera Opticare, Inc. She attended University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and Michigan College of Optometry for her Doctorate degree. Her favorite area of Optometry and expertise is in specialty bifocal contact lenses, Keratoconus treatment contact lenses, and Scleral lenses for corneal transplants or cornea disorders. She is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Arizona Optometric Association (AZOA).
Dr. Reckell and her husband, Tim, have raised 3 terrific kids and now enjoy being grandparents! Her favorite activities are Church-related, Yoga, Hockey and hiking Arizona.
Dr. Reckell sees patients at both Mesa and Scottsdale offices.
Dr. Amy Keding is originally from Northbrook, Illinois. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire while also playing on the collegiate volleyball team. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating magna cum laude. She recently worked for a prominent eye institute in the Valley, including an additional year of training in Ocular Disease Management as well as Cataract, Corneal and LASIK surgery Post-Operative Care and Management. She is primarily focused on practicing medical optometry and specializes in keratoconus and other contact lens fittings, though also enjoys comprehensive eye examinations for adults and children of all ages.
Above all, Dr. Amy Keding enjoys traveling and spending time with family when she isn't with patients. She also stays very busy with hiking and playing in volleyball tournaments here in the Valley and escaping to the mountains to ski when she can.
“I was 12 years old when I asked my mom what the soup of the day was at the lunch spot we were at. She told me it was on the sign out front. I told her I couldn't read it and that is why I was asking her. In disbelief, she brought me in for my first eye exam. I couldn't believe how much glasses helped my vision; especially in school! As I started to excel at competitive sports, contacts were introduced to me; another life changer! Even at my young age, I recognized how important quality vision was to me. As a junior chemistry major in college, I was still debating on what I wanted to do for a career. As I was still juggling teaching versus pursuing a doctorate degree, I finally shadowed my local optometrist. I was immediately excited how all my passions in life fit into this occupation: the medical knowledge, working with individuals, educating patients on eyecare and improving people's lives. I have continued to let these passions drive the course of my career. I started with a medical ophthalmologic practice for 2.5 years to gain knowledge of ocular diseases and surgical techniques. Now, I focus in specialty contact lenses for people with diseases such as Keratoconus. Though I do love the science behind what I do, the best part of my day is getting to know each individual in my chair. I love being able to meet people from all different backgrounds and being able to assist them with all their eyecare needs.”
-Dr. Amy Keding
*Dr. Keding sees patients at both Mesa and Scottsdale offices.
Dr. Julie McCutcheon was born and raised in Arizona and is proud to call it home. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Biological Science at Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude, and received her Doctor of Optometry Degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Optometry. After graduation, she completed a yearlong residency in primary eye care with the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Arizona serving the Navajo and Hopi population. This training focused heavily of ocular disease management including Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Dry eye, Uveitis, and Glaucoma. She performs comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens fittings for patients of all ages.
Outside of optometry, Dr. McCutcheon enjoys spending time with friends and family including her husband and two dogs. Her favorite activities are hiking, fitness, and reading. She made it to seven National Parks in the last three years and cannot wait to see more.
“I remember the feeling of seeing clearly for the first time when I was five years old. Ever since, I looked forward to going to the optometrist yearly, picking up my new glasses, and finally seeing again. Optometry was always a dream profession of mine. It remained the perfect fit as time went on and I fell in love with science and medicine. What I most enjoy about optometry is that every exam is personal. I get to spend time getting to know my patients and their unique needs. I am passionate about providing high-quality eye care, producing accurate prescriptions, and staying up to date on the latest research.'
-Dr. Julie McCutcheon
*Dr. McCutcheon sees patients at both Mesa and Scottsdale offices.
Dr. Kelsie Stevens is originally from the small town of Newington, Connecticut, where she spent her childhood exploring her love of sports, nature, hiking and camping. She then moved to Washington, DC to acquire her Bachelor of Science Degree at The Catholic University of America. Her Next move was to Chicago, IL where she received her Doctorate Degree from Illinois College of Optometry.
During externship, she worked at highly medical-based sites in AZ, IL, PA and back home in CT. Although the changing seasons will always have a piece of her heart, she chose to move to sunny AZ to begin her career as an Optometrist.
When she's not seeing patients, she loves to go on long walks and hikes with her two rescue dogs, whom she spends lots of time training. When she's not watching the patriots during football season, she enjoys running and playing tennis; also finds time to read and enjoy the tons of sunny days here in AZ.
Her love for optometry developed after shadowing her lifetime Optometrist. She fell in love with the field and began her journey to become a Doctor of Optometry.
'I always knew I wanted to combine my skills in science with my passion for helping others, and Optometry has become an amazing way to express those things and fulfill a large part of my life.'
-- Dr. Kelsie Stevens
*Dr Stevens sees patients in the Mesa Office