Our Doctors

  • Dr. Joseph Grasso

    Dr. Joseph Grasso is a 1975 graduate of Illinois College of Optometry. Upon graduation, he married his wife Bernice E. Fitzgerald in Chicago and immediately left to serve four years in the Army as an optometrist. He served the entire tour with the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. After his daughter Kerrie and son Bud were born, Dr. Grasso and his family moved to Pinckneyville, Illinois and started private practice.

    Dr. Grasso seeks to further his education by regularly attending classes and seminars about ocular pathology and pharmacology. Dr. Grasso has the utmost concern for his patients' eye health and well being. His thorough and gentle approach is appreciated by all his patients of all ages.

    In addition to private practice, Dr. Grasso has also served his country by remaining in the Army and then Air Force Reserve until his retirement from the military in 2008. This allows Dr. Grasso and Bunny to spend more time with their young grandson Evan, Henry and Harper.

  • Dr. Lawrence Soellner

    Dr. Lawrence Soellner is a 1990 graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry. His education began as a passion for vision research and neurophysiology at Purdue University. He continues that calling to better understand the human eye and vision system by attending many advanced courses in ocular pathology, especially glaucoma. He also participates in investigative clinical trials for new innovative contact lenses, most recently a new gas permeable, simultaneous viewing bifocal. He continues to expand his fitting experiences within the very specialized category of 'medically necessary contacts'. These unique cases have no other option for clear vision outside of very customized contact designs or materials.

    Dr. Soellner is active in many community and service organizations and has held offices in most. He has also volunteered time for his profession by serving on Illinois Optometric Association's executive committee. He is also an active member of the American Optometric Association.

    Most of Dr. Soellner's free time is spent enjoying family experiences with his wife and three children but if time permits you may find him tooling about the local lakes in his antique wooden Chris Craft.

  • Dr. Carolyn Gibson

    Dr. Carolyn Gibson graduated from the University of Missouri School of Optometry in 1995. Dr. Gibson also completed a hospital based residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tacoma, WA for ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation. During her time there she enjoyed working with veterans and was able to help them manage their vision problems from diagnosis and treatment to providing them with magnifying devices to better enable them to function in their tasks of daily living. At Southern Illinois Eyecare, Dr. Gibson provides comprehensive family eyecare with a continued emphasis on ocular disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. She continually updates her knowledge of the many technological and medical advances made in both the treatment and diagnosis of these eye diseases and is often an invited speaker for community presentations on the aging eye.

    Dr. Gibson is a member of the American Optometric Association, past president of the Southern Illinois Optometric Society and is involved in Rotary International and Girl Scouts. She also enjoys a busy family life with her husband and two children.

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