Meet the experienced and friendly staff who make Unger Eye Care the leading provider of vision care products and services in Troy.
Justin Green – Optician
Justin enjoys working with people to help them select the perfect pair of eyewear. It is always a great moment when someone loves their new look and great vision. People feeling good about themselves makes Justin’s day.
Justin has a degree in Fine Arts focusing on charcoal from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He likes using his artistic abilities in his role as an optician and has a great eye for selecting just the right pair of frames for patients.
He has been an optician now for nearly seven years and joined Unger Eye Care in 2015. Justin meets weekly with frame vendors to keep our frame inventory current and fashionable.
Justin likes to draw with charcoal, write screenplays and hanging out with his two cat children.
Jennifer Barth – Optician
Jennifer has been working as an Optician for nearly fifteen years and has worked in both private practice and retail environments. Her experience is invaluable in complicated eye wear prescriptions as well assisting in the fitting of contacts lenses. She enjoys the reaction of a patient who is seeing clearly for the first time.
Jennifer is very “outdoorsy”, she loves to go camping and hiking. She also enjoys refurbishing furniture.
John Rekowski – Optician
John enjoys the challenge of working with patients in his role as an Optician at Unger Eye Care. – it’s always great to help people select the right pair of frames and lenses for their overall look and visual needs.
He has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He worked in sales prior to joining Unger Eye Care.
John enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with his two cats at home.
Joe Aylsworth – Optician
Joe loves making our patients feel good about themselves with the perfect pair of eyewear to see their best and look their best. His technical experience in producing music has proved instrumental in IT as well as the technical side of our ophthalmic instruments.
Joe graduated from Southwest Illinois College with an associate degree in Science and is currently a full- time student at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville studying computer science.
When he is not attending classes or working at the practice, he enjoys gaming, reading, and producing music.
Terri Slaby – Vision Therapist
Terri delights in working with patients and educating them on the benefits of vision therapy. She helped establish the vision therapy program twenty-three years ago. Enjoying the interactions of both patients and co-workers she is always eager to assist whenever needed at the practice.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and has worked as a kindergarten teacher and a Vision Therapist in the past several years.
Terri enjoys gardening, boating, and hiking, as well as cooking and baking. She relishes spending time with her children as well as her two golden doodles.
Kimmy Schoerner – Technician
Kimmy has worked at Unger Eye Care for nearly twelve years and enjoys the relationships she builds with patients. She likes helping patients as well as mastering new technology inside the practice.
After twenty years of service, Kimmy retired from the Army where she specialized in military intelligence.
She loves to read, work on puzzles, tend to her garden, and ride her motorcycle. She is very active in her church and in the American Legion. She treats her co-workers at Unger Eye Care like family and enjoys her three cats at home.
Caitlin Unger – Scribe
Besides being an invaluable doctor scribe and assistant, Caitlin is a natural problem solver, enjoying projects to make operations in our office more efficient.
She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also has substantial experience in merchandising and retail sales.
Outside the office, she enjoys reading, playing board games, video games, and gardening. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Abbi Meseke – Scribe
Abbi is very enthusiastic and energetic. She enjoys working with the Optometrists and co-workers at Unger Eye Care. She learns something new every single day and likes the fact that every day at work is different.
A recent graduate from Triad High School, Abbi has worked as a pharmacy technician. When she is not working, she loves to be outside walking or riding her bike. She also enjoys reading, baking, and trying new things.
Jan Cavaness – Front Desk
Jan delights in making patients feel welcome to our office and is committed to making sure they receive the experience they deserve. Prior to joining the team at Unger Eye Care she worked in the health care field for over thirty years and has been with us nearly seven years.
She loves to go camping and ride her bike. She also enjoys spending time with her family and is the happy owner of a new puppy.
Lee Klucker – Billing and insurance
Lee worked for eight years in the eye care field prior to her twenty years at Unger Eye Care. She has experience in every aspect of our office which makes her the go to person for all of us. Currently she facilitates patients’ insurance claims and works with our accounts payable.
She enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Fran Busekrus – Accounting
Fran likes solving problems and helping patients at Unger Eye Care through diligent research to answer their insurance questions. Our practice has benefited from her extensive experience in accounting, having owned an accounting practice for thirty years and having worked in a corporate accounting.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
She likes to read and spend time with her daughter, particularly when she rides dressage (horses). She also loves animals and volunteers at Partners for Pets.
Tina Parrott – Vision Therapist
Tina has been invaluable to our vision therapy program for nearly fifteen years. Her prior seventeen years in the medical field and her past years as a competitive athlete and coach has prepared her well as a vision therapist. What motivates her is the relationship she develops with the patient and their family. She has had many young students that were struggling with school, lacked confidence and did not like to read prior to vision therapy. Very often, when that same child finishes the program with Tina their confidence is improved, they are choosing to read for enjoyment, and excelling in school.
She enjoys reading and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She also enjoys entertaining. Tina and her husband support the sports program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and are also very active at their church.
Carol Koepernik – Office Manager
Carol enjoys working with the staff at Unger Eye Care and resolving any issues for patients. She has substantial experience working in Human Resources, both in the corporate setting and in her own business which offered human resources placement consulting.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Industrial Relations from St. Louis University.
For the past fourteen years she has used her skills and experience in human resources at Unger Eye Care to help the practice grow by attracting and retaining qualified personnel. She enjoys representing the practice at community activities and professional meetings.
She volunteers with a hospice program with her therapy dog to bring pleasure and comfort to patients. She also enjoys baking, cooking, sewing, and gardening. She also loves spending time with her family including nine grandchildren.