- Ocular diseases
- Primary eyecare
- Binocular and low vision
Originally from Chicago, Dr. Fitzgerald now lives in Rockford, Il with her husband. She enjoys spending her summers with her family in Lake Mills, WI enjoying the beautiful Rock Lake and exploring historic sites throughout Chicago.
Volunteer organizations or causes: Humane Society
Why did you choose optometry as your profession?
I wore glasses for the majority of my life. As an athlete and outdoorsman, I constantly struggled with the inconvenience. I knew an answer to my struggles was out there in the way of contact lenses, but I always hesitated to take any action for reasons including anxiety and preconceived notions.
One day, I finally broke down and took that first step to bettering my everyday life… My quality of life. I went to see an optometrist. It was this same day that my life changed. Contact lenses, for as small as they are in stature, made a sweeping change to my life by giving me freedom, self-confidence, and a new zest for life.
I know there are others who share in struggles similar to mine growing up, be they in childhood or adult life. I want to be there to help and support them in taking that next step to a better life.
What do you want your patients to know about your approach to care?
Many of us will experience difficulties with vision at some point in our lives. Most will hesitate to take action due to anxieties and fears they may have associated with a visit to the doctor. I am committed to providing an eye care experience with personalized attention, in a compassionate, caring and friendly environment.
I strive to make my patients feel comfortable and relaxed while building their trust. We are partners in the process. This dynamic allows me to quickly get to the root of their vision problems. I always encourage patients to ask questions and share health information, which can be vital in monitoring, diagnosing, and treating various conditions.
Doctorate in Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry
B.A. Biology, Loyola University of Chicago
Clinical rotations: Midwest Eye Professionals, Great Lakes Naval Base, Illinois Eye Institute
Additional training: Chicago Cornea Consultants