Team Members

We've got a great team here, friends.

Kelci Lewis – Optician

I was born and raised in New York and recently moved to the area with my husband.  I come with over 15 years experience in the optometry field.  Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and trying new things.  I particularly enjoy breweries, parks, music concerts and my 2 cats.

*Interesting Fact*
I almost bowled a perfect game.  279 – all strikes except 1 spare!

Shelby Murphy – Optician

I was born in Galveston Texas, my family moved when I was younger to Greensboro NC then made our way to Wilmington NC in 2014. I have only been in the eye care field for about a year but very excited to be a part of the Swell team and learn more. I have a four-year-old daughter, who makes life a lot more interesting! We typically spend our weekends outside, either at the beach or pool.

*Interesting Fact*
I was on an all-boys baseball team for a season…Thanks dad

Zach Banas – Optician

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lived in a few other states before moving to Wilmington in March of 2022.  I come with over 10 years of retail management experience and over 2 years in the optical field.  Outside of work I love golfing as much as possible and being outdoors.  I’m a die hard Eagles and Sixers fan (Go Birds!!!!).

*Interesting Fact*
I’m a twin.

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

*Interesting Fact*
I played the flute for 6 years.

Samuel Houghtaling – Optometric Technician

I was born and raised in New York and recently moved to North Carolina with my best friends.  I’ve been working in optics for about four years.  My hobbies include billiards, board games, and writing.  And most importantly I have a dog named  Steve.

*Interesting Fact*
In 2018 I died for 9 minutes.

Sarah Schmidt – Optometric Technician

I was born and raised in Goshen, IN.  I moved to Muncie in 2018 to attend Ball State University.  After graduating with a degree in biology I decided North Carolina was a better fit for me!  Outside of work I have a lovely partner and two cats!  We love hiking, gaming, and going to the beach together.

*Interesting Fact*
My parents were Amish so I have hundreds of Amish relatives and my first language was Pennsylvania Dutch!

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.”

*Interesting 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.

Elizabeth Nipper – Receptionist

I am from Knoxville, TN.  I’m a huge Vols fan!  I have a husband and 2 children.  We are a big sports family.  I enjoy watching college basketball, the NBA, and most of all watching my son play at North Brunswick High School!  We also have a fur baby named Ziggy.

*Interesting Fact*
My daughters birthday is 03/19 and mine is 03/20!

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!