About Our Practice
White Salmon Eyecare has been providing comprehensive eye care to the Columbia River Gorge for more than 75 years. Dr. Alex and his team utilize the latest technology and techniques to ensure your eyes are in great health and you’re seeing your best. Dr. Alex goes beyond measuring your prescription by providing full eye health checks and managing a broad range of eye diseases. He values getting to know his patients and their unique visual needs, whether you spend your time in front of a computer most days or up in the mountains biking, hiking, or skiing. Dr. Alex and his eyecare team can get you setup with quality glasses and contacts to have you seeing your best while enjoying the Gorge.
Our opticians have many years of hands-on training and our licensed optician has over 30 years of experience. They can help you select, repair, and adjust your frames, as well as assist you in understanding your glasses and contact lens options.
Dr. Alex Baldwin
Dr. Alex Baldwin grew up in Yamhill, OR and completed a year tour in Iraq as an engineer with the Oregon Army National Guard. He earned a Biology degree at Western Oregon University and then graduated with distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Alex joined White Salmon Eyecare in 2014 and purchased the practice from Dr. Debby Bergstrom in 2017. He enjoys getting to know his patients and helping them see their best every day, especially while pursuing their hobbies. He also strives to provide comprehensive medical eye care services by offering evaluations for refractive and cataract surgeries as well as treating eye infections, glaucoma, and dry eye. Since moving to White Salmon, Dr. Alex has become active in the community and enjoys the small town atmosphere and all that the Gorge has to offer. When away from work, he and his wife garden, hike, and hunt. He feels blessed having the opportunity to live and work in such a wonderful community.
Maria is the friendly face at the front desk who is always ready to greet you with a warm smile. She has been a part of the White Salmon Eyecare family since 2005. In addition to managing the front desk, Maria helps in the optical and her bilingual skills are a big asset to our practice. Maria and her family are long-time residents of White Salmon and are very involved with school activities in Trout Lake where her children attend. Maria enjoys traveling to Mexico to visit family, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Darrell first became licensed as an optician in 1992 and is an expert at helping patients choose the best frame and lens combination to meet their individual needs. He also works behind the scenes running our in-house lab, edging lenses, placing and processing orders. He loves the satisfaction he gets from helping people see better and look great in their new frame selection. Darrell was born and raised in the Columbia Gorge and is a graduate of Stevenson High School. He enjoys traveling with his wife Amanda. Darrell’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, camping, and windsurfing.
Vanessa is never without a smile and lights up the clinic with her fantastic upbeat personality. She is a wonderful care coordinator, which means she does a little bit of everything! She was raised here in White Salmon and has a close-knit family. You may recognize her from the Riverside Grill where she worked prior to joining our team in 2016. She enjoys spending time traveling with her family, hiking, kayaking, swimming and playing tennis on her weekends.
Lee joined our team at the end of 2019 as our medical billing specialist. She is a bit of a hidden treasure since most of her work is behind the scenes but she can often be found lending a helping hand out front where she looks forward to interacting with many of our wonderful patients. New to the state, Lee enjoys camping and exploring the area with her family as well as painting, learning Aerial Silks, and traveling!
Kayla joined our team as an ophthalmic technician in June 2020. Her laughter and sense of humor bring so much joy to our office. Kayla gets exams started by taking initial measurements and getting patients ready for the doctor. Kayla was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and loves everything the Gorge has to offer! Outside of work, Kayla, Geordon, and their beloved dog Jaxx, love fishing, hiking, hunting, and really anything that involves being in the great outdoors.