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. Rose Shimonova, O.D.

Dr. Shimonova grew up in Aurora and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Denver. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Shimonova completed an extensive residency training program at the VA Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, where she studied ocular disease.

She has traveled to Mexico and Belize on mission trips and enjoys involvement in community service events including the Special Olympics. Dr. Shimonova is a member of American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, and Colorado Optometric Association.

Outside of the office, Dr. Shimonova enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Amanda Axman, O.D.

Dr. Axman was born and raised in sunny south Florida. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fl. After undergrad, she attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where she received her Doctorate of Optometry. It was in her third year of school when she fell in love with ocular disease. She then did a six month rotation at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute followed by a year specializing in ocular disease. During residency, she learned how to manage patients with ophthalmologists and fine tuned her medical optometric skills.

She has worked in many settings including large clinics, but loves private practice where she can see patients of all ages while also managing ocular disease.

She is obsessed with her dog Sadie, friends and family, and enjoys being outdoors. She is very passionate about traveling and learning about various cultures, she is also proficient in Spanish. She is excited to explore everything that Colorado has to offer.

Dr. Kelly Cyr, O.D.

Dr. Cyr grew up in Northern Maine, close to the border of Canada. She attended Saint Joseph’s College of Maine near Sebago Lake where she graduated valedictorian of her class. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston. Following graduation, she pursued her interest in ocular disease through a residency with the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, MA.

During a rotation in optometry school, Dr. Cyr had worked with the Indian Health Services in Santa Fe where she was introduced to the Southwest and the many activities the area offered. Following residency, she joined a large group practice and traveled throughout New Mexico practicing primary care optometry and working closely with ophthalmology in the retina clinic and performing post-operative care. She also enjoyed teaching optometry students and residents and helping them fine tune their clinical skills.

She loves to be outdoors every season of the year whether it be backcountry skiing, rock or ice climbing, running, or backpacking. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Cyr is a member of the American Optometric Association and Colorado Optometric Association, fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and has achieved diplomate status through the American Board of Optometry.

Patient Manager

I am one of the Patient Managers at Golden Vision Clinic. I thoroughly enjoy greeting and getting to know our patients, as well as helping them with their eye care needs, scheduling and insurance questions.

Outside of GVC, I enjoy teaching children’s theater and performing in local theater productions across the metro area. Being a Colorado native, I also love going on adventures with my husband and 2 dogs in our beautiful mountains! There is never a dull day in Colorado!

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.

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.

Optometric Technician

I am one of the technicians at Golden Vision Clinic. I get the opportunity to discuss any visual problems or concerns that patients may have, and also perform the initial testing prior to patients seeing the doctor. I really enjoy this aspect of my job, and thrive around the experiences I gain by working with patients.

Born and raised in Colorado, I love being outdoors; hiking, skiing, playing slow-pitch softball, or enjoying the many concerts that Red Rocks has to offer.

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!!


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.

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.


I keep the lights on by paying all the bills and assist the staff as needed. I enjoy our patients and staff – we are very lucky to have such a great group of patients to care for.

I like to spend time with my husband and family. I love to cook, ski, hike, and exercise.