Our team of experienced optometrists are certified by the National Board of Examiners of Optometry and licensed through the State of Illinois. They are certified in the diagnosis and treatment of most eye diseases, prescription of glasses, and fitting of specialty contact lenses. They can also help you identify any possible medical conditions associated with your eyes.
Dr. Carrie Roitstein began her career in Optometry as an Optician at age 19 while in college. She founded the Pre-Optometry Club at University of Illinois as an undergrad student. After graduating with a Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign, she then received her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2000.
Dr. Roitstein’s 7 years of optician experience through college helped land her first job as an Optometrist for owner, Dr. Daniel Lieberman, of Daniel Lieberman & Associates, then of 3 offices. Today, Dr. Roitstein acts as Managing Doctor for all Spex locations. Dr. Roitstein’s responsibilities as managing doctor cannot keep her away from her passion of patient care; she specializes in difficult contact lenses fits in the Loop office while using the most up-to-date technology to provide the best medical care to her patients. As managing doctor, Dr. Roitstein continues to bring the newest technology to the doctors of Spex in order to be the best Optometric practice in the Chicago area.
Dr. Roitstein is an active member of the Illinois Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, Infant See program, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. She has volunteered her time on Eyecare Missions to Mexico with Eye Care International and mentored for the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. Her hobbies include traveling, running, and painting.
Dr. Lisanne Close has been in practice for over 20 years. She earned her Bachelors of Science Undergraduate Degree in Biology and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Doctorate of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. She has worked in many different practice settings over the years, including her own private practice, as well as large optical stores, high-end optical boutiques; Dr. Close was Clinical Director for a LASIK Surgical Center. She is a member of the Illinois and American Optometric Associations. Dr. Close has sat on many boards of Optometry organizations, including the Illinois Eye Institute and has been published in state and national optometric journals.
Dr. Close prides herself in providing personal care to her patients. She has expertise in contact lenses and the management and treatment of eye diseases. Dr. Close also co-manages LASIK and Cataract surgical procedure with some of the best eye surgeons in the area.
Dr. Close lives in the neighborhood with her family and her dog, Pipper. She enjoys horseback riding, sailing and skiing in her free time.
Dr. Florianne Burns joins us April 2016 and her bio is coming soon!
Lauren Curosh, OD received her doctorate degree from the Illinois College of Optometry where she was chosen to be a member of the Gold Key, Tomb & Key and Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Societies. Dr. Curosh completed her clinical rotations at The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, Newington VA Hospital in Connecticut, and Merrimack Vision Care in New Hampshire. Prior to working towards her doctorate, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from DePauw University where she was a four-year varsity letter winner as a softball pitcher. Dr. Curosh is active in the Lions Club, the Illinois Optometric Association, has participated in Special Olympics vision screenings, and volunteered as a Little League coach. Dr. Curosh enjoys working with children and provides comprehensive eye examinations to patients of all ages. Her skills include fitting both gas permeable and soft contact lenses, with a special area of interest in multifocal lenses.
Locations: Halsted Street
Dr. John Geevarghese provides comprehensive eye exams for all ages, contact lens fittings including soft, gas permeable, toric and multifocal lenses as well as medical management and referral services for various ocular conditions and surgical eye care, Laser Vision Correction (LASIK) Consultation and Co-management. He graduated from the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor in Biological Sciences in 1999. Dr. Geevarghese received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in May of 2004. During his education, he completed internships for primary eye care and ocular disease management at VA Connecticut, Newington Campus, contact lens and pediatric at Illinois Eye Institute and low vision exams at the VA Blind Rehabilitation Center in West Haven, CT. Dr. Geevarghese is an active member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
Carla Iafigliola, O.D. studied research biology at Loras College and went on to receive her doctorate at the Illinois College of Optometry in 1997. She was a member of the Tomb and Key Honor Society and completed her externships at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Sydney Hillman Health Center, and University of Chicago pediatrics in Chicago. She was invited to do a residency at the Illinois Eye Institute with and emphasis on ocular disease. During her residency she was able to work closely with the Ophthalmology team at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Iafigliola has been in practice for 16 years. She enjoys practicing currently in Grayslake, working with the latest technology to better evaluate ocular disease, E-prescribing directly with local pharmacies, and fitting the latest in contact lenses including multifocal, gas permeable, and specialty lenses. On her time away from the office Dr. Iafigliola enjoys spending time with her children on the soccer field. Her hobbies include cooking, decorating, and researching holistic nutritional health.
Dr. Ellen Kozob attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated with a degree in Biology. She then continued her education at the Illinois College of Optometry and earned her Doctorate of Optometry in 2013. While at the College of Optometry, she worked in many specialty clinics and found an interest in contact lenses and ocular disease.
Dr. Kozob has special interests in the fitting of contact lenses and the co-management of systemic diseases that can affect a person’s eyes and vision. She is certified in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases including dry eye, allergies, and eye infections.
Dr. Kozob lives in Lincoln Park with her husband. Outside of the office, she enjoys cooking and entertaining at home with friends and family. She recently returned from a philanthropic trip providing vision care to children in China.
Lindsay Luker has been an optomtetrist with Spex since May 2008. Dr. Luker received her Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2001. In 2005, she graduated with her doctorate degree from the Illinois College of Optometry, in which she earned many honorary and academic awards. Volunteering her skills as an optometrist to provide eye exams through VOSH (Volunteering Optometric Services to Humanity) and Gift of Sight has brought her to wonderful places in the world such as Honduras and Mexico. Currently Dr. Luker is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. When not practicing optometry, she thoroughly enjoys practicing yoga, stand up paddleboard, and harmonica.
Dr. Allison Morales completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University. She then graduated cum laude at the Illinois College of Optometry where she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa, Tomb and Key, and Gold Key honor societies. She received her clinical training in contact lenses and pediatrics at the Illinois Eye Institute, ocular disease at the Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute in California, and low vision rehabilitation at the West Haven VA Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Morales is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Illinois Optometric Association.
This native Chicago suburbanite currently lives in her hometown. However, in her spare time, Dr. Morales enjoys traveling and intends on finishing her quest to visit all fifty states within the next few years.
Danielle Nesbitt, O.D. graduated Cum Laude from Illinois College of Optometry with her Doctor of Optometry in 2013. In 2009 Danielle graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Chemistry. While at the College of Optometry she worked in many specialty clinics finding an interest in pediatrics, contact lenses and ocular disease. Dr. Nesbitt provides comprehensive eye exams for all ages and is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Beyond Dr. Nesbitt’s passion for optometry is her love of hockey. Danielle played hockey in high school and college. (center and right wing)
Dr. Janaki Patel received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Bronze Tablet and University Honors. She then obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry where she was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and Tomb and Key Honor Fraternity. While Dr. Patel provides comprehensive eye exams to patients of all ages, she has a special interest in pediatrics, ocular disease, and contact lenses.
Dr. Patel is an active member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. While residing in Chicago with her husband, she enjoys cooking, running, and travelling.
Dr. Nellie Plummer completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated magna cum laude from Illinois College of Optometry, where she was a member of Tomb and Key honor society and Beta Sigma Kappa honor society. Dr. Plummer has special interest in pediatric optometry and treatment of ocular disease along with specialty contact lens fits. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and their Shih Tzu, Wrigley.
Locations: Chicago Avenue,
Sanela Puskar, OD graduated with a Bachelors degree from Augustana College and obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2004. Dr. Puskar’s current clinical experience involves primary care optometry with a wide range of patients from young children to mature adults. She treats ocular disease, provides comprehensive eye exams, and specializes in fitting multifocal and gas permeable contact lenses. Dr. Puskar is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. She enjoys travel, running along the lake, and can speak Bosnian and Serbo-Croatian.
Locations: Evanston – Central Street
Dr. Ambreen Rahman joins us April 2016 and her bio is coming soon!
Dr. Stephanie Roytman graduated with a Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University and obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from The Illinois College of Optometry in 2014. During her externship year, Dr. Roytman traveled to Miami, Florida to study ocular disease and Austin, Texas to train in specialty contact lens fitting.
She is a member of the American Optometric Association and Illinois Optometric Association. In her free time, Dr. Roytman enjoys cooking, attending concerts, and traveling.
Marnee Velick, OD focuses on providing comprehensive eye examinations with special areas of interest in pediatrics, contact lenses and medical management of ocular disease. She has been with Spex for 10 years and has practiced at many of their locations. Dr. Velick is currently practicing in Winnetka. She has been an active member of the American Optometric Association for over 20 years. Dr. Velick also holds a position on the Board of Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter. Dr. Velick graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996 where she also earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science. Dr. Velick holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Dr. Velick resides in Highland Park with her husband and three children; she can often be found at the local hockey arena or gymnastics meet cheering on her children.
Dr. Megan Westergren received her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry, earning honors designation in all of her clinical coursework. Prior to completing her doctorate, Dr. Westergren attended Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in music. While she enjoys seeing patients of all ages, Dr. Westergren has special interests in the fitting of contact lenses, and the co-management of systemic diseases that can affect a person’s eyes and vision.
She is an active member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometrist Association. Aside from her enthusiasm for optometry, Dr. Westergren is an excellent flute player, and enjoys spending time with her family and her Golden Retriever, Minnie.
Locations: Oak Park