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Our Doctors

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors who make Lifetime Eyecare the leading provider of vision care products and services in the Cumberland area.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Poland

Dr. Jeffrey Poland is a graduate of Bishop Walsh High School and Frostburg State University. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA. He received the Citation for Clinical Excellence from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry as well as the Bausch and Lomb Award for Excellence in Contact Lens Practice.

Dr. Jeff is a member of the American Optometric Association and past president of the Maryland Optometric Association and the Western Maryland Optometric Society. His areas of special professional interest include pediatric eye care and ocular disease diagnosis and management. Dr. Jeff resides in LaVale with his wife Lisa (Lifetime’s office manager) and is the father of two adult children Matt (and wife Kayleigh) and Jenna (and husband James). He is also the very proud “Grandpa” of two wonderful little girls! Dr. Jeff’s favorite hobby is travel, and best-loved destinations have included Scandinavia, Scotland & Ireland, and the Caribbean.

Dr. John A. Manard

Dr. John Manard is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The College of Optometry at The Ohio State University. Dr. Manard underwent specialized training in management of ocular diseases and surgical co-management of cataract and LASIK patients. He was chosen as a recipient of the Ohio Optometric Association’s Student Loan Repayment Program Award, recognizing Dr. Manard as a doctor of optometry who is committed to treating underserved populations and ensuring they have access to lifetime eye care.

Dr. Manard provides comprehensive eye examinations to patients of all ages, as well as treatment and management of ocular disease conditions such as glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, and diabetic eye changes. He is especially interested in contact lens fitting and assessment, including more complicated cases. Dr. Manard is a member of the American and Maryland Optometric Associations. He is married to fellow optometrist Dr. Whitney Territo, and they reside in Bedford, PA. In his spare time, he enjoys running and hiking local trails.

Dr. Samantha R. Kessler  

A Cumberland native, Dr. Samantha Kessler attended Fort Hill High School and Frostburg State University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Vision Science at Nova Southeastern University and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry with honors. Dr. Kessler was recognized as a Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List Honoree while attending Nova, and she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. She received clinical honors during her primary care, ocular disease, and cornea and contact lens rotations.

Her areas of professional interest include ocular disease, dry eye, pediatric care, and contact lens fittings. Dr. Kessler is a member of the American and Maryland Optometric Associations. In her free time, Dr. Kessler enjoys traveling and cooking, and she looks forward to enjoying the mountains of Western Maryland again by running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.