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. Meeta Saha joined our practice in November 2014. She is from the Chicagoland area and received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of Illinois - Chicago. Dr Saha completed her doctorate in Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2012. Dr. Saha fulfilled her clinical training at the Illinois Eye Institute, Mesa Eye Care in the Phoenix metro area, the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine at the University of Chicago, and the Brooklyn New York Harbor Healthcare System of Veterans Affairs Hospital. After graduating, Dr. Saha worked in a multidisciplinary medical eye care practice treating patients with ocular disease and glaucoma.
Dr. Saha is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA). Her passion is to create a relationship with her patients and understand each individual's needs in order to provide high-quality eye health and vision examinations. Throughout her undergraduate and optometric education, Dr. Saha was involved with Unite For Sight, which provides eye care and glasses to underserved people worldwide. She is married to Malik and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, dog, and cats as well as cheering for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox.