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Dr. Dena Bachman graduated from Southwestern High School in 1985. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. In 1991, Dr. Bachman was awarded her Bachelor of Visual Sciences (BSVS), and in 1993 she became a Doctor of Optometry by graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry. She received many academic and clinical excellence awards during her time at the Illinois College of Optometry.  

She started her career in the Chicagoland area, practicing at Family Eye Care in LaGrange, Illinois.  

Dr. Bachman opened Southwestern Eye Care in Brighton, Illinois in March 2002. This fulfilled her dream to practice in her hometown.  

She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Illinois Society for Prevention of Blindness, Illinois Optometric Association, Southwestern Illinois Optometric Society and Infant SEE. She has served as a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program.  Dr. Bachman has over 25 years experience in primary eye care and specializes in pediatric care especially in the area of vision and learning. 

She currently resides in Brighton with her family where she is active in her church and community.


Dr. Amanda K. Gerson graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2019. She has trained at the Illinois Eye Institute and the Tomah Veterans Hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin in addition to the Pierce Vision Specialists and Becherer and Associates.  She has a passion for the fitting of speciality contact lenses including Ortho K (a nonsurgical alternative to LASIK) in addition to providing acute care and comprehensive primary eye care. 

Dr. Gerson is originally from Calhoun County and is very excited to be back home in the tricounty area, helping to provide eye care to those that mean the most to her. 

She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and is currently serving as President of the Southwestern Illinois Optometric Society.

Southwestern Eye Care is blessed to have a wonderful staff who is committed to the care of our patients. When you visit our office you will meet:

Jenny Reedy - Office Manger, Certified, CPO 

Bev Wallace -Optometric Assistant, CPO

Vonda Bachman -Optician, ABOC

Jodi Parrino -Assistant, CPO

Kathy Foiles - Insurance Specialist 

Kristi McMilliann -Optician, ABOC

Paula Bozarth -Optician and Frame stylist

Tricia Gowin - Assistant 


We are dedicated to serving our customer's needs, and our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. We strive to bring you the best in quality service. If something isn't right, please let us know.