Our Professional Staff
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.
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.
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.
is an active member of the American Optometric Association and is currently serving as President of the Southwestern Illinois
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
Bachman -Optician, ABOC
Jodi Parrino -Assistant, CPO
Foiles - Insurance Specialist
Kristi McMilliann -Optician, ABOC
Paula Bozarth -Optician and Frame stylist