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.

DR. LINDA WEIL

Developmental Optometrist

Dr. Weil, a native of the Chicago land area received her BA degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Following her graduation, she worked as a patient service coordinator and camp director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Du Page County. With the encouragement of many physicians Linda entered optometry school and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1986. She then completed a 3 month internship and 1 year residency in pediatrics and binocular vision at the State University of New York and the Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Following her post graduate studies she joined the faculty at the University of Houston, College of Optometry as an assistant professor where she lectured on the treatment of lazy eyes and other childhood conditions.

In 1989 she returned to Chicago where Linda has been practicing in the Western suburbs for over 20 years. Most recently, she completed another post-graduate course in the area of Behavior Optometry and visual-cognitive therapy which emphasizes integrating vision with the other senses of the body to help children perform to their highest abilities.
Dr. Weil lives in Chicago with her husband Steve Silk and son Gabriel. Linda’s interest include: cooking, entertaining with friends, traveling, hiking and taking care of her family.

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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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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.

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LISA LINDT

Vision Therapist

Lisa is a vision therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Reading Education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas.

Lisa has over 12 years of experience working with children in reading education and over 8 years experience working with children with disabilities. She is a Core Specialist with the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration therapy program, and is a Consultant in Relationship Development Intervention specializing in executive functioning skills. Her passion is to guide children to reach their potential both physically and academically. Lisa lives in Downers Grove, and in her free time she enjoys being outside hiking, biking, watching Chicago Cubs games, and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks during basketball season.

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CHRISTINE WINCHESTER

Vision Therapist

Christine is a vision therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and her M.S. in Molecular Biology at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). She also holds a M.A. in Secondary Education at National-Louis University.

Christine has spent time in the research lab, studying cancer and bone growth and remodeling, in the pharmaceutical industry, and in the classroom. She enjoys working with students, and is very excited to watch them succeed. In her free time, Christine loves spending time with her husband, her three teenage daughters, and her two crazy dogs!

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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JENN CROTHERS

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!

ANIEL SANCHEZ

Patient Care

Aniel will be responsible for setting up appointments, answering phones, and may be one of the first faces you’ll see in the office. Currently she’ll be in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays but these days may shift as her academic responsibilities change.

Aniel is a student at Kishwaukee College. She will graduate in Spring 2018 with her Associates in Science. In the fall of 2018 she plans to enroll in nursing school in the area. Aniel grew up in Brookfield, IL and attended LTHS high school, where she was in the class of 2014.

Aniel loves to shop and hang out with friends and family and to watch movies. With two little brothers this means she has seen all the latest animated and superhero movies!