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Our Team

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:

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Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

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.

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Dr. Michelle Zalaznick

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.

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Dr. Michelle Battaglia-Capogna

Dr. Michelle Battaglia-Capogna is a graduate of The New England College of Optometry. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Dr. Battaglia-Capogna’s prior position as a Research Analyst at the State University of New York College of Optometry influenced her decision to pursue her career as an optometrist. As a Research Analyst, she co-authored several posters and papers which primarily focused on the various technologies that currently aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of optic nerve neuropathies and various retinal lesions. Her publications include a comparative article on numerous technologies utilized in the eye care industry and detailed a case study on the usefulness of the Optomap retinal exam.
Dr. Battaglia-Capogna is an affiliate doctor with TLC Laser Center in Garden City, NY for pre and post-op care for LASIK/PRK vision correction. She provides a comprehensive eye health analysis and contact lens fittings. Her contact lens specialties include fitting sophisticated rigid gas permeable lenses, soft contact lenses for astigmatism correction, and multifocal designs.
Dr. Battaglia-Capogna is a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association, and Nassau County Optometric Society.
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Dr. Meghan Schiffer

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.

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Evan Kestenbaum, Manager

Evan has had a passion for eyecare for as long as he can remember. He received his American Board of Opticianry Certificate in 2005, and received his MBA from State University of New York at Binghamton in 2006.
He is a regular contributor to Review of Optometric Business and other professional journals. He has recently joined the lecturing circuit and specializes in interactive based workshops for both Opticians and Optometrists. Evan enjoys spending his free time with his family.
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Judy Kestenbaum, Ophthalmic Dispenser

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.

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Peggy Kessler, Office Manager

Peggy Kessler is a New York State Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser (Optician) for over 25 years.  Peggy joined the Optix team as the Office Manager in August 2013. Peggy continues to stay current in the field by participating in workshops about proper frame fitting, fashion and color trends.
 
She also attends continuing education courses on the latest advancements in lens technology.  Peggy resides in Plainview and is active in the community.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.  
 
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Jan Axelrod, Optician/Lab Manager

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.

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Sharon Sutker, Chief Experience Officer

Sharon Sutker is our front desk communication coordinator. Sharon is the person to see if you have a question about your medical insurance or vision benefits. Please feel free to call on her at any time.
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Gilma Mejia, COT

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.