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Staff Biographies

Charles S. Ovitsky, O.D.
President, Director of Optometry

Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Ovitsky is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. Unfortunately, the young Dr. Ovitsky never had the opportunity to practice with the elder Dr. Ovitsky because of the father’s early death. The legacy his father did pass on to him, however, was the belief that the only way to practice optometry is with professionalism tempered by compassion.

Since 1983, Dr. Ovitsky has been providing vision care – professionally and compassionately – to residents of long term care facilities. As a result, Ovitsky Vision Care has become one of the largest providers of vision care to nursing home residents in the state of Illinois.

Dr. Ovitsky has been married for over 35 years to Maureen. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Ralph Gebert, O.D.
Dr. Gebert graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1978. He joined the Ovitsky practice a few years later. His extensive experience serves not only his patients, but also serves as a resource and inspiration for the rest of the Ovitsky staff.

Dr. Gebert and his wife, Elayne, have two grown twin daughters, Amanda and Tegan. When he is not seeing patients, he can be found on the golf course or handball court.

Julie Bruce, O.D.
Dr. Bruce received her O.D. from Illinois College of Optometry in 2007, and shortly thereafter joined the Ovitsky Vision Care practice. She goes out of her way to understand the needs of her patients, and then to respond to those needs.

Outside of work, Dr. Bruce spends quality time with her husband (Jeremy) and daughter (Jadynn). They enjoy travel, movies, museums and art and craft shows. They bring a cultural influence to Ovitsky Vision Care.

Marianna Bilis, O.D.
Dr. Bilis, a member of the Ovitsky Vision Care family since 2009, graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996. She understands the importance of vision to our patients’ quality of life, and decided early on to practice optometry within the long term care community. She is fluent in Russian; she understands some Ukranian and Polish.

She and her husband have one hockey-playing son and a non-hockey-playing dog. The whole family is avid hockey fans, even when their son doesn’t have a game. Dr. Bilis enjoys skiing and, because of her son, ice skating. She does not play hockey. Yet.

Jennifer Kane Bulmann, O.D. 
Dr. Bulmann joined Ovitsky Vision Care in 2014 and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1998. Before joining Ovitsky Vision Care, Dr. Bulmann worked extensively in academia and different Veteran Affairs Medical Centers. She has always loved working with the geriatric population and wanted to continue her career focusing on serving these most- deserving individuals.

When Dr. Bulmann isn’t working as an eye doctor, she enjoys being outdoors- anything from running, working out, sports, hiking, and enjoying the beach. From a young age her parents instilled in her a desire to travel, and she still loves it! Many weekends are spent away from home with her family discovering the world. She and her husband, Thad, have two boys who constantly make them smile and keep them on their toes.

James M Yonkee, O.D. 
Dr. James M. Yonkee was raised in Roselle, IL and is a 1990 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He continued his education at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago graduating with a Doctorate in Optometry in 1994. Dr. Yonkee truly loves what he does and believes it is a privilege to provide eye care to each and every individual he meets. His passion and vision led him to Ovitsky Vision Care to provide a lifetime commitment of the highest quality eye care to all his patients.

When not practicing Optometry, Dr. Yonkee enjoys spending time with his wife, their three children and two dogs. He also stays active by running, playing hockey, golf and loves the outdoors.

Erwin W. Ovitsky, O.D. 
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree- After graduating Illinois College of Optometry in May of 2015, Erwin joined Ovitsky Vision Care. Graduating Loyola and ICO with the esteemed Cum Laude Honor, Erwin focused his optometry externships to be disease and geriatric based bringing the most current practice methods and treatment to our patient population. His compassion for the resident is on par with his passion to help residents obtain the best quality of life available visually to them.

Dr.”E” and his wife, Jodi, welcomed their son, Liam, into their family in January 2016.

Raid Joe Albatche, O.D. 
Dr. Albatche received his Doctorate of Optometry in 2014 from the Illinois College of Optometry and immediately joined Ovitsky Vision Care’s esteemed group of Doctors. He wanted to join a practice with a focus on helping the geriatric population and managing ocular diseases. His combined talents in effective communication and problem solving skills help him identify his patient’s diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up schedule. His fine-tuned skills and vast knowledge in Optometry is similar to a doctor who has been practicing for decades!

When not working, Dr. Albatche likes to spend time with his wife, newborn son and dog. He also enjoys traveling, both domestic and abroad, learning new languages, and fishing/outdoor activities. He likes reading about most current findings in science, technology, and Optometry.

Rachel Lee, O.D. 
After receiving her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2014, Dr. Lee completed a primary care residency at the VA Portland Health Care System. Her passion for working in the geriatric community led her to Ovitsky Vision Care and that passion has only continued to grow since joining the practice. Her strong skills as an optometrist along with her dedicated work ethic has made Doctor Lee a wonderful addition to OVC.

While not tending to her patients, Dr. Lee enjoys trying out new foods and watching cooking shows. She loves to travel, both domestic and abroad, especially on medical mission trips to provide eye-care to under-served communities.

Maancy Mehta, O.D. 
Dr. Mehta graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 2014. Dr. Mehta has trained with various doctors across the country specializing in Low Vision, Ocular Disease as well Specialty Contact Lenses. Dr. Mehta’s diverse and unique clinical experiences along with her compassionate nature make her a great addition to The Ovitsky Vision Care team.

Dr. Mehta enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time outdoors biking and hiking.

Maureen Ovitsky
Chief Executive Officer
With a background in business administration, human relations, and nursing home administration, Ovitsky Vision Care is proud to have Maureen at its business helm. She has more than 25 years of experience in the industry.

Managing Ovitsky Vision Care, one of the largest eye care providers to nursing home residents in the state of Illinois, is a passion with Maureen. It never has been, and never will be, just a job for her. It’s her life’s work.

Maureen is committed to ensuring that the best vision care possible is being administered to patients. Employees can recite her mantra: “Always remember that our patients don’t live in a facility; we work in their home.” She makes sure that this attitude is reflected in the everyday running of Ovitsky Vision Care.

Maureen has been married to Dr. Ovitsky for more than 35 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Michael Ovitsky
Vice President

Michael – the son of Chuck and Maureen Ovitsky – joined Ovitsky Vision Care in May 2013. Having been exposed to the business his entire life, he wanted to apply his MBA degree he received from Loyola University to the family’s practice. His expertise in entrepreneurship, accounting, human resources, and business development has allowed Ovitsky Vision Care to continue in growth and success.

Michael, however, has never put his business savvy before the importance and priority of quality eye care. That is his passion which has made him an indispensable and critical component to the Ovitsky Vision Care formula.

Michael is married to his lovely wife Shaina and is an avid amateur hockey player.

Rebecca Efron
Rebecca – the daughter of Chuck and Maureen Ovitsky – serves as our manager of quality assurance. As such, she is the primary patient liaison and quality assurance representative between your facility and Ovitsky Vision Care. She’s been working for us since 2002. She uses her experience and expertise to ensure that the daily operations between your business and ours run seamlessly.

What you recognize immediately when you first meet Rebecca is her strong sense of caring and compassion for our patients. It is this compassion, combined with her experience that drives her to excel in this important role at Ovitsky Vision Care. She is the person you want to call when you have any questions about a patient’s care. Rebecca will take care of it.

Rebecca and her husband, Hillel, have four children.
Leah Smolarcik
As Director of Billing for Ovitsky Vision Care, Leah is responsible for all billing and insurance submissions on behalf of the practice. She has more than seven years of experience in medical billing. Leah stays on top of all of the changes happening across the landscape of health care insurance.

If you, your resident, or your resident’s legal representative has any questions regarding fees or insurance, Leah’s the person to call. She’ll answer your questions and address your concerns with the usual professional and personal manner that everyone has come to appreciate.

When Leah is not handling Ovitsky Vision Care’s billing and insurance responsibilities, she and her husband, Yudi, are raising their four children.

Daniela Stan
Daniela came to Ovitsky Vision Care in 2005, bringing her extraordinary organizational skills with her. Her role is to oversee the scheduling of our monthly doctor visits to your home. One week before the appointment, she sends out reminders to confirm when our doctor will be visiting. She also handles the schedules of all of our assistants, as well as the emergency calls that come into our office.

Any questions that come up about scheduling, Daniela is the person to contact. She makes sure that nothing falls through the cracks when it comes to scheduling appointments with your residents.

Daniela is fluent in Romanian, in addition to English. She loves spending time with her son, Daniel.

Deanna Castro
One phrase keeps recurring when our patients and colleagues talk about Deanna: hard-working. But she really doesn’t have a choice because her responsibilities – overseeing all of our public assistance products – are no small undertaking. From monitoring the significant amount of paperwork that needs to be submitted, to making sure that the correct glasses are safely delivered when promised to the right patient, Deanna’s job requires a thorough understanding of the process, an eye for detail, and a passion for precision.

Deanna never allows her compulsion for precision to block out the underlying goal of her job: to ensure that our patients receive eyeglasses as quickly as possible so they can get on with watching their world. In this regard, she has her priorities straight.

Deanna has two children that keep her as busy at home as she is at work. And she is as adept at being a mom as she is at making sure our patients receive their spectacles.

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