We are a friendly and knowledgeable group of women professionals who are dedicated to our patient’s individualized vision care needs. Our goal is to provide the service and treatment outcomes you and your family deserve.
Founder, Clinical Director and Developmental Optometrist
Dr. Monika Spokas is the Founder and Clinical Director of Clarendon Vision Development Center (CVDC). For the last 20 years, Dr. Spokas and CVDC have changed the lives of thousands of children and adults through the latest in Vision Therapy, Myopia Management, Neuro Optometry, Pediatric Optometry and Primary Eyecare.
Originally from Lithuania, Dr. Spokas came to the United States in 1992 and graduated from Maria High School. She continued her studies at Loyola University in Chicago where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Biological Sciences.
Dr. Spokas earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree as a Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious Illinois College of Optometry. During her time there, she fell in love with pediatrics and vision therapy, solidifying that this area of study, combined with her passion, was how she wanted to make a positive impact on the trajectory of others’ lives. As a life-long learner, she completed extensive post-graduate studies in vision development and vision therapy. Today, Dr. Spokas continues to propel herself and her team to stay at the forefront of advancements in ocular health and visual performance by introducing new technology and treatment options to best serve our patients. Her academic and clinical excellence has been recognized through a number of awards and accolades.
Dr. Spokas is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control and the College of Syntonic Optometry. She lives in Burr Ridge with her husband, three daughters and French bulldog, Luna. Her outside interests include traveling, tennis, scuba diving and skiing.
Developmental, Pediatric and Neuro-Optometrist
Dr. Amber Cumings specializes in Neuro-Optometric and Pediatric Care at Clarendon Vision Development Center, treating patients of all ages. Dr. Cumings is highly regarded by our patients who have complex visual needs, regularly noting that Dr. Cumings identified the right diagnosis and treatment that has provided the, often long-awaited, relief they needed.
Dr. Cumings was born in Michigan and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ferris State University with a degree in Vision Science. She went on to earn 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.
She has recently obtained her Fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry, a prestigious honor in the field. Today, she is working toward becoming a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development which certifies optometrists as having advanced competency in providing developmental vision and vision therapy services. You may also see her research articles published across pediatric and optometric medical journals.
Dr. Cumings is a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Neuro- Optometric Rehabilitation Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control and the College of Syntonic Optometry.
She lives in the western suburbs with her fiancé and enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and drawing.
Dr. Delia Marie Malone is a Developmental Optometrist who also specializes in Neuro-Optometry at Clarendon Vision Development Center.
She received a Bachelors of Arts from Loyola University in Chicago Illinois. While in school, she served as a volunteer at Alivio Clinic to provide much needed care for underserved Spanish speaking populations. In 2018, she received her Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry after externships in Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation and Low Vision. During her studies at Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Malone had the opportunity to provide eye care to underserved populations through a mission trip to El Salvador.
Dr. Malone has completed clinical rotations at the New Haven VA Hospital, the Illinois Eye Institute and in binocular vision while at a private practice clinic. Her extensive training and experience span visual rehabilitation, vision therapy, pediatric examination, and ocular disease. When examining her primary eyecare patients, she enjoys uncovering and treating binocular difficulties often overlooked by other primary care providers.
She is an active member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In her free time, she can be found biking in the streets of Chicago or on her Peloton, at community fairs or listening to live music
As a Patient Liaison at Clarendon Vision Development Center, Dina has the patients’ best interests at heart. She understands that all experiences are individual and is great at listening to each person’s needs and concerns.
Dina draws from her experiences as a licensed educator and optometric vision therapist. She is enthusiastic about evidence-based, customized care that revolves around each patient’s medical needs and personal goals.
As a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Dina participates in regular professional development with optometrists and vision therapists around the world. Being a part of a larger professional community enables her to answer any questions related to the latest and most effective treatments. She also acts as a great resource for our patients.
When Dina is not working, she most enjoys spending time loving and learning from her family. Her hobbies include reading, travel, and archiving her family history.
Marzenka supports our patients and their families throughout their program of care at Clarendon Vision Development Center. She also serves as an advocate within the community for the Practice and its Developmental Optometry, Myopia Management and Neuro-Optometry Optometric Rehabilitation specialties.
After graduating from Dominican University with an MBA in Marketing, Marzenka spent her career in B2B Marketing & Business Development at some of the country’s largest media brands. In that time, her passion for supporting children and families evolved as she worked with non-profit clients like World Vision and served on the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Auxiliary Board.
Once she discovered how prism lenses and Vision Therapy greatly improved her own daughter’s vision and daily life, Marzenka felt guided to support others who can benefit from specialty ocular treatments.
Marzenka is married with two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, biking and spending time at the beach with her family.
Vanessa brings her passion in helping patients reach their full potential to her role as a Vision Therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center.
As an experienced elementary educator and parent of four children, Vanessa has the agility to adjust her therapy sessions based on a patient’s needs, while also making the experience fun and engaging. “The more engaged the patient is, the better the results will be,” she says.
She was first introduced to vision therapy as one of her children progressed through the program and can personally attest to the value the therapy brings to patients. She supports the multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach that Clarendon Vision provides to our patients and amplifies the importance of the relationships we have with professional organizations like schools, occupational therapy clinics, neuropsychologists and many other professional disciplines. This ensures our patients are receiving the best possible care and that their therapy benefits all aspects of their lives.
In her previous teaching positions, Vanessa worked with children from kindergarten to 6th grade, with a specific interest in special needs. She earned a BA Honors Degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Central England, Birmingham, U.K.
Aside from being a busy mother to four children, Vanessa also enjoys reading, gardening, fitness and traveling with her family.
Vision Therapy Department Head/Vision Therapist
As a Vision Therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center, Adriann pulls from her passion and experience in teaching and working with children to build and maintain meaningful relationships and help set meaningful goals for her patients. “Knowing that I can be an important part of a person's growth and development and make a positive impact is what excites me to be a vision therapist,” she says.
Adriann’s experience as a teacher of primary students adds value to her current position because being skilled at meeting a child right where they are developmentally and being able to choose appropriate activities to help them grow in therapy is key to their success. If you ask her patients, they will tell you, “Adriann is kind, personable and makes therapy fun!”
Adriann holds a degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Early Childhood Education. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, reading and finding opportunities to learn new things.
Julie is a seasoned Vision Therapist with previous experience also working as a certified ophthalmic technician. Her patients say that “Julie is caring and patient, always making them feel comfortable and motivating them to try their best while having fun together.”
Working as a Vision Therapist provides Julie an opportunity to pull from her past experiences and live out her passion for supporting her patients on the road to living their best life. She daily focus is helping interpret information and patient feedback to customize each patient experience for the most positive engagement and therapy outcome.
Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and in addition to working in clinics has experience working in preschool and daycare settings. She was excited to learn of the field of vision therapy during her eyecare studies because of its perfect blend of her background and interest in helping people with special needs.
Julie is married with two grown daughters. She enjoys nature walks with her dog and binge-watching TV with the family. She also spends her free time reading about health topics and current events and uses the information learned to help make improvements
Jordyn joined the Clarendon Vision team as a Vision Therapist while currently attending Chicago College of Optometry to become an eye doctor.
Jordyn graduated from University of Houston with a B.S. in Food & Nutrition. She has been immersed in the optometric field for the past 5 years which has guided her toward a degree in Optometry. Jordyn intends to specialize in Pediatrics because she enjoys working with children.
Jordyn is passionate about her role as a vision therapist at Clarendon Vision because she says, “seeing and being a part of the patient's progression leading up the final goal is priceless.” Her patients find her vision therapy session encouraging while working towards their progress. She especially encourages positivity, when working with her young patients, because she wants them to feel motivated to keep striving to improve their vision skills.
She is proud to be a part of the Clarendon Vision team because the staff strives to produce quality service and results by spending undivided attention with each patient to ensure the patient is heard and receives the best possible results.
Medical Receptionist/Optical Assistant
Linda is one of the first people you might meet or talk to here at Clarendon Vision. Along with her experience working as an optical assistant, Linda leverages her compassion for people of all ages and her sunny disposition while interacting with patients.
At the office, she is known for making patients see better, feel great and laugh while they are here. At Clarendon Vision, “we go the extra mile to make our patients feel like family,” says Linda.
A Chicago native her whole life, Linda currently lives in Naperville. Outside of the office, she enjoys a BIG cup of coffee, traveling with her friends, and spending time with her husband and 3 daughters
Medical Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Amanda will be one of the first people you will see when you walk through the doors of our Practice. Always with a smile, Amanda goes above and beyond to assist every patient. “I make it a point to remember all of our patients by name and strive to provide a great experience,” she says.
Amanda received her Associates Degree in Arts from Moraine Valley Community College. After living in San Diego, California, for several years, she returned to her home state and joined our team.
Amanda loves spending time with her family and spoiling her dog, Teddy. She also enjoys walks, movies, animals, and spending time at the beach.
Merideth is our Optometric Technician at Clarendon Vision. In her role, Merideth is patient-focused and dedicated to make every patient feel comfortable and satisfied throughout their experience here.
Merideth has been working in the medical field since 2010 and loves working in optometry because she gains satisfaction from the work that she does. “When patients come in frustrated with not knowing or understanding their diagnosis and by the time they leave our practice, they have answers; I know they appreciate the work we put in and it feels good to truly help our patients.”, she says.
Merideth graduated summa cum laude from the University of Saint Francis with a degree in business management and marketing. She was inducted into the national honors society for business administration.
Born in Chicago and raised in Bolingbrook, Merideth now lives in Romeoville with her husband and 8-year-old daughter. When she is not at work, she enjoys swimming with her family in their pool, reading, spending time with friends and family and shopping for shoes – she owns more pairs than she would admit. She is also an advocate for myopia management often telling everyone she knows about treatment options and risks associated with the eye disease when left untreated.
As an Optician at Clarendon Vision, Rita’s main goal is for patients to receive the best quality care and service. She finds her role most rewarding when patients are happy with their optical services beyond their own expectations.
Rita has been with Dr. Spokas and the Clarendon Vision family since 2004. Her care for our patients and commitment to find the perfect solution for their optical needs is evident as patients will tell you they trust her and enjoy working with her.
Originally from Lithuania, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Kaunas Technological University and began her career as an Optician in 1997, Rita moved to the United States in 2000.
Rita lives in Willowbrook with her husband and 2 beautiful children. She enjoys reading and yoga, as well as spending time in nature with her family and friends.
Being an optician for over 19 years has given Yvonne the opportunity to establish the essential artistry needed to fulfill her Optical role.
She enjoys working with frame brands to provide each patient a unique and enlivening experience with their eyeglass purchase. She specializes in eyewear styling and takes pride in obtaining precise measurements for optimal results. She is currently an undergraduate with College of Dupage and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Outside of Clarendon Vision, Yvonne relishes being a wife, mother, artist, and adventurer.
Nancy is the Practice Manager at Clarendon Vision Development Center. In contributing to the success of the clinic, Nancy is driven by helping others achieve their best selves, fostering a team that makes a difference in a patient's life, and doing her own best work to ensure a successful outcome for all.
Having earned her Associates Degree in Business Science at Kankakee Community College, she also holds a Manager’s Certification from the University of St. Francis in Joliet.
Nancy moved to the HealthCare sector where she spent the last 15 years of her career, after 20 years in Economic Development. Throughout this time, she has been a big advocate for the visually impaired and those with diabetes. She is proud to say that our doctors are committed to providing the care that improves eye health outcomes for our patients, in a patient-first environment.
Nancy is married with one son, one granddaughter and two stepsons. When not at Clarendon Vision, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her granddaughter, traveling, taking long walks, and reading.