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Houston Eye Associates Leadership Team

Our leadership team is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of care to the communities we call home. Our leadership team's expertise and vision make our mission in "Providing a lifetime of excellent, compassionate eye care" possible.

Tom Merkle, P.E., CISSP

Chief Executive Officer

Tom Merkle, P.E., CISSP serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Over his more than 8-year tenure at Houston Eye Associates, Tom has encompassed many roles at Houston Eye from Information Technology to Accounting and Finance. As CIO, Tom overhauled Houston Eye Associate’s in-house technology upgrading the organization to provide efficient systems and support to the over 40 Physicians, 15 Optometrists and over 500 employees in 20 offices.  Tom also oversees the company’s accounting and finance efforts, helping the team to streamline processes and align their goals with the Physicians.  Tom brings unique experience to Houston Eye Associates, with his career history including time as an aerospace engineer and propulsion system analyst at NASA.

Misty Milam-Berger, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Misty Milam-Berger, MBA serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. In Misty’s 5-year tenure at Houston Eye Associates, she has served in multiple capacities overseeing the operational efforts for all of Houston Eye’s surgical center, medical practices and opticals that span over 20 locations. Misty’s career boasts over 20 years of experience in healthcare that includes leadership in physician practices, hospital settings, pharmaceuticals, medical clinics, surgery centers, and an optical laboratory.

Molly Free, SHRM-SCP, CHC

Vice President

Molly Free, SHRM-SCP, CHC is the Vice President at Houston Eye Associates, a role she has excelled in for the past five years.  During her tenure, Molly has progressively taken on several roles with the organization, overseeing the company’s human resources, compliance and marketing efforts.  Molly holds over ten years of experience in Human Resources in healthcare supporting physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, and urgent care centers.

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