Meet Our Team

DR. MONIKA SPOKAS

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 hundreds of children and adults through the latest in Vision Therapy, Myopia Management, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, Pediatric Optometry and Primary Eye Care.

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 treatment. Her academic and clinical excellence has been recognized through a number of awards and accolades.

Dr. Spokas is a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She lives in Burr Ridge with her husband and three daughters. Her outside interests include tennis, scuba diving and skiing.

DR. AMBER CUMINGS

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation/Pediatric Optometry

Dr. Amber Cumings specializes in Neuro-Optometric and Pediatric Care at Clarendon Vision, treating patients of all ages. She 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.

Today, she is working on her Fellowship in The College of Vision Development (FCOVD), 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/optometric medical journals.

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 the western suburbs with her fiancé and enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and drawing.

NANCY PAPESH

Practice Manager

Nancy is the Practice Manager at Clarendon Vision Development Center. Having earned her Associates Degree in Business Science at Kankakee Community College, she went on to receive her Manager’s Certification from the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

For 20 years, Nancy was in Economic Development working with industrial and manufacturing, then moved to the HealthCare sector where she has been for the past 15 years. Nancy is a big advocate for the visually impaired and those with diabetes.

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.

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.

YVONNE MUELLNER

Optician

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 face framing and takes pride in obtaining precise measurements. 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.

LINDA MULLINS

Medical Receptionist/Optical Assistant

Linda started working at Clarendon Vision Development Center in August, 2020. She brings 6 years of experience working as an optical assistant along with her sunny disposition. At the office, she is known for making patients feel better, see better, and laugh while they are here.

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. 

AMANDA LENCKUS

Medical Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Amanda started working at Clarendon Vision Development Center following her return from San Diego, California, where she lived for several years. 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.

Amanda received her Associates Degree in Arts from Moraine Valley Community College. She loves spending time with her family and spoiling her niece. She loves walks, movies, animals, spending time at the beach and trying different cuisines.

Amanda says, “please stop by Clarendon Vision to say hello!” 

DINA PINOS

Patient Liaison

Dina is a licensed educator and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education at Illinois State University in 1992. Her passion for the science of learning and development led her to become a vision therapist, and now she is honored to be a Patient Liaison at Clarendon Vision Development Center where she helps families navigate their visual and learning needs.

Dina is a member of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development. This inspiring organization allows Dina the opportunity to continue her education and share mutual experiences with optometrists and vision therapists around the world.

Originally from Australia, Dina has travelled to twelve countries (and counting), and is a lover of music, art, cinema, theatre, architecture, and design. She lives in Glencoe with her husband, teenage children, and lovable American Eskimo, Jasmine.

MARZENKA STYRCZULA

Myopia Counselor/Marketing Consultant

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-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’s an active advisory board member at her children’s school, practices yoga and enjoys time at the beach with her family.

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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.

VANESSA MORGAN

Vision Therapist

Vanessa is a vision therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center.  She earned a BA Honors Degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Central England, Birmingham, U.K.

Vanessa is an experienced teacher working with children from kindergarten to 6th grade, with a specific interest in special needs. 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.  Aside from being a busy mother to four children, Vanessa also enjoys reading, gardening , fitness and traveling with her family.

ADRIANN QUINTANA

Vision Therapist

Adriann is a Vision Therapist at Clarendon Vision Development Center. She has a degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Early Childhood Education. She is a former teacher of primary students and her passion for working with children and teaching kids to read has led her to vision therapy.

Adriann enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, reading and finding opportunities to learn new things.