– Centers for Disease Control
Meet Our Doctors
Most vision impairment and blindness is linked to age-related eye diseases. The aging baby-boomer population increases the number of individuals at risk for contracting eye conditions and diseases. This includes cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, which continue to affect America’s aging population. At EyeCare Specialties of Ohio, we take your eyes seriously, and your eye health is our main priority. Our board-certified doctors and other highly trained eye care specialists will perform a comprehensive eye exam and screening to determine your overall eye health and to identify any eye conditions or diseases. Most eye diseases can be treated or managed successfully if the condition is identified or detected early on. Also, eye exams can reveal a range of other undiagnosed health issues like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. These undiagnosed conditions can also affect your vision.
Dr. Heather Demos
Heather Demos, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry and Bachelor of Science in Visual Science from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1999. She also earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Demos has been actively involved in many aspects of the Optometry and local communities for over 20 years. She is a member of the Ohio Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Demos serves as an industry consultant, is part of the Ohio State affiliated faculty as a clinical instructor, and was a past president of the Ohio State Alumni Club. In addition, Dr. Demos is a longtime board member and incoming president of the Huron Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Demos currently resides in Huron, Ohio, with her husband, their two sons, two spoiled dogs, and a tortoise. When she is away from the office, she and her family enjoy golf, football, boating, music, and other outdoor activities. They are all devoted sports fans of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and Cleveland-area teams.
Dr. David J. Gale
One of Dr. Gale’s specialties is the hard to fit contact lens wearer. He has been fitting contacts since starting his practice and has seen many wonderful changes in both design and comfort.
He is a member of the Ohio and American Optometric Associations.
Dr. H. Robert Gaetano
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Ohio State University, College of optometry, Columbus,Ohio 1989
Externship at Chillicothe veterans Administration Hospital, Chillicothe, Ohio 1989
Completed Undergraduate Studies At Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio 1985
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Ohio State University, College of optometry, Columbus,Ohio 1989
- Board Certified to practice Optometry in state of Ohio
- Licensed to use Diagnostic Drugs
- Licensed to prescribe Therapeutic Drugs to treat Ocular Disease including Glaucoma
- ARTICLES PUBLISHED
- “Menicor Materials,” Contact Lens Spectrum
- PRIMARY CARE POSITION
- Private practice of Optometry, 1989 to present
- RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Equilivant oxygen Percentage (EOP) Research for new materials pending FDA approval.
- Bausch & Lomb Bifocal Contact Lens Study
- Bausch & Lomb Toric contact Lens Study
- AFFILIATIONS AND POSITIONS
- American Optometry Association, Member
- Ohio Optometry Association, Member
- Bausch & Lomb, Speaker/ Educator
- Alcon, Speaker/ Educator
Dr. Greg Hicks
Gregory Hicks, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1984. He then completed an additional clinical study in Vision Therapy and Pediatric Vision Care at the State University of New York’s College of Optometry.
Dr. Hicks serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where fourth-year optometry externs work alongside him daily. He is also very involved in the professional optometric community, including the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA).
Dr. Hicks enjoys working with patients of all ages and has special interests in the fields of infant and child eyecare, as well as binocular vision and learning-related visual problems. In 2006, Dr. Hicks was awarded the first Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSee Award for his role in promoting infant eyecare issues on both a national and community level.
Dr. Hicks also takes an active role in numerous public service and community organizations, such as the Sandusky Rotary Club, the Erie County Chamber of Commerce, the Erie County United Way, The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Erie County, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Dr. Hicks and his wife currently reside in Sandusky, Ohio, and have three children. In his spare time away from the office, he enjoys playing golf, water sports, and watching The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Dr. Robert L. Hill
Northwest Ohio Vision Center
Robert Hill, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University in 1992 and earned his Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Dr. Hill has been practicing optometry since 1993, and he is therapeutically licensed to treat all diseases of the eye, including glaucoma and infectious diseases. He is also certified in the co-management of cataract and LASIK surgery.
In his time away from the office, Dr. Hill enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, and is an avid Ohio State fan and snowmobiler.
Dr. Sandra Jones
Kane & Figler Optometry
Sandra Jones, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry in 2010 from the Illinois College of Optometry and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Miami University. She completed a residency at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, Colorado, with an emphasis on ocular disease and post-operative care for both cataract and refractive surgery.
Dr. Jones chose a career in optometry to help patients of all ages take care of their eyes and improve their eye health. She particularly enjoys all aspects of optometric care, including contact lens fitting and disease management, such as glaucoma. Dr. Jones loves being able to help people see the world through the best vision possible.
Born and raised in Warren, Ohio, Dr. Jones currently resides in Solon with her husband and two children.
Dr. Brian Kane
Kane & Figler Optometry
Brian Kane, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry in 1996 from the Indiana University School of Optometry.
Dr. Kane is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association, the Practice Management Association, and the Independent Doctors of Optometric Care. He has also held board positions in local Chambers of Commerce, Lions Clubs International, the Cleveland Sight Center Advisory Board, and Rotary.
Dr. Kane provides state-of-the art comprehensive eye exams using laser and computerized technology. Dr. Kane strives to meet each patient’s visual needs by providing quality eyecare while also emphasizing a positive patient experience.
Dr. Kane specializes in eyeglasses and contact lens fittings, glaucoma and dry eye treatment, cataract evaluation, concussion assessment and tracking, and macular degeneration genetic testing.
Dr. Kylee Kleppinger
EyeCare Specialties – Sylvania
Kylee Kleppinger, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University in 2011, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Management in 2007 from the same university. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Ohio Optometric Association.
Dr. Kleppinger takes great pride in providing quality, personalized eyecare to patients of all ages. She is also a provider for the InfantSEE program which provides free comprehensive eye and vision assessments for babies between the ages of 6 to 12 months.
Dr. Kleppinger currently resides in Genoa, Ohio, and when not working in the office, she loves spending time with her family. Her hobbies include traveling, snow skiing, scuba diving, and, of course, cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes whenever possible.
Dr. John Kruszewski
EyeCare Specialties – Sylvania
John Kruszewski, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1986 and completed his undergraduate studies at John Carroll University. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association, and is also a past president of the Toledo Area Optometric Society. Dr. Kruszewski is also a volunteer and active member of the Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club and has served as the club’s president.
Dr. Kruszewski began his career as a naval officer serving as Staff Optometrist and Contact Lens Clinic Coordinator at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. As a young man, he learned about the importance of good vision and the impact it has on learning and overall quality of life. Dr. Kruszewski particularly enjoys being able to communicate with and educate his patients about their specific eye conditions and creating an individual plan to improve their vision and general eye health.
In his time away from the office, Dr. Kruszewski enjoys spending time with his family, snow skiing, exercising, and traveling.
Dr. Jacquelyn Kuta
Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the downtown area, going to shows at Playhouse Square as well as checking out the nearby beaches and parks! Dr. Kuta also loves to spend time with her pet tortoise, Ferdinand!
Dr. Tara Richmond
Northwest Ohio Vision Center
Dr. Tara Richmond graduated summa cum laude from The Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1998. She is also an alumnus of the Defiance College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors. Returning to Williams County in 1998, Dr. Richmond proudly joined Northwest Ohio Vision Center where she has been caring for patients ever since.
Dr. Richmond is therapeutically licensed to treat all diseases of the eye including glaucoma and infectious diseases and is certified to co-manage cataract and LASIK surgery.
She has been married to her husband Cory for 18 years. They have 3 children; Maddie, Easten, and Jaxon.
Dr. Jordan Spiess
Northwest Ohio Vision Center, Zysik EyeCare (Pinnacle Eye Group)
Dr. Jordan Spiess is a graduate of The Ohio State University and specializes in ocular disease and family optometry. Dr. Spiess especially enjoys making personal connections and getting to know each patient in his community.
Since childhood, Dr. Spiess wanted to be an optometrist. The experience of receiving his first pair of glasses and seeing clearly for the first time is a feeling Dr. Spiess wants to share with the world.
Dr. Janel Strah
Dr. Strah is active in the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) where she is currently serving as the OOA Zone 1 Governor. Dr. Strah is also an Ohio State affiliated faculty member and enjoys being a clinical instructor to fourth-year students.
With a background in science, Dr. Strah knew that her interests were to work outside of a laboratory setting. She especially likes teaching patients about their eye health and visual system along with overcoming any obstacle to meet her patients’ visual needs. Dr. Strah particularly enjoys working with patients of all ages and fitting specialty contact lenses, as they can be challenging but rewarding at the same time. Overall, Dr. Strah loves being able to improve the quality of peoples’ lives by providing them with improved vision.
Dr. Strah lives in Huron with her husband, daughter, and their spoiled pug. In her personal time away from the office, Dr. Strah enjoys family nature walks, traveling to exciting new places, and experiencing all types of cuisines.
Dr. Lauren Tedesco
Lauren Tedesco, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the Indiana University School of Optometry in 2016 and earned her Bachelor of Science from Lake Erie College.
Dr. Tedesco credits her family optometrist as the inspiration behind her decision to become an optometrist. She remembers being able to help him while he was examining her mother’s eyes. Through that experience, Dr. Tedesco became very interested in understanding how the eyes worked and realized just how important and valuable our vision is in our daily lives.
Dr. Tedesco enjoys building strong, long-lasting doctor-patient relationships with her patients and their families. She particularly loves being able to help her patients see clearly and make them feel better, while also teaching them about preventative eye care and overall eye health.
In her time away from the office, Dr. Tedesco loves being outdoors and spending time with her family. Her hobbies also include baking, trying new recipes, and watching Cleveland-area sports teams.
Dr. Andrea J. Yahraus
Northwest Ohio Vision Center
Dr. Andrea J. Yahraus was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio and graduated from BHS in 2010. She attended Trine University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology and enjoyed time in the community and university orchestra. After graduation, Andrea moved to Bloomington, Indiana to pursue a career in Optometry at Indiana University School of Optometry. During her four years, Andrea was active in many organizations including Contact Lens Club, Private Practice Club, and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. This gave her the opportunity to do a mission trip to Rome, Jamaica in 2016 where she helped serve the local communities ocular health needs. Andrea did her external rotations at various locations including Northern Indiana VA Hospital in Ft Wayne IN, Vision Care Specialists of Des Plaines IL, Indianapolis Eye Care Center, and Atwater Eye Care Center in Bloomington, IN. Dr. Andrea Yahraus joined the practice in 2018. She looks forward to serving the Bryan and surrounding communities with ALL your eye care needs.
Dr. Zimmerman specializes in contact lens fittings to ensure the best and appropriate fit for his patients’ vision needs. He became an optometrist because his childhood optometrist showed him the impact that quality eye care can have on someone’s quality of life. Dr. Zimmerman enjoys building relationships with his patients while protecting their ocular health and improving their vision.
Dr. Zysik’s optometry career began in a group ophthalmology/optometry practice in Massena, New York, her husband Dr. Michael Zysik’s hometown. After purchasing a private practice, she relocated with her family to Perrysburg where she has been in practice since 1999. A member of the Ohio and American Optometric Associations, Dr. Zysik has a special focus in diagnosing and managing glaucoma and macular degeneration, dry eye disease and contact lens fitting.
Dr. Zysik’s strong interest in the sciences and healthcare, coupled with her passion for helping others, all played significant roles in her decision to become an Optometrist. Dr. Zysik says being an Optometrist provides her with many opportunities to build valuable patient relationships and allows her to play an integral role in improving her patients’ overall health and wellbeing.
Dr. Zysik and her husband, Dr. Michael Zysik who is also an Optometrist, have three children and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Dr. Zysik has been in practice since 1994 and has a special interest in diagnosing and managing glaucoma and macular degeneration as well as providing surgical co-management of cataract and refractive surgeries. He also enjoys fitting specialty contact lenses, such as scleral and multi focal contact lenses. Dr. Zysik likes meeting and getting to know many different people and says it is very rewarding to improve and preserve a patient’s vision – our most valuable sense.
Dr. Zysik and his wife, Dr. Julie Zysik who is also an Optometrist, have three children and have become part of the Perrysburg community since 1999. He is a proud member of the Ohio and American Optometric Associations and the Perrysburg Rotary. In his spare time, Dr. Zysik spends time with his family and friends and, as an avid NHL fan, continues to enjoy playing ice hockey.
Dr. John Elchinger
Northwest Ohio Vision Center
John Elchinger, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University in 2017 and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Adrian College.
Dr. Elchinger remembers his own experience of being near-sighted his entire life. He recalls getting his first pair of glasses in kindergarten, then being fitted for his first pair of contact lenses in 5th grade. He always enjoyed visits to his optometrist’s office because his doctor was able to help him see more clearly.
Dr. Elchinger knew from a young age that he wanted to become an optometrist, and he worked diligently towards that goal. He truly values the opportunity he has each day to help his own patients experience better vision in their everyday lives.
When away from the office, Dr. Elchinger enjoys spending his free time watching Ohio State football with family and friends, as well as reading and playing golf.
Frank Carusone, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 2016. Dr. Carusone grew up in Columbiana, Ohio, and attended Kent State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology in 2012.
Dr. Carusone specializes in pediatric optometry, vision therapy, binocular vision disorders, developmental optometry, neuro rehabilitation as well as concussion and traumatic brain injury management. He also focuses on sports and performance vision training.
Upon graduation, he spent 5 years as a private practice owner in Knoxville, Tennessee and he developed a pediatric eye care and vision therapy program as well as developed the region’s only sports and performance vision training facility. Dr. Carusone loves helping patients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury to regain their independence or assisting kids with developmental vision problems to learn and read more efficiently with glasses, contact lenses, or vision therapy.
While not in the office, Dr. Carusone enjoys volunteering with the Lions Club or other local charities, camping and enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Mallory, and daughter, Nova, and watching Ohio State football.
Peter Sforza, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University. He did his undergraduate studies at Youngstown State University where he studied Chemistry.
Dr. Sforza specializes in contact lens fittings, especially multifocal lenses. He saw the life-changing effects of eyeglasses at age 8 and decided to become an optometrist. Dr. Sforza enjoys seeing patients of all ages from children to seniors.
When Dr. Sforza is not treating patients, he enjoys quality time with his wife and family. He also enjoys spending time outdoors, golfing and biking. Dr. Sforza is a huge sports fan, especially of the Cleveland Guardians and all Ohio State University sports.
Growing up, Dr. Perigo worked for his father, who is an optician, by initially doing odd jobs around the office. Later he began making eyeglasses and assisting patients during their visits. Dr. Perigo enjoyed working side by side with his family while helping friends and neighbors and, ultimately, he decided to pursue a career in optometry.
With the use of the latest technologies and vision care solutions, Dr. Perigo enjoys being able to offer his patients the best service and care possible. He considers his patients to be neighbors and friends and values the relationships he makes with them.
When Dr. Perigo is not treating patients, he enjoys being a husband and a father.
While she attended Ohio State University, she was involved in the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and the American Optometric Student Association. Dr. Makley believes the best part of her job is creating relationships with her patients and delivering the best possible care to all.
When she is not treating patients, Dr. Makley is spending time with her husband and their four children.
Dr. Nault always enjoyed visiting the optometrist as a child and wants to create that atmosphere for her patients. She says her favorite part of the job is getting to know each patient and developing an individualized plan for their needs.
When Dr. Nault isn’t caring for patients, she enjoys spending her time outdoors, playing the flute, and fostering rescue animals.
Dr. Roytman enjoys seeing patients of all ages and caring for families over the years. She believes that one of the direct connections to improved quality of life is improved vision and eye health. Outside the clinic, Dr. Roytman loves to travel, hike, catch some live music, and try new restaurants.
As part of his undergraduate program, Dr. Murray had an opportunity to do a rotation with an eye doctor for the Chicago Cubs who was training hitters on the team to better track the baseball. Being a baseball player at the University of Charleston, Dr. Murray recognized the impact that an optometrist could have on athletic performance. He was excited about enhancing the visual function of athletes to improve their potential.
Dr. Murray specializes in glaucoma and the management and treatment of ocular disease. He says that he enjoys being a part of the lives of many families and developing personal relationships with patients since 1994. Having a positive impact on the vision of other people’s eyes and systemic well-being has been rewarding for Dr. Murray.
When he is not treating patients, Dr. Murray enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing golf.
Dr. Pipo was inspired to become an optometrist when he first put on a pair of eyeglasses. He knew from that moment that he wanted to help others see better.
As a family practice optometrist, Dr. Pipo enjoys the relationships he has formed with families in the community.
When he is not treating patients, Dr. Pipo spends time with his family and enjoys outdoor activities including sports and camping.
Dr. Reed was born with congenital ptosis and strabismus. She saw double when she was in the first grade and wanted to help people like her. Dr. Reed has a passion for establishing a long-time relationship with patients by helping them have a better quality of life.
When she is not treating patients, Dr. Reed enjoys biking, cooking, hiking, crocheting, and jewelry making.
Dr. Harry Davis
Dr. Davis finds gratification from helping his patients with their visual needs and was inspired to become an Optometrist due to the ability to make an immediate positive impact on patients’ day-to-day lives from a visual standpoint.
Dr. Davis is a fan of the Ohio State Football team and when he is not with his patients, he enjoys attending the games. (Go Bucks!)
Specializing in contacts, sports vision as well as ocular pathology, Dr. Sika became an optometrist to help people with their vision problems and making them more successful with their everyday life activities.
Dr. Sika enjoys meeting and helping people from all walks of life and seeing the results of his patients’ vision is rewarding.
When he is not treating patients, Dr. Sika enjoys playing golf, traveling, sports and spending time with his family.
Dr. Brook is originally from Jefferson, Ohio, and became an Optometrist to give back to her local community. She cherishes the connections she makes with her patients and works to positively impact their lives. She enjoys that the field of Optometry is ever-changing with new and innovative information constantly being uncovered. The advances in technology and ideas allow her to better service her patients. She is passionate about helping all of her patients improve their eye health but has a special interest in improving the vision of patients with dry eye.
Specializing in contact lens and glaucoma management, Dr. Cherry finds it rewarding to be an optometrist and improve patients’ quality of life. Dr. Cherry taught clinical procedures, contact lenses, and ocular anatomy courses at Owens Community College from 1991 to 2002. He is now a doctor with The Lifetime Commitment Program (TLC) and provides pre-op care for patients with LASIK at TLC.
Dr. Cherry has been on the board of directors at Members Capital Credit Union since 1990 and has been president of the credit union since 1998. Dr. Cherry is currently chairman of the Sun Federal Credit Union Advisory Board.
Dr. Cherry enjoys gardening, golfing, traveling, attending the theatre, and following The Ohio State Buckeyes when he is not treating patients. He and his son live in Oregon, Ohio.
Victoria R. Louis, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hiram College.
While attending optometry school, Dr. Louis interned at the Dayton V.A. Hospital optometry clinic and Professional Vision Care in Westerville, specializing in vision therapy and children’s developmental vision. She discovered her love for optometry while in grad school, initially studying genetic research. Dr. Louis enjoys being an optometrist because it allows her to make a noticeable and immediate improvement in people’s lives.
Dr. Louis is a member of the Ohio Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. She occasionally lectures on children’s vision and is a RealEyes presenter at local elementary schools. She also volunteers at the Mildred Bayer Homeless Clinic, doing eye exams on the patients there.
Dr. Louis enjoys golf, cycling, and needlepoint when she is not treating patients. She and her husband have two children and live in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Jill P. Holler, O.D., received her Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Toledo.
Dr. Holler is a member of the Ohio Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association (AOA). She also is part of the AOA Contact Lens Society and the AOA Low Vision Society.
Dr. Holler became an optometrist because she loved medicine and believed that vision strongly impacts everyday activities. She is interested in low vision and is also currently providing evaluations for impaired vision at The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio’s Low Vision Clinic. However, she also enjoys the challenges of contact lenses and family practice.
When she is not treating patients, Dr. Holler enjoys traveling, being with her family and friends, and spending time by the pool.