Our Staff to Serve You

All our professionals at Skowron Eye Care maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in Optometry.

Mark L. Skowron - Optometrist

Mark L. Skowron OD

Optometrist in Elmhurst, IL

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Dr. Skowron was raised in Villa Park and attended Willowbrook High School. He completed his undergraduate studies with honors at Western Illinois University. After attending the Illinois College of Optometry and earning his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1981, he purchased the practice from his high school optometrist in 1983, creating Skowron Eye Care.

Dr. Skowron has been a clinical investigator for various contact lens companies and is an active member in both the Illinois and American Optometric Associations, and the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness.

IOA Presidential Inauguration 2017
Dr. Mark L. Skowron

He is was elected and installed as President of the Illinois Optometric Association for 2017-2018  at the Westin Chicago Northwest on September 22,02017.

Dr. Skowron was honored in receiving the 2013 Illinois College of Optometry Alumnus of the Year Award.

He has been a member of Elmhurst Chamber and the Lions Club for the past 25 years and regularly provides eye examinations and glasses at no charge for the less fortunate. His areas of advanced studies are contact lenses, children’s vision, and ocular disease, including the retina and the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. He has extensive experience in co-managing and consulting with cataract and LASIK surgeries. He had successful LASIK surgery in 1998 and enjoys playing golf and skiing without glasses or contact lenses.

Kerry John - Optometrist

Michael S. Russell OD

Optometrist in Elmhurst, IL

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Dr. Russell was born and raised in Wheaton, IL. Dr. Russell graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and earned his Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating magna cum laude and receiving numerous awards and clinical honors. He was president of the Private Practice Club and a distinguished member of the Gold Key, Tomb & Key, and Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Societies. Dr Russell was a founding member and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Optometric Association's Young OD's group, and also serves on the IOA's Legislative Committee. Dr Russell's clinical interests include a variety of specialty contact lens fittings, emergency eyecare, co-management of Cataract, LASIK and other refractive surgeries, and managing complex ocular disease cases, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry eye. In his free time, Dr. Russell manages a competitive amateur men's baseball team, is an avid Chicago sports fan, and enjoys staying active while spending time with family and friends and traveling to new places.


Lavender Streiff - Optometrist

Lavender S. Streiff OD FAAO

Optometrist in Elmhurst, IL

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Dr. Streiff was born in Kansas and grew up in Glenview, Illinois. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology/Pre-Optometry from Augusta College. Dr. Streiff earned a Doctorate Degree and graduated magna cum laude from the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO).

Following graduation, she completed a residency at the San Francisco VA where she concentrated in ocular disease, contact lenses, and low vision.

Dr. Streiff provides comprehensive vision and eye health exams to children and adults at two locations in the Chicago suburbs. She is also a part-time clinical instructor at her alma mater, ICO. By providing eye care and teaching students at the college, Dr. Streiff is able to fulfill her life's goal of helping people.

Dr. Streiff was awarded fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She is an active member of the American and Illinois Optometric Associations, the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and the Optometric Honor Society Beta Sigma Kappa.

You may have noticed or heard that Dr. Streiff’s hours have been reduced. She has recently gotten married and her active duty husband has been transferred to Alabama this year. Since she is commuting back to see patients every couple of months, her schedule has been reduced. Dr. Streiff plans to be accessible for patients that prefer to see her but is fully supportive of all of the other doctors in the practice who are wonderful and more than qualified to see her patients. After several more years of potential travel, Dr. Streiff, and her husband plan to settle back in Chicagoland and her schedule will be expanded. Until then, we appreciate your patience and flexibility.

 Mirjana McCarthy

Michelle N. Skowron OD

Optometrist in Elmhurst, IL

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Dr. Skowron grew up in the western suburbs. She attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and played competitive soccer. During her last year at Augustana, she developed a passion for eye care and decided to pursue a career in Optometry. Because a Psychology degree does not provide the necessary science requirements to be accepted into Optometry school, she dedicated another two years of college to meet those prerequisites. She was then accepted into three colleges of optometry and chose the oldest institution in the country, the Illinois College of Optometry, where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree. While at ICO, she was elected President of the Student Illinois Optometric Association. Her areas of interest during her training were managing ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, and emergency eye care. The challenge of successfully fitting specialized contact lenses for those patients who cannot wear glasses is also her passion. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, fishing, snowboarding and traveling. She's an avid dog lover having grown up with all sizes from Shih Tzu's to Great Danes. Her current favorite canine, Fiona, is a cute little Morkie (Maltese /Yorkie). 

Our very qualified staff who are anxious to help you

Skowron Eye Care Staff
Four of our eye care team has been helping patients for over twenty-five years


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