Dr. William Olivos, Founding President
Dr. William A. Olivos was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He attended the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, New York to learn English after which he studied Biology at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Sciences as well as a degree of Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) from the Illinois College of Optometry, where he graduated in 1995. William relocated to Peru from 1995 to practice Optometry and became a professor at the Universidad Villarreal in Lima, Peru teaching binocular vision, low vision, and optometry science.
In February of 1999, Dr. Olivos returned to the United States and settled in Port St Lucie, FL, where he established his private 2-office-practice, Advanced Eye Care Center, specializing in comprehensive eye care and low vision. He and his wife Susan have organized medical mission trips to Peru and the Dominican Republic since 2004, often collaborating with Peruvian and American optometrists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, educators, and students.
Dr. Olivos and his wife, Susan, founded the Olive Tree Foundation for Education, which has provided more than 400 scholarships for economically disadvantaged students in Peru since 2004. He is an active member of Rotary International since 2002 and has been a member of the American Optometric Association since 1995.
Most recently, he became a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine since 2012, advocating for plant-based diets and preventative medicine. When William is not busy at his offices, you can usually find him training in dressage and riding his beautiful Fresian mare, Reyna, traveling with his family, hiking on nature trails, swimming at the beach, volunteering in the community, and reading books on his favorite hammock.
Susan Ann Lackey Olivos, M.Ed.,
Co-Founder and Vice President
Susan Ann Lackey Olivos was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She pursued her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with an emphasis in Spanish and French in 1985 from the University of Buffalo graduating as Summa Cum Laude. Susan later traveled abroad to Soria, Spain to study Spanish, Literature and Theater at the University of Valladolid and focused on French Literature and History in Angers, France at the Universite Catholique de L’Oueste. Susan later returned to New York to pursue her Master of Education with an emphasis on foreign languages at Canisius College graduating in 1991.
Susan went on to teach middle school, high school, and university level students in New York, Illinois, Florida, and Peru for over 27 years. Throughout her tenure as a teacher, she enjoyed developing an International Baccalaureate program at Sir Isaac Newton College in Lima, Peru. With her creative and artistic spirit, Susan found fulfillment teaching children foreign languages by integrating theater and music, putting on school wide theater productions in foreign languages and signing up for various state competitions.
In 2004, Susan co-founded the Olive Tree Foundation for Education alongside her husband and fellow board member, Dr. William Olivos. Susan later went on to author her first book in 2005 titled, Have Dinner with Your Kids, where she helps parents navigate establishing customs and traditions that teach children about respect, kindness, love, and family unity. This book was inspired by her love of teaching and family, leading her to later develop an entire curriculum to homeschool her three daughters for several years thereafter.
When Susan retired from teaching in formal classroom settings in 2004, she dedicated herself full time to planning medical missions in Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras collaborating with surgeons, optometrists, cardiologists, nutritionists, psychologists, nurses, and teachers. Susan also is a proud member of Rotary International as their Club Secretary, where she also volunteers her time teaching children in her local community about water safety. Lastly, Susan is a proud literacy volunteer of her local Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club.
Susan also spends time dedicating herself to Biblical studies, teaching Hebrew and ancient Greek languages or choreographing Judaic dance with members of her synagogue. When not planning her medical missions work, volunteering, or helping with the foundation, Susan can be found traveling to the south of France, cheering on her husband’s dressage trainings, spending time with her three daughters, hiking, spoiling her dogs, cooking vegan meals, and learning American Sign Language.
Dr. Laura S. Olivos, Administrator
Dr. Laura Olivos is a licensed clinical psychologist currently practicing in Miami Beach & surrounding areas, providing services to her community of children & families. Her clinical experience and training emphasize the assessment and treatment of children with trauma, developmental disabilities, and family dysfunction. She is a strong proponent of evidence-based practices specializing in cognitive behavioral, play, and family systems therapies. Dr. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Florida State University majoring in Psychology and Communication Disorders and graduated with her Master of Science (M.S.) and doctoral degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University's Center for Psychological Studies. She has had the privilege of working in various clinical settings at various levels of care including an autism and child development center, a trauma specific clinic for children and their families, and a pediatric neuropsychology rotation in Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Laura completed her predoctoral internship at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT furthering her clinical experience with children with trauma and a myriad of mood and anxiety disorders. Upon graduation, Dr. Laura came back to Florida to complete her postdoctoral residency focusing on pioneering a family program for families struggling with addiction. She furthered her training by also becoming certified as a Structured Family Recovery Counselor, being trained by addiction specialists, Debra and Jeff Jay. Since then, Dr. Laura fulfilled her life-long dream by founding The Olive Tree Center for Child and Family Psychology.
Above all, Dr. Laura considers herself an advocate for children and families, often collaborating with community resources and other medical and educational providers for optimal outcomes. She extends her advocacy on an international level and holds a position with the Olive Tree Foundation for Education as a board member and Mental Health Outreach Coordinator, frequently planning service trips to Peru and collaborating with local Peruvian psychologists and psychology students. She also takes her passion to medical centers and corporations, hosting training seminars for trauma focused care.
When she is not practicing psychology and working with children, Dr. Laura can be found spoiling her red Siberian husky, “Olive,” playing the violin, traveling with her husband, enjoying the beach, and dedicating her time to programs benefitting children with developmental disabilities.