Dr. Stephanie Lyons is the chief optometrist and owner of Lyons Family Eye Care. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She then pursued her dream of becoming an optometrist at the Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated Cum Laude and earned honors in all of her clinical rotations.
Dr. Lyons has practiced in numerous settings including hospital practice, private practice, and corporate optometry. She is extremely passionate about optometry as well as public eye care education. She is a leader among her profession who has written for the American Optometric Association’s nationally distributed newsletter for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. She also is a regular contributor to practice management publications and has experience training both optometry and medical students.
Dr. Lyons’ clinical interests include pediatric eye care, vision therapy, multifocal contact lenses and volunteer work. In 2012 Dr. Lyons accomplished her lifelong goal of taking her entire staff on an optometric mission trip to Honduras. The week long trip provided thousands of patients with eye care and prescription glasses. This was Dr. Lyons’ third volunteer trip abroad and sixth trip overall. Dr. Lyons is also active in the community volunteering her services to low income adults and Chicago Public School students through the Vision USA program. While passionate about making people “20/HAPPY” she also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, cheering for the Illini, and spending time with her family.
John Lyons is the general manager and owner of Lyons Family Eye Care. With a diverse background in business, his dream has always been to have a small business of his own. That dream combined with his wife Stephanie’s desire to have an optometry practice led to the creation of Lyons Family Eye Care.
John is passionate about customer service and creating a friendly atmosphere for patients and staff. He strives to ensure that the office is a fun place to visit and anything but your typical visit to the doctor. John is certified by the American Optometric Association as a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant. He is also a member of the AOA Paraoptometric Section. John has lectured to optometry students on practice management and provides consulting services to new optometric offices.
John takes pride in volunteering his time both locally and internationally. John is on the board of the West Lakeview Neighbors Association, is active in the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and in his own neighborhood of Roscoe Village. In his free time, John enjoys sports, traveling, competing in triathlons, and taking care of his family including his two dogs Chance and Lucky.
Dr. Dominick Maino is an associate optometrist at Lyons Family Eye Care and a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry. He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, received his MEd at the University of Illinois Chicago and Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. Dr. Maino is the past Director of the Institute for Advanced Competency Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program, an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Centro Boston de Optometria in Madrid Spain, and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Service at Neumann Family Services. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and holds membership in the American & Illinois Optometric Associations, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the Artists of Casa Italia. His recent activities includes presenting at the International Brain Injury Association meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland; at the California Optometric Association’s OptoWest Conference and as a member of an expert panel at the American Conference of Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment which is sponsored by the Children’s Hospital, Omaha, NE.
Dr. Maino currently serves as the editor of Optometry and Vision Development, and has authored approximately 200 books, chapters, and articles. He has given more than 100 presentations worldwide, 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. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins has recently agreed to publish Dr. Maino’s next book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs which will be available May 2012.
Dr. Maino has received recognition for his work from the Order Sons of Italy (Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Excellence in Medicine), National Academies of Practice (Distinguished Practitioner), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Editors Association, and the Easter Seal Society of Metropolitan Chicago. He is an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with a special interest in the patient with special needs. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is currently the spokesperson for the American Optometric Association on 3 D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed numerous times (television, print media, radio, Internet) on this topic. Dr. Maino’s avocations include blogging, music, photography and as a budding connoisseur of the finer points of appreciating a good Single Malt Scotch(especially after a trip to Scotland), is now attempting to age his own micro-barrel, very small batch whiskey.
Victoria Bolyard is an aspiring optometrist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington, and she now is a third year optometry student at the esteemed Illinois College of Optometry here in Chicago.
Victoria is absolutely thrilled to become part of the Lyons Family Eye Care team. She looks forward to learning a lot of valuable clinical skills from Dr. Lyons, learning about managing an optometric practice from John, and interacting with the patients!
When Victoria is not studying optometry she enjoys concerts, dancing, skydiving, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Katherine Simpson has been working in the optical field since 2007. She is passionate about customer service and getting to know her patients beyond just name and date of birth.
She especially enjoys how rewarding it is to help people of all ages see better, look better, and feel good about themselves. She was drawn to the optical field by its unique mix of both medical and fashion. Katherine is certified by the American Optometric Association as a Certified Paraoptometric. She is also the vision therapist at Lyons Family Eye Care and a member of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development. Katherine loves working with children and watching them grow through the therapy process.
When Katherine isn’t at work she likes reading, creating and exploring art, and spending time with her friends and family.
Hannah Taylor is originally from Shreveport, Lousiana. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Hannah has found a passion for jobs which allow her to develop relationships and help improve people’s lives. Before becoming a part of the LFEC family, she worked for a local nonprofit organization. She took on a variety of responsibilities including adminstrative duties, communications and volunteer management. Outside of work she is an active runner, loves reading, and is excited to learn more about all the great things there are to do in Chicago!
Hannah is excited to contribute to the LFEC culture and to make sure patients have the best experience possible. Hannah is certified by the American Optometric Association as a Certified Paraoptometric.
Rachel Martina graduated with a degree in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Since moving to Chicago, Rachel has worked in customer service and healthcare. She’s excited to be part of the Lyons Family Eye Care team where she can learn about optometry and help patients improve their daily lives. Rachel is certified by the American Optometric Association as a Certified Paraoptometric.
When she’s not at work, Rachel enjoys running, Bears football, making pasta, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
Tom Cohen grew up in the nearby suburb of Arlington Heights. He earned a degree in Economics from Southern Illinois University. He is very interested in the business aspect of the optometric industry and is passionate about creating a helpful and enjoyable atmosphere for customers. Tom is certified by the American Optometric Association as a Certified Paraoptometric.
In his spare time he is an avid Chicago sports fan rooting for the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, and Hawks. He also volunteers at The Buddy Foundation animal shelter on weekends.
Chance and Lucky (affectionately known as Chucky) are the greeting team of Lyons Family Eye Care. Their interests include sleeping, eating, fetching, and wrestling.
They can be found most days either lounging in the window of Lyons Family Eye Care or playing at the local dog park.
Chance and Lucky pride themselves in being hypoallergenic and super kid friendly!
Lyons Family Eye Care is also proud to be a part of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) externship program. The externship program involves fourth year optometry students completing rotations at sites across the country.
Lyons Family Eye Care provides these students with hands on experience in the areas of primary care, contacts lenses, pediatric eye care, vision therapy, and practice management. We take pride in giving back to the profession and in helping to train the eye doctors of the future!