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Grishma P. Patel, O.D.
Dr. Patel is a native of Chicago, IL, and presently resides with her husband and two children in the northwest suburbs of Illinois. She has had the privilege of caring for patients in the eye care field since 1998. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Benedictine University in 2000, and received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2004.
Dr. Patel has completed her optometric training at VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose, NY, which provided primary eye care service to veterans. Dr. Patel also pursued additional contact lenses, cornea, pediatric, low vision, and advanced care/ocular disease training from the Illinois Eye institute in Chicago, IL. She practices full-scope optometry and is experienced in fitting both rigid gas permeable and soft lenses, treatment of eye disease, and surgery management.
Stephen A. Shulman, O.D.
Dr. Shulman was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He is from an optometric family. His father was an eminent optometrist and educator. His brother, Dr. Avery Shulman, is also associated with Advanced Eye Care. He completed his undergraduate work at Northern Illinois University. He received his optometric education and degree at Illinois College of Optometry, graduating in 1977. HE has been married for 41 years to his wife Eileen. They have 2 sons. One is a lawyer and the other is a police officer. They also have 4 beautiful granddaughters. Dr. Shulman practices general optometry with an emphasis on family vision care and contact lenses. He also treats eye diseases and minor injuries, as well as participating in post-surgical co-management.
Avery Shulman, O.D.
Dr. Avery Shulman grew up on the south side of Chicago. His wife and him currently reside in the North Shore area, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to live close by to all of their children and grandchildren.
He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry with honors in 1972, and received his Master of Public Health degree in 1973 from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health. During this time he began his teaching career, quickly rising to the position of assistant professor. In 1979, he focused on public health concerns affiliated with clinical administration. Dr. Shulman also spent time teaching clinical courses in exam procedure, United Lenses, and special techniques.
After his teaching career he began private practice, and has enjoyed the field ever since. His concentration and specialties are toric and multifocal contact lenses along with computer related vision problems. Currently he is a consultant to the contact lens industry, while managing multi-location practices, and co-managing refraction surgery.
Dr. Shulman is also thrilled to be one of the newest members of our eye care team, and cannot wait to help you today!
Bianca Surti, OD
Dr. Bianca Surti was raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Her interest in optometry grew from a young age and continued throughout her undergraduate education. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Saint Louis University. During her time there, she was the director of eye and vision screening for Lions Clubs International, providing vision screenings to residents and raising awareness of ocular health.
She went on to optometry school and graduated with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry. While at ICO, Dr. Surti completed externships at Chicago Cornea Consultants, Daytona Beach VA Outpatient Center, Illinois Eye Institute, and Woolfsen Eye Institute. Dr. Surti practices primary care optometry with a focus on dry eye, contact lenses, and ocular disease management. She is dedicated to providing optimal eye care to her patients.
Aside from optometry, Dr. Surti is a member of a professional dance company. She also enjoys baking, traveling, and trying new cuisines with her husband.
Keith Hougas, O.D.
Dr. Keith Hougas was born and raised in Naperville, IL. He now resides in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two beautiful daughters. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, golfing, and spending time with his family.
In 1995 Dr. Hougas earned a degree in biology from the University of Illinois in Champaigne-Urbana. In 1999 he earned his doctorate of Optometry from the Ohio State University. He has spent over fifteen years of experience working in private practice. He specializes in pediatrics, and has pursued continuing education in contact lenses, and advanced ocular disease training.
- American Optometric Association (AOA)
- Illinois Optometric Association (IOA)
- Elburn Lions Club Member
Amreen Farooqi, O.D
Dr. Amreen Farooqi was raised in Skokie, IL and her interest in Optometry grew through non-profit work with Unite for Sight. She completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Summa Cum Laude honors. She went on to attend the Illinois College of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate in Optometry. She completed her rotations at Chicago Cornea Consultants, Midwest Eye Professionals, Illinois Eye Institute, and Jesse Brown VAMC. She received her training in managing and treating diseases of the eye, contact lens fitting, low vision, and pediatrics/binocular vision. Dr. Farooqi strives to provide the highest level of individualized care to her patients and enjoys getting to know the whole family through it. In her spare time, she enjoys the adventure of parenthood with her husband as they raise their daughter.
Jonathan Ismond, O.D.
Dr. Jonathan Ismond grew up in northern Michigan but now resides in Chicago’s western suburbs. He earned his B.S. from Calvin University where he majored in biology and minored in business.
He earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN where he graduated with summa cum laude honors and was awarded with the “Outstanding Clinician” award. He received his training at Elite Eyecare in Jonesboro, AR, the Memphis VAMC, and The Eye Center. Dr. Ismond provides primary care optometry with a focus on treating and managing ocular disease, fitting contact lenses, and dry eye treatment.
Outside of optometry, Dr. Ismond enjoys spending time with his wife (Samantha), his dog (Levi), and his cat (Mackinac).
Nimisa Bhave, O.D.
Dr. Bhave completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She was then accepted to the Illinois College of Optometry from which she graduated in 2006.
She moved back to her long time home town of Arlington Heights to continue her career. Dr. Bhave fulfilled her dream of being in private practice when she partnered with Robyn in 2010.
Dr. Bhave is happily married and has two beautful children. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing badminton, and hanging out with friends.
Dr. Julia Estrin, O.D.
Dr. Estrin grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She decided to become an Optometrist in high school, attended University of Illinois in Chicago, Honors College, majoring in Biology, and graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1997, the youngest in her class. She completed internships in Illinois Eye Institute and an externship at the West Side VA Hospital Ophthalmology Clinic. Dr. Estrin spent 23 years of her professional career serving the Arlington Heights community, where she worked in a private practice. Her professional interests include: fitting a variety of contact lenses, treating Dry Eye Disease, and Glaucoma. Dr. Estrin is focused on providing the highest quality eyecare, believes in continuous professional growth and development, and, above all, cultivating relationships with her patients based on trust, empathy and individual attention. She raised 2 kids with her husband, Michael and in their spare time they enjoy travel, and quality time with family and friends. She is fluent in Russian and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Connie Copeland, O.D.
Dr. Connie Copeland has resided in the western suburbs of Chicago for the last five years. Before that, she practiced optometry for many years in Wisconsin.
A native of Ohio, she attended the Ohio State University College of Optometry graduating in 1997. After graduation, she spent a year at a retina practice in Toledo, Ohio completing an Optometric Retina Fellowship. In addition to diseases of the retina, she enjoys all aspects of Optometry from low vision care to contact lens fittings.
One of her favorite things to do is fit young people in contact lenses for the first time. “There’s a special smile these patients get the first time they see themselves wearing contacts,” she says.
Dr. Copeland came to Optometry in 1993 after completing a PhD in cell biology and working in academic research for several years.
In her free time, Dr. Copeland is active in her church and neighborhood, sings in two choirs and plays with her two crazy Cornish Rex cats.