Dr. Marvin "Mel" H. Heimlich is our senior doctor. He attended the University of Illinois UC and graduated Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1981. He has held memberships in Beta Sigma Kappa and Tomb & Key Honor Fraternities in Optometry. Dr. Heimlich also holds memberships in the the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA), National Eye Research Foundation (NERF), National Academy of Sports Vision (NASV), Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the AOA and the Sports Vision Section of the AOA.
Dr. Heimlich has served as a consultant to Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois, a consultant and expert witness in Optometry for a Chicago based law firm, Chief of Optometry for the Michael Reese Hospital Health Plan and later the Humana Health Plans and was the team optometrist for the Chicago Bears Football Club from 1984-1999 (during the great superbowl season of 1985)
Dr. Heimlich specializes in complex contact lens design, prescribing and fitting of keratoconus, corneal grafts and corneal refractive therapy ("Paragon CRT"), "LASIK" and cataract surgery co-management, sports vision and in general family optometric practice with an emphasis in pediatrics and functional vision.
Dr. Heimlich and his wife Susan have two children, Matthew and Sarah and their Yellow Labrador Retriever "Oakley". In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, football, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Blake Dowell joined our practice in September 2009, following his graduation from Indiana University School of Optometry. He is originally from Kansas - the sunflower state, where he earned his Bachelor of General Studies in Human Biology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Dowell performed his externship training at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Indiana University Eye Care Center in Indianapolis, Indiana University Atwater Eye Care Center in Bloomington, and The University of Nebraska Medical Center of Ophthalmology in Omaha. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the contact lens and cornea section of the AOA, and the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA). Dr. Dowell enjoys helping patients and is committed to providing the highest quality of full scope vision and health care for you and your family. He enjoys running, attending music concerts, spending time with his friends and family, and rooting for his alma mater, “Jayhawks” during basketball season!
Dr. Margaret Albertson joined our practice in July 2013. She is originally from Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Shippensburg University. She then went on to graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2012.
Dr. Albertson received her clinical training at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology in Jacksonville, the Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia, and Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center in the Denver metro area. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Albertson furthered her clinical training by completing a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Dayton VAMC in Ohio. She is currently pursuing her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Albertson values each patient relationship and prides herself in addressing their concerns in a comprehensive manner. Her special interests include the treatment and management of ocular disease, specialty contact lens, and full scope primary care. She is an active member in the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. She swam collegiately for four years and continues to swim in her free time. She also enjoys running, biking, and spending time with her family.