Meet our vision therapy team and get to know a little more about our therapists!
Susan graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She was trained as a vision therapist by Drs. Randy Schulman and Juanita Collier, and has worked with patients since 2012.
Susan works with children and adults who are diagnosed with vision disorders including oculomotor dysfunction, accommodative difficulties and binocular disorders both strabismic and non-strabismic. Many of Susan’s patients benefit from therapy that includes visual perceptual and processing activities that help them to achieve their full developmental and intellectual potential.
Prior to working in the field of vision therapy, Susan served as a mentor to high school students who were enrolled in the A Better Chance program at Darien High School.
Jared studied Talmudic and Biblical Law for seven years in New Jersey and one year in Jerusalem. He decided to pursue a career in vision therapy after needing vision therapy as a child, and has been practicing for three years. He recently joined ECA and is excited to help patients of all ages.
Jared is currently pursuing his COVD certificate and is very passionate about making vision therapy fun for everyone. He considers himself to be a superhero, and is currently thinking of a good name. Suggestions are encouraged!
Jordan Renkert graduated from Doane Liberal Arts College in Crete, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education(K-12). He started practicing vision therapy in 2014 under the tutelage of Dr. Randy Schulman, Debra Murray, and April Banores.
Jordan enjoys working with a variety of patients including TBI, adult learners and children of all ages and abilities.
Debbie Staw earned a BA in Psychology from Bard College. Additionally, she earned an MA in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and an MS in OT from The Boston School of Occupational Therapy. As an OT, Debbie worked with the CVA, TBI and pediatric populations.
Through the years, Debbie has held a variety of positions helping others, including sales, banking and recruiting. Most recently Debbie owned and operated a Playball franchise here in Fairfield County, a children’s enrichment program using sport, movement and vision skills to foster life skills.
Debbie’s approach to Vision Therapy is holistic, emphasizing the interconnection between the vision, balance, auditory and cognitive centers of the brain. She enjoys working with people of all ages, infusing her therapy with empathy and an eye toward the achievement of client goals. For fun, ask Debbie about her “boxing days!”
Eric graduated from the University of Connecticut in May of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Marketing and Analytics. Upon graduation, he moved to Dallas, Texas to work with his aunt at her medical billing company. Here he got a first-hand glimpse into the world of medicine. After returning to Connecticut, he decided to pursue another position in the medical field and came across Eye Care Associates. In November of 2018, Eric started to train as a vision therapist and now works with a wide variety of patients and loves the work he does. Outside of work, Eric ran his own childcare business and still works with some of those families to this day. Eric went through vision therapy himself when he was younger, so he understands the importance of this work and just how life-changing it could be.
Each quarter, EyeCare Associates provides the opportunity for third- and fourth-year optometry school students to work alongside our doctors and learn from our practice. Our interns are also involved in our vision therapy program and are excited to work with our patients. Our soon-to-be doctors for this quarter are:
Treasen Hooper graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2017 with her BA in Journalism. Although she loves to write, she found herself working in the medical field when her first job after college was at an ophthalmology practice. It was there that she discovered she had a passion for eyes. Over the past 2 years she has obtained a lot of knowledge about ocular health which is why she was so happy to be given the opportunity to become a vision therapist. Treasen loves connecting with patients of all ages and providing them with the care they need to be the best version of themselves.
Cori Jones – Optometry Intern and Vision Therapist
Cori graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Minor in Business from The University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). She is currently in her fourth year of optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She joined the EyeCare Associates team for her second clinical rotation to learn more about vision therapy/rehabilitation and pediatric optometry. Cori is excited for the opportunity to learn from the doctors at ECA. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, fitness, and exploring the nature, history, and food culture of New England.
Camille Silva – Optometry Intern and Vision Therapist
Camille is in her 4th year at New England College of Optometry. She is passionate about Vision Therapy and is looking to complete a residency in VT. Her hobbies include running, kung fu, cooking and curling up with a good book.