Low Vision Clinic Staff

Meet The Doctors and 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.

Lidija Balciunas, O.D.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.

 

 

Annalisa Katz Schloss, O.D.Dr. Annalisa Katz-Schloss
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/LErin St. Denis

Erin St. Denis, OTR/L graduated from Miami University and received her Certificate of Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University in 1996. She started working at Cleveland Sight Center in 2002, providing coverage for Early Intervention and Preschool summer programs. Shortly thereafter, Erin began shadowing CSC’s optometrists and taking continuing education in low vision before joining the Low Vision Clinic and Independent Living Program to provide Occupational Therapy services. Erin specializes in assessing and training patients in the areas of low vision and activities of daily living, including skills with digital magnifiers, CCTV technology and iPhone accessibility for individuals with low vision. She enjoys working hands on with clients and patients of all ages, from infants and toddlers and their families, preschoolers, adults and seniors. Erin’s passion is finding solutions by getting patients and clients the low vision aids and training they need to reach their goals. Erin says, “The most fulfilling part of our work are the moments you help the patient find a solution that restores their ability to do something again for themselves, like being able to read mail. Something that to many may seem incidental can have a tremendous impact on a person’s independence and quality of life!”

 

 

Tony BeckerTony 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 PiascikBarbara 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."

 

 

 

 

Susanna MelesBarbara Piascik
Director of Empowerment and Rehabilitation

Susanna Meles is the Director of Empowerment and Rehabilitation. As part of her responsibilities she oversees the Low Vision Clinic. Previous to this position Susanna worked at the Cleveland Sight Center for 3 years as the Manager of Vision Rehabilitation and for 10 years as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. Susanna loves witnessing the benefits Rehabilitation makes in the patient’s lives.

 

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

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Jim Hlavaty
Manager of Client Registration

Scott Williams-Riseng, COMS
Orientation & Mobility Instructor