Melody Lay is part of our highly experienced and dedicated team here at Vision Therapy of San Antonio. Her passion and efforts show daily as she works with each patient in therapy. Melody, working side by side with Dr. Jason Deviney, helps people improve their lives through vision therapy. Melody’s passion for helping others started in college, where she earned her degree in Special Education from the University of Tennessee. Her interest in optometric vision therapy started when her oldest son experienced difficulty in school. “I was working in early intervention when I was introduced to vision therapy through a friend who was my son’s Developmental Optometrist,” Melody says. “As I watched my son struggle less in school through the process of vision therapy, I was hooked. That was 12 years ago, and it changed the course of my career.” Melody’s experience includes working with children who have binocular vision deficits and learning challenges and adults who have dizziness and brain injuries. During her 12 years, she completed continuing education from the top doctors in the field of optometry. In 2013, she earned her Optometric Vision Therapy certification. In 2017, she met Dr. Deviney, and their combined passion and vision to serve San Antonio was realized. Together they make up the most experienced team in the area with a combined experience of 21 years treating patients in this specialty. INTRODUCING MELODY LAY Director of Vision Therapy Services “At Vision Therapy of San Antonio, we pride ourselves in changing lives, and our amazing team is a big part of that. Every patient has a different story for what brought them to us, whether they’re a child struggling in school or an adult trying to recover from an injury. I love being a tiny part in the change process.” When Melody finds time outside of the office, she enjoys spending it with her family. She is married to Stephen, and together they have four boys, three of whom are triplets. Attending performances and sporting events with her boys keeps her busy. She also enjoys hobby photography and quilting.
HAYRIDES AND HEADLESS HORSEMEN Halloween Celebrations in Sleepy Hollow In 1790, a school teacher named Ichabod Crane was riding home alone from a harvest festival in the village of Sleepy Hollow when he encountered a mysterious rider on horseback. Crane, horrified by the horseman’s missing head, turned and ran in the opposite direction. The Headless Horseman gave chase, hurling his own decapitated head at the terrified teacher. Ichabod Crane was never heard from again ... or so goes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. This story, first published in 1820, has become a Halloween favorite. The legend is so beloved that in 1997, the village of North Tarrytown, New York, where many events of the story take place, officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, the town becomes one big Halloween party during the month of October. Sleepy Hollow is home to many historic landmarks, including the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself was laid to rest. Evening lantern tours of the cemetery are a popular attraction, and Irving isn’t the only spooky celebrity buried there. Fans of the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” will be delighted to enter the crypt of famed vampire Barnabas Collins. Another highly anticipated stop for many guests is Sleepy Hollow’s premier annual attraction, Horseman’s Hollow, an experience not for the faint of heart. During the event, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a living nightmare, where vampires, witches, ghouls, and undead soldiers lurk in the shadows. They all serve the dreaded Headless Horseman and are determined to make sure guests don’t leave alive! But it’s not all scares in Sleepy Hollow. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for all ages. Sleepy Hollow boasts relaxing hayrides, tours of Irving’s home, live readings of famous
Halloween stories, performances of a brand-new musical based on
Irving’s spooky tale, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an incredible exhibition of over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins. If you want a real Halloween experience, you can’t go wrong in Sleepy Hollow. Just be careful not to lose your head!
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