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Optometrists Located in Akron, Canton & Cleveland (East and West) Conveniently located next to LensCrafters

Optometrists in Cleveland, Canton and Akron

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Optometrist in Cleveland, Canton and Akron

Our optometrists are committed to providing excellent eye care service to patients in Akron, Cleveland, Canton, and the surrounding areas. We’re always on top of the latest in diagnostic optometric technology to make your eye exams that much more effective. Our eye doctors are highly experienced and passionate and each brings something unique to the team.



Dr. Richard E. Hults

Dr. Richard E. Hults has provided the leadership to improve the eye health of thousands of community members in and around the greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Akron area for over thirty-seven years. Dr. Hults has developed an entire team of eye care professionals who have raised the bar on...

Dr. Valdecir Padovan

Dr. Valdecir Padovan brings a unique history to the practice of optometry.  He is a graduate of medical school in Brazil and went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. Dr. Padovan is a fluent linguist speaking English, Portuguese,...

Dr. Janice Paynowski

Dr. Paynowski is a graduate of the College of Optometry at Ohio State University and has been practicing for over 30 years. She is an avid reader who also enjoys live theater. She and her husband of 29 years also enjoy spending time in their garden and with their many...

Dr. Mary Ellen Roth

Dr. Mary Ellen Roth received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. A native of Girard, OH, Dr. Roth has been practicing with Dr. Hults since May of 1987. Dr. Roth resides in Tallmadge with her husband of 26 years who is also an...

Dr. Bernadette Sipple

Dr. Sipple received her graduate degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She has been associated with Dr. Hults for over 20 years. She is an ardent fan of The Ohio State University sports. Dr. Sipple is a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area and she enjoys golf with...

Dr. Paige Knapp

Dr. Knapp is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She has been associated with Dr. Hults for 19 years. She has been married for 18 years. She enjoys playing tennis in her spare time. Her husband is an avid bike rider in support of diabetes research....

Dr. Ben Gellis

Dr. Gellis has a special interest in children's vision and Ortho-K. He is a devoted father of 3 sons and 1 daughter, and is very active in the local Jewish community. Dr. Gellis has been married for 11 years to Giela, who is also an optometrist. He has been working...

Dr. Adam Schmidt

Adam Schmidt graduated the Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2008. In the following year, he completed a residency in ocular disease where he diagnosed and treated a full scope of ocular pathology. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Ohio Optometric Association. Dr. Schmidt...

Dr. Ami Patel

Dr. Ami Patel is a graduate of Inter American School of Puerto Rico College of Optometry. She is a Buckeye fan as she completed her undergraduate education at The Ohio State University. In her spare time, Dr. Patel likes to engage in creative activities such as sketching, painting, and also...

Dr. Michelle Piper

Dr. Michelle Piper graduated from the University of Akron Honors College. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Ohio State College of Optometry. She was an active member of the Ohio State Lions Club organizing fundraisers to provide seeing eye dogs for the blind...

Dr. Emily Voytilla

Dr. Emily Voytilla graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2002. She has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and was voted "Young Optometrist of the Year" by her peers in 2006. She holds additional certification in pediatrics and low vision rehabilitation. In...

Dr. Maggie Bucher

Dr. Maggie Bucher is a graduate of the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico-College of Optometry. She completed her Undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and enjoys watching Buckeye football. Dr. Bucher lives in Dover. She likes to read and spend time with family and friends attending concerts and traveling in...


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