Administration, Faculty, & Staff

The Michigan College of Optometry has many dedicated individuals that work together to allow the school to function. The hard efforts of these individuals makes them vital members of the MCO Family.

MCO Administration

Name Position

David Damari
David A. Damari, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

 Dean

 

Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs

 David Durkee
David Durkee, OD, FAAO

Assistant Dean for Clinical Education
Director of Externships

 Craig Norman
Craig W. Norman, FCLSA

Executive Research Director

MCO Administrative Staff

Name Position

Michelle Balliet
Michelle Balliet

Administrative Secretary
Dean's Office

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Health Colleges Administrative Specialist
Office of Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs

Elizabeth Spedoske
Elizabeth Spedoske

Health Colleges Administrative Specialist
Office of Assistant Dean for Clinical Education & Director of Externships

Stacy Crystal
Stacy Crystal

College Secretary

Michelle Aldrich
Michelle Aldrich

College Secretary 

 

The faculty at MCO is dedicated to the clinical and personal success of its students. The top priority for each faculty member is the student first, followed by other personal interests or research endeavors. Keeping up with the latest advances in diagnostic and management techniques gives students at MCO the most current information in the eye care field. This translates from the classroom to the clinic, where students are able to learn from the wide base of knowledge and expertise of the faculty. Many of the instructors have specialty training in specific areas which they use to facilitate a complete educational experience for optometry students and interns.

Emily Aslakson
Emily Aslakson, OD 

James Brady
James Brady, MEd 

 Sara Bush
Sara Bush, OD
Amy Dinardo
Amy Dinardo, OD, MBA, FAAO
 Sarah Hinkley
Sarah Hinkley, OD, FCOVD
 Alison Jenerou
Alison Jenerou, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Lillian Kalaczinski
Lillian Kalaczinski, OD
 Josh Lotoczky
Josh Lotoczky, OD, FAAO
 Brian McDowell
Brian McDowell, OD
 Paula McDowell
Paula McDowell, OD, FAAO
 Jim Miller
James Miller, OD, FAAO
 Bruce Morgan
Bruce Morgan, OD, FAAO
 Joe Pole
Joseph Pole, PhD 
Avesh Raghunandan
Avesh Raghunandan, OD, PhD, FAAO
Vandana Rajaram
Vandana Rajaram, OD, PhD, FAAO 
 Chad Rosen
Chad Rosen, OD, FAAO
Jennifer Schad
Jennifer Schad, OD 
Mark Swan
Mark Swan, OD, MEd, FAAO 
 Philip Walling
Philip E. Walling, OD, FAAO
Dan Wrubel
Daniel Wrubel, OD
 

Lisa Roach

Lisa Roach
Clinic Operations Supervisor

At the University Eye Center we focus on being a patient-centered clinic and aim to exceed the highest of expectations. Our unique and special group of staff members have been trained in their area of expertise and are eager to assist you with your needs and concerns. Take a moment to visit our state of the art facility that hosts an optical dispensary containing over 1,000 frames. We also have an in-house lab and access to the latest digital lens technology so we can customize your lenses perfectly for you. At the University Eye Center, the difference is clear!

Please click on the interactive links to learn more about our amazing staff! We look forward to seeing you, soon!

Diane Allen
Diane Allen
Rhonda Atteberry
Rhonda Atteberry, ABOC
Kerrie Currie
Kerrie Currie, ABO
Connie Cusimano
Connie Cusimano
Tracy Dard
Tracy Dard ABOC, NCLC
Mary Durkee
Mary Durkee

 

Andrea Johnson
Andrea Johnson, ABO
Rob Johnston
Rob Johnston
Melissa Krager
Melissa Krager, ABO
Kerry Olson
Kerry Olson
Jennifer Ososki
Jennifer Ososki, RHIA
Katelynn Repke
Katelynn Repke
Paula Vaughn
Paula Vaughn
Nancy Wiseman
Nancy Wiseman, ABOC
Ronald Witt
Ron Witt, ABO

Optometrists and Ophthalmologists who are not employed as regular, board-appointed members of the teaching faculty of the Michigan College of Optometry and who deliver the clinical curriculum to students are assigned to one of the following instructional ranks: adjunct assistant clinical professor, adjunct associate clinical professor, adjunct clinical professor. The following is a list of the Michigan College of Optometry Adjunct Clinical Faculty members for 2017-2018.

Faculty Name Location
Courtney Anderson, O.D. John Dingell VAMC- Detroit
Matthew Anderson, O.D. VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
Shawn Andrus, O.D. Heart of the City Clinic - Grand Rapids
Meagan Baker, O.D. Heart of the City Clinic- Grand Rapids
David Barrett, M.D. Michigan College of Optometry - Big Rapids
Tad Bartz, O.D. Seals, Taciz, Bartz, Zainea and Whitmore- Alma
Heidi Bauer Skelley, O.D. Anderson Eye Associates - Saginaw
Elizabeth Becker, O.D. Walton & Becker Eye Care - Oxford
Kyle Booher,O.D. Eaton Rapids Optometry - Eaton Rapids
Kevin Bos, O.D. Heart of the City Clinic - Grand Rapids
Adam Carlson, O.D. Heart of the City Clinic- Grand Rapids
Aaron Case, O.D. VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
Mary Pat Chelsky, O.D. Heart of the City Clinic - Grand Rapids
Doug Coon, O.D. Wyoming Health Care Center - Grand Rapids
Jay Crank, O.D. Mercy Health - Grand Rapids
Angela Cummings, O.D. TLC of Michigan (Jackson)
William Denton, O.D. Ralph H. Johnson VAMC - Charleston, SC
Ramanpal Doel, O.D. Visual Rehabilitation & Research Center Henry Ford Health Systems - Detroit
Mitchell Dobrzelewski, O.D. Carefree Medical Eye Clinic and DeWitt Opt. 
Jason Donahue, O.D. Andersen Eye Associates - Saginaw
Brian Dornbos, O.D. Battle Creek VAMC
Daniel Dudley, O.D. Family Vision Associates- St. Joseph
Philip Elston, O.D. John Dingell VAMC - Detroit
Robert Finlay, O.D. Henry Ford Optim Eyes - West Bloomfield
Andrea Fisher, O.D. North Coast Eye Care- Ohio
Vicky Fischer, O.D. Laria Eye Care, FL
Jason Fliegel, OD. Aleda Lutz VAMC, Saginaw Valley
Daniel Fortenbacher, O.D. WOW Vision Therapy - St. Joseph
Anna Fox, O.D. Heart of the City Clinic- Grand Rapids
Chad Gallatin, O.D. John Dingell (Detroit) VA
Richard Gardner, O.D. Dorn VA Hospital - Columbia, SC
Carla Gilbertson, O.D. Battle Creek VAMC - Battle Creek MI
Geeta Girdher, O.D. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, MD
Arlene Gold, O.D. John Dingell (Detroit) VA
Maj. Darrell Grise Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin, FL
Melinda Gruszka, O.D. Eye Institute of West Florida, FL
Veronica Hrywnak, O.D. Aleda Lutz (Saginaw) VA
Jodi Hummel, O.D. Cedar Run Eye Care
Bryan Johnson,O.D. Balian Eye Center - Rochester
Matthew Johnson,O.D. Battle Creek VAMC
Rebecca Johnson, O.D. Battle Creek VAMC
David Kaufman, D.O. The Clinical Center - East Lansing
Joy Kerns, O.D. Wyoming Health Care Center - Grand Rapids
Jeffery Koets, O.D. Egeler Correctional Facility - Jackson
C. Steven Kocks, O.D. Special Needs Vision Clinic - Saginaw
Dolores Kowalski-Meier, O.D. Special Needs Vision Clinic - Saginaw
Chris Kramer, O.D. Rosenbaum Eye Center - Lansing
Jordan Kuipers, O.D. Wyoming Health Care Center- Grand Rapids
Colleen Largent, O.D. VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
Kathy Lewis, O.D. Aleda Lutz (Saginaw) VA
Chad Linsley, O.D. Egeler Correctional Facility- Jackson
Glen Linsley, O.D. Egeler Correctional Facility - Jackson
Richard Madden, O.D. Bassett Army Medical Hospital- AK
Blas Mamaril, O.D. Balian Eye Center - Rochester
John Marohn, O.D. Great Lakes Eyecare
Molly McGinty-Tauren, O.D. Battle Creek VAMC -Battle Creek
Renee Mika, O.D. Heart of the City Clinic- Grand Rapids
Larry Olson, O.D. Henry Ford Optimeyes-  Troy
David Oosting, O.D. Michigan College of Optometry - Big Rapids
Robbie Pairolero, O.D. Egeler Correctional Facility - Jackson
Brittany Palazzolo, O.D. Henry Ford Optimeyes - West Bloomfield
Christopher Pavone, O.D. Henry Ford Optimeyes-  Troy
Ray Phillips, O.D. Michigan College of Optometry- Big Rapids
Colleen Pudd, O.D. Henry Ford Optimeyes - West Bloomfield
Michael Raphitis, O.D. Balin Eye Center - Rochester
Tatjana Ratzenberger, O.D. Henry Ford Optimeyes - West Bloomfield
Sara Schamerloh, O.D. VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
Brian Schmidt, O.D. Henry Ford Optimeyes-  Troy
Scott Schomaker, O.D. Michigan College of Optometry- Big Rapids
James Seals, O.D. Seals, Taciz, Bartz, Zainea, and Whitmore - Alma
Traci Seng, O.D. Fort Wayne VA - Fort Wayne, IN
Diane Shahara, O.D. Henry Ford Optimeyes - West Bloomfield
Lori Smolinski, O.D. Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Mark Swan, O.D. Mercy Health- Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology
Craig Swanson,O.D. John Dingell VAMC - Detroit
Peter Tacia, O.D. Seals, Tacia, Bartz, Zainea, and Whitmore - Alma
Duane Tolsma, O.D. Great Lakes Eyecare
Jeannette Varanelli, O.D. John Dingell VAMC - Detroit
David Verdier, M.D. Verdier Eye Center
Gordon Warren, O.D. Sarnia Optometric Clinic-
Curtis Wee, O.D. Henry Ford - West Bloomfield
Garrett Whitmore, O.D. Seals, Tacia, Bartz, Zainea, and Whitmore - Alma
Harper Wildern, O.D. Egeler Correctional Facility - Jackson
Elizabeth Yates, O.D. Normandy Optical
Jacob Zainea Seals, Taciz, Bartz, Zainea, and Whitmore - Alma