Lyons Family Eye Care

Doctors & Staff

Meet the people that will be providing your exceptional eye care and extraordinary eye wear.
Dr. Stephanie Lyons
Founder, CEO & Chief Optometrist

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. She currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry in the Department of Community Based Education.

Dr. Lyons 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. She is a board member of the Hamlin Park Advisory Council and leader of two local girl scout troops. While passionate about making people “20/HAPPY” she also enjoys racket sports, traveling, cheering for the Illini and spending time with children Madeline, Emily and Johnny.

John Lyons
Founder & Chief Operating Officer

John Lyons is the chief operating officer 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 has served on the board of the West Lakeview Neighbors Association, is a member of the Saint Andrew school board and devotes time to events in his own neighborhood of Roscoe Village. In his free time, John enjoys golf, basketball, traveling and taking care of his family including dog Chase and children Madeline, Emily and Johnny.

Dr. Thomas Cohen
Associate Optometrist & Externship Director

Dr. Thomas Cohen is an associate optometrist at Lyons Family Eye Care. He grew up locally in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Cohen studied economics at Southern Illinois University before joining Lyons Family Eye Care as an optician in 2012. His passion for patient care then led him to pursue his Doctorate in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. While there, he focused his studies on pediatrics, binocular vision, vision therapy and myopia management.

Dr. Cohen provides comprehensive eye care to his patients and stays up to date on the newest technology and research within optometry. In his spare time he is an avid Chicago sports fan rooting for the Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks. He also enjoys cooking and spending time with pets Xena, Nero and his fiancée Danielle. He can be found volunteering at the Buddy Foundation animal shelter on his days off. Fun fact – Dr. Cohen is Dr. Lyons’ brother!

Dr. Kathryn Werner
Associate Optometrist

Dr. Kathryn Werner is an associate optometrist at Lyons Family Eye Care. She attended the University of Virginia where she received her bachelor’s degree in history. She then earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York, where she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. After receiving her doctoral degree, she completed a residency in primary eye care, vision therapy, and low vision rehabilitation at Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Werner worked as a pediatric optometrist in New York City and as an associate optometrist in San Francisco focusing on corneal disease and specialty contact lens fittings before relocating to Chicago in 2021. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Werner enjoys practicing all aspects of optometry and is especially passionate about pediatrics and vision therapy. In her spare time, Dr. Werner enjoys traveling with her husband Matt, hiking in the Adirondack mountains, downhill skiing, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Mary Sheridan
Associate Optometrist

Dr. Sheridan is a proud lifelong Chicago native who has been practicing the art of Optometry for over 30 years. She is an experienced practitioner who enjoys working with patients of all ages. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She graduated with honors and was recognized as the top clinician in her class.

Dr Sheridan practices comprehensive eyecare for all ages and is up to date on all the new technologies. Her special interests include pediatrics, specialty contact lenses and dry eye disease. Most recently she has worked in the school systems providing comprehensive eye exams for those in lower socio-economic areas with limited access to eyecare. She can relate to her patient's visual needs as she has been wearing glasses or contact lenses for very high nearsightedness her entire life. Providing the gift of sight to all has been her lifelong devotion. In her spare time, Dr Sheridan is an avid cyclist and racquet sports enthusiast. You can find her on the bike lanes & courts throughout the city where she is often accompanied by her husband Mark and their two children Margot & Matthew.

Dr. Dominick Maino
Consulting Optometrist

Dr. Dominick Maino is a consulting optometrist at Lyons Family Eye Care and a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry. He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, was the founding Pediatric/Binocular Vision Resident at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute; received his MEd from the University of Illinois Chicago and Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College, Beloit, Wi.

Dr. Maino is an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Centro Boston de Optometria in Madrid Spain, and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities IEI 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; the Victoria Conference for Pacific University 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. He is a founding member of the Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment Society. Dr. Maino has served as the editor for 2 professional journals, authored approximately 200 books, chapters, and articles. He is also 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. He has given more than 100 presentations worldwide. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins has publish Dr. Maino’s latest book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs.

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 (he recently sang tenor with the 90 voice Northwestern University Summer Choir under the direction of Stephen Alltop), photography (has exhibited this work in several venues in the Midwest). He is a budding connoisseur of the finer points of appreciating a good Single Malt Scotch (especially after a trip to Scotland) and is now aging his own time warped, micro-barrel, very small batch whiskey. (His latest whiskey blend includes rye, aged white-lightening whiskey (with toasted America/French Oak chips) with either hot peppers, Sicilian Blood Orange zest, and or cinnamon.

Jade Wesp
Vision Therapist

Jade Wesp moved to Chicago in 2008 from her hometown of Rochester, New York. She is a certified massage therapist, doula and children’s yoga instructor with over 10 years of experience in childcare and health and wellness. Jade is happy to be combining her passion for child development and her passion for health in her work as a vision therapist at Lyons Family Eye Care.

Jade also enjoys drawing, playing piano, traveling, cooking and spending time with her friends and family (including her 2 cats, Kit and Davy Jones).

Vision Therapist

Phoebe was born and raised on the East Coast, and Chicago has been her home since 2010. She has an extensive background in childcare and has been a vision therapist since 2015, proudly earning her COVD certification in 2018. She embraces a holistic approach in working with each of her patients to address their specific goals and improve their quality of life, and enjoys building connections with patients of all ages.

In addition to many creative endeavors she pursues, Phoebe loves traveling, watching the sunset, and being a human pillow to her two incredibly adorable dogs: Ninja and Bijou.

Katie Tanaka
Vision Therapist

Katie is originally from Hawaii and Chicago became her home in 2014. She made her way to Lyons Family Eye Care as she enjoys working collaboratively with others, exploring and developing a better sense of self awareness and mindfulness to her patients' eyes and vision. She is passionate about being able to help others thrive in a way in which they are able to see and move through life with more ease. When not at Lyons, she loves talking with family, hanging out with friends and eating ice cream.

Franzel Siron
Vision Therapist

Franzel is originally from the Philippines and came to the United States when she was 3 years old. She has a Bachelor's degree from North Park University, with a background working with kids with Autism. Franzel loves vision therapy because it helps challenge people to see life in a whole new perspective. She also enjoys getting to know her patients one-on-one to help assist their specific needs. When not at work Franzel loves to find new restaurants and spend time with her dog.

Kallindra Zapata
Optical Manager

Kallindra was raised in Northwest Indiana but has lived in Chicago since 1999. She comes to us with a strong customer service background, and since starting her career in Optometry in 2017, her focus has been in optical sales and management. She is an avid Chicago sports fan, and also enjoys spending her time crafting and exploring the city with her husband. In 2022, they welcomed their first daughter, Raeleigh.

Hayley Alarik
Billing Manager

Hayley is the optical manager at Lyons Family Eye Care and has been working in the optical industry since 2005. She moved to Chicago from the south suburbs where she was born and raised. She has an associate’s degree in applied science and is a certified massage therapist. Hayley is certified by the American Optometric Association as a Certified Paraoptometric. When not working, Hayley enjoys watching live music and hanging out with friends.

Elizabeth Willingham
Patient Care Coordinator

Elizabeth has been a board-certified optician since 2012, working in Minneapolis and Chicago. She is originally from Michigan, where she was an English/ESOL teacher, stage technician, and co-founder of Flint City Theatre, a nonprofit community organization. In her spare time, she daydreams about chemistry and puppies, but not at the same time.

Sage Merten

Sage is originally from the north suburbs of Chicago but has been living in the city for 6 years. He has been working in optical since 2019 and has been ABO certified since 2021. His favorite part of the job is solving optical issues through glasses adjustments. In his free time, he enjoys bouldering, biking around the city, and hanging out with his cat Benny.

Toni Lujan

Toni is originally from Missouri but has lived in Chicago for over ten years. With a decade of optical experience and an ABO certification, her experience and dedication to the industry makes her a perfect fit for Lyons Family Eye Care. Outside of work Toni has interests in interior design and indoor gardening. When not creating beautiful spaces in her home, Toni is taking care of her rescue dog Noona and creating Vegan friendly recipes for her family.

Nick Strahanoski

Nick grew up in Lockport, IL and moved to Chicago in 2017. Nick has enjoyed working in the optical industry since 2009 and is so happy to be a part of the LFEC Family. One of the things he loves most is being able to help patients feel and look great in the perfect fame! Nick, also known as Nicholas Ray, works as a singer and currently performs weekly in Chicago’s pop cover wedding band, Hey Jimmy. Nick also teaches private voice lessons. In his spare time, Nick loves jogging down by the lake and spending time with friends and family.

Lily Martinez

Lily is originally from Mexico City, but she moved to Chicago as a small child and has been living here for the last 20 years. She speaks English and Spanish fluently and has an Associate degree in Arts. She has been in the optical industry since 2017 and her favorite part of the job is when patients pick up their glasses and love the finished product! In her free time she enjoys traveling, going to Wrigley to cheer for her favorite team, the Cubs, but most of all loves spending time with her dog Walter, her husband Jose and her two children.

Damien Furton

Damien is originally from Detroit, but has proudly lived in Chicago since 2020. They have worked in Optical since 2021, and their favorite part of the job is making eye exams fun for everyone! When not working at LFEC, Damien spends their free time playing video games, sewing costumes and going thrifting for the next eccentric piece of their wardrobe.

Elle Woodruff

Elle loves helping people feel their best. She moved to Chicago in 2015 and studied Spanish, Public Policy Studies, and Geography in college. After getting her bachelor’s degree and working in education for several years, she began her optical journey in early 2022 and quickly fell in love with the field. Outside of work Elle can be found on a nature walk, at the gym, thrifting at local shops, or at home dabbling in various creative pursuits like writing and photography. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, including her cat Bug.

Charlie Lyons

Charlie is originally from the western suburbs of Chicago but just recently moved downtown. He is new to the LFEC family but could not be more excited to join the team! When he is not working, he spends his time as a student at Marquette University, where he is currently a junior. In his free time, Charlie enjoys spending time with friends, family, and his dog Hank. Fun fact: Many, many years ago Charlie was the ring bearer in John & Stephanie’s wedding!

Madeline Lyons
Comfort Kid

Madeline Lyons is the newest edition to Lyons Family Eye Care. She is nine years old and has lived in Chicago her whole life. She is very thankful for her parents owning the business, so she decided to help. But what she really wants to be when she grows up is a singer/actress or a comedian. She had the idea to be a “comfort kid” after seeing a story about a comfort dog. Madeline enjoys being outdoors and playing sports. Her favorite sport to play is soccer and favorite sports team is the Chicago bulls.

ICO Student Externs

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!

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