Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Our Algonquin eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time, and they understand the benefits of LASIK and corrective eyewear.
The optometrists at Atkinson Eye Care take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
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Meet Our Eye Doctors
Meet Our Eye Care Staff
Melissa Petry joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in January 2017. She has been in the optical field since 2009. She works along side the doctors in pretesting patients and scribing their medical needs into patients charts. One of her areas of expertise is assisting the doctors with the specialty contacts. She has an outgoing personality and enjoys working with patients making each patient’s experience delightful.
Bev has been in the optical field for over 18 years. She enjoys meeting new patients as well as reminiscing and catching up with recurring patients. Bev is an expert at training our young contact lens patients who are new to contact lens wear. Her sweet disposition along with her patient personality ensures success and a happy transition into first-time contacts. In her free time Bev enjoys spending time with her ever growing family of grandchildren.
Kira Berndt joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2018. Kira brings her outgoing personality and big smile to our patients. Her thorough attention to detail, caring considerate nature, and her efficiency make our patients feel well cared for. She is knowledgeable of insurance plans and will help with looking up your insurance information. Kira greets every patient with a kind and friendly attitude when they walk in the door. Often she is the friendly voice you hear when calling us, and she is the one who is answering your texts.
Ellen brings over 11 years of optical experience to our patients. Her thorough knowledge and attention to detail, along with her friendly and easygoing demeanor, make our patients’ selection of eyeglasses an enjoyable experience. She is well-informed on current and modern optical products including the newest in digital lenses and fashionable eyeglass frames. She is happy to assist you with your eyewear needs.
As the newest member of Atkinson Eye Care team, Rani has 4 years of optical experience. Rani partners directly with our doctors as a medical scribe performing documentation and gathering patient information for efficient vision and medical care. She is skilled at all aspects of fitting eyeglasses and lenses. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 4 year old daughter, and reading.
Samantha Carpenter’s smile and enthusiasm brightens our office. Her outgoing and friendly personality is a pleasure in helping you select your glasses according to your specific and unique prescription. She enjoys working directly with our doctors in pretesting patients, and listening and caring for our patients. Samantha has 9 years of experience in the optical field.
Kim has been with Atkinson Eye Care team since 2011. She is knowledgeable in all areas of the optical field including patient care, insurance and medical billing, and all aspects of eyeglasses frame and lenses. While usually working behind the scenes ensuring our office runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible, Kim also enjoys working with patients to help select the right eyewear for their lifestyles and needs. Kim enjoys spending time with her family and spoiling her grandkids.
Banely Bernal’s gentle demeanor and quiet confidence puts our patients immediately at ease. Whether pretesting patients for their exam, or guiding them through learning about contact lenses, our patients know she will take care of their needs and questions. Banely has also helped many times with our Spanish-speaking patients during all aspects of their visits. She has been with Atkinson Eye Care since 2010, and has over 20 years of eye care experience.
Brooke Huffman has 4 years of experience being an Ophthalmic Technician as well as 4 years of assisting doctors with patient procedures, patient testing, contact lenses, education, and surgical referral information. Brooke’s personality of being very detail oriented, thorough, polite, and efficient have gone hand in hand with her 8 years of Optical Experience to make each client’s experience at Atkinson Eye Care that much better. Her hobbies include: martial arts, spending time with her husband, 2 kids, friends, and family, watching crime shows.