By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Dr. Cynthia Strawn has taken over the Keizer Vision practice at 4350 Cherry Avenue NE.
The Salem native has been in optometry for 12 years, with stints in Woodburn and south Salem before joining the practice, formerly owned by Dr. Mike Gaynor. Strawn graduated from Pacific University with a doctorate in optometry in 2000. In 2008 she was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association.
Strawn said she had been helping to manage the clinic for years, and her takeover on Jan. 1, 2012 was part of a long-term plan.
“The time was right,” Strawn said. “(Dr. Gaynor) was feeling like his next goal was to retire.”
But Gaynor isn’t grabbing his fishing pole and heading off into the sunset. He’ll still be working at the clinic three days a week.
“I don’t expect we’ll change much,” she added. “I hope to continue his track record of success.”
While she has purchased the practice, the building is still owned by Gaynor.
The existing clientele of the long-standing business was an obvious draw, Strawn said, as was having an office full of modern equipment. Recently Keizer Vision acquired a new instrument allowing for more detailed photos of the retina.
Strawn’s career was not a straight line. Prior to returning to school, she spent 12 years in the banking industry after earning a degree in business from Oregon State University. She graduated high school from Sacred Heart Academy.
Optometry continues to be a fulfilling field, in part because she can help almost anyone who walks through the door, she said.
“Even if it’s just to tell them that their eyes are healthy,” she said.
She said there’s a lot an optometrist can do to help someone suffering from a variety of conditions, from glaucoma and cataracts to pinkeye to diabetic eye disease.
Community involvement includes membership in Keizer Rotary, Salem Executive Association and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. She attends St. Edward Catholic Church and lives in Keizer.