Congratulations, Austin Raths! New C.O.A.T Treasurer

TSO Network would like to congratulate Austin Raths, Treasurer of Houston COAT Chapter!

Austin began working as an optician while overseas in Germany in 2005.  He moved to Houston in 2008, and became a staff member at Dr. Montemayor’s West Oaks TSO location.  Austin was recently selected to serve as the treasurer for the Certified Opticians Association of Texas (C.O.A.T.) which is based here in Houston.   C.O.A.T. helps Texas opticians by providing a peer network of fellow professionals and the necessary tools vital to presenting outstanding patient care.

“My favorite part of my job is helping educate opticians in the ways of the business and the technical areas of lens and frame considerations.  I was fortunate enough to have someone “show me the way” early in my career, and I hope to do the same for others. All TSO opticians and even those who may be interested in becoming certified are invited to attend the bi-monthly meetings in the Houston area.   At each meeting a guest speaker addresses topics relevant to our profession ranging from customer service to patient education to product knowledge. Our meetings are always fun! They are welcome to email me for more information at or visit”