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Dr. Jill Schultz is a Minnesota native. After her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, she obtained a Doctorate of Optometry degree with honours from Pacific University College of Optometry. During her training, she developed a greater interest in children's vision and strabismus, which led her to pursue a residency fellowship in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy from the Southern California College of Optometry. Her interests and experience include pediatric eye care, binocular vision, pediatric and adult strabismus, pediatric contact lens fitting, neurorehabilitative optometry and evaluation of those with special needs.
Dr. Schultz serves on the MOA Children's Vision Committee, is a former Minnesota Optometric Association board member and a Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, College of Optometrists for Vision Development and one of 13 Fellows of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor and Residency Director affiliated with Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr Schultz enjoys spending time with her children and husband, cooking, volunteering her skills to the community, church, Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program and third world eye care missions, which include Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile and El Salvador.
Dr. Kelsey Manescalco was born and raised in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. She attended Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville for her undergraduate education where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology-Medical Sciences. At SIUe, Dr. Kelsey was involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including founding the University's Pre-Optometry Association to help guide interested students on their path to the profession. She went on to attend the University of Missouri - St Louis College of Optometry. During her optometric education, she served on the board of trustees for the American Optometric Student Association. In her free time, Dr. Kelsey enjoys playing or coaching volleyball, crafting, and playing with her dogs. She enjoys working with a variety of patients which is evident from her previous clinical experiences ranging from Primary Care to, Pediatrics and Vision therapy, to Treatment and Management of Disease.
Dr. Nina Watercott received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago after completing undergraduate work in biomedical sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Having developed a love for the speciality of vision therapy, she completed a residency in vision therapy and rehabilitation at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Dr. Watercott has special interests in binocular vision and rehabilitation of patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. She is currently a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and in the summer of 2016 had the privilege of teaching workshops on vision rehabilitation to healthcare professionals in Madagascar. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, learning new languages, exploring the food scene in the Twin Cities and running (which helps counter her love of food). She is very excited to be a part of the Bright Eyes team!
Dr. Megan Thistle is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry, in Oregon. While at Pacific earning her Doctorate of Optometry degree, she also earned a Master's degree in Education, specifically how vision relates to learning. Prior to this, she earned undergraduate degrees in Pre-professional Studies and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Megan is a north-central Wisconsin native, and happy to be coming back to the Midwest! She loves working with kids and developing engaging vision therapy programs for patients. She has a special interest in helping people through their recovery journeys after brain injuries. While in optometry school, she enjoyed service trips to locations like Costa Rica, Philippines and Nicaragua, and volunteering at the Special Olympics Opening Eyes programs. Dr. Megan’s clinical experience ranges from vision therapy in Seattle, to the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Lexington, KY and speciality contact lenses in St. Louis, MO. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, baking and reading.