Dr. Thibodeaux received his undergraduate training at Louisiana State University (LSU), the University of New Orleans and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He obtained a Doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Additional post-graduate training in ocular disease was received in Philadelphia at the Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr Thibodeaux also completed the anterior segment LASER certification program through the Northeastern University College of Optometry. Internships were located at the Indian Hospital in Shiprock NM and at the US Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO.
His three year tenure as Clinic Director of two medical and surgical eye centers in west Tennessee contributed to an extensive background in the treatment of eye diseases and ocular peri-surgical care. In 1990 he was one of three instructors offering the first post-graduate education course in LASER use by optometrists while serving as Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry. At SCO, he established both residency and internship programs in ocular disease.
Dr. Thibodeaux has years of experience in external and retinal disease, specialty contact lenses for keratoconus, diabetic eye care, minor surgery of the eye and eyelids and the medical management of glaucoma. Having personally had laser vision correction, he provides in-depth consultations and perioperative care for these patients. He also works with those who have limited vision due to disease or injury. He has given many lectures and presentations on a wide variety of topics throughout his career. Several of those presentations can be viewed here.
After obtaining licensure in 6 states, he became a member of the American Optometric Association and was honored as the Optometrist of the Year in both 2002 and 2007 by the New Mexico Optometric Association. Dr. Thibodeaux has served as the association’s liaison to the insurance industry and has lectured extensively on medical coding as well as medical and surgical eyecare. He has also served as clinical examiner for the New Mexico State Board of Optometry for many of the last 12 years.
He lives is Santa Fe with his wife Kim, and their three dogs. His outside interests include tennis, whitewater boating, downhill mountain biking and motorcycling. He has also donated his time and a number of medical instruments to the Wildlife Center in Espanola.
A native of Santa Fe, Dr. Tachau received his undergraduate training at New Mexico State University and completed his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. He has maintained a private practice in Santa Fe since 1987. Additionally, Dr. Tachau has received post-graduate training in the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, lasers, and minor surgical procedures of the eye and eye lids.
His ground breaking doctoral thesis in sports vision and his participation in a sports vision study of the 1984 Olympic Team give him an in depth knowledge as to how athletes use their visual system for excellence in sports. He served two terms as a board member for the New Mexico Optometric Association and is a 30 year member of the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Tachau blends his many years of optometric experience with his desire to fully address the particular visual challenges of each patient. Areas of interest include contact lenses, glaucoma, diabetes, low vision and sports vision.
Dr. Paul Tachau lives in Santa Fe with his wife Linda and their dog. He has two grown children- Jamey and Justin. He participates in a variety of outdoor activities including tennis, golf, skiing, cycling and hiking.
Dr. Ashley Pulis received her undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas where she studied Human Biology. She went on to receive her doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. During optometry school, Dr. Pulis was active in Student Volunteers Optometric Services to Humanity, and she traveled to Colombia to provide optometric services to those in need. In her final year of optometry school, she completed an externship with a private practice owned by an optometrist and ophthalmologist. During this rotation, she was able gain knowledge with pre/post-op cataract surgery and LASIK, as well as the intricacies of private practice. She completed a second externship in Santa Fe with Indian Health Services. This rotation consisted of diagnosing and treating many ocular conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and various eye infections. It was here that Dr. Pulis developed her love for the Land of Enchantment and decided to pursue a career in New Mexico.
After passing the New Mexico State Optometry Board exam, Dr. Pulis began work in Taos, NM at a local optical shop and the Taos/Picuris Indian Health Clinic. She recently joined Accent on Vision as an associate and is excited to be a part of the team. Dr. Pulis enjoys getting to know each of her patients while providing compassionate, competent eye care. She is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the New Mexico Optometric Association. Outside of work, Dr. Pulis enjoys spending time exploring the great outdoors of New Mexico with her two dogs and fiancé.