Dr. Rhonda Manuel-Saldivar is a native Houstonian and grew up in the North Houston / Spring area. Dr. Manuel was awarded her Bachelor of Science along with her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1984 at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She successfully completed both degree requirements and graduated at a young age 23!
Dr. Manuel completed dual certification as a Therapeutic Optometrist and also obtained licensure as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist which is the highest level licensure awarded by the State of Texas Optometry Board.
Prior to serving the Magnolia area since 2000, Dr. Manuel spent more than 15 years on the medical staffs of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Mann Eye Clinic and Cigna Northwest Healthcare Clinic.
Additionally, Dr Manuel served from 2000-2013 as adjunct clinical faculty for the College of Optometry overseeing fourth year students during their fourth year in a public clinic setting. She has also served in prior years as a clinical examiner for The National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Dr. Manuel enjoys traveling and is an accomplished pianist and accordianist. She has served as church pianist for various churches and also accompanied the Houston Police Department's Gospel Quartet. She crochets and she frequently has a project at hand. A few items are often displayed in the office.
Being a native Houstonian and living in Texas, many assume Dr. Manuel's name is hispanic. Although she studied Spanish and French languages, she is of Cajun French heritage. Her father was the first generation to relocate in Texas, but the family has lived for decades in the Opelousas area of southwest Louisiana.
Dr Manuel is married and has two adult children and two grandsons.