Team Members

We've got a great team here friends.

Helen Bath – Receptionist

“Helen Bath was born and raised in England and crossed the pond to North Carolina in 2004 with her husband and son. She is happy to now call Wilmington her home and share new experiences with the wonderful people in the area.

She enjoys downtown living, theatre, hiking, golf, and gathering with friends and neighbors on the front porch.

She is thrilled to have joined the team at Swell and looks forward to welcoming and taking care of everyone who walks through the door.”

*Fun Fact*
Helen dreams of being a superhero and saving the world. This is unfortunate, as faced with imminent danger, Mystery ‘H’ as she likes to be known, is first out the door.

Candace Holcomb – Optometric Technician

Candace is a rare Wilmington native. She joined our office in March, coming to us with an extensive background in the medical field, most recently in mammography. She has since fallen in love with eye care and is eager to learn the world of optometry. Candace loves making sure each patient has the best care, feels welcome, and leaves with a smile.

While she’s not at work she enjoys nice boat days, trips to the mountains, and spending time with her husband, Jason, her dog, Miller, two cats, and horse, Hotshot.

*Fun Fact*
She was a National Champion Baton Twirler in 2002 and can twirl 3 batons at once.

Elise Girard – Optometric Technician

I was born and raised in Brunswick County.  I have a background in Health Information and Medical Assisting and a proud owner of a husband and two children who are all red headed.

I enjoy listening to music, knitting blankets and watching crime documentaries

*Fun Fact*
I played the flute for 6 years

Alanna O'Neal – Optician

Alanna was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC and bought a home in downtown Wilmington in 2011 after visiting the area and falling in love with the downtown area. Alanna found her career happiness in optometry in 2014 when she was offered a position to train as an Optician while looking for a career change. Since starting in Optometry, she has climbed as high as the corporate ladder as an Integration Specialist for one of the largest corporate Optometry chains in the area before finding her way to Swell in July of 2019.
She enjoys visiting the local craft beer bars and breweries in town, live concerts, art museums, kayaking, and road trips with her pitbull, Stella.
Alanna is ecstatic to be part of the team here at Swell and looks forward to getting to know each of her patients and assist them in seeing and feeling better about their eye care needs.

*Fun Fact*
Alanna has a conceptual plan and portfolio to start her own frame line one day that is driven by her love for eyeglasses and inspired by tropical settings, beaches, and feel good beach music.

Lucia Goss – Optician

I was born and raised in Guatemala City. I moved to Oklahoma City in 2000 and then moved to Leland 2019 with my husband and four kids. We enjoy food, movies, the beach, longboards, and unusual information. I’m fully bilingual and my Spanish is actually better than my English. I started as an optician in 2017 and fell in love with it. There are few things that make me happier than a patient trying on their new glasses and being able to see the leaves on the trees. I’m a life learner. I also speak a little Portuguese and sign language.

*Fun Fact*
I’m a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Horatio Fizkin Scibal – CEO / Greeter

Hello there, I’m Horatio Fizkin Scibal, CEO/Greeter here at Swell Vision Center. I hail from the great state of Texas but boy was I glad to say, ‘See ya later, Tejas,’ when my daddy, Dr. Scibal, scooped me from a local shelter in Austin and brought me back to the Port City to start building this great optometry practice.

Couple things to note about me that you may enjoy; 1) I can do as good a backflip as Gabby Douglas when my dad throws the ball up for me to catch it in the air 2) In a bit of a plot twist, I love America, but hate Independence Day for all of the obvious reasons 3) I can literally hold my bladder for days when the weather is bad so that I do not have to be touched by rain 4) There’s no one in this world that I idolize more than my daddy, but all the patients at Swell, who love seeing me day in and day out, come in at a very close second. Can’t wait to greet you soon!