Meet the Team

  • Lauren Claborn,

    Dr. Lauren Claborn grew up in Durant, Oklahoma and made the decision to pursue optometry as a senior in high school after being introduced to the profession by a family friend optometrist. She graduated from Durant High School and went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry from Abilene Christian University. While in college, she worked with an optometrist and gained experience in the optical and as a technician. She then attended the Oklahoma College of Optometry where she had the privilege of working in the Cherokee Nation clinics providing state-of-the-art eye care to an under-served population. Students experience over 60,000 patient encounters each year. Dr. Claborn is thoroughly trained in ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, infants/pediatrics, vision therapy, and low vision. She also earned her Oklahoma Therapeutic Laser Certification which allowed her to perform laser eye procedures for the treatment of glaucoma and secondary cataracts in Oklahoma. 

    Dr. Claborn met her husband, Lance, while in college in Abilene and they have three children together. She has participated in several mission trips including one to Zambia, Africa to provide eye care to those in need. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Denison Education Foundation and an active member of Park Avenue Church of Christ.

  • Deborah Herron,

    Dr. Deborah Herron was born in Oklahoma City, but grew up in the West Plains Missouri. She attended Southwest Missouri State, majoring in Biology from 1976-1979.  She moved to Memphis Tennessee in the fall of 1979 to start Optometry school at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Herron was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society all four years. Before graduating in 1983 Dr. Herron completed externship in the areas of vision training, contact lenses and general practice optometry.Dr. Herron practiced briefly in Oklahoma City and Dallas before coming to Texoma in October 1987. Dr. Herron purchased Denison Optical from Dr. John Thomson. The Office was relocated after a fire in downtown Denison in 1989 to 319 W Main St. in June of 1999. Denison Optical was relocated into a new building on Morton Street where we are currently located.

    Dr. Herron has been married to her husband Tracy for 34 years. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She looks forward to many more years of serving the people of Texoma.

  • Dr. Cole Powlison

    Dr. Cole Powlison was born and raised in Pottsboro, Texas. After graduating from Pottsboro High School, he went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Vision Science from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dr. Powlison continued his education at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry and graduated in 2024. While in optometry school, Dr. Powlison had the privilege of performing comprehensive eye exams to the Cherokee Nation citizens both in and surrounding Tahlequah, as well as low vision, vision therapy, specialty contact lens, lump and bump removal, and SLT/YAG laser procedures through the NSU clinics. Dr. Powlison was given the SECO Clinical Excellence Award in his last year of optometry school and has earned his Oklahoma Therapeutic Laser Certification which allows him to perform laser eye procedures for the treatment of glaucoma and secondary cataracts in Oklahoma.

    Dr. Powlison met his wife, McKenzie, while in school at Pottsboro. They enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with their friends, families, and their cat, Sparki. Dr. Powlison and McKenzie are excited to be back in the Texoma area.

  • Lance Claborn,
    Practice Administrator

    Lance Claborn grew up in Rising Star, Texas and graduated from Rising Star High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree at Abilene Christian University followed by a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M Commerce. He spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in Special Education, including 4 years at Denison High school. He joined Denison Optical with his wife, Dr. Lauren Claborn, in 2018 in a part -time administrative role while still teaching. In 2022, he joined the practice as the full time Practice Administrator. Lance and Lauren have been married for 12 years and share 3 children together, Graham, Lyla, and Dawson. They are active members at Park Avenue Church of Christ and enjoy traveling, concerts, and mountain biking together.

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Lauren Claborn, OD ~ Deborah Herron, OD


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