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. 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.
Lisa has almost 20 years of optical experience and is excited to be working at a family-oriented office. 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.
Stephanie started her career as an optician in 2010. Her great attention to detail along with her fun ability to relate warmly with patients will put you at ease. Stephanie takes great care in adjusting and repairing glasses. She can assist you in finding the perfect pair of glasses, explain and recommend lens options personalized to your needs, all while utilizing your insurance benefits the best way possible.
When she has free time, Stephanie is passionate about painting and creating art with various mediums. She also enjoys being the creative director of a non-profit organization called DimoStrong.
Jenny is fairly new to the optometry world, but has years of experience working with people across many industries. Having grown up in the area, she appreciates the family-oriented environment of the office, both when working with patients and being part of a close-knit team. Jenny is excited to help patients with their vision needs while providing a welcoming atmosphere. She is also bilingual and can assist patients who predominantly speak Spanish.
Outside of the office, Jenny enjoys reading, running, learning about all things design, and trying new boba spots.