Our Team

The trained professionals who work at Stars In Your Eyes Optometry are eager to assist you in meeting your individual vision needs. We look forward to meeting you!


Dr. Stephanie Colorado

Dr. Stephanie Colorado graduated with highest honors when she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2010. Besides holding her licensure as a Therapeutic Optometrist and a Glaucoma Certified Specialist, Dr. Colorado participated in Pre/Post Cataract and Pediatric Strabismus Surgery specialty clinics in Houston. She is also an active member of the Texas Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and Central Texas Optometric Society.

Dr. Colorado enjoys seeing both pediatric and adult patients at our Rosedale location. She specializes in fitting computer fatigue/blue light protection spectacles, multifocal contact lenses, LASIK co-management. Additional areas of concentrations include dry eye treatment and glaucoma. A unique specialty of Dr. Colorado’s is the use of orthokeratology lenses or multifocal lenses as options to control myopia.

Outside of the office, Dr. Colorado spends time running on town lake and trying out all of Austin’s great new restaurants.


Holly Richards, OD

Dr. Richards earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at the University of Dallas. She graduated from The University of Houston College of Optometry in 2006 where she received distinction letters of excellence in clinical patient care and an award for her outstanding clinical grand rounds and new developments case report that focused on the rare effects on the retina, secondary to Lupus.

Dr. Richards is licensed as a therapeutic optometrist and an optometric glaucoma specialist by the Texas Optometry Board and National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, and The Central Texas Optometric Society.

Dr. Richards takes special interest in the treatment and management of ocular disease and emergencies, LASIK management, and vision correction with every type of contact lens. She enjoys staying current on the latest trends and technologies within the eye care industry and incorporates many of these advances into her daily clinical practice.

Outside the clinic, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Dr. Emily Schottman

Our owner and founder is “Dr. Emily”.  She graduated with honors from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992 and the Southern California College of Optometry in 1996. Named “Young Alumni of the Year” by her alma mater, she was licensed in Virginia, California and Texas before opening her own practice in 1999. She is well-known for her warm and responsive relationships with her patients and staff.

Dr. Emily has post-doctorate certification in Vision Therapy and Training, which is an exciting option for children and adults with visual issues that glasses, contacts and LASIK cannot fix. She is the founder and Executive Director of Stars In Your Eyes Vision Training Center: www.austinvt.com, a leading practice in the field of Neuro-Optometry, Pediatrics and Sports Vision cases in central Texas.

Emily also holds a Masters in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and is employed at Therapy Austin as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. See her: www.therapyaustin.com/emily-schott. She welcomes your questions and feedback through our contact page.


John Cavanaugh

John was the practice’s first hire when the practice opened in 1999. Since then, he has served as our downtown practice manager, lead optician, and head frames purchaser. After formal training and study, he passed the North Carolina State Board in 1994. While Texas is not a licensed state for opticians, our practice appreciates the knowledge and skill-set this professional license brings.

John truly loves helping our patients. He has an amazing knack of remembering the names and frame and Rx information of the thousands of patients with whom he has worked. He says, “Our industry is constantly changing and improving. I love working at an independent practice that has full access to everything our patients can benefit from.” John particularly loves assisting patients with complicated prescriptions.

When asked about the differences between his native North Carolina and his current state of Texas, his response is a no brainer. “North Carolina beaches are much better than Texas beaches, but Texas Bar-B-Q reigns supreme.” Outside of the office when not “enhancing the world through optics” or reminding our patients to “check yearly, see clearly,” John enjoys hanging out with his rescue pups Stella and McGraw.

Michael Lafon

Michael was Dr. Schottman’s second hire for the practice. What a great decision that was! He has been with Stars In Your Eyes since 2000 building the practice and serving the downtown community with pride. In addition to being a great optician, he is a wizard in the lab precisely handcrafting the lenses for most of the frames he helps patients choose. Michael feels a sense of family for our team and nurturing care and respect for all the longtime-patients with whom he works. He treats his work as he would his home – expecting people to feel welcome and comfortable in both, in keeping with that spirit of family.


Brooke Elam

Brooke has been working as an Optician for over 20 years and has a true eye for finding the right frame for each face and prescription. Being a born and raised Texan, Brooke loves seeing the Lone Star State; and what better way to see it then ridding her Harley with her husband James. Not many love dogs more than Brooke, but by far her favorite is her dog Cash. Brooke says her goal as an Optician is to “make sure that every person she fits is happy and confidant with their frame choice.”

Stephen Schottman

Steve Schottman is our business manager who was lucky enough to marry his eye doctor. Originally trained as an architect and regional planner, he has morphed his love of design and data analysis into overseeing the behind the scenes workings of the Stars In Your Eyes offices. If you’ve been to our Hancock Drive location for a number of years, you’ve witnessed his interest in design and construction – as the space has been remodeled and reconfigured a number of times.

Stars in your Eyes Rosedale Staff

Stars in your Eyes Rosedale Staff

Stars in your Eyes Downtown Staff

Stars in your Eyes Downtown Staff