Each of these women is a qualified Optometric Technician and is trained to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.
Janet: Janet joined Visibly Better Eye Care in August 2015 in the Mettawa office. She is excited to be back in the workforce after taking time off to raise her two children. She previously worked in the banking and financial services industry, so tackling a new industry has been exciting. Janet enjoys volunteer work at her local church teaching young children Sunday school. For the past four years, she has been a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for the foster care system in Lake County. (See Dr. Strasser’s for more on this group).
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being with her family and visiting her daughter in the city. Janet is really happy to be a part of the Visibly Better Eye Care family, and getting to know all of the patients.
Favorite Quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -- Maya Angelou
Mackenzie: Mackenzie graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in Spanish Education. She is now living in the Chicago land area and teaching while working for Visibly Better Eye Care! She enjoys traveling and having new adventures!
Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” -- Albert Einstein
Demetra: Demetra works at our Mettawa location. Demetra is a second year student at Loyola University working on a major in Biology. Ultimately she would like to go on to Optometry School. In her free time she likes to travel to Greece and Australia and spend time with her friends and family.
Favorite Quote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” -- Helen Keller
Hanna: Hanna is another new addition to the Visibly Better Eye Care Family. She works at our Lake Zurich location. She is a 5x certified freelance makeup artist, and has a successful beauty blog named TheVanityGlow. She is married with a two year old daughter, and a full time nursing student, who wants to get a masters in anesthesia.
Favorite Quote: “Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all opportunity for me to rise.” -- Kobe Bryant
Vika: I am pursuing my Biology major at CLC, I am hoping to eventually transfer to UIC by Spring 2021. I will then continue on to study optometry at Midwestern as a post graduate degree. I am really excited about to the opportunity for the hands-on experience I will receive at Visible Better Eye Care and I look forward to meeting all of the patients.
Favorite Quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -- Mae West
Paula: Paula joined the Visibly Better family in December 2020 at our Lake Zurich location, and we are very happy to have her. She is currently in her second year at CLC and plans on transferring to University to pursue her dream of becoming a Cardiac Sonographer. Although Chicago is her home she loves to travel to warm places whenever she can and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Favorite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” -- C.S. Lewis
Zaki: The Mettawa location welcomed Zaki in July 2020. Zaki graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a major in Kinesiology. He plans to attend medical school in the near future. In his free time he likes to work out, read and listen to music.
Favorite Quote: “We’re all made of star stuff.” -- Carl Sagan
Claire: Claire has been a member of our Lake Zurich family since the summer of 2010. Claire is on track to becoming a Nurse Practitioner— currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University. She is looking forward to patient interaction as a future nurse and is glad to get the opportunity to experience it here at Visibly Better Eye Care. In her free time, she enjoys working out and watching A24 films with my friends.
Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -- Maya Angelou
Heidi: We were thrilled to have Heidi join our Mettawa location in the summer of 2020. She considers California her home state but after serving in the Army for a number of years and having lived in multiple states she has decided to settle here in Illinois. She is hoping to pursue a degree in dental hygiene. Heidi is a mother of 2 children and in her spare time she enjoys swimming, writing, cooking and traveling.
Favorite Quote: “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” -- Henry David Thoreau