Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Ann Allison grew up in Kittanning. Her interest in optometry developed while working as an optician during the summer in college. She graduated magna cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. Dr. Allison chose to attend the New England College of Optometry in Boston and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001.
Following Optometry school, Dr. Allison pursued an additional year of post-graduate study in primary care optometry. She moved to Gallup, New Mexico and worked with the outpatient clinic of the Gallup Indian Medical Center until completing her residency in 2002.
In her spare time Dr. Ann enjoys yoga, piano, running and is an avid reader.
When asked, “Why did you decide to become an optometrist?” Dr. James Allison typically responds, “Because it fits my two biggest strengths: good personal skills matched up with a good solid understanding of the sciences."
Dr. Allison received his undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration and worked in the federal computer contracting field in Washington, DC before going back to school to pursue optometry.
Dr. Allison graduated from the New England College of Optometry as an honors student in 2001 and then went on to complete a hospital-based residency in primary care optometry in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Over the past ten years since completing the residency he has worked in both Hospital and private practice locations.
Many patients recognize Dr. Shapiro from his private practice, as well as from his involvement in countless other Butler organizations. He began his career in the U.S Navy as a young man. Following his military service, he graduated from Seton Hill University and went on to obtain dual degrees from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry and the Chicago College of Optometry. Following his years in solo practice, he was an associate of Dr. Frank Genovese, ophthalmic surgeon.
He currently serves on the Board of the Butler Co. Chamber of Commerce, as past president, and has been a shaping hand in almost every facet of life in Butler. His community involvement has included serving on the board of directors for the Butler Co. YMCA, Catholic Social Services, Butler Co. Girl Scouts, Butler Co. Symphony, Butler Co. PARC, and the Butler Renaissance Commission, as well as having helped found the Chicora Nursing Facility, Butler Pony & Prep Baseball League, and the Butler 10K Run.