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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.
Dr. Gunderson started teaching at ICO after two years in private practice. He maintained a private practice for many years before devoting all his time to teaching. He is involved in clinical teaching in primary care and cornea and contact lenses, coordinates fitting labs for contact lenses, and lectures in ocular physiology. Dr. Gunderson’s outside interests includes travel, sports, photography, boating and the Civil War.
I have a teaching degree, a research degree and a clinical degree. My appointment at ICO allows me to work in all areas of my training. We have a fine clinical program here at ICO and an excellent faculty to prepare you for a wonderful career.
Dr. Lesher returned to Chicago and joined the ICO faculty in fall 1983. His main teaching responsibilities are for the pharmacology sequence in the second year of the professional program. He has been chair of the Basic and Health Science Department since 1999, and is currently the assistant dean for didactic education. Dr. Lesher has a number of publications and book chapters in the areas of Ocular Pharmacology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and served for a many years on the NBEO exam construction committee for Parts I and II. Dr. Lesher has been named Teacher of the Year by his class in three of the last four years.
Having grown up in Chicago, and then moved away for my college and graduate education, and then taking my first job at the University of Maryland, I was thrilled to return to my home and family when I was offered this faculty position at ICO. Chicago is such a great city, with so much to offer – who wouldn’t want to live here? In addition, the professional program at ICO prepares you to be among the best optometric clinicians in the country. We have had some exceptional NBEO scores and our students are accepted to the top residency programs in the country, as just two examples of the quality of education you can achieve here. I would encourage you to look closely at all ICO has to offer before you decide where to spend your optometric education dollars. I think you will be happy to be a part of the ICO family.
Dr. Chaglasian joined the ICO faculty in 1996, working part time in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence while she was in private practice. She became a full-time faculty member in 2000, and currently serves in the Primary Care and Cornea Services. Her areas of specialty are specialty contact lens fits, anterior segment disease and refractive surgery co-management.
ICO provides excellence in both didactic and clinical education that is second to none. The faculty here takes pride and satisfaction in knowing they are helping to educate the next generation of eyecare providers. Our urban location provides diversity in patient encounters that encompasses routine refractive cases to complex diseases.
Dr. Opitz received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago and proceeded to earn his doctorate of optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996. Following graduation, he completed a hospital-based primary care/ocular disease residency at the Hampton Virginia Veterans Administration Medical Center from 1996-1997.
In July 2006, Dr. Opitz accepted a full-time faculty appointment at the Illinois College of Optometry, where he serves as assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Education. He also is the medical director of Ophthalmology Services and Contracts for the Illinois Eye Institute and is the director of continuing education for the Illinois College of Optometry. Prior to his academic appointment, Dr. Opitz was partner in a multidisciplinary medical/surgical eye care center. His areas of interest include glaucoma, uveitis, ocular surface disease and clinical research.
Dr. Opitz is a member of AOA, IOA, OGS and ARVO. Fellow, AAO and Past-President of the Illinois Chapter of AAO.
After a successful career in private practice for nearly 10 years, I wanted to fulfill a lifelong interest of education and clinical research, which led me back to ICO. I also feel that I add a different dimension to the clinical program by bringing my experiences back to ICO.
Diversity of faculty, strong clinical training, and established traditions afford students the best optometric education!
Dr. Maino is an AOA spokesperson on 3D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed by news media extensively on this subject. He edits Optometry & Vision Development, authored 200 books/chapters/articles, and has given more than 100 lectures worldwide. His latest book is: Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs (Lippincott). He is also the associate, consulting and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Dr. Maino is an adjunct professor, Centro Boston de Optometria, in Madrid, Spain, and provides eye care for those with intellectual disability and psychiatric illness at Neumann Family Services in Chicago. He’s also an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with disabilities. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is an avid Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn user and blogs excessively! His hobbies include singing in the church choir, blogging and photography.
The Illinois College of Optometry’s mission is “Excellence in Clinical Education.” All we do is built upon these four words. All we do for our students, our patients and the profession of optometry is built upon these four words. We mean excellence you can measure. ICO has routinely performed better than other schools on NBEO examinations. Our faculty and students offer excellent care, as measured by patient surveys. And our faculty is recognized for their excellence in all areas, as measured by the awards, recognition and international presentations they are asked to give. Excellence. That is why future students should join ICO’s family.
Dr. Roberts has served as a full-time faculty member at the College since 1987, and since then he has participated in clinical instruction, administration and research activities. He holds the rank of professor at the College, and he also has adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Ophthalmology and at the UIC School of Public Health, where he teaches epidemiologic methods.
Excellent clinical training environment with supportive faculty and programs.
Dr. Allison received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and received her Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York College of Optometry. She completed a residency program in binocular vision and pediatric optometry at the ICO. She is currently a professor at ICO teaching core courses and laboratories in the pediatric curriculum, and is also the program coordinator of the binocular vision/pediatric optometry residency program. She works with patients at the Illinois Eye Institute, a private practice in Chicago, and at a clinic associated with the Chicago Public Schools.
Dr. Allison is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), and an American Academy of Optometry Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry, and a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She is the clinical director for the Illinois Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program, as well as a regional clinical advisor for this program. Dr. Allison is the secretary/treasurer for COVD, and the education trustee for the Illinois Optometric Association. She has published numerous articles, and given many presentations and lectures both nationally and internationally.
ICO is a school that can provide a fantastic clinical education. The diversity of our patients makes every day unique and challenging.