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Dr. Donati joined the faculty at ICO in 2004. Since that time he has been the course director and instructor in the first year human physiology, pathology, and immunology course sequence. He has served on numerous committees and is currently the chair of the ICO Institutional Review Board.
I decided to join ICO because I saw a faculty whose primary goal was to develop the most well-rounded optometric clinicians possible and a student body that was up to the challenge. If that sounds like your future, then ICO is the place for you.
Dr. Renée Reeder received her OD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. She did her residency in cornea and contact lenses at Indiana University before joining the faculty at ICO in 1997. She holds the rank of associate professor and serves as chief, Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence. While at ICO, she developed the contact lens residency program and has been recognized with Dean’s awards for cutting-edge teaching and for excellence in leadership. Her classroom responsibilities include lecturing on eyelid disease, medical microbiology and assisting with contact lens and physical diagnosis laboratories. In addition, to lecturing to students, Dr. Reeder is active in research and continuing education in the areas of dry eye, keratoconus, and specialty contact lenses. She is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association. Dr. Reeder is past president of the Westmont Lions Club. She has been honored for her community service with a 2008 Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow; as one of Illinois Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young People of 2009; and as a District 1-J Golden Lion Award for 2010.
Amazing clinics and patients.
Dr. Hodur is a 1975 ICO graduate and has been a full-time member of the faculty for 35 years. He is currently a professor and is responsible for ophthalmic optics and physical optics education. Dr. Hodur is a member of the Cornea and Contact Lens faculty and is actively involved in the Cornea and Contact Lens Clinic.
I joined the ICO faculty in July 1975, right after graduating. My career goals were to be involved in education, to remain current in all aspects of optometry, and to participate in the private practice of optometry. Over the years, I have developed a love for education. The challenge that education brings is something that fits my mindset. I strive to understand concepts so I can explain them to someone who may not be familiar with the topic area. Breaking down complex topics, especially optics, down to a level where basic understanding is possible is a passion of mine. Using basic topics in optical understanding and building to more complex systems is the goal I set for teaching. ICO has given me the opportunity to develop my education philosophies in optics along with the freedom to educate students in a way that I see as necessary for optometric skills.
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.