Christina grew up and has lived in the Crown Point area for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Lake Central High School and Purdue University Calumet. She and her middle school sweetheart got married and have two young children. Christina enjoys spending time with family, playing board games, having cookouts, and spending time at the family cabin. Before coming to Illiana Eyecare, she worked in Downtown Chicago for a staffing agency.
Michelle and our dispensary staff are highly trained to help you select the most appropriate frames and lenses to meet your individual needs. Michelle also takes care to properly fit and adjust your new glasses and assist you with any eye wear counseling. Subsequent adjustments are free of charge and if you have any questions or concerns she will be delighted to address them as meticulously as possible. Michelle has over 30 years of experience in the optical field and over 10 years of experience at Illiana Eye Care. You may see Michelle in our dispensary assisting patients with frame and lens selections, adjustments and repairs, and contact lens training. Michelle also assists the doctors in pre-exam testing, lab expertise, and insurance. Michelle graduated from the Allied School for Medical Billing and Coding.
Karen is from Cedar Lake and is a busy mother of five children who are active in volleyball and soccer. Karen enjoys watching these games and also enjoys playing volleyball herself. She received her nursing degree from Purdue and worked as an ICU nurse before joining Illiana Eye Care. You will find Karen helping patients with exam testing and frame selection in both our Cedar Lake and Dyer offices.
Barb is a valued employee who is competent in many optical situations. She is able to assist during exams and answer billing questions you may have. Barb is gifted in helping you select glasses which are both functional and beautiful. She was raised in Lowell and is a graduate of Lowell High School. Along with her husband and daughter, Barb is a long time resident of Cedar Lake. She has a background in accounting and has enjoyed working in the business field for 20 years.
Julie is originally from eastern Indiana and is a graduate of Wawasee High School and Indiana University, Bloomington. She moved to the Region after marriage and she and her husband have raised their three children in Schererville. She is an avid reader and enjoys camping and hiking with her family.
Karen Derks brings 15 years of optical experience to the Illiana Eye Care team. Karen is a lifelong Chicagoan and loves spending her time biking and hiking with her husband. She also enjoys listening to music and spending time with her granddaughter.
Tina is a team player who has been in the optical field for over 16 years. She is a graduate of Merrillville High School and Purdue University Northwest. Tina enjoys helping patients with glasses selection, pretesting with the doctors and greeting clients upon arrival. Tina works in both our Cedar Lake and Dyer locations. She enjoys a good coffee and spending time with her family and friends.
Michele lives in Munster, IN, with her husband and three young boys. Michele holds degrees in social work from New York University and Columbia University. She and her family enjoy watching and playing soccer. Michele works behind the scenes at Illiana Eyecare, handling insurance claims and social media.