Meet the Hawari's
Dr. Andy Hawari was born and raised in Cisco, Texas. He completed his Associates Degree from Cisco Junior College, and in 1984 he received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas in Austin. While in Austin, he met his wife, Debra, who was attending college in San Marcos. Dr. Hawari attended the University of Missouri - College of Optometry in St. Louis, where he was part of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
They joined Mineola Eyecare immediately after his graduation. For the past 29 years Dr. Hawari and his wife have served and participated in the community, Chamber of Commerce, Mineola Lions Club, Grace Community Healthcare Ministries, and church. Dr. Hawari volunteers time and equipment to Grace Community Healthcare Ministries by suppling exams and eyeglasses to those in need. Other mission work includes the Remar Orphanage in La Libertad, El Salvador. They have also helped friends start a church in Denton.
Dr. Hawari is a member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Society and East Texas Optometric Society. Additionally, he has served three years as the president for the East Texas Optometric Society.
Dr. Hawari enjoys spending his time with his wife, Debra, son, Zachary, and his "princess" daughter, Breanna. Pastimes include playing golf and DIY projects.
Debra has served as our office manager for the past several years.
Defining Our Culture
In the process of discovering the core values we aspire to represent, we asked our employees to write down key words they believe describe us. From that list we voted to select these top seven to represent our Core Values.
Our goal is to have our patients read any one of these values say that was their experience.
At Mineola Eyecare, we pursue excellence in all we do, offering the most advanced service in the eye care industry. We achieve this through a genuine care for each patient and by providing the best in technology to all our services.
Our vision is to simply live out the occupational and ministerial calls on our lives through the gifts of the spirit as defined in Galatians 5:22-23. But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. In doing this, we will complete each day accomplishing the purpose the will outlast the world’s definition of a successful business.
Mineola Eyecare began over 60 years ago, in April 1946, when Dr. J. Carl Norris opened for business. Dr. Norris graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. The first office was located at 106 W. Board Street. Then in 1963, it was moved to 211 N. Newsome Street.
In 1973 Dr. T.D. McClenny joined the practice after graduating from the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. As more space and parking was needed to accommodate the two doctors, the office was eventually moved to its current location, 1238 N. Pacific. The new office building was constructed in 1984.
Dr. Norris began searching for a new doctor as he neared retirement. In June 1989, upon graduation from the University of Missouri College of Optometry, Dr. Andy M. Hawari joined the practice. Two years later, in July 1991, Dr. Norris completed his career by retiring from the Mineola Eyecare.
Over the next twelve years Drs. McClenny and Hawari worked together to expand the services provided by Mineola Eyecare. As the state laws changed in Texas, Dr. McClenny and Hawari kept pace with cutting edge technology and the optometric training to provide the best vision and eye health care possible.
Then in January 2003, Dr. McClenny followed the call of God on his life and became a full-time foreign missionary. Dr. McClenny sold his interest in Mineola Eyecare to Dr. Hawari and went to work for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Since that time Dr. Hawari has continued as sole owner and operator of Mineola Eyecare. At the end of 2008, Mineola Eyecare added 900 square feet for optical retail and underwent numerous other renovations.
Mineola Eyecare continues to add and grow with advancing technologies and innovations which are constantly evolving to world of advanced eye care. We now offer cutting-edge technology such as Optomap, OCT Wavefront and Nidek Fundus Retinal Camera.