Lyons
3250 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago Il 60657
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Doctors and Staff

Dr. Stephanie Lyons - Optometrist

Dr. Stephanie Lyons – 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 and earned honors in all of her clinical rotations.

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 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, traveling, cheering for the Illini, and spending time with daughters Madeline and Emily.

 

John Lyons - General Manager

John Lyons – General Manager

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 has served 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 and taking care of his family including dogs Chance and Lucky and daughters Madeline and Emily.

 

Dr. Dominick Maino - Optometrist

Dr. Dominick Maino – Optometrist

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, 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 (MainosMemos.com) , 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.

 

Dr. Kelsey Frederick - Optometrist

Dr. Kelsey Frederick – Optometrist

Dr. Kelsey Frederick is an associate optometrist at Lyons Family Eye Care.  She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry, where she earned honors in all of her clinical coursework. Prior to optometry school, she graduated Cum Laude from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Frederick has experience working with patients in various clinical settings. She has practiced in a wide range of settings including the VA Hospital in Providence, RI and The Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago.

Dr. Frederick’s practice includes comprehensive eye care for the entire family, with special interests in pediatrics and the fitting of contact lenses. She is certified in the fitting of specialty contact lenses, and is also certified to use medications in the treatment of eye conditions such as glaucoma and dry eye disease. Dr. Frederick is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. In addition to her passion for optometry, Dr. Frederick enjoys playing tennis, running on the lakeshore path, and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dr. Alaina Bandstra – Optometrist

Dr. Alaina Bandstra is an associate optometrist at Lyons Family Eye Care. She moved to Chicago from Iowa to attend Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biology. She then attended the Illinois College of Optometry and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her doctorate in optometry, earning honors in all clinical rotations. She is currently completing her residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute.

Dr. Bandstra’s clinical interests include pediatrics, vision therapy and post-concussion management. She has experience working with patients in a variety of clinical settings and is committed to providing comprehensive eye care for the entire family. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the Illinois Optometric Association and the College of Optometrist in Vision Development. In her free time, Dr. Bandstra enjoys reading, working on puzzles and sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley Field with her husband Taylor.

Tom Cohen - Doctor of Optometry Candidate 2019

Tom Cohen – Doctor of Optometry Candidate 2019

Tom Cohen is an aspiring optometrist.  He earned a degree in Economics from Southern Illinois University and is now studying to be an optometrist at the Illinois College of Optometry.  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.

Hayley Wathen - Office Manager

Hayley Wathen – Office Manager

Hayley Wathen 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.

Phoebe Stolzenberger - Vision Therapist

Phoebe Stolzenberger – Vision Therapist

Phoebe Stolzenberger was born and raised on the East Coast and graduated from Temple University with a degree in Theatre. She moved to Chicago to pursue acting in 2010 and has had many adventures since, from working at Sundance Film Festival to becoming a certified Reiki practitioner. She is very happy to have found a home at Lyons Family Eye Care and has loved expanding her knowledge of the optical field as well as working one on one with patients, especially children.

Her passions include holistic wellness, painting, reading, traveling, and spending time with her fiancee and two dogs, Ninja and Bijou.

Jade Wesp - Vision Therapist

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).

Michelle O’Brien – Vision Therapist

Michelle O’Brien was raised in Clarkston, Michigan and moved to Chicago in 2007 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She has worked with children in different settings for over ten years. After spending a year in Denver, she’s back in the vision therapy game and loves helping her patients reach their goals.

She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, DIY projects and spending time with her husband Rich and their rambunctious 6 pound chihuahua, Biggie Smalls. 

Kyle Soller – Vision Therapist

Kyle was born and raised in the Midwest and graduated from University of Evansville with a degree in Communications. She also holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural studies from DePaul University. She worked for Lincoln Park Zoo in the education department before becoming a vision therapist at Lyons Family Eye Care.   

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Dave, daughter Ailyn and son MacGregor.

Chassidy Spencer - Optician

Chassidy Spencer – Optician

Chassidy Spencer is an optician at Lyons Family Eye Care and grew up in Wadsworth, IL. She moved to Chicago in 2013, after being accepted into Columbia College Chicago. She is currently a senior finishing up her bachelors degree in American Sign Language-English Interpretation and plans to utilize her skills in various settings.

There are two things she loves: Harry Potter and Star Wars!

Elizabeth Willingham - Optician

Elizabeth Willingham – Optician

Elizabeth comes to us from Minneapolis, where she became a board-certified optician and worked at an independent eye clinic for just over four years. Elizabeth has two BA’s from the University of Michigan and a Master’s from Minnesota State University. She is originally from Michigan, where she was a college English instructor, stage technician, and co-founder of Flint City Theatre, a nonprofit community organization. She is excited to explore Chicago and happy to be back on the lake!
In her spare time, she daydreams about chemistry and puppies, but not at the same time.

Alexanna Cox - Optician

Alexanna Cox – Optician

Alexanna is an optician at Lyons Family Eye Care and studying photography at Columbia College. She has been working in the optical industry since 2012 and is interested in the inseparable correlation between the eye and the camera.  In addition to operating her own photography business, Alexanna enjoys practicing yoga and outdoor bike riding in her free time.

Kalli Smaluk – Optician

Kalli originally comes from Northwest Indiana but has lived in Chicago for over 15 years. For the last ten years she has worked in customer service, focusing in retail. She is excited to enter into optical where she hopes to expand her skill set and help people in new ways. Although she is an avid Chicago sports fan she equally enjoys spending her time playing cards with friends and crafting.

Chance & Lucky

Chance & Lucky

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! 

 

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!