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.

Bethany Smith – Optometric Technician

Bethany was born in Charlotte, NC and after high school moved to Myrtle Beach, SC to pursue college for Phlebotomy.
She loves spending time at the beach, exploring downtown, finding great new places to eat, and hanging out with her family.
Bethany is completely stoked to start a new journey with us at Swell and looks forward to helping the best see the best.
*Fun Fact*
She once played darts with Blake Shelton while working at a bar in Myrtle Beach

Ben Cornish – Optician

Benjamin was born in upstate New York and moved to Wilmington NC when he was just a baby. He enjoys music, playing Call Of Duty online, spending time with his fiance, trying new foods, and just enjoying life as it comes. He has two amazing cats named Hazel and Skye. He’s so excited to be a part of the Swell team and can’t wait to help every and all customers with any eyeglass needs.

*Fun Fact*

Growing up Ben always pretended he was Jean Claude Van Damme when trying back kicks and doing splits.

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’s background education is in law but she 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 optical, she has climbed as high as the corporate ladder as an Optician Trainer for one of the largest corporate optometry chains in the area before finding her way to Swell Vision Center in July of 2019.
She enjoys visiting the local craft beer breweries in town, live concerts, kayaking and road trips with her boyfriend, John and her pitbull, Stella.
Alanna is ecstatic to join the team here at Swell and looks forward to getting to know each of her patients and be able to 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.