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The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs.

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Jennifer Barth

Optician

Jennifer has been working as an Optician for nearly fifteen years and has worked in both private practice and retail environments. Her experience is invaluable in complicated eye wear prescriptions as well assisting in the fitting of contacts lenses. She enjoys the reaction of a patient who is seeing clearly for the first time.

 

Jennifer is very “outdoorsy”, she loves to go camping and hiking. She also enjoys refurbishing furniture.

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John Rekowski

Optician

John enjoys the challenge of working with patients in his role as an Optician at Unger Eye Care. – it’s always great to help people select the right pair of frames and lenses for their overall look and visual needs.

 

He has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He worked in sales prior to joining Unger Eye Care.

 

John enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with his two cats at home.

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Terri Slaby

Vision Therapist

Terri delights in working with patients and educating them on the benefits of vision therapy. She helped establish the vision therapy program twenty-three years ago. Enjoying the interactions of both patients and co-workers she is always eager to assist whenever needed at the practice.

 

She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and has worked as a kindergarten teacher and a Vision Therapist in the past several years.

 

Terri enjoys gardening, boating, and hiking, as well as cooking and baking. She relishes spending time with her children as well as her two golden doodles.

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Kimmy Schoerner

Technician

Kimmy has worked at Unger Eye Care for nearly twelve years and enjoys the relationships she builds with patients. She likes helping patients as well as mastering new technology inside the practice.

 

After twenty years of service, Kimmy retired from the Army where she specialized in military intelligence.

 

She loves to read, work on puzzles, tend to her garden, and ride her motorcycle. She is very active in her church and in the American Legion. She treats her co-workers at Unger Eye Care like family and enjoys her three cats at home.

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Caitlin Unger

Scribe

Besides being an invaluable doctor scribe and assistant, Caitlin is a natural problem solver, enjoying projects to make operations in our office more efficient.

 

She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also has substantial experience in merchandising and retail sales.

 

Outside the office, she enjoys reading, playing board games, video games, and gardening. She also enjoys spending time with her family.

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Tina Parrott

Vision Therapist

Tina has been invaluable to our vision therapy program for nearly fifteen years. Her prior seventeen years in the medical field and her past years as a competitive athlete and coach has prepared her well as a vision therapist. What motivates her is the relationship she develops with the patient and their family. She has had many young students that were struggling with school, lacked confidence and did not like to read prior to vision therapy. Very often, when that same child finishes the program with Tina their confidence is improved, they are choosing to read for enjoyment, and excelling in school.

 

She enjoys reading and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She also enjoys entertaining. Tina and her husband support the sports program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and are also very active at their church.

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Grant Unger

Creative

Grant adds to the creative talent at Unger Eye Care. He has been instrumental in the recent rebranding of Unger Eye Care. You will see his creative talent in the new building sign and monument sign. He is also translating this rebranding in our marketing and communications.

 

Grant recently got his bachelor of fine arts in Graphic Design and his minors in Mass Communications and Art History from SIUE, summa cum laude.

 

He enjoys writing music, making art, attending design conferences, going to concerts, listening to vinyl, and playing guitar and bass.

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Beth Ross

Insurance & Billing Specialist

Beth worked with Unger Eye Care a few years back as a Front Desk Coordinator. She has returned to Unger Eye Care and will be working in Insurance and Billing. She is eager to learn the “nuts and bolts” of insurance companies, submitting claims, and accounts payable.

 

While away from work, she enjoys traveling, crafting and spending time with her family and granddaughter.

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Sherri Flannery

Office Manager

Sherri enjoys working with staff and patients. She wants all patients to experience the care and passion that Unger Eye Care has to offer.

 

Joining us as a leader who has spent twenty-two years within pharmacy management, she is excited about the opportunity to be closer to the decision making and being able to help the practice grow.

 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

 

She enjoys crafting and collecting ideas from Pinterest, as well as spending time with her husband watching their girls grow and play sports.

Shannon Willtrout

Technician

Shannon joined Unger Eye Care in March. Her customer service and care for patients is a reflection of her years spent as a flight attendant.

Julie Chellios

Billing Specialist

Julie brings years of billing experience in accounts receivables and payables to Unger Eye Care. She spent many years managing the books for a hardware store with her husband. She fits right in with the family business at Unger Eye Care.

Rachel Leitschuh

Optician/Technician, Scribe

Rachel joins Unger Eye Care with an optical background. She enjoys the close relationship she has with her patients and doctors. Rachel is eager to learn and is driven to do her best.

Taylor Unger

Scribe

When visiting Unger Eye Care you can find Taylor in the exam room with the doctors. Her background in clinical psychology allows her to take excellent documentation of your visit. In her spare time Taylor spends time with her husband and family, as well as biking and ice skating.

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What you need to know before your upcoming appointment:
If you have had or come in contact with someone with COVID, ran a fever over 100.4 within the prior 14 days to your appointment please call to reschedule.
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It is Mandatory to Wear a Mask into the Office
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