Meet the Team
Dr. Kara Pulsfus
Dr. Kara Pulsfus 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. Pulsfus 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. Pulsfus 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. Ellen Petroczky
Dr. Ellen Petroczky was raised in Freeport, IL. Having developed an interest in healthcare, she chose optometry after a great job shadowing experience. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Augustana College. Dr. Petroczky then attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, graduating with honors in 2007.
While working at both ophthalmology and optometry offices in Northern Illinois, she gained experience in a wide variety of eye diseases and their treatments. When the opportunity presented itself to join the team at Bright Eyes Family Vision, she knew that it would be a good fit for her personality, values, and style of patient care. She excels at getting to know each patient so she can help them find the best way to meet their visual needs. Outside of the vision world, she enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.
Kathryn is our friendly patient care coordinator at Bright Eyes Family Vision. She has several years of experience in optical, billing, and customer service. She loves to get on a personal level with patients to determine their individual needs. Kathryn thrives by helping patients find a style of frame that they love and a lens that will best suit their lifestyle. She is also skilled at maximizing insurance benefits to ensure you receive the best quality and value.
Lisa is joining our office with almost 20 years of optical experience and is excited to be working with Dr. Pulsfus again. Her knowledge ranges from contacts to fitting glasses to navigating insurances to help patients best utilize their benefits. Lisa enjoys working closely with patients in all aspects of their visits and helping them find the best options to fit their individual vision needs. She looks forward to meeting you at your next visit.
When she is not in the office, she is enjoying her time with her daughters, husband, dogs, and cats. She loves cooking and going for hikes and walks with her family.