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Our Eye Doctor & Staff

Eye Care Staff Serving Algonquin & Woodstock, IL

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.

Special thanks to Mr. Mike Pipo for the great staff and other photography on our website.

Meet Our Eye Doctors


Jay Patel, OD

Dr. Jay Patel’s interest in optometry began at a young age, his ambitious journey already starting when he attended Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Patel received his B.S. in health science from Benedictine University in Lisle Illinois in 2014. He then went on...

Elizabeth M. Atkinson, OD

When Dr. Elizabeth Atkinson first donned a pair of glasses at the age of 8, her life was forever changed. Suddenly, she could see the board in school for the first time in her life, and her grades improved. She instantly knew that she wanted to be an optometrist when...

William Atkinson, OD

Dr. William Atkinson found a passion for the sciences when he was attending Pleasant Plains High School, and began to search for ways he could help people using biology, chemistry, and physics. He landed on optometry, a field in which he remains excited to come to work every day. Dr....

Meet Our Eye Care Staff


Melissa Petry

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.


Kira Berndt

Optometric Technician

Kira Berndt joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2018. Kira brings her outgoing personality and big smile to our patients. Kira works alongside the doctors in pretesting patients and scribing their medical needs into patients charts.


Meg Yocum


After graduating from Purdue in 2016, Meg Yocum joined the optical field to begin her professional career. As a hospitality major, Meg's warm and welcoming attitude can calm even the most nervous of patients. Meg is trained as an optician and technician, and is an expert in assisting patients through their exam experience and glasses selection. Meg loves to make people smile, and will go out of her way to make sure that you're taken care of during your visit with us.


Brandy Sanchez


Brandy has over 10 years of experience in the optical industry. She stays current with eyeglass fashion styles and is very detail-oriented. She is knowledgeable on the newest lens technology and brings a fun energy to glasses selection.


Samantha Carpenter

Optometric Technician

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 10 years of experience in the optical field.


Kim Reardon

Office Manager

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.