Tonya Tira, OD, FAAO: Joined Brenart Eye Clinic in 2015 with over ten years of optometric eye care experience, including specialty training in pediatric optometry and vision rehabilitation following brain injury. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta in Canada in 2001 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 2005. Her clinical internships were completed at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Newington VA Medical Center in Connecticut, Barnet-Dulaney-Perkins Eye Center in Arizona, and North Suburban Vision Consultants in Deerfield, IL. After practicing general optometry in the Chicago area for five years, she went on to complete a residency in Vision Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon.
Following residency, Dr. Tira spent four years in private practice in Richmond, Virginia, where she enjoyed seeing patients of all ages for both routine comprehensive and specialty eye exams, and became known in the community for providing pediatric and brain injury rehabilitation vision care. She is dedicated to helping children and adults who struggle with visual difficulties, including individuals with concussions, learning related vision problems, and special needs. While practicing in Virginia, she served as Co-Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Richmond Optometric Association. In 2014, Dr. Tira became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). She has been a continuous member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) since 2001 and a member of the College of Optometry in Vision Development (COVD) since 2003. In her free time, Dr. Tira enjoys yoga and travel. She and her husband, Greg, a native of Coal City, IL, are happy to have returned to Illinois to raise their daughter near family.
See Dr. Tira’s 2014 publication in Optometry and Visual Performance on a unique patient she treated for Convergence Insufficiency here: http://www.ovpjournal.org/uploads/2/3/8/9/23898265/ovp2-2_article_tira_web.pdf
Ashley Meyer, COA: Ashley Meyer received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology, with honors, from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. During her senior year, Ashley decided to center her independent research on mild traumatic Brain injury (mTBI) in student athletes. As a former athlete herself, Ashley feels passionate about the importance of early recognition and treatment of concussions in sports.
Ashley is very passionate about volunteering and charity involvement. She has had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer alongside Dr. Tira for Opening Eyes, a Special Olympics/Lions Club International program that offers vision and eye health screenings for Special Olympics athletes. She has also taken part in the Chicago Marathon to help raise money for a wonderful local non-for-profit organization called Equine Dreams.
Ashley is an active member of the College of Optometrist for Vision Development (COVD). She is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant and works closely with Dr. Tira as her Technician and within the Vision Therapy Department.