Dr. Scott & Associates

Dr. Scott & Associates is conveniently located next door to LensCrafters at La Plaza Mall. We are open 7 days a week and encourage all patients, new and old, to set up an appointment for exams. We see all appointments first but do accept walk-ins. Please be sure to reach out to us if you will be running late for your appointment. We will be more than happy to accommodate you. We also accept cash as payment and work with various insurers.

Our Optometrists

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Scott L. Helgeson


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Dr. Scott L. Helgeson received his Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1991. He completed clinical externships in eye diseases and contact lenses at the Veteran’s Affair Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio and Columbus State University. After graduation, he relocated to the warmer latitude of McAllen, Texas and worked with long-time Rio Grande Valley Optometrists Drs. Charles and King Beardsley. Dr. Scott is also fluent in both English and Spanish and successfully completed a Spanish language emersion class in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico at the Berlitz School of Language.


“Dr Scott” (as many of his patients call him) has practiced as a McAllen eye doctor since 1991 and opened up his current practice in 1998. He successfully completed Board Exams to treat eye disease with topical and oral medications. His practice has been in the same location for the past 23 years and continues to grow.  In 2018, Dr Scott & Associates – Optometrists was founded.


Dr Helgeson is a member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association, and the local Rio Grande Valley Optometric Association.  He is a member of the Epsilon Psi Epsilon Optometry Society, previous President of the McAllen Lions Club and supporter of The Texas Lion Camp in Kerrville, Texas. He and his family are active members of the Episcopal Church. In his spare time, Dr Scott enjoys hiking (especially in our National Parks) and is an amateur photographer.


Clarissa Gonzales


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Dr. Clarissa Gonzales is a Therapeutic Optometrist born and raised in Harlingen, TX.  She attended the University of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio and received a Bachelor Degree in Vision Science and then obtained her Doctorate of Optometry from UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. While in optometry school, Dr. Gonzales served as a teaching assistant. She attended several medical mission trips providing eye exams to underprivileged areas. She completed her externships at KDW Eye Consultants in San Antonio and Amarillo VA Healthcare Systems Hospital. Dr. Gonzales is an active member of the American Optometrist Association and Texas Optometric Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, binge watching Netflix, and playing with her dogs, Charlie and Duke.


Jennifer Guerra


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Dr. Jennifer Guerra is a Rio Grande Valley native, born and raised in Edinburg, Texas.   In 2002 she graduated cum laude from the University of Texas Pan American with a Bachelor of Science.  She then attended the University of Houston College of Optometry and graduated magna cum laude in 2006, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree.  Dr. Guerra is an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist who is licensed to diagnose and treat eye diseases as well as prescribe glasses and contact lenses, providing comprehensive eye care to patients in the Rio Grande Valley.  Dr. Guerra  is also an active member of the RGV Optometric Society.


Augustin Pruneda


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Dr. Augustin Pruneda graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1972. He also earned a Master’s in Education (1975) from Chapman University and a Doctorate of Medicine (not US licensed) from Universidad Mexico Americana del Norte A.C., Escuela de Medicina (1998).

He has practiced as an optometrist in a variety of settings: active duty in The United States Naval Reserve through July 1975 (Twentynine Palms, CA; Marines Corp Air Ground Combat Base), reserve duty in the United States Naval Reserves till 1995 (retiring with a Commander’s Rank), private optometry practice, and ophthalmology clinics. Dr Pruneda is a lifelong member of the American Optometric Association and Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS). Last year, he achieved the 50 year membership certificate from the AFOS.


He is a long-time resident of Mission, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys South Padre Island, running, and working in real estate.


Sawyer Lambert


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Dr. Lambert is a South Texas native who was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree where he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in 2019.


He completed clinical externships in ocular disease at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System in Harlingen and McAllen with Dr. Michael Wingard and at Oak Hill Eye Care in Austin for primary eye care and specialty contact lenses.


He enjoys time with patients of all ages from all areas of the Rio Grande Valley and provides meaningful and individualized eye care. He is board-certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and the Texas Optometry Board. Dr. Lambert is also a Therapeutic Optometrist, which allows him to prescribe oral and topical medications to treat various eye diseases.


He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association, and is an active member of the Rio Grande Valley Optometric Association where he has lectured about numerous optometric-related topics. Dr. Lambert is also a member of the International Gold Key Optometric Society and served as the President of the Student Optometric Practice Management Association while at UHCO.


In his free time, Dr. Lambert enjoys traveling to all 50 states with his wife, Mary, watching sports, spending time with his son, Brooks, and playing with his two dogs, Finn and Mae.

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