About us | Doctors and Staff


Dr. Sam Baron, O.D.

Dr. Baron is from Butler, PA. He performed his undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University and then completed his professional studies at New England College of Optometry in Boston. During his last year of school he initiated and headed a pilot vision program in Haiti. The team of ten optometrists spent ten days in one of the more remote areas where they examined and prescribed spectacles for 3,500 patients.

Dr. Baron continued his education with a special residency program in visual therapy at the Optometric Center of New York. Following graduation, Dr. Baron began his professional career as a clinical instructor at his alma mater, the New England College of Optometry. Moving to New York City, Dr. Baron was then appointed to the staff of the Optometric Center of New York, the largest eye center in the U.S.A. After practicing in the general optometry, visual training and developmental vision clinics he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Contact Lens Clinic at the Optometry State University of New York. Dr. Baron established his practice in Golden in 1973, to settle in a small college town near the mountains and Denver. He also was selected to be the Director of the Vision Therapy Clinic of the Colorado Optometric Center. Dr. Baron has special interests in contact lenses, children’s vision, and deaf patients. He has authored several articles in professional journals and is in the process of completing his second book.

Dr. Baron has developed several optometric instruments. He is a member of Leadership Golden, Colorado Mountain Club and Golden Chamber of Commerce and has been appointed a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a prestigious scientific group of Optometrists. Dr. Baron has lectured internationally in the visual sciences, on such topics as, visual field studies, computers and vision, infant visual examinations, examining the deaf, interrelationships of professionals, office design, amblyopia (lazy eyes), contact lens designs, preschool vision, vision and learning, and the paperless office. He especially enjoyed a learning and lecture tour of China. Dr. Baron has completed the highest licensure for his profession in Colorado.

Dr. Baron averages 50 hours a year in post graduate education. He spends several of those hours presenting to other Eye Doctors. He has been honored with and accepted the invitation to serve as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry for the University of Indiana College of Optometry. He will be able to fulfill two of his loves by remaining in private practice here in Golden and by serving as a professor with the interns who study here at our clinic. In 2013 Dr. Baron earned certification as a Diplomate of  The American Board of Optometry.  Only 5% of Optometrists have attained this distinction.

Dr. Baron enjoys Colorado’s many mountaineering outdoor activities; skiing, climbing, hiking, and camping.

Dr. Rachel Newland, O.D.

Dr. Rachel Newland is originally from southeast Kansas. She is a third generation optometrist who grew up working at her father and grandfather’s optometric practice and realized her interest in healthcare at a young age. 

Dr. Newland completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, where she graduated magna cum laude. During her time in Optometry school she participated in vision outreach services locally and overseas in the Dominican Republic. 

After completing Optometry school, Dr. Newland pursued a year-long residency in Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation from the Kansas City Veterans Administration Hospital. 

In her free time Dr. Newland enjoys spending time with her friends and family and exploring Colorado.

Office Manager, ABOC, CPOA

I am a main liaison between you and your vision care, helping gather information and educate patients. I also assist with contact lenses and glasses fittings, and help maintain all the computers and printers in the office.

In my free time I like to go hiking, camping, skiing, and spend time with friends and family.

Patient Manager

I am a Patient Manager here at Golden Vision Clinic. I enjoy working with all our patients and wonderful staff to provide the best care and assistance possible. I assist in scheduling as well as some insurance billing and the organization here at Golden Vision Clinic.

I am a Colorado native and love watching movies, going on road trips, and horseback riding. I enjoy a lot of weekends up in Breckenridge, or down south with my corgi and horses.

Patient Manager

I am a Patient Manager at Golden Vision Clinic.  I love interacting with patients and assisting with scheduling, insurance and any other questions or needs they may have.

I am a Colorado native and have lived here for most of my life.  I enjoy spending time with my family and especially with my grandchildren.  I also enjoy gardening, hiking, cooking and getting up to our beautiful Colorado mountains whenever the opportunity comes my way.


Growth in the eye care industry is one of my top priorities. Being in this business for several years, as a technician and an optician, I have had a chance to grow my knowledge. In order to give you, the patient, information that will help you understand your unique needs and how they relate to your prescriptions. I strive every day to make sure that you have the best experience with me and the entire team.

Being a Colorado native, I can truly say it’s one of the best places to be. Sometimes I would rather be at the beach soaking up sun, enjoying the warm sand, and taking in the fresh sea breeze. There’s just something about being in the fall weather of Colorado, watching some football.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Denver Broncos, but I have to say out loud I am a New Orleans Saints fan. One day we will make it into the Super Bowl. I’m competitive growing up being the youngest of my sibling.

Optician, ABOC

I have been an Optician at Golden Clinic for two years.  I am certified by the American Board of Opticianry and am continuing to grow my knowledge in optical to better serve you.  I enjoy helping patients explore the many options for glasses and lenses to best suit their optical needs.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my son and husband, Sunday dinners with our extended family, going to the gym, movies and playing outdoors.

Optometric Technician

I am a technician at Golden Vison Clinic. I help with testing patients, guiding them through their examinations with the Doctor and assisting with any goals and needs that may bring them in to the office.  I’ve been in the eyecare profession for over 7 years, and I’ve worn many hats along the way, spending much of my career helping patients select their favorite eyewear as an optician as well.

I am a native of the gorgeous state of Colorado, and much of my free time is spent outside snowboarding, biking, hiking, watersports, and fishing, seeing concerts at Red Rocks, hanging out with my basset Abbey or rooting on one of my many favorite local sports teams, Go Broncos!!

Optometric Technician

Having recently entered the vision profession, I am still learning much as a technician here at Golden Vision Clinic. I primarily walk patients through the pre-testing portion of their exam and gather any and all information that the doctor may need to know. I am a Colorado native who enjoys spending time with family, playing with my dog Colby and cat Penny, and cheering on the Avalanche!


I am the bookkeeper at Golden Vision ClinicI am very excited that I have the opportunity to help at Golden Vision Clinic to tell their financial story. I have passion for photography, enjoy my family, travel and I’m a Colorado native.

Billing Specialist

I am the billing specialist at Golden Vision Clinic. I have an extensive background in computer programming. I love puzzles and enjoy the challenges of insurance billing.

I transplanted to Colorado to be a snow bum & still enjoy the mountains and all they have to offer. I recently located to Golden from Silverthorne and am looking forward to exploring this area.