Dr. Shidlofsky was born and raised in Lawrence, New York. His family moved to the Dallas area when he was 16 years old. In 1980, he graduated from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. Dr. Shidlofsky completed his Pre-Optometry studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. He then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. where he received his BS in 1986 and OD in 1988. Upon graduation, he moved back to to the Dallas area to begin his practice.
Dr. S, as he is known around the office, has been very active in Neuro-developmental Optometry for most of his years in practice. He has developed and integrated many unique therapies that have helped thousands of children who have struggled in school due to vision problems often seen in: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders as well as some of the classic vision problems related to focusing, eye teaming, eye movement skills, visual-spatial skills, and visual perception issues. He has expanded his work to include those with traumatic and acquired brain injury, stroke, and other neurological processing problems. In addition, he works with several professional sports teams in the Dallas area as well as weekend athletes on developing vision skills. Dr. Shidlofsky is a Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program.
Dr. Shidlofsky completed his Fellowship for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2011. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Optometry at: Southern College of Optometry, University of Houston College of Optometry, University of Incarnate Word-Rosenberg College of Optometry and Western University College of Optometry. He is also director of a private practice residency program in pediatrics/vision therapy/sports vision and neuro-vision rehabilitation through Southern College of Optometry.
Dr. Shidlofsky lives in Plano with his wife of 30 years, Sherri. Dr. Shidlofsky has three grown children, Alyssa, Kara and Ian who are spread out throughout the country. He stays active by playing ice hockey, traveling and family activities.
Dr. Kersjes grew up in Southwest Michigan before continuing his education at Colgate University in upstate New York, where he majored in chemistry and was a member of the Raider Men’s swim team. From there he went to Pacific University College of Optometry where he was able to further explore his interests in specialized optometric care of disease, binocular vision, and sports vision. Following graduation, he completed a yearlong residency program with Dr. S focusing on learning related vision issues, traumatic (concussion) and acquired brain injury, and sports vision.
He is now focusing his efforts on expanding the brain injury and sports vision aspects of the office. He has experience working with professional and amateur level athletes as well as working with Baylor, Scott, and White Institute of Rehabilitation for rehab and performance vision. He has also been a member of the International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) to stay up to date in the latest on vision enhancement and concussion management.
In his free time he enjoys playing golf, cooking and continue to stay up to date with a variety of college and pro sports.
Dr. Athena Mears decided to work in optometry because it offered everything she was looking for in a long-term career. Being able to help all different types of people with different conditions makes her job exciting and rewarding. It also allows her to spend time with her friends and family.
She specializes in pediatrics and vision therapy
She likes to hike and be outdoors playing with her dog. She hopes to be able to help any patient that walks into the clinic. She has an older brother who just moved to California and works in medical research, and a younger sister who is about to start her optometric journey at SCO!
Her dad owns a local barbershop, and her mom works for the courthouse. Last, but not least, her 2-year-old hound mix dog. Nellie. She loves to go on adventures with Dr. Mears!
- Doctor of Optometry
- Southern College of Optometry
- Outstanding Clinician Award, graduated Cum laude. member of BSK