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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 2017. She began her optical career in 2009. She works alongside the doctors in pretesting patients and scribing medical and ocular history into patient charts, as well as assisting with patient procedures, patient special testing, contact lenses, and surgical referral and comanagement. Her areas of expertise are specialty testing with Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT), and assisting the doctors with the specialty contacts such as scleral contact lenses and ortho keratology myopia control. Her outgoing, friendly, and down-to-earth personality help make each patient’s experience delightful. Melissa is especially good at teaching patients who are new to contact lenses, and working with our special needs patients. In her free time Melissa enjoys spending time with her family.


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 and ocular history into patient charts. as well as assisting with patient procedures, patient special testing, contact lenses, and surgical referral information. Kira helps patients feel comfortable in their specialty contacts such as scleral and various types of myopia control. She also coordinates care for our in home eye exams. Kira especially enjoys working with our pediatric patients. In her free time Kira is an expert photographer and loves relaxing at home with her cat.


Meg Yocum


After receiving her formal education at Purdue University, Meg decided to follow her passion for helping people’s vision by becoming an optician. Meg’s warm and welcoming attitude, and expertise at assisting patients with their glasses selection will ensure that you are well taken care of during your visit with us. Since 2015 Meg has learned she especially loves working with our pediatric patients and specialty lens prescriptions. She enjoys making every pair of glasses look terrific and specializes in making heavy prescriptions look beautiful. In her free time Meg is an excellent baker and loves cuddling with her cats.


Brandy Sanchez


Brandy has over 11 years of experience in the optical industry. She is fabulous with assisting with glasses selection and is knowledgeable about eyeglass frames, face shapes and skin coloring. She is up to date on the newest lens technology and is very skilled at selecting the correct lenses for your eyes, and makes the process efficient and fun. She has the wonderful skill of selecting just the right style for you and has received many positive Google reviews! Brandy is a serious video gamer and knows the importance of protecting your eyes against blue light.


Lexi Archambeau


Lexi joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2020. Lexi has worked in the medical field as a receptionist for Chiropractic care since 2019, but enjoys working in optical field much more. She enjoys greeting every patient with a smile and cheerful attitude, and she makes patients feel at home when they arrive. Her thorough attention to detail and her efficiency make our patients feel well cared for. Often, she is the friendly voice you hear when calling us, and she is the one who is answering your texts. In her spare time, Lexi loves to draw, cosplay, and watch anything related to Disney or the Disney Parks.

Klaesyn Sibless

Optometric Assistant Student Intern

Klaesyn is a Pre-Optometry student studying at Ferris State University and is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Optometry. She joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2019 and has found it a valuable experience learning private practice optometry. Klaesyn works alongside the doctors in pretesting patients and scribing their medical needs into patient charts, she also assists with receptionist duties and is one of the friendly professional voices you often hear when you call. In her free time she can be found watching movies or spending time with her family! 

Sharon Chacko

Optometric Assistant Student Intern

Sharon is a Pre-Physicians Assistant student at University of Illinois working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Sharon works alongside the doctors in pretesting patients, taking case histories, special testing, and medical scribing. In her spare time Sharon is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer.


Cindy Noah

Assistant Office Manager

Cindy joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2020. She has an impressive 33 years of optical experience, and is knowledgeable in all aspects of patient care and optometric management.

Cindy’s kind personality is professional, polite, and efficient ensuring a quality patient experience. In her spare time she enjoys time with her family, gardening and traveling.

Jenna Lomax


Jenna is one of the friendly faces at the front desk and is often the friendly voice you will hear on the phone when you call. Joining the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2021 after 8 years of customer service experience, Jenna is always ready to help with your questions or concerns. and is dedicated to assisting patients with every step of their visit from scheduling your appointments and greeting you when you arrive, to confirming and verifying your insurance. Jenna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Illinois University. In her spare time she enjoys fitness, playing with her golden retriever Benson, and spending time with family and friends.


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.