Meet Our Team

DR. MONIKA SPOKAS

Developmental Optometrist

Dr. Monika Spokas is a clinical director of Clarendon Vision Development Center. She was born in Lithuania and came to the United States in 1992. She graduated from Maria High School and continued on to Loyola University in Chicago where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences.
Monika Spokas earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree as a cum laude graduate of the prestigious Illinois College of Optometry. During her time there, Monika was the recipient of a number of awards recognizing her academic and clinical excellence.
Dr. Monika Spokas is a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She completed extensive post-graduate studies in vision development and vision therapy. She lives in Burr Ridge with her husband and three daughters. Her outside interests include tennis, scuba diving and skiing.

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DR. AMBER CUMINGS

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

Dr. Amber Cumings is our newest optometrist at Clarendon Vision Development Center. She was born in Michigan and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ferris State University with a degree in Vision Science.

Dr. Cumings earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree with Highest Distinction at Michigan College of Optometry. During her time there, Dr. Cumings was the leader of several councils and a member of academic professional organizations. She completed a residency specializing in Pediatrics/Vision Therapy/Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation with national thought leader Dr. Curtis Baxstrom.

Dr. Cumings is a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She lives in Chicago with her fiancé and enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and drawing.

Jennifer Mirocha

Optical Manager

Before working in the optical industry for the past 13 years, Jennifer worked as a real estate appraiser for 3 years. Jennifer made her start in the optical world as a patient care coordinator for a Lasik surgeon. After 3 years, Jennifer went on to manage several corporate optical store locations. She enjoys working with patients to make sure they are getting the best care. Whether it’s making sure all measurements are precise to give patients their best possible vision or just finding the perfect frame to make them feel amazing!

Jennifer has 2 energetic little boys and enjoys spending her time taking care of them and enjoying life! Her free time is spent swimming, ice skating, and playing baseball with her kids.

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RITA DREW

Optician

Rita was born in Lithuania and earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Kaunas Technological University.  She moved to the United States in 2000.  Rita has been working as an Optician since 1997 and has been with Dr. Spokas since 2004.  Rita enjoys working with our patients to find the perfect solution to their optical needs.

Rita lives in Willowbrook with her husband and 2 beautiful children.  She enjoys reading and yoga, as well as spending time with her family skiing and swimming.

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JENN CROTHERS

Optician, Billing, Patient Care

Jenn works in patient care at Clarendon Vision Development Center, and more than likely, she’ll be the first team member you’ll meet when you walk through our doors! Always happy and willing to lend a helping hand, Jenn works with patients at reception, and pulls double duty assisting on the billing front.

Jenn earned her Associates degree in science at the College of DuPage, and her B.S. in finance at Elmhurst College.

Jenn enjoys personal fitness, and is also a certified personal trainer and pilates instructor. She’s spent the past few years educating and training people on healthy lifestyles and fitness, and loves seeing people change their lives in a positive way!

When not at Clarendon Vision, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, her young daughter, and the family dog. You can also find Jenn working out in the gym or in the great outdoors!

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BETSY ELMAN

Vision Therapy Coordinator/Community Outreach

Most recently, Betsy has been involved with the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago fundraising for their organization located in the Logan square area of downtown Chicago. Assisting underprivileged women and children receive the healthcare they need is very important to her. She enjoys working with adults and children and building and fostering trusting relationships.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1990, Betsy spent many years working in the advertising and marketing industry in Chicago and Hamburg, Germany. She has a strong background in client service and project management.

Betsy is married with two daughters and a very energetic Golden Retriever. When she’s not exploring a new city, she enjoys cooking, reading, and taking long walks with her dog. She has lived in many places including Germany, Bermuda, and several US cities.

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YANIN VONGKANCOM

Vision Therapy Department Head and Vision Therapist

Yanin is a vision therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center. She earned a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Rosalind Franklin University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Yanin first started working with children at a specialized summer camp for children where she was then introduced to vision therapy. She loves being a vision therapist because she gets the opportunity to watch children improve and grow and she learns something new every day. In her free time, Yanin enjoys fitness and yoga, following Chicago sports teams, and trying new restaurants.

BEATRIZ LOPEZ CONDE (BEA)

Vision Therapist

Bea is a vision therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center. She was born in Spain and came to the United States in 2017. She earned a Master in Clinical Optometry and Vision Therapy from SAERA, Spain, where she had a project about learning disabilities and vision published. She also has an Expert postgraduate degree in Pediatrics Optometry and Vision Therapy and a Bachelor in Optometry and Optics from the University of Granada, Spain.

She loves helping children so they can improve academically and in their day to day activities. In her free time, Bea enjoys traveling and cooking for her family and friends.

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Tiffany Lawrence

Patient Care

Tiffany is in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. She is one of the first faces you’ll see when you enter the office. She is responsible for answering the phones, scheduling appointments, checking patients in and out and can assist you with any questions you may have.

Tiffany grew up in Hinsdale, IL and attended Hinsdale Central High School where she graduated in the class of 2014. She is currently a student at The College of DuPage where she is studying to obtain a degree in business. She plans on owning a business of her own one day! When she is not busy at work she enjoys spending her time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include: sewing, cooking, and working on different D.I.Y projects that she finds online or in magazines.