Low Vision Clinic Staff

Cleveland Sight Center's Vision Clinic offers a knowledgeable and experienced staff. These doctors have numerous years of experience working directly with people who are living with low vision. Their skill and understanding of optometry enhance the remaining vision and opportunities available to patients.

Meet The Doctors and Staff

Dr. Lidija Balciunas, O.D.                    
Clinical Manager, Low Vision Clinic
Optometrist, Low Vision Specialist

Dr. Lidija Balciunas graduated from the Ohio State University’s College of Optometry in 1987, and has spent the last 25 years of  her professional career working with Cleveland Sight Center. She enjoys having the opportunity to work in an agency that provides and makes available comprehensive rehabilitation services to blind and visually impaired persons all under one roof. She feels fortunate that at CSC, there’s access to grant programs and funds allowing us to appropriate the recommended aids, adaptations and services necessary for optimal restoration of function and quality of life. Dr. Balciunas appreciates being involved in the process of partnering with patients to find solutions for increased independence, improved function and general restoration of a sense of well-being to those who are facing sight loss is very satisfying and humbling. “Our patients are remarkable people and they inspire me daily,” she says. 

Dr. Annalisa Katz-Schloss, O.D.
Optometrist, Low Vision Specialist

Dr. Annalisa Katz-Schloss graduated from the SUNY College of Optometry, and has been working at CSC since 2007. She appreciates working at Cleveland Sight Center as it affords the opportunity to work as a team with other professionals who are passionate, talented and interested in taking care of blind or low vision patients. She feels grateful to be able to both share ideas as well as learn from her CSC colleagues as “together, we are able to provide comprehensive rehabilitative care to our patients.” Dr. Katz enjoys meeting the patients with their family members and educating all members about the specific eye condition they are struggling with. “Frequently, both patients and their family have questions that I am happy to answer,” she says. Another bonus of working in the realm of low vision is always being exposed to and learning new information about eye diseases and current treatments. 

Erin St. Denis, OTR/L
Licensed Occupational Therapist

Erin St. Denis attended Miami University and Cleveland State University, and started working at Cleveland Sight Center in 2002, providing coverage for Early Intervention and Preschool summer programs. Shortly thereafter, she began providing Occupational Therapy services in the Low Vision Clinic, after shadowing optometrists for several months and taking continuing education in low vision. Her passion for CSC includes working in a variety of settings along with the people she has directly impacted: from infants and toddlers and their families, preschoolers, to adults and seniors. Most of all, she enjoys working with a tremendous team, both intra- and interdepartmentally along with the opportunity to work with other agencies and the medical community. There are many moments where you can have an impact on someone’s quality of life, it can be quite emotional and is very fulfilling, such as providing rehabilitation services for ARGUS II retinal prosthesis clients. 

Tony Becker
Optician

Tony Becker is a licensed Dispensing Optician in the Low Vision Clinic. He has been at Cleveland Sight Center since 2017 and has been making/selling eyeglasses for over 30 years. He enjoys working with great coworkers and finds that “the smile or handshake or hug I get when I help a patient with their sight” is the most rewarding aspect of his job. 

 

 

Barb Piascik
Retail Manager

Barb Piascik has worked at Cleveland Sight Center since 2004, having experience working in the recreation department, the Eyedea Shop and now the Low Vision Clinic. She feels that working at Cleveland Sight Center is by far the most fulfilling job she has ever had. “Being able to see the difference you make in somebody’s life immediately is like nothing I’ve ever experienced." 

 

 

Stephanie McLeod
Client Benefits Coordinator

Stephanie McLeod has worked at CSC since 2017 as a Client Benefits Coordinator. She has an extensive customer service background, having attended college for billing and coding/medical administrative assisting. The aspect of working at CSC she enjoys the most is helping patients get connected to the services they need. “If CSC is not the place to provide the right services I will take it upon myself to do the research to at least get them a name and number of someone who can help them.”

 

 

Leah Tater
Medical Receptionist

Leah Tater has worked at CSC since January 2018 as the LVC’s Medical Receptionist. She has worked in the optical industry since 2014 (when she began as an Apprentice Optician and managing the front desk of that optometry practice). Leah enjoys helping others with their vision needs and has a passion for glasses! Her favorite part about working at CSC is “meeting all of the interesting and inspirational patients that walk through the door. I am so grateful and excited to be part of a team that helps so many struggling with vision loss.”

 

 

Other related services and staff

Ralph Johnson, LSW
Manager of Client Registration

Scott Williams-Riseng, COMS
Orientation & Mobility Instructor

Annette Jakse, CVRT, LPC, LSW
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist