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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 specializes in children and adults with binocular vision problems, vision therapy, vision information processing anomalies and those with a wide range of disabilities including traumatic brain injury, genetic anomalies and other developmental disabilities. He is an AOA spokesperson on 3D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed by news media extensively on this subject. He is an editorial board member and/or peer reviewer of numerous journals, including the Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare, Journal of the National Academies of Practice and JSM Ophthalmology. He has authored approximately 200 books, chapters and articles, and has given more than 100 presentations worldwide. He is a co-author of the technology column for the AOANews and is currently the associate, consulting, and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. The British Medical Association awarded his book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs (Lippincott) first prize in the Health and Social Care category. He is also the associate, consulting and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Dr. Maino is also an adjunct professor at Centro Boston de Optometria in Madrid, Spain, and he is in private practice in Chicago at Lyons Family Eye Care. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is an avid user of social media. His hobbies include singing in the church choir, photography and blending his own whiskey.
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.
Dr. Teitelbaum is an associate professor of optometry and also serves as the associate dean. In addition, he is an attending optometrist at the Illinois Eye Institute with an interest in glaucoma. He completed his optometry training at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he also completed a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision. Dr. Teitelbaum has been involved in private optometric practice in addition to clinical and administrative responsibilities in hospital and medical group eye practices. He has authored or co-authored 50 peer-reviewed scientific posters, papers and abstracts on a wide range of topics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry and a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.
The Illinois College of Optometry offers students an excellent comprehensive education in state of the art facilities, while the Illinois Eye Institute provides quality patient care and education in a collaborative environment of highly trained optometrists, subspecialty ophthalmologists, primary care physicians and opticians.
Dr. Caden joined the ICO faculty in 1972. Since then, he has been involved in teaching many of the binocular vision courses and related laboratories. He divides his time between administering the fourth professional year externship program and teaching in the Pediatric/Binocular Vision Service. Dr. Caden has served twice as the Pediatric/Binocular Vision Service Chief during his time at ICO. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and serves as a consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.
I joined the ICO faculty because it gave me the opportunity to develop my clinical skills in pediatrics and stay abreast of the latest research and new techniques for examining children. Any student who chooses ICO for their optometric education will be exposed to a large and diverse clinical population. Additionally, you will be taught by a dedicated and approachable faculty, many of whom are nationally and inter-nationally known.
Dr. Barclay W. Bakkum grew up in the small town of Manchester, Iowa, and got his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He received his chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. After several busy years in private practice in Charles City, Iowa, Dr. Bakkum decided he wanted to teach and do research, so he went back to graduate school. Dr. Bakkum received his PhD in anatomy and cell biology with an emphasis on neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He taught anatomy for 15 years at the National College of Chiropractic (now known as the National University of Health Sciences) in the western suburbs of Chicago. In 2005, Dr. Bakkum came to ICO, where he teaches microscopic anatomy (formerly known as histology) and neuroanatomy/neurophysiology. Dr. Bakkum lives in the western suburbs with his wife and their two children.
Having been associated with other places of higher education, I can honestly say that ICO is a really nice place!!! The people are wonderful, and the culture is top rate. I hold myself to a high standard in most everything that I do (especially professionally), and I enjoy working at a place that also holds itself to a high standard. If someone wants to become an excellent optometrist, this is the place to do it.