William R. Najem, O.D., is a graduate of The Illinois College of Optometry, and received his undergraduate degree in biology from Kent State University. While attending the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Najem completed an internship at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He has collaborated with the Vistakon Corporation on the development of the Acuvue Advance Astigmatism and Acuvue Oasis contact lenses. These new lenses are designed to enhance vision and comfort for bifocal contact lens wearers and those suffering from dry eye. On his days off, Dr. Najem can be found playing guitar, enjoying a football game, hitting a golf ball around, or exploring the great outdoors with his wife, Kate, and their children, Erin and Henry.
Dr. Juliet Lewis Tritsis graduated from Illinois College of Optometry where she received her Doctor of Optometry and Bachelor of Science in Visual Science. Dr. Lewis Tritsis earned her undergraduate degree at Ohio University in Psychology with research in Psychophysical response to Auditoria Stimuli. At Illinois College of Optometry, she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, a member of the Illinois Contact Lens Society, served as a teaching assistant for Color Vision/Neurobiology and tutored students in Strabismus and Amblyopia. Dr. Lewis Tritsis completed an internship at the Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia. She is board certified in diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and holds Optometry licenses in Illinois and Florida. Dr. Lewis Tritsis grew up in Ohio along with her brother Dr. Najem. She and her husband, Christopher, live in Wilmette and have three children, Courtney, Annabel and Michael. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and being with friends and family.
Dr. Barabas is Affinity Optical’s expert on difficult contact lens fits. A very distinguished optometrist that has ushered in many of the current contact lens designs that have given quality sight to many patients that have failed elsewhere. He has countless honors such as Diplomat of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Barabas graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1965 and worked with the pioneers of the soft contact lens. His expertise in fitting contact lenses is unrivaled.
Dr. Iwona Lazarz graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry where she received her Doctor of Optometry. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. She has completed several externships focused on both pediatric and geriatric care. She is board certified in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases. Dr. Lazarz also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Lazarz grew up in Chicago, IL and is fluent in polish. In her free time, Dr. Lazarz enjoys baking, watching sports and traveling with her husband. Dr. Lazarz looks forward to serving you and your family’s eyecare needs.
Samantha was born and raised in Chicago who has been with the practice for almost a decade. After graduating from Dominican University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management, Samantha took on the role of running the practices she has taken much pride in since starting with the company. Samantha is extremely family oriented who loves to spend time with her nieces and nephews in her spare time. A hobby she enjoys is interior designing; and hopes to one day be able to help create beautiful homes for those who need assistance in that area.
Malina is an aspiring optician who enjoys assisting customers with frame selection based on their personal styles and needs. In her spare time, she loves to practice yoga, spend time with her friends and family, traveling to Puerto Rico and eating lots of food.
Jodi enjoys relaxing with her husband and entertaining friends while cooking dinner. She also likes taking her dogs for long walks throughout the neighborhood.
Thais graduated from Steinmetz College Prep in 2020 and is currently studying to become an OB/GYN. In her spare time, she likes to dance. She was a dancer for 9 years at Forevermore dance and theatre arts.
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