Chani Miller, OD
I started to think about becoming an optometrist in high school after seeing the incredible nonsurgical results vision therapy had on my brother’s strabismus (eye turn). The dream was solidified two years later when I experienced the eye opening wonder of being fit with contact lenses (who knew that leaves had spines?). A native New Yorker, I attended Brooklyn College and did my undergraduate research at their Infant’s Vision Center, subsequently graduating in 1989 summa cum laude with honors in psychology. In 1993 I graduated S.U.N.Y. Optometry and joined the staff at the now defunct HIP of New Jersey where I honed my skills working in a multi-disciplinary medical practice. I joined Park Eye Center in 1995 because I felt that private practice would allow me to deliver a higher quality of care to my patients. Living in the community where I practice has given me the incredible opportunity to provide superior vision care with a personal touch, and this has remained the cornerstone of the practice mission. Experiences ranging from the mundane (seeing a child’s face light up when putting on a first pair of glasses) to the remarkable (diagnosing diabetes or a brain tumor on a “routine” exam) make every day a rewarding one. It is very important to me to help nurture the next generation of optometrists, so our office routinely employs pre-optometry undergraduate students as technicians. I am a member of the American Optometric Association, the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and I am a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. I am married to the guy that sat next to me in history class on the first day of college, and together we have raised two amazing daughters. When I am not seeing patients I enjoy swimming, yoga, reading and writing. I am also addicted to yarn,and as a serious knitter/crocheter I am always thrilled when patients come in with their projects so we can swap ideas and patterns. Together with the incredible staff at Park Eye Center my goal is to help every patient experience clear vision through healthy, beautiful eyes.
Krishna Patel, OD
Nothing brings me more joy than knowing that I can make a difference by improving someone’s vision. I knew that Optometry is what I wanted to do when I volunteered to help with vision screenings while I was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University.
I received my degree from SUNY College of Optometry. My clinical experience includes an externship at Omni Eye Services, where I worked alongside ocular specialists and worked with pre and post-op cataract patients and an externship working with veterans at VA Lyons in NJ where I helped manage glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. During my internship at SUNY College of Optometry I also gained experience with pediatrics, vision therapy, contact lenses, and ocular diseases.
I love giving back to the community and have volunteered with the “Opening Eyes” program at the NJ Special Olympics. In optometry school I also had the privilege of going on a volunteer mission trip to Jamaica to help treat impoverished communities where I provided children and adults with comprehensive eye exams—it was truly a rewarding experience!
When I am not in the office, I love traveling, cooking with my husband, and watching movies with my family.
Michael Schwartz, OD
One of my greatest joys is to care for my patients’ eye health and assure their visual function. I have been doing this since graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1983, after attending college at Yeshiva University in New York City. I opened Park Eye Center in 1988 at its original location on Raritan Avenue, and, with a dream of providing high level eye care in a state of the art facility, expanded and moved the practice to its current location.
I consider myself “Optometrist Emeritus” in our group and enjoy mentoring our pre-optometry students and staff. I am a member of the American Optometric Association, the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians, and am a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry. I live in Highland Park with my wonderful wife Robin and am blessed with awesome children and grandchildren. We enjoy our frequent travels to visit with them.
I have a love of music and play the trumpet in several community bands, serving as the Managing Director of the Highland Park Community Band and the Highland Swing Jazz Orchestra.