Dr. Daniel J. Press
Dr. Daniel Press is a 2007 honors graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is a Board-Certified Optometrist in vision development and therapy. Dr. Press has been serving Park Ridge and the surrounding communities since 2012 when he moved to the area with his wife, Sara and their three children. He loves being a Park Ridge eye doctor!
Dr. Press has been recognized by his colleagues including being named a rising star in the profession in 2017. He is active in his academic pursuits holding faculty positions at Indiana University, Illinois College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Press has been an invited lecturer at 15 different colleges of optometry between 2014 and 2019. Dr. Press has served as an elected official of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (www.covd.org) since 2012 and was elected president of COVD at the annual conference in April 2019. In addition to being a wonderful optometrist and eye doctor, Dr. Press has authored numerous peer reviewed articles in professional journals and publications and has volunteered many hours of service to the profession and his community.
Dr. Press is an active member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (www.covd.org), American Optometric Association (www.aoa.org), International Sports Vision Association (www.sportsvision.pro), and the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association (www.noravisionrehab.org). Dr. Press serves on the editorial advisory board for the Review of Myopia Management (www.reviewofmm.com) and serves on the speaker bureau for multiple contact lens companies. Dr. Press provides full scope optometric care with a special emphasis in vision therapy, pediatric vision and myopia control. He strives to be one of the best eye doctors in Park Ridge.
Dr. Vesna Simic
Dr. Vesna Simic graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Biology and Psychology for her undergraduate degree. She completed her professional degree at the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Simic has been serving as a Park Ridge optometrist since 2001.
As evidence of her aptitude as an optometrist, Dr. Simic is adjunct faculty at Indiana University, Illinois, Salus and University of Missouri St. Louis Colleges of Optometry. Dr. Simic is an active member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (www.covd.org), the American Optometric Association (www.aoa.org) and the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA). Dr. Simic volunteers her time as an advocate for patients by serving on the Public Health Committee of the IOA. In addition to being an eye doctor, she is actively involved in the “Infant See” program of the American Optometric Association which provides a no-cost vision examination for infants between the ages of 6 and 12 months throughout the United States.
Dr. Simic has provided medical eye care at the University of Chicago, department of ophthalmology and at the Illinois Eye Institute Center for Advanced Care in addition to over 18 years of experience in private practice. Dr. Simic has shared her knowledge selflessly by providing volunteer services for various community organizations including providing exams for the Chicago Public School system. Dr. Simic has lectured extensively to schools and professional groups on the importance of vision development as it relates to child development. She is an active collaborator on vision care and prevention internationally. Dr. Simic provides full scope optometric care at Park Ridge Vision.
Myhanh Bui Patient Care Technician
Myhanh has worked in vision care for 5 years as a technician. She joined the Park Ridge Vision team in 2017 and finds it rewarding to be part of the process of helping patients see better. She grew up in Champaign, Illinois, also the home of the University of Illinois where she earned her B.S. in Biology. After graduating, she relocated to the Chicago area with her fiance, Rick. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, trying new recipes, traveling, and spending time with family.
Tina Dravecky Patient Care Technician
Tina was born and still resides in Chicago. She is one of our technicians and is the newest addition to our practice. Tina has experience working in different areas but her passion is working with children and has found vision to be a rewarding field to work in. Having completed vision therapy herself, she enjoys seeing the progress in patients currently in vision therapy. In her spare time Tina loves spending time with her beautiful daughter, still nannies and loves to cook and bake.
Jill Goodart-Arreol Patient Care Coordinator
Jill is one of our Patient Care Coordinators. She was born and raised in Wyoming. After graduating high school she attended Stevens-Henager College in Utah where she earned an Associate’s degree of Applied Science with a Certificate of Medical Assisting in 2006. She has over 12 years experience in several different fields of work within the medical field and in 2018 found a home in optometry. She loves interacting with our patients and seeing the impact vision has and the difference vision therapy makes in our patients lives.
Jill moved to IL to be near her now-husband, whom she married in 2018. When she is not at work you might find her making jewelry, painting, spending time with family, serving in her church or exploring the Chicagoland area.
Melanie Bradshaw Optometric Vision Therapist
Melanie grew up in Palatine and attended Eastern Illinois University to pursue early childhood education. Melanie taught at a local Park Ridge preschool for seven years before joining the Park Ridge Vision team. She was immediately inspired by the vision therapy process and is currently working to achieve her COVT by the end of the year. Melanie values connecting to her patients and working together to achieve their goals. Melanie teaches dance in the local community and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Katie Kelly, COVT Optometric Vision Therapist
Katie has been working for Park Ridge Vision since 2013. She earned her board certification in Vision Therapy in April 2017 and is a proud Certified Optometric Vision Therapist.
Katie keeps a busy schedule helping patients succeed in the classroom and in sports. She enjoys spending time with her family especially her niece Grace and nephews Jack and George. In her spare time, she enjoys attending country music concerts and rooting for the Cubs and the Blackhawks.