Our Team

C Eyewear’s dedicated staff has been delivering smiles and style to our Winston-Salem neighbors for over a decade, and we love getting to know each and every one of our patients. But we want that to go both ways: get to know a little bit more about us below!

– Our Vision –

C Distinctive Eyewear is proud to have been the first to introduce high-fashion, independent eyewear to Winston Salem 13 years ago. We go above and beyond to make sure you see great and look great. At C, you’ll get top-of-the-line eye care services with the latest optic technology. You’ll choose from the most distinctive selection of high-quality, independently-designed fashion eyewear in Winston-Salem. Your glasses will help you express your own unique individual style while ensuring your vision is the best it can be. See what our customers are saying!


We Have…

  • A love and respect for the beauty of true craftsmanship in eyewear
  • A genuine concern and care for your visual health and vision quality
  • A belief that eyewear can enhance your appearance and express your individuality
  • A passion for providing high quality eyewear while keeping prices as low as possible
  • A commitment to providing customer service that is honest, respectful, welcoming, responsive, and inclusive
  • Dr. O'Keefe from C Distinctive Eyewear

    Dr. Jillian Iris Okeefe (Owner)

    Dr. Jillian Iris Okeefe first got the idea to pursue a career in optometry because of her middle name: Iris (Get it? Like the iris in your eyeball!). She liked the idea so much that, after majoring in chemistry at UNC-W, she decided to attend the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She first joined C Eyewear in 2006 as an associate, but fell in love with the practice and decided to pursue ownership in 2011. The most rewarding thing for her is hearing from patients that they always feel at ease and that all of their vision needs are met when they visit C.

    Outside of work, Dr. Jillian Iris Okeefe loves spending time with friends, family, and her two huge cuddle monster dogs that she adores. If she didn’t already love her job at C, she’d consider a career as a yoga instructor for dogs!

    – Meet The Staff –

    Evan Brennan, C Distinctive Eyewear Optometrist


    Optician, Practice Manager

    Evan is an ABO-Certified Optician with 15 years of experience, 10 with C Eyewear. He enjoys inspiring confidence in clients by pairing them with confident eyeglasses, and doing all he can to have every patient seeing better than they did before visiting. When not at C, he’s at home with his two kids and growing collection of plants.

    Emena Santiago, C Distinctive Eyewear Optician



    Emena is a NC Licensed Dispensing Optician and has been practicing for almost 9 years. She loves taking the time to collaborate with patients to find their perfect eyewear match. She finds it incredibly rewarding to make sure patients can see, look, and feel fabulous in their glasses. When she’s not at C, she can be found watching movies, eating great food and having a few cocktails.

    Scott Schell, C Distinctive Eyewear Optical Lab Apprentice


    Optical Lab Apprentice

    Scott is C Eyewear’s self-professed “Jack of All Trades,” having worked in a variety of industries before recently joining our team. He’s excited to learn all he can while helping C’s patients get the answers, eyewear, and solutions they need. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors, hiking, camping, and riding his motorcycle.

    Jessika Ziglar, C Distinctive Eyewear Optician



    Jessika loves it all: helping C patients find the perfect pair of glasses, assisting new contact lens users, or aiding the doctor. That’s why she refers to herself as “The Swiss Army Knife of C Eyewear!” She believes in elevating eyewear beyond a medical device, and outside of C, can be found with her two cats, Mittens and Cat Burger.

    Aston, C Distinctive Eyewear Optician



    Ashton excels at helping people discover frames that suit their unique personalities. She loves interacting with her coworkers and patients and enjoys hearing their unique stories. When she’s not at C, Ashton enjoys camping and hanging out with her family, friends, and animals.

    Jade Buchanan, C Distinctive Eyewear Paraoptometric Technician


    Paraoptometric Technician

    Jade is an easy go-to at C for all things aesthetics! Her expertise is backed by over ten years as a professional makeup artist, and she loves to make people feel comfortable in their eyewear. Outside the office, she creates nostalgia content on social media, takes care of her fur-babies — Leonard and Zsa Zsa — and spends time with her fiancé.

    Samantha Maldonado, C Distinctive Eyewear Office Administrator


    Office Administrator

    Samantha is our multi-lingual magic-maker at C! She loves helping people find solutions for their specific needs — even when it’s paperwork. In her free time, Samantha can be found spending time with her children, attending or hosting cookouts, and working out at least five days a week!

    What People Are Saying About Us

    Amy Stewart
    Amy Stewart
    Great service! Dr. Nguyen really listens to you. Staff is awesome!! Highly recommend
    Bimbola Bashorun
    Bimbola Bashorun
    I had an eye infection and I was afraid that my eye was damaged and I went to see the doctor here and she was wonderful and she always is upbeat and cares for her patients. I told her all my insecurities about having my eyes change and the issues with putting things in my eyes anything that was hindering my progress for caring for my eyes and wear my glasses for the first time and she made everything easy and even gave me coupons to use to keep everything within my budget. Please just go and try C Distinctive Eyecare and you will make them your eye doctor forever. The eye care team knows what they are doing and care for you from beginning to end.
    Rowdy Scarlett
    Rowdy Scarlett
    I drive from Charlotte, NC to Winston to get my frames here. Best selection of frames in the state! I've been shopping here for many years and will be back.
    Lori Lynch
    Lori Lynch
    Very professional staff. There is always a cute selection of unique, high-quality glasses. I own a pair of Lindbergs. They are super lightweight.
    Lee Hinshaw
    Lee Hinshaw
    Short version: C Distinctive Eyewear is hands down the best place around for optical services. Long version: I'm 66 years old, from the Triad region and have been buying glasses for over 50 years. That doesn't make me special but it should give you some trust in my review. I have purchased 4 sets of glasses from C Distinctive. Their services and products has been excellent each and every time. That's consistency. More importantly, C Distinctive made things right when things went wrong. Like most higher quality boutiques, C Distinctive depends on outside labs they use to make lenses and in one of my purchases, their lab dropped the ball. C took full responsibility for the errors and resolved my issues with grace and humility. If you want to really to judge the quality of any company's customer service, find out how they resolve inevitable problems that happen along the way and not just glowing words from reviews like this. Their staff is knowledgeable, friendly, professional and above all sincere in their efforts to deliver the best service possible. I've shopped elsewhere enough to know this is true. Highly recommended.
    Karen Wood
    Karen Wood
    If you aren't buying your glasses from C Distinctive, you are missing out. The selection and quality of frames is unmatched in the area and the staff is unbelievable. I had a situation w/ having to have frames replaced shortly after purchase and they made it effortless with no pushback! Unmatched kinda service!!
    Simone Caron
    Simone Caron
    The staff is friendly, helpful and professional. They have a great selection of frames. The doctor is also on time and is very professional. I highly recommend them!
    Natalie Moore
    Natalie Moore
    By far my favorite eye doctor + office! I recently changed jobs and Jessika was SO helpful at navigating my health insurance when it came time to order more contacts. I would recommend this office to anyone.
    What People Are Saying About C


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