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Laura Bamberger, Optician

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...
Judy

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...
Evan

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...
Hilma

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....
Sharon

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....
Jan

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...
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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...