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Dr. Thomas Dempsey

Dr. Tom Dempsey is a graduate of Lafayette College and  SUNY Optometry. Upon graduation in 1991, he followed his wife Wendy to Connecticut and began his career in eye care.  He joined Eye Care Associates in Prospect, CT as the practice's pathology and ocular disease specialist.  He took over Colchester Eye Care in 1997 and has treasured caring for the wonderful families in the local communities ever since!  He expanded his practice in 2006, opening Hebron Eye Care.

Dr. Dempsey practices family eye care with special interests in ocular disease, dry eye management, refractive surgery and contact lenses.  He also loves working with children.  He has two beautiful daughters of his own that you will feel like you know once you've visited his office.

Dr. Dempsey is one of the most caring people in the world.  He puts everyone's needs before his own.  He is the type of doctor that will call and check up on his patients long after the office has been closed not because he has to, but because he is still thinking about them and really cares to know how they are doing.  He truly loves his profession and patients.

He is Advanced Care certified, a member of The American Optometric Association, The Connecticut Association of Optometrists, National Kidney Foundations Team Connecticut,  The Colchester Lions Club, VOSH Connecticut (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and is very involved with promoting organ and tissue donation.

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Dr. Alexandra Sadanowicz

Dr. Alexandra (Ola) Sadanowicz graduated from Loomis Chaffee School and went on to study Biology and Creative Writing in Waterville, ME and graduated cum laude in 2008.  She continued her education after college at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, and graduated as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honors society. Winner of the Marchon Eyewear Award for Excellence in Practice Management, Dr. Sadanowicz furthered her interest in geriatrics, ocular disease, and primary care by doing a residency at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Newington, CT, where she was honored to serve our Veteran population.  During the course of this residency, Dr. Sadanowicz gained significant experience in the treatment and co-management of macular degeneration, glaucoma, ocular trauma, inflammatory eye diseases, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.

Both during her education and after graduating, Dr. Sadanowicz has worked in several pediatric and specialty practices and loves working not only with children of all ages but also those with special needs.  Dr. Sadanowicz is an Advanced Care Certified Optometrist, CPR certified, and a member of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists as well as the American Optometric Society.  Dr. Sadanowicz was raised locally in Bolton, CT and is fluent in the Polish language.

"After my residency I worked at several optometry offices but decided that the best fit for me is Colchester and Hebron Eye Care. One of my favorite things about working at Hebron and Colchester Eye Care is how we take a really personal approach to eyecare:  We are treating the patient as a whole person rather than just a set of eyes. The pace that we keep in our office allows me to address the whole range of concerns that a patient has, rather than just one specific thing at a time. I also love how this office really functions like a whole family rather than a workplace. Everyone comes to work happy to be here, and you can really tell."

When not working, Dr. Ola enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing/kayaking, learning to surf, traveling, reading novels, and quilting.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ola to see why patients and staff are all raving about her!

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Dr. Rupali Mistry

Dr. Rupali Mistry graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology. She then pursued Optometry at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University graduating with Highest Honors while also being the Treasurer at Beta Sigma Kappa (Honor Society).

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Mistry enjoys hiking, traveling, volunteering, photography, and traditional Indian dance. She is also fluent in Hindi and Gujarati (both Indian dialects).

​​Through her prior experience, Dr. Mistry has advanced in the diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior ocular conditions. Dr. Mistry especially enjoys examining children due to their unique personalities.

Dr. Mistry is very excited to join Colchester and Hebron Eye Care because of their family work environment. She can’t wait to welcome you as her next patient!

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Dr. Brittany Jones

Dr. Brittany Jones completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Binghamton with a Bachelors degree in biological sciences. She then obtained her Doctorate of Optometry from MCPHS University. During optometry school, she held the role of vice president for the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society and secretary of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. She was active with community service during her training and completed a week-long trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua as part of a VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) mission trip. Dr. Jones continued her education after graduating by completing a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Newington, CT. Dr. Jones became well-versed with treating and managing ocular conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, ocular surface disease, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy during residency.

Dr. Jones has worked in various settings including hospital-based, private practice, commercial, and academia as adjunct faculty at MCPHS University. Dr. Jones has become well-trained in managing ocular care for patients of all ages.  She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, and she is currently pursuing her fellowship through the American Academy of Optometry. In her free time, Dr. Jones enjoys travelling, bodybuilding for figure competitions, academic research, and riding her Harley.

​"​When I first interviewed with Colchester Eye Care, I was looking for a practice that shared my values of patient care. I wanted a practice that provides top quality eye care and a friendly work environment. My experience with this practice has far exceeded my expectations. The doctors and staff were so warm and welcoming even before I started working here. They are such a friendly group and they truly care about every single person that walks through the door. I consider myself lucky to be able to work with such an amazing group of people."

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Kathyann Lizotte

Ophthalmic Technician

Kathyann is our Ophthalmic Technician who will see you for pretest before our doctors complete your comprehensive eye exam.

Kathyann meets and greets the patients in a warm welcoming manner to get them prepared to see the doctor. She will review your history and address any concerns. She also performs the diagnostic testing to help the doctor diagnose eye disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye disease. She also trains people how to wear and care for contact lenses.

Drs. Dempsey and Sadanowicz met Kathyann at a Colchester vision screening they assisted at in 2014. She had been employed in the eye care field as an ophthalmic technician in an ophthalmology practice for over 15 years. She is extremely bright and caring and conscientious and they knew instantly that she would fit in with our practice. We were lucky enough to convince her to join our practice in January of 2016. She is a dynamo! Her deep love and understanding of people and eye care are a rare combination. She has made the lives of both the patients and doctors better every day.

Kathyann enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, music, hiking and enjoying the outdoors."I love helping people see! I love working at Colchester Eye Care because I know patients will get a thorough eye exam and can improve their vision ,* whether it be with contact lenses* or some very* fashionable eye glass or sunglass frames. I think Colchester Eye Care is the best practice. The Doctors provide compassionate and personalized eye care for all of our patients,* as well as provide them with the greatest* eye care,* diagnostic, and treatment options. They take their time to talk to the patients and let them know important information about their eye conditions as well as to describe treatment options.

I love working here!* The doctors are absolutely the best,* and the staff here at Colchester Eye Care is very passionate, social and trustworthy, and make me feel like part of a family."

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Sharon Neyer

Licensed Optical Manager

Sharon came to us with the most glowing recommendations from her previous employers. She loves and knows the optical industry through and through. She is willing to try new things and is excited to bring in some new frame lines in Hebron Eye Care. Come check out what is new!

I started in optical part time 30 years ago, my manager at the time helped me to find the passion for it that I still have today. I became ABO certified in 1989 and still continue to learn more about my field. I love helping patients achieve their best vision by finding the right fit and style. I personally love wearing glasses as a fashion statement but also understand how the right lens design and treatments are important. I stay up to date on eyewear fashion by reading 20/20, Eyecare Business, attending Vision Expo's and meeting with our frame vendors to constantly switch out our frames to the latest "hot" styles.

My hobbies are my family, husband of 26 years and 3 grown children that I adore. I have 3 Teddy Bear dogs that keep me busy and am very involved in my church.

I am so excited to be part of Hebron Eye Care, I love the professionalism and knowing that our patients are the first priority. We have a great team that not only cares about each patient but also each other, all with the same goal...quality care and great environment.

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Heather Thompson

Licensed Optical Manager

I graduated from Middlesex Community College in 2014 with my Associates in Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing and two national certifications (ABOC and NCLEC), and I became a licensed optician in 2015.

My optical background has been a mix of retail sales, lab work, and management in different corporate settings. My goal has always been to get into a private practice and leave the corporate world, so when I heard that Colchester Eye Care was looking for a new optical manager, I just had to jump on the opportunity!

Colchester Eye Care is such a close work family and I am so happy that they all welcomed me with open arms. I have never met a nicer group of people working in one place! Everyone gets along great and I think the energy just flows to the patients and everyone, both employees and patients, have a great time as soon as they step foot in the door!
The biggest change for me is finally being able to have a say in what frames are in the store and there are so many different styles and brands that weren’t available to me in the corporate optical. Right now, I would have to say that my favorite frames are all of the ones with fun colors.

When I’m not at work, I am most likely at home binging some new show on Netflix and hanging out with my boyfriend, Matt, and our two cats, Whiskey and Tango.

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Michele McCormick

Optician’s Assistant

Michele has been so loyal to Colchester Eye Care for so many years we had to find a place within our eye care family for her!  When we decided to add another assistant to our awesome optical team, Karen suggested talking to Michele.  She had always admired her intelligence and personality and thought she would be a great fit to our team.  We all agreed and Michele is our new Optician's assistant.

Michele comes to us with many years of extensive customer service, including retail store management, sales and marketing.  She is great at multi-tasking, and enjoys helping customers and meeting new patients!

"I've been a patient at CEC for many years  and  got  to know Dr. Dempsey and  his wife Wendy. Their high level of personal, competent,  and friendly service kept me coming back, in addition to their long-time personable & caring staff, including Tracy Gale & Karen Cullinen . I have referred my family members  and friends to CEC as I trust them for my eye care and for my family's as well.  When the opportunity arose to work part-time it seemed liked the perfect fit, based on my positive experiences.”

Michele lives in town and has raised three wonderful sons with her husband. She is an active volunteer in her  community currently with the Boy Scouts & the Colchester Land Trust. We hope you get a chance to say hello to Michele when you come in!

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Kellee Mefford

Licensed Optician

Kellee has worked for Colchester Eye Care on and off for almost 10 years.  She is a licensed optician who has been in the optical field over 20 years.  She is a graduate of the Middlesex Community College optician's program.  We have been lucky enough to have her coming back again and again to fill in when we need her.  She is bright and caring and loves to help people.

Kellee says:  "I really enjoy selling eyeglasses. In my free time I like spending time with my family, being outdoors, and gardening. I really enjoy working at Colchester Eye Care. The doctors and staff all make you feel so welcome. I'm so happy to be part of such a wonderful place."

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Jenna

Optical Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician and Receptionist

We are excited that we have found a fabulous addition to our eye care team. Jenna comes to us with years of optical experience in many different roles. She is taking that knowledge and her upbeat personality and bringing it to join right in with our amazing staff at Colchester and Hebron Eye Care. You will never know where you will meet up with Jenna in our offices. She can do it all and do it all really well. Jenna says: " I happily joined the team here at Colchester and Hebron Eye Care, where I do a little bit of everything from receptionist duties, to optical measurements, to technician pretests. Not only am I new to the team, but I'm also new to Connecticut, I am excited to start this new journey with some great new co-workers and doctors, that gave me the most heartwarming welcome. I worked in Optical for two years as an assistant manager helping patients pick out frames and lenses to best meet their needs. I also worked for an Optometry office for two years as Lead Optometric Technician where I reviewed patients history, and performed the diagnostic testing before the doctor completed the comprehensive exam. I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, hiking, fishing, and really anything that has to do with the outdoors. I really enjoy working for Colchester and Hebron Eye Care because I know all the patients are getting the most exceptional care that they can possibly get for their eyes. The doctors provide personalized care for each patient and have a way of making you feel right at home to get all of your eye needs taken care of. I love working here! The staff are all extremely compassionate about their jobs, and have a way of making you feel comfortable and part of the family."

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Robin Kelley

Robin has been a friend of the practice for many years. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. We were so thrilled to snatch her up to come help our patients. She loves helping people and you will feel it the minute you meet her. She is bright, caring and loves to make people look great. Come in and meet her

I am so excited to be a part of the Hebron Eye Care family. I was first introduced to the practice after my son (8 yrs old at the time) had his eye screening at school and we received the infamous paper stating it was recommended that he see an eye doctor. Shortly thereafter he became a patient of Dr. Dempsey. Each year we both looked forward to his exam because we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the office. All these years later (he's 17 now) and I am so happy to call all these wonderful people my coworkers!!

When I'm not in the office, you can likely find me in a hockey rink or at a lacrosse game with my husband and 3 children.

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Carolyn Aloia

Carolyn grew up in Colchester and has been a long time patient at Colchester Eye Care. After going to school for a few years working towards a health science degree, Carolyn realized her passion for eye care and optical work. She is a current student at Goodwin College in the vision care technology program and is studying to become a licensed optician. Carolyn has a passion for helping people and providing an excellent experience for everyone who comes into the office. She has years of experience in customer service and is eager to learn every aspect of the eye care industry. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, playing the ukulele, and spending time with her fiance Dave and dog Quinn.

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Karin Cooke

Colchester Office Manager

Karin is one of those people you like the minute you meet her. She is a great combination of intelligent, caring and driven. She loves working with the public and is a pleasure to work with.  She will likely be the first face you see when you walk in our office and we know she will do everything she can to make your visit very pleasant.

Karin grew up in Colchester and graduated from Bacon Academy. She resides in East Hampton with her husband and four children. She has thirteen years of office administration working in a healthcare center located in Wallingford, CT. Karin also has experience working for the East Hampton Public Schools in the office and the Autism Dept.

She is very happy to join the Colchester Eye Care family where she can work closely with the doctors, optical and office staff to provide quality, professional and caring services to all its patients. It is also fun for her to be back in her old home town and reacquainting with old friends.  She is never too busy to say hello!

We feel lucky to have found another kind, funny, smart person to work with our eye care family.  Come on in and meet Karin for yourself.

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Mary DeVeau

Hebron Office Manager

There really is something about Mary! Actually, there are many things - she is smart, sweet, funny, organized, caring, honest and true.  To meet her is to like and respect her.

Mary has been a medical office manager for 25 years and she really knows her stuff!  The doctors that she worked for in the past could not say enough good things about her and we now know why.  We hope we never have to tell a future employer how wonderful she really is!!!

Mary is a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.  She spends her spare time caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and migratory birds.  In addition to the wildlife that regularly passes through, she shares her home  in Lebanon Ct, with a permanent assortment of dogs, cats, horses, goats, a potbellied pig, and an African grey parrot. Needless to say, things are hopping at her house!

Mary states that "The main reason I decided to join Hebron Eye Care is because it is important to me to work with people who lend a personal touch in caring for their patients and who I enjoy working with.  It is also very important to me to be able to look forward to going to work every day!"

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Wendy Dempsey

Accounting Manager

Wendy is Dr. Dempsey's wife. In 1998 she left her career as an actuary to help her husband with the business of  Colchester Eye Care. She has assumed many roles over the years: receptionist, optician, office manager, frame stylist, and technician.

Wendy is currently linked from her home in Hebron and wearing the bookkeeper's hat. She is the queen of email so feel free to email her with any questions or concerns.  While she misses all the patients/friends she used to see on a daily basis she loves staying home with her two daughters!

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Jenna

Optical Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician and Receptionist

We are excited that we have found a fabulous addition to our eye care team. Jenna comes to us with years of optical experience in many different roles. She is taking that knowledge and her upbeat personality and bringing it to join right in with our amazing staff at Colchester and Hebron Eye Care. You will never know where you will meet up with Jenna in our offices. She can do it all and do it all really well. Jenna says: " I happily joined the team here at Colchester and Hebron Eye Care, where I do a little bit of everything from receptionist duties, to optical measurements, to technician pretests. Not only am I new to the team, but I'm also new to Connecticut, I am excited to start this new journey with some great new co-workers and doctors, that gave me the most heartwarming welcome. I worked in Optical for two years as an assistant manager helping patients pick out frames and lenses to best meet their needs. I also worked for an Optometry office for two years as Lead Optometric Technician where I reviewed patients history, and performed the diagnostic testing before the doctor completed the comprehensive exam. I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, hiking, fishing, and really anything that has to do with the outdoors. I really enjoy working for Colchester and Hebron Eye Care because I know all the patients are getting the most exceptional care that they can possibly get for their eyes. The doctors provide personalized care for each patient and have a way of making you feel right at home to get all of your eye needs taken care of. I love working here! The staff are all extremely compassionate about their jobs, and have a way of making you feel comfortable and part of the family."

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Carolyn Aloia

Carolyn grew up in Colchester and has been a long time patient at Colchester Eye Care. After going to school for a few years working towards a health science degree, Carolyn realized her passion for eye care and optical work. She is a current student at Goodwin College in the vision care technology program and is studying to become a licensed optician. Carolyn has a passion for helping people and providing an excellent experience for everyone who comes into the office. She has years of experience in customer service and is eager to learn every aspect of the eye care industry. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, playing the ukulele, and spending time with her fiance Dave and dog Quinn.

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Terry Brehant

Medical Insurance Specialist

Terry comes to us with over 15 years of medical and dental administrative work mostly in the insurance area.  She brings with her knowledge in insurance billing and verification, office management, front desk and customer service.  She will get the best possible insurance coverage for each patient, send out the claims and bring resolution to any denials.

I absolutely love working with the CEC family.  The personal touch that each patient receives from every staff member and doctor is second to none.  The patient comes first from that first phone call, to check in, to the pretests and visit, to working with the opticians and to check out.  It truly is an amazing place to work and consider it a blessing to be part of this incredible team and family.

Terry is a lifelong resident of Hebron. She and her husband of 36 years have raised two amazing daughters, Sara-Beth, a 5th grade teacher and Kathy a senor IT specialist, and have had many pets along the way, including Bianca the chicken and Monkey the geico.  There have been snakes, kittens, dogs, birds and cows!  Terry loves to spend time with family, baking, reading and volunteering at her church.