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Our Doctors

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors who make Newport Optical the leading provider of vision care products and services in Newport.


Francis L. Pinard, O.D.

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Dr. Francis Pinard is a 1984 graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont and received his doctorate training at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been in practice in Newport for over 25 years. In May 2014, Dr. Pinard added Green Mountain Eye Care in Morrisville, VT to the Newport Optical family.

Dr. Pinard specializes in contact lenses fitting, primary eye care, ocular trauma, and Lasik and cataract surgery consultations/co-management. Dr. Pinard also has extensive training in ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and ocular-systemic disease diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Pinard is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Vermont Optometric Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He is the Past-President of the Vermont Optometric Association and a delegate to the American Optometric Association. Dr. Pinard also serves on the Vermont State Board of Optometrists.

Dr. Pinard has resided in the Newport area for over 25 years. He is an active member in the community. His involvement includes: Past-President Derby Lions Club, Past-President Newport Kiwanis Club, member Parish Council St. Mary Star of the Sea, and Board of Directors North Country Union High School DECA. For over 15 years, Dr. Pinard has also contributed his time to local school and youth sports organizations including Newport Town Elementary School soccer/basketball coach, North Country Junior High School soccer/basketball coach, Derby Wildcats Soccer Coach and AAU Basketball. He continues to volunteer his time in a variety of ways within the community.


Sean Pinard, O.D.

Dr. Francis L Pinard is excited to announce that Dr. Sean Pinard OD has joined the Newport Optical Family. Dr. Sean will be seeing patients at both Newport Optical and Green Mountain Eye Care in Morrisville.

Dr. Sean Pinard graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a BA in Biology. In 2017 he earned his Doctorate in Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Pinard completed his training after working in Southeast Alaska, Memphis, Tennessee and Cumberland, Maryland. His expertise includes primary eye-care, contact lenses, pediatric care, and ocular disease management including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease.

Dr. Pinard is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Vermont Optometric Association.

Dr. Pinard grew up in Newport Center, Vermont and graduated from North Country Union High School in 2009. In his free time, Dr. Pinard enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time on the lake. He is excited to be back in the area and to be joining both the Newport and Morrisville teams.


Brian J. Mawhinney, OD

Mawhinney photoDr. Mawhinney is the newest addition to the Newport Optical family. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, he received his Bachelors of Science from Allegheny College in 1997 and Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001. He has worked for the Indian Health Service at a hospital on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona and most recently at Eye Associates of Northern New England in St. Johnsbury, VT.

Dr. Mawhinney brings 17 years of clinical experience and provides full scope eye care. This includes routine exams for glasses and contacts, the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, and the detection of ocular complications from systemic illness. He routinely co-manages patient care with specialists at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and UVM Medical Center.

Dr. Mawhinney is a member of the Vermont Optometric Association, the New Hampshire Optometric Association, and the American Optometric association. He served as president of the Vermont Optometric Association from 2008 to 2010. He is licensed to practice optometry in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Dr. Mawhinney has lived in Lyndonville, VT since 2004 with his wife, Lorrie, and their two children, Zane and Macey. In his free time he enjoys cycling, skiing, playing guitar and piano, literature, and solving Rubik’s cubes.