Our eye doctors understand how the human eye really works, as well as conditions and diseases that affect your sight. Many of these eye disorders do not have obvious symptoms. The eye doctors at Optix Family Eyecare know how your eyesight can be affected by risk factors and age. They also understand how corrective lenses, including eyeglasses and contacts, will benefit your vision and lifestyle.
Our optometrists make sure to take all the time needed to explain the results of your eye exam, describe all your different options and listen to your eye care concerns. Maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, so we encourage you to visit our clinic in Plainview, NY frequently. You can ask questions and share your health information, which could be crucial in monitoring, diagnosing and treating future potential vision issues.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Kestenbaum is the optometric director of Optix Family Eyecare and a consultant to many eye care practices across the country. He received his Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston and his Bachelor of Science degree from the New York State University at Albany. He was raised in Plainview and returned in 1984 to serve his community, founding Optix Family Eyecare Center. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, NY State Optometric Association and the Nassau County Optometric Society
Practicing the "medical model" of optometry, Dr. Kestenbaum and associates use sophisticated computerized equipment and analytical techniques to provide the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of eye disease. He has made Optix known for the specialty of fitting contact lenses to patients who are hard-to-fit, using the latest contact lens technology. Using many new and exciting innovations, Dr. Kestenbaum and associates welcome those who may have failed with contact lenses in the past.
Dr. Kestenbaum's other interests include volunteering to help those in need with eye care, spending time with his family, golf, and travel.
Dr. Michelle Zalaznick graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1979. She is a well respected eyecare professional who has been living and practicing optometry in Plainview for over 27 years. Dr. Zalaznick is an active member of the Nassau County Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Zalaznick is available for eye examinations and contact lens fittings.
Dr. Meghan Schiffer is a graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry in New York, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. Dr. Schiffer prides herself on practicing full scope primary care optometry including prescribing glasses and contacts, treating ocular diseases, and providing pre and post-operative care. Her unique background in specialty contact lens fitting allows her to treat patients with irregular corneas including keratoconus, post refractive surgery ectasias, and post-corneal transplants.
Dr. Schiffer is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the New York State Optometric Association, and the Nassau County Optometric Association. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and running. She has traveled to 26 out of the 50 states and completed the Philadelphia half marathon in November, 2012.
Dr. Jennifer Chin, OD graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and studied abroad for a month in Shanghai where she learned conversational Mandarin. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry from State University of New York College of Optometry. During her clinical externships Dr. Chin performed comprehensive eye examinations, which included diagnosing and treating ocular disease, evaluating and treating dry eye, and participating in cataract pre- and post-operative care. Dr. Chin also completed an externship at the Northport VA Hospital where she gained experience in diagnosing eye disease associated to overall systemic health. It was during her Specialty Contact Lens externship that she developed a special interest in fitting all types of contact lenses including hard to fit contact lenses.
Dr. Chin is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the New York State Optometric Association, and the Nassau County Optometric Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Chin enjoys cooking, exploring different countries, and playing tennis and badminton.
Judy Kestenbaum is a licensed New York State Ophthalmic Dispenser. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry and is certified by the American Board of Opticians. Judy is also certified by the National Contact Lens Examiners for fitting and dispensing of contact lenses. Judy has been working at Optix for over 20 Years. She is the backbone of this office, taking pride in assuring the efficiency and integrity for which we are known.
Jan Axelrod is a New York State Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser (Optician). Jan joined OPTIX in November 2003 as our lab manager. He is responsible for day-to-day operations along with the selection, manufacture, and dispensing of all eyeglasses. In the field for over 25 years, Jan brings a very high level of optical and technical expertise to our practice.
Laura graduated from Adelphi University, Suma Cum Laude, with a bachelor’s degree in fine art and illustration. After graduating she took an interest in optics. She decided to take a path into opticianary by taking part in the Career Progression apprenticeship program to become a NY state licensed optician. Her background in art pairs perfectly with her skills as an optician. Laura has over 10 years of experience in the field and loves what she does. In her free time, she teaches yoga and meditation, sharing a path that has helped her in so many ways.
Gilma Mejia is a vital part of office operations. Gilma is responsible for pre-testing patients for the doctors, visual field examinations, telephone triage, frame styling and lens ordering and tracking for most vision plans. She is fluent in Spanish adding a very welcome dimension to our staff.