Meet Optometrists, Dr. Darren Thorsen, Dr. C. "Bruce" Stebel, Dr. Katelyn Powers, Dr. Erika Bury, and
Dr. Ashley Calvert
Darren Thorsen, Optometric Physician
Dr. Thorsen is the founder and one of the Optometrists at Coastal Eye Care. He has strong ties to the area. He grew up in Warrenton, OR, and completed his undergraduate work at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. His Doctorate of Optometry was earned at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. He started practicing in Long Beach in 1993 and over the years expanded the practice to Seaside and Astoria.
Dr. Thorsen has considerable experience in primary eye care, ocular disease management, eye care for children & teens and specialty contact lenses fitting. Dr. Thorsen has specific expertise and interest in diseases of the eye and conditions associated with aging, such as cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Dr. Thorsen is certified in surgical co-management and referral consultation of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and refractive surgery.
Dr. Thorsen is an Associate Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry. He enjoys participating in the training of future optometrists. Coastal Eye Care hosts several intern a year during their final year of clinical training. Dr. Thorsen is an elected member of the Ocean Beach Hospital board of directors and serves as the board chairman.
When not working Dr. Thorsen enjoys outdoor sports and traveling with his wife, two sons and their two dogs. He enjoys working with his hands doing, wood working projects and mechanical restorations.
C. "Bruce" Stebel, Optometric Physician
Dr. Stebel joined the ranks of Coastal Eye Care in the summer of 2015 after completing his doctorate at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He received training at the nationally renowned referral center Wolfe Eye in West Des Moines, IA where he gained experience in adult primary care, ocular disease, and specialty contact lens fitting. Bruce grew up in Fayetteville, AR and earned his Bachelors of Sciences in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics in Russellville, AR. He is proud to call himself a new member of the Astoria community and provide eye care to those in Seaside, Astoria, Long Beach, and surrounding.
Bruce is married to his wife, Aspen, and they can often be seen enjoying the river walk together with their Newfoundland dog Gimli. When not working Dr. Stebel enjoys electronic do-it-yourself projects, home brewing, and strolls around town with his family.
Dr. Katelyn Powers, Optometric Physician
Dr. Powers came to the Coastal Eye Care family after earning her doctorate at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, CA. She received training in specialty contact lenses, ocular disease, pediatrics, and primary care. She grew up in Beaverton, OR and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology in 2009. She is passionate about providing excellent healthcare for the local communities. An avid nature seeker, Katie enjoys staying active with hiking and kayaking in the surrounding areas. She is looking forward to getting involved with the communities, specifically volunteering at the nearby Clatsop Animal Assistance shelter.
Erika Bury, Optometric Physician
Erika Bury, O.D., was born and raised in Maryland. Her undergraduate work was completed at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 2009 where she earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and nutrition with minors in psychology and chemistry.
Erika went on to the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts and in 2014 received her doctorate degree in Optometry. She received her Masters in Nutrition from Northeastern in 2017, as a way to better serve her diabetic patients.
Dr. Bury works in our Tillamook location performing full scope care including vision exams, contact lens fittings including sclera lenses as well as medical care for all patients.
Dr. Bury enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, competing in triathlons, playing lacrosse and spending time with her husband, Steve, and their 2 dogs. She is also an active member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society as an ambassador and leukemia survivor.
Ashley Calvert, Optometric Physician
Dr. Calvert joined Coastal Eye Care in July 2019 after graduating optometry school from Pacific University College of Optometry. She grew up along the Columbia River in the small town of Cathlamet, Washington.
After graduating from Wahkiakum High School she began her education at Pacific University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Vision Science and then going on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry. She currently provides comprehensive vision care, pediatric vision care, contact lens services, and ocular health checks at the Long Beach, Seaside, Astoria, and Tillamook offices.
Ashley enjoys exploring the Oregon coast, fishing, hiking, and spending time on the river or at the beach with her husband, who is a US Coast Guard member. She is excited to join our team of eye care professionals and is passionate about providing quality eye care to patients throughout the coastal community.