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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.