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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Hester Eye Associates, PC the leading provider of vision care products and services in Kennesaw.

Dr. Mark R. Hester

Dr. Hester invites you to visit our office and experience his dream. In May 2002 he established Hester Eye Associates, after being in a group optometric practice for 6 years. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Optometry School. Dr. Hester is an active member of the American and Georgia Optometric Associations. He is also active in the Rotary Club of North Cobb, and the Kennesaw Business Association. Dr. Hester is native to Kennesaw. He and his wife, Sandy, have a blended family of 6 boys, and a wonderful grandson, Landon. Dr. Hester enjoys camping, boating, and scouting activities.

Dr. Rakesh Lakhani

Dr. Lakhani grew up in Austin, TX and earned his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He then graduated as class valedictorian from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry. Soon after, he completed his ocular disease residency at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. Dr. Lakhani is an active member of the Georgia and American Optometric Associations, and is board certified by the American Board of Optometry. In his free time he enjoys traveling, hiking, and trying new cuisines with his wife. Dr. Lakhani is excited to join the Hester Eye Associates team and strives to deliver quality eye care for his patients.


Sandy is the Executive Director at Hester Eye Associates. She brings skills to the office that include Laser Vision Correction as well as superb patient services. She serves as the Vision Source Representative for our office. Sandy and her husband have a blended family of 6 boys. Her greatest joy is a wonderful grandson, Landon, born July 28th, 2011. She also enjoys boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Debra is one of the Opticians at Hester Eye Associates with over 30 years experience in all aspects of the optical industry. She joined Dr. Hester in August 2010.  Debra has one daughter, Victoria. In her spare time, she likes to “play in the dirt”, throw darts, and enjoy the company of her schnauzer, Mardi.


Amy is the Office Manager at Hester Eye Associates. She joined Dr. Hester in June 2011.  She brings our patients the benefit of over 11 years of experience in the ophthalmology profession.  Amy has a strong customer service background from working management positions in the hospitality field. In her free time, Amy enjoys scrapbooking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.


Deanna is one of our opticians. She came to our office with 15 years of optometry practice experience.  Her background allows her to be versatile in all areas of the practice.  Deanna lives in Kennesaw with her husband Bret, and they have one daughter.  She enjoys time with her  family, friends, and crafts.


Donna was born and raised in Marietta.  She has 20 years experience in contact lenses.  She enjoys paddle-boarding, being on the beach, and spending time with her family.  Donna and her husband, Scott, have one son, Parker.


Mark was raised in Lexington Kentucky and brings nearly 15 years of eyeglass experience to the team. His background in the optical field, sales and customer service blends to provide exceptional professionalism. He moved to Atlanta as a young adult and has settled in Kennesaw with his lovely wife Tammy. His Kentucky roots create a passion for horses and basketball. Tammy and Mark enjoy attending NorthStar Church and spending afternoons boating on the lake. Mark’s son, Chris, recently graduated college and started working in Atlanta.