At Birmingham Vision Care, our staff of experienced, friendly optometrists is ready to provide you the best, most comprehensive eye care in Oakland County. Call today to schedule an appointment!
Dr. Harriet C. Pelton
Dr. Harriet Pelton was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. She attended the University of Michigan from 1974 to 1977. She received early admission to the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL, and graduated with her Optometric Doctorate in 1981. While attending the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Pelton did a residency at the Veteran’s Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Pelton has been with Birmingham Vision Care since 1981. In addition to adult care, and specialty contact lenses, she has worked extensively with children’s vision. She specializes in prescribing prism and other therapy for binocular vision dysfunction. Dr. Pelton has built up one of the largest vision therapy practices in the Midwest, receiving referrals from teachers, parents, principals, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, reading specialists, physical therapists, psychologists, counselors, pediatricians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.
Dr. Pelton earned her post-doctorate fellowship in pediatric development. She is an active member of COVD (College of Vision Development), PAVE (Patients for Active Vision Education) and OEP (Optometric Extension Program), along with the AOA (American Optometric Association), MOA (Michigan Optometric Association) and MDOS (Metro Detroit Optometric Society). She has given many talks and workshops to educators, parents, occupational therapists, physical therapists and psychologists. Dr. Pelton went on a volunteer optometric mission to Merida, Mexico, and to an Indian Reservation in North Dakota. She loves working with kids and helping them reach their academic potentials.
Dr. Pelton is married and has three awesome children.
Dr. Patricia Poma-Nowinski
Dr. Patricia Poma-Nowinski is a Michigan native, born and raised in Shelby Township. She received a Bachelor in Science degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While an undergraduate student, she spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. She also worked at the Kellogg Eye Center doing genetic research on retinitis pigmentosa, a devastating disease that may lead to blindness.
While attending the Ohio State College of Optometry in Columbus, OH, Dr. Poma worked at the Chillicothe Veterans Administration Hospital. She also did extensive clinic rotations in contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision and pediatrics. Dr. Poma was selected as the sole recipient of the Eschenbach Low Vision Award.
Dr. Poma has also been involved in clinical research in contact lenses and contact lens solutions for Johnson and Johnson and Alcon Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dr. Poma worked four years with two ophthalmologists specializing in treating anterior segment (front portion of the eye) diseases. These include infections, inflammations, degenerations and glaucoma.
Dr. Poma earned her post-doctorate fellowship in pediatric development. She is an active member of the AOA (American Optometric Association), MOA (Michigan Optometric Association) and COVD (College of Vision Development). She particularly enjoys working with children, helping them become successful students through vision therapy, and fitting difficult contact lens cases. She works hard to identify and treat binocular vision dysfunction which includes but is not limited to prescribing prism.
Dr. Poma is fluent in Italian and relatively articulate in Spanish. She is happily married and enjoys time with her two sons.
Dr. Kristen Banek
Dr. Kristen Banek was born in Detroit and grew up in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio) with a double major in microbiology and Spanish. As a part of her undergraduate studies, she spent a summer abroad in Valencia, Spain. She also worked in a research laboratory at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus (formerly the Medical College of Ohio) characterizing a gene for Coccidioidomycosis—a fungal disease.
She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. During her time in optometry school, she received clinical training in ocular disease, contact lenses, and pediatric vision care. Her rotations included training at Eye Specialists of Ohio and White River Junction VA Hospital in Vermont. Upon graduation, Dr. Banek worked at a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia with a heavy emphasis on contact lenses and ocular disease. She then purchased her own optometric practice in Boston where she worked for the next 6 years. Her practice specialized in contact lenses, pre- and post-operative LASIK care, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Dr. Banek is a member of the AOA (American Optometric Association) and the MOA (Michigan Optometric Association). She has a special interest and extensive experience in contact lenses and ocular disease. Dr. Banek is also conversant in Spanish.
She is married with one son, two dogs and a cat. When not working, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and cheering on her favorite teams, the Red Wings and Tigers.
Dr. Jamie Kuzniar
Dr. Jamie Kuzniar was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Saginaw Valley State University. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Kuzniar interned at The Dow Chemical Company in their toxicology and environmental research department.
Dr. Kuzniar received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. During optometry school, she received in depth training in specialty contact lenses and the treatment and management of ocular diseases—such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. She also had clinical training at the Wyoming VA (Grand Rapids, MI) and Kresge Eye Institute. Dr. Kuzniar was the president of SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and traveled to Coya, Peru and San Carlos, Mexico on optometric mission trips to provide eye examinations to the less fortunate. She also was awarded the Gas Permeable Lens Institute: Clinical Excellence in the Field of GP Contact Lenses Award.
After optometry school, Dr. Kuzniar completed a Corneal Disease and Contact Lens Residency at Indiana University. During her residency, she gained advanced experience with specialty contact lenses to treat various conditions such as irregular astigmatism, keratoconus, post-corneal transplants, post-LASIK ectasia, post-RK corneas, and severe dry eye. Dr. Kuzniar has a passion for fitting scleral contact lenses, which are cutting-edge large diameter gas permeable lenses used to treat advanced corneal conditions. As a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS), she is the only practicing certified scleral lens specialist in the metro Detroit area. She also enjoys fitting orthokeratology (CRT) lenses and challenging multifocal patients.
Dr. Kuzniar is a consultant for Alcon, and travels to teach optometrists and students new technologies in the contact lens industry. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and an active member of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Kuzniar is happily married with one daughter and a dog. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Detroit Red Wings.
Dr. Ellery Isaac
Dr. Isaac was born and raised in L’Anse, Michigan located on the shores of Lake Superior. In her senior year of high school she fell in love with optometry after being prescribed contact lenses for the first time. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ferris State University. Continuing on to graduate with distinction from The Michigan College of Optometry. Throughout Optometry school she completed in-depth training in low vision, speciality contact lens fittings and ocular disease. Her clinical disease training was done at the Battle Creek Veterans Association Hospital where she became confident in managing glaucoma.
She believes staying involved and supporting her profession is very important and is a current member of the American Optometric Association and the Michigan Optometric Association. She frequently reads, studies and attends optometric conferences around the country to stay up to date with research to ensure she is providing top quality eye care to her patients.
Dr. Isaac strives to give her patients clear, comfortable vision by providing comprehensive eye exams for all ages. She specializes in treating chronic dry eye based on each individual patients symptoms and lifestyle. She also fits a variety of speciality contact lenses including orthokeratology, to help manage myopia in children, and scleral lenses for severe dry eye and keratoconus. She uses her knowledge and state of the art technology to diagnose glaucoma and develop a management plan that is right for each patient.
She loves calling metro Detroit home and is excited to be the newest member of Birmingham Vision Care. Outside of the office, Dr. Isaac enjoys running with her dog Turner, cooking and traveling with her husband Chris.