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Meet the Team

Dr. Kara Williams

Dr. Kara Williams grew up in Dixon, IL. Having struggled with bad eyes as a child, she developed an interest in optometry at an early age. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She then earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where she was also named valedictorian of her class.

After working in both retail and ophthalmology practices, Dr. Williams opened Bright Eyes Family Vision in 2015. It is her mission to create an unforgettable experience for each patient by providing unparalleled customer service, exceptional patient education, superior product quality and the best eye health care possible. 

Dr. Williams is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and knitting. She also enjoys providing eye care to under-served populations through mission trips

Dr. Olivia Zolnik

Dr. Olivia Zolnik completed her undergraduate studies in biology and neuroscience at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She then received her Doctorate in Optometry at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. During optometry school, Dr. Zolnik completed a wide range of externships rotating thru primary care, pediatric, and ocular disease settings. 

Dr. Zolnik is passionate about providing personalized and comprehensive eye care to her patients. She enjoys getting to know her patients in order to optimize visual comfort and educate them about risk factors for ocular diseases to ensure long-term healthy eyes. Dr. Zolnik welcomes patients of all ages and loves to see pediatric patients and their families.

When not in the office, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading a good book by the pool, and spending time with family and friends.


Brian serves our practice as office manager. He has over twenty years of retail sales and management experience. He enjoys working with the public and loves to help personalize the right product for each customer. His main goal is to ensure each patient has the best experience in our office.


Brian is originally from Beloit, WI. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.


After taking a long break and being a stay at home mom, Taryn is back at work putting her receptionist skills to good use. As much as she loved being at home with her two kids, she is excited to be back in the workplace and bringing smiles to those in the community. She enjoys getting to know new people and making them feel like family in our office.

Taryn has spent the last few years coaching soccer with her husband and crafting in her free time. She also loves doing yard work and has been working on a large landscape project at home. 

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Maisie was recently rescued by Dr. Williams and has turned out to be a great addition to our team. She's a 6 year old mini Australian Shepherd. Although she's new to the optical industry, her calm, friendly demeanor adds to our family-oriented environment. She loves coming to say hi to patients of all ages, especially when she gets belly rubs. If you're not a dog person, she won't be offended if you ask us to keep her in the back office.


When she's not hanging out at the office, Maisie enjoys taking long naps and cuddling on the couch. 

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