DR. MELANIE MACBETH, O.D.
Dr. Linda Bennett is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry. Before practicing in Belmont, she worked in a private practice in Charlestown, at the Harvard Community Health Center, and at the Cambridge City Hospital. In addition to practicing optometry, she served as president of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists in 2000. She was appointed to Massachusetts Board of Registration of Optometry in 2003, and served until the beginning of 2010.
In 2005, Dr. Bennett joined other VOSH (Volunteer Optometrists in Service to Humanity) members in a trip to Armenia. There, they examined approximately 1,500 needy patients. Many of the individuals served simply needed spectacles to improve their vision, while others required additional health care. Glasses were provided to those in need, free of charge. In September 2007, Dr. Bennett led a second VOSH trip to Armenia. This group had five clinics and saw over 900 patients, during the course of ten days.
Dr. Bennett lives in Belmont with her husband, Raymond Huey. She has raised two daughters who attended the Belmont public schools. Her eldest daughter, Rebecca, joined the practice in 2008. Prior to becoming an optometrist, Dr. Bennett taught elementary school in Holbrook for seven years.
DR. LINDA BENNETT, O.D.
DR. REBECCA MAIDA O.D.
Dr. Maida is Dr. Bennett's eldest daughter, and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. Having always had a passion for working with children, she taught seventh grade math for two years at the Chenery Middle School in Belmont. Her experience in the classroom gave Dr. Maida the opportunity to see firsthand the importance of vision care for young students.
In 2008, Dr. Maida graduated with her doctorate degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, and shortly thereafter joined our practice. At her graduation, Dr. Maida was honored with the 2008 Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy for her distinction in pediatric optometry and binocular vision. During optometry school, Dr. Maida was involved with the student VOSH (Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity) group, joining 12 students and professionals in providing care for over 1,000 citizens of the Dominican Republic.
While Dr. Maida enjoys working with younger patients, she is also experienced in working with a broad range of patient populations. Her clinical experience includes training at the VA Hospitals at Brockton and Worcester, The New England Eye Institute, Perkins School for the Blind, The Lahey Clinic, and South Boston Community Health Center.
Dr. Maida lives in Belmont with her husband, Mark and their children Aubrey and Wesley.
DR. AMANDA BELLEVILLE, O.D.
Dr. Amanda Belleville is a 2017 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. Her clinical training was completed across the Greater Boston area at Dorchester House Community Health Center, Lowell
VA Hospital, the Lahey Clinic and Martha Eliot Community Health Center.
Dr. Belleville has a wide range of interests within optometry including contact lenses, pediatrics and individuals with disabilities but she has a special place in her heart for low vision. She completed an internship at the New England Eye Institute where she became well-versed in various low vision devices and techniques so she can best serve the needs of her patients to maximize and use their best vision.
Dr.Belleville is excited to join the practice and bring her knowledge and compassion to the patients at Bennett Family Eye Care.
Dr. Melanie Macbeth joined Bennett Family Eye Care in 2004. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages. She has a wide variety of experience in ocular disease, pediatric optometry, and specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Macbeth received her doctorate degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, where she graduated in the top three percent of her class. Prior to her optometry career, Dr. Macbeth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Colby College. She spent her junior year of college abroad in Ireland.
One of Dr. Macbeth's special interests is fitting contact lenses, and especially enjoys challenging fits. To accommodate her patients she utilizes a wide variety of lenses, including soft, RGP's, multifocal, astigmatism, hybrid, and scleral lenses. Dr. Macbeth is also a certified fitter of both Paragon CRT and WAVE orthokeratology lenses for corneal reshaping, and has fit numerous children in orthokeratology overnight lenses for myopia control.
Dr. Macbeth grew up in Massachusetts, and now lives in Waltham with her husband and two young children. She enjoys swimming, gardening, and being outdoors.
Dr. Barr received her doctorate in optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. At graduation, Dr. Barr was awarded the Blanchard Contact Lens Award of Excellence. She then completed a post-doctorate residency program at the Boston VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, specializing in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease.
Dr. Barr enjoys seeing patients of all ages. One of Dr. Barr’s special interests is that of Dry Eye Disease. She completed an Advanced Studies Program offered at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, specializing in Anterior Segment Disease which encompassed the various etiologies and management options for dry eye disease.
Outside of optometry, Dr. Barr is an avid runner. She has participated in many races. Dr. Barr also enjoys baking and spending time with her family and friends!
DR. KATHLEEN BARR, O.D.