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Dr. Sanghera earned her optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry in 2006. She completed her residency in primary care and ocular disease from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2007. She then joined Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2006 until January 2011, providing care to veterans and active duty military members and their families. In 2011, Dr. Sanghera became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and returned to ICO as a full-time faculty member. She is an active member in the clinic and laboratories.
I believe that ICO is the ideal optometry school for prospective students for many reasons. The highly qualified faculty strive to provide a nurturing environment to students and embody true passion for the field of optometry. This can be seen in the ongoing research projects, publications in prominent optometry journals, awards and academic affiliations. The courses, laboratories and clinic all prepare the student clinician so that they are able to practice at the highest scope once they have graduated and entered their professional careers. The clinic provides exposure to a challenging patient population at the Illinois Eye Institute and access to state-of-the-art equipment, both of which also prepare the future optometrist well. Finally, Chicago is one of the best cities in the world. Having the opportunity to obtain an optometric degree with all the conveniences of home in such an amazing city is a combination that cannot be surpassed.
Dr. Michael Chaglasian is an associate professor at ICO and chief of staff of the Illinois Eye Institute. He is a graduate of State University of New York College of Optometry and completed a residency in primary eye care/ocular disease at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Chaglasian is in charge of the Glaucoma Service at the Illinois Eye Institute, providing patient care while instructing residents and students. He is a founding member and treasurer of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and has a number of published articles and has contributed chapters to several popular textbooks on the topics of glaucoma and visual fields.
The clinical patient care is awesome and the faculty is superb.
Dr. Frantz graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1985, where she also completed a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision. She joined the ICO faculty in 1986, and currently serves as attending faculty in the Pediatric/Binocular Vision Service. She teaches several courses at ICO on binocular vision disorders and their treatment. Dr. Frantz holds the designation of Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry in the American Academy of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and serves on the organization’s journal review board. She is also continuing education coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, International, and faculty advisor to the FCO student chapter at ICO. Dr. Frantz has taught optometric continuing education courses at state, national and international meetings. Her publications include research studies, review articles, case reports, and textbook chapters on binocular vision testing and treatment, applications of prisms in binocular vision, and evaluation of children’s vision.
ICO provides an excellent clinical as well as didactic education to its students. Our patient population is diverse and very challenging, affording a wonderful training opportunity for students as they care for patients. Our faculty members are very approachable and truly enjoy teaching. Our student body is diverse and enthusiastic about learning as well as participating in the many extra-curricular activities ICO offers. I personally have found ICO to be a welcoming, professional environment that challenges both students and faculty to continue learning. I am happy to have served on the ICO faculty for more than 25 years.
After graduating from ICO, Dr. Foreman moved to New York to do a residency in ocular disease and primary care at the Brooklyn and St. Albans VA medical centers. Upon completing the residency, she stayed on as a full-time staff optometrist at the Manhattan VA. In addition to seeing general primary care patients, she spent a great deal of time working with veterans who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury remains an area of interest. After four years at the VA, she relocated to Chicago and joined on as full-time faculty at ICO. Dr. Foreman works with students mainly in primary care clinics.
One of the biggest draws of ICO is the amazing clinical experience that our students receive. As we are located in a large city and serve a very diverse population, our students are exposed to a wide range of ocular conditions and situations. This is challenging, highly rewarding and truly the best preparation for becoming a well- rounded and competent clinician.
Dr. Condie is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and also completed a post-doctoral residency at ICO in the area of primary care/ocular disease. She is currently a full-time faculty member who works with students both in clinic and pre-clinical education.
I would recommend ICO to any students interested in a strong clinical education, as well as an exceptional didactic educational experience. By the time you finish your four- year program at ICO, you will be comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment of many complex diseases, as well as ready to practice in both private practice and corporate settings.
Dr. Harthan received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Bethel College in Minnesota in 2002 and her optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2006. She completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at ICO in 2007, joining the faculty after completion of her residency. Throughout her clinical experience, Dr. Harthan has also worked in private practice and hospital-based settings and continues to work in private practice part time. Dr. Harthan is currently an attending optometrist/assistant professor in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence of the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Harthan also is chief of the Urgent Eyecare Service where she works with both students and residents. She has received several awards for her clinical work and has presented numerous research projects/case reports at meetings throughout the year. Dr. Harthan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and actively involved with the American Optometric Association as a committee chair for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Harthan is experienced with a wide variety of contact lens fittings, including specialty lenses. Dr. Harthan is not only passionate about her career but also believes her patients deserve the best care.
ICO provides superior didactic and clinical education to all students. The technological advances and the diversity in the coursework and patient population offer students a well-rounded education; so they are well-prepared for practice once they graduate.
Dr. Winters is a 1991 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. After graduation, she completed a residency in geriatrics and rehabilitative optometry at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, she is an associate professor of optometry at ICO, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. She practices in both the Primary Care and Low Vision clinics as well as teaches the didactic portion of the color vision curriculum. She is medical director of the Vision of Hope Health Alliance. Through the Vision of Hope Health Alliance, low-income uninsured adults can receive eye care and referral for general medical care. Her research interests include characterization of the low-income uninsured population seeking eye care through VOHHA, acquired and inherited color vision deficiencies, motion sickness among visually impaired individuals, and the association between long-anterior zonules and smoking.
When I reflect on my time as a student and faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry, I think about the resources that ICO has to promote learning not only among students, but also continued learning among faculty. ICO has an excellent library and many nationally known speakers on a wide range of topics. The ocular and systemic conditions typically encountered in ICO/IEI’s clinic program are varied and challenge not only students but faculty as well. On a personal note, I think ICO is a caring place. I see examples of this in our interactions with patients and also in the interactions of staff, students and faculty. There are many examples of the positive impact that is made within ICO as well as the external community be serve. I often am contacted regarding ICO’s programs for uninsured patients because there are such limited local resources for so many of these individuals.
Dr. McMahon has been at ICO for more than 12 years and has been involved in multiple services and areas of practice. She mainly works in the Primary Care Service, supervising adult eye exams. She also participates in the Advanced Care Clinic with ophthalmologists specializing in glaucoma, cataracts, oculoplastics and neurologic disease. She spent several years as part of a community clinic externship site and also several years in the Pediatric Outreach program. Dr. McMahon teaches the ocular emergencies course and has worked in laboratories for optometry skills, contact lenses, ophthalmic optics, and injections. She currently sits on several committees at the state level and has ongoing involvement with both state and national organizations.
ICO is an institution with an ongoing dedication to student success. Adept, informed, well-rounded students become optometric colleagues who build the future of our profession.
When not teaching the contact lens and business courses at ICO, Dr. Jurkus teaches nationally and internationally in many countries, including Poland, China, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland. Working with students in the Cornea Center for Excellence Clinic, she gets to make people with complex corneal conditions see through the application of specialty contact lenses. Administratively, she works to assure an excellent residency experience for both on- and off-campus residency positions. She also hosted a live television show for eight seasons.
ICO provides a great clinical experience. Students here see and treat people with eye conditions that many optometrists just read about. It is always great to meet graduates and learn that their experience at ICO prepared them for a successful career in optometry. The excellent didactic education at ICO is reflected in the high board scores achieved by our students.
Dr. Goodfellow joined the ICO faculty in 2001, and he currently teaches physiological optics, instructs a variety of pediatrics/binocular vision laboratories, and coordinates the Private Practice Clerkship. He is an attending optometrist in the Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Service of the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Goodfellow has served as the site coordinator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigators Group as well as the chief of the Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Service. Dr. Goodfellow lives in Beecher, Illinois, with his wife and four children.
ICO offers an outstanding, well-rounded clinical education. As the oldest optometry school, ICO has a rich network of resources that encourages top-notch teaching and patient care. I’ve always felt a calling to work with students. Although I’ve enjoyed my interactions with a wide variety of other schools, ICO continues to be the best choice for optometry students, and I cannot imagine teaching anyplace else.