Fall 2016
Fall 2016

Class Notes Fall 2016


James Stafford (MCO) is the subject of a book, “Topspin: The Story of Dr. James Bazelle Stafford Jr.,” written by his son. Dr. Stafford, who recently turned 95, was the first African American president of the Illinois Optometric Association.


“Uncle” Frank Fontana (MCO) was selected to take part in the St. Louis Honor Flight on May 24. He was among 37 veterans making the trip and was one of only seven WWII veterans.


Tommy Lim coordinated the first VSP Mobile Clinic Project in San Francisco’s Chinatown with the efforts of the Chinatown Community Development Center and a host of volunteers, including Annie Yeh, OD ‘11 and Lubert Lam, OD ‘81.


Thomas Doyle was inducted into the Lions Clubs of Michigan Hall of Fame for his efforts at the local, district, state, and international level.


Deborah Zelinsky authored a chapter titled “The Retina’s Impact on Neuromodulation” in the upcoming Textbook of Advanced Neurophotonics and Brain Mapping. The book is endorsed by the World Brain Mapping Association.


Timothy D. Busey has joined Vision Source Macon County in Decatur, Ill.


Lori Grover has been named the Senior Vice President for Health Policy for King-Devick Test, Inc., in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.


Michael Ciszek is celebrating the 20th anniversary and the expansion of his LGBT-owned practice, Visionary Eye Care, located in the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago. The practice also includes Joe Warner, OD ’00, Jamie Johnson, OD ’10, and Fatima Ibrahim, OD ’16.


Carla D. Adams has been certified in neuro-vision rehabilitation and vision therapy by the prestigious PAVE-SANET organization.


Ashley Ralston joined the practice of Drs. Mike Todd and Jace Giannetti, OD ’09 in Augusta, Kan.


Vanessa Michel relocated her practice, Redmond Ridge Eye Care, in Redmond, Wash. The new practice, one mile away, was newly designed with a relaxed spa-meets-jewelry store feel to it, complete with a chandelier.


Angela Appleman joined Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists – Optometry in Rolla, Mo.


Jonathon Thoele married Melissa Maddox on April 9 at Quincy University Chapel in Quincy, Ill. Brandon Lernor, OD ’12 served as a groomsman.

Jeff Wilhite was elected to the Board of Directors for the Optometry Association of Louisiana as the president of the New Orleans Optometric Society.


Lauren Kalinoswki joined Eye Care Professionals of WNY, a practice with multiple locations throughout western New York.

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The following abbreviations denote predecessor names of the Illinois College of Optometry.
NICO: Northern Illinois College of Optometry
CCO: Chicago College of Optometry
MCO: Monroe College of Optometry
Northern Illinois College of Optometry Chicago College of Optometry Monroe College of Optometry

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