Meet the experienced and friendly doctors that make EyeCare Associates a leading provider of vision care services.
Dr. Randy Schulman – Behavioral Optometrist
Dr. Schulman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry and Masters in Vision Science degrees from the State University of New York, College of Optometry. Dr. Schulman received her Fellowship in the College of Optometrists for Vision Development and is an Associate member of the Optometric Extension Program, in addition to being an Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry.
Dr. Schulman has lectured extensively on behavioral optometry topics such as vision in the classroom, vision and aging, visual difficulties in the developmentally delayed, and lectured and published on vision and autism. She specializes in behavioral optometry and vision therapy, pediatrics, learning disabilities and preventative, integrative and alternative vision care for all ages.
Dr. Stephen Carr – Primary Care Optometrist
Dr. Carr studied Molecular Biology at UC Santa Barbara. He obtained a BS in Physiological Optics and Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry.
He has practiced in Manhattan Beach and Inglewood, CA. After moving to the east coast, Dr. Carr worked at a practice in Montrose, NY and Lenscrafters in Danbury and Trumbull, CT.
Dr. Carr specializes in difficult to fit contact lenses including hybrid lenses and PROKERA, orthokeratology and lasik co-management, while providing comprehensive eye care and disease management for adults.
Dr. Narvan Bennett – Behavioral Optometrist, Primary Care Optometrist
Dr. Bennett graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After entering the field of optometry as a vision therapist and optician, she continued her education at SUNY College of Optometry, where she graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry. Dr. Bennett’s clinical experience has focused on behavioral optometry, vision therapy, traumatic brain injuries, and included extensive training in ocular health. Her recent education and clinical training has enabled Dr. Bennett to incorporate the most current research into her diagnostic and treatment plans.
Dr. Bennett joined the EyeCare Associates team in 2013. She administers ocular health and functional vision evaluations, fits contact lenses, performs visual perceptual evaluations and provides vision therapy to children and adults.
Dr. Tanya Ayzikovich – Behavioral Optometrist, Primary Care Optometrist
Dr. Ayzikovich graduated magna cum laude from Boston University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Anthropolology. She then worked for three years as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Weill Cornell Medical College. She graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry in May 2017.
Dr. Ayzikovich is serving as the 2017-2018 Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Resident at EyeCare Associates.
Dr. Aaron Nichols – Vision-Rehabilitation Resident, Primary Care Optometrist
Dr. Nichols graduated from Ferris State University in Michigan with a B.S. in Biology in 2014. Upon completion from Ferris, he enrolled at Illinois College of optometry to pursue his optometry degree. While in optometry school he was involved in several clubs, including secretary of the College of Optometrist in Visual Development (COVD). He has attended several national meetings and developed his interest for neuro-optometric and vision-rehabilitation cases during his studies. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in May 2018.
He gained experience in pediatric patients, vision therapy, and comprehensive exams during his fourth year rotations. During his rotations, he interned here at EyeCare Associates, P.C. He completed both eye exams and vision therapy sessions during his time here. He also had extensive training on various eye diseases and contact lens fittings. Dr. Nichols is comfortable providing care to patients of all ages.
Dr. Karlee Muller – Primary Care Optometrist
Dr. Muller graduated from New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 2018. While in school, Dr. Muller was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, the Vice President of the NECO Contact Lens Society, and a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship.
She is currently rounding out her education with a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veterans Hospital in Newington, CT. Prior to attending optometry school, Dr. Muller graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor is Accounting.
Dr. Evan Tirado
Dr. Tirado is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry where he was honored with multiple awards and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa national honor society. He also served on the executive council for the American Optometric Student Association where he worked on forwarding issues important to optometry students nationwide. Dr. Tirado has completed clinical rotations in primary care, and binocular vision and has trained in ocular disease at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital in Miami, Florida. Prior to attending optometry school he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University and has an Associates in Ophthalmic Science.
Dr. Tirado cares for a wide range of patients and performs exams for ocular health, functional vision, contact lenses, vision therapy and pre/post -op care.
Dr. Steven Shaby
Dr. Shaby graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York with a BA in mathematics and Dr. Shaby ran the Bayside School of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. He left AHRC to attend the State University of New York College of Optometry from which he graduated in 1976 with the degree of Doctor of Optometry. He then joined the faculty of SUNY College of Optometry where he served as an Assistant Clinical Professor until he retired from the institution after 37 years. His teaching assignments included primary care, special testing, and for most of his tenure, vision therapy and developmental vision. After receiving his degree he concomitantly took a position as an associate with Dr. Richard Kavner in New York City, a practice specializing in vision therapy. He also served as vision consultant for the Churchill School in New York City, a school serving learning disabled children, and a consultant for United Cerebral Palsy in New York City. In 1981 Dr. Shaby opened a private optometry practice in Stamford, CT, where he continues to practice, with focus on children and adults with learning-related vision problems, wandering and lazy eyes, vision issues related to concussion and traumatic brain injury. He has extensive experience in ocular disease and with contact lenses.
He has achieved fellowship status in the American Academy of Optometry and in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and maintains membership in the American Optometric Association and in the Connecticut Association of Optometry.
In 2017 he joined Eyecare Associates.
Lindsay Estel – Optometry Intern and Vision Therapist
Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Business Administration. She will graduate from Southern College of Optometry in May 2019, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree.
She has devoted time to several clubs while in optometry school, including but not limited to Beta Sigma Kappa, College of Optometrist in Visual Development (COVD), and Student Volunteers to Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH).
Akirta Sran – Optometry Intern and Vision Therapist
Akirta was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, and graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She will graduate from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in May 2020, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree. She is fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and conversational French.
In optometry school, she has traveled on a mission trip to Compton, California to serve those who lack access to eye care, with the organization SOSH (Student Optometrists Serving Humanity). She is a member of Gold Key International Honors Society, and was on the board of the Contact Lens Club. She has volunteered her time at many children’s, veterans and geriatric vision screenings.
Tiffany Lu – Optometry Intern and Vision Therapist
Tiffany graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She will graduate from New England College of Optometry in May 2019, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree.
She has served as a volunteer for SVOSH (Student Volunteers to Optometry Services to Humanity) in the Dominican Republic. She has also been involved as a board member of the Private Practice Club as well as president of the COVD club (College of Optometrists in Vision Development) in optometry school.