THE STAFF AT The Vision Development Team
Our exceptional eye care staff in North Royalton, Ohio look forward to helping you and your family with all your eye care needs. We will help you select the most appropriate frames or contact lenses and will meticulously fit your new glasses to meet your needs. At The Vision Development Team, we are dedicated to optimizing your vision care.
Meet Our Team in North Royalton, Ohio
Patti is an internationally honored occupational, vision therapist, researcher and author. She is known world-wide for her success in treating children and adults with sensory and motor processing disorders.
Patti received her master’s degree from The Ohio State University College of Education and her occupational therapy degree from the Cleveland State University Department of Health Sciences. Additionally, Patti holds certification in auditory processing using The Listening Program with Bone Conduction from Advanced Brain Technologies and through Integrated Listening Systems. Patti is certified in INPP primitive reflex integration techniques; having studied in England under the direction of Sally Goddard at the Institute of Neurological Physiological Psychology (INPP).
Patti received her certification in vision therapy through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Patti serves on several advisory boards relating to vision in the United States and in Asia. She is also a member of The Optometric Extension Program, and an Advisory Member to the Board of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), an inter-disciplinary group of professionals dedicated to providing patients who have physical or cognitive disabilities as a result of an acquired brain injury with optimal visual rehabilitation services to improve their quality of life.
Patti Andrich is the founder of the Sensory Foundations Program, a neuro-sensory motor program that helps adults and children integrate active primitive reflexes and gain postural stability. Patti specializes in improving the lives of individuals with attention, behavioral, coordination, visual, auditory, anxiety, vestibular and/or emotional regulation challenges.
Patti was named, Vision Therapist of the Year 2020, by the international organization, College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Rob is a graduate of Kent State University, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in business administration while studying economics and business management. Although he enjoyed his work, he didn’t find his true professional passion until he discovered The Vision Development Team. It was when his own daughter, who at the time was a patient in our practice, began training her vision that Rob was able to see firsthand, as a father, the impact that vision therapy made in his daughter’s life. Soon after, he began his training to become a vision therapist. Rob started his career with the Vision Development Team in 2011.
Within a couple of years of working as a vision therapist he knew, there was no going back and that he had found his professional purpose. Rob eagerly completed the scholarly requirements and achieved the prestigious status of becoming a certified optometric vision therapist (COVT) in 2013.
Now Rob volunteers as a mentor for others, around the country who are working to achieve their certification in vision therapy. Rob also serves as a presenter for the Realeyes Program, in local schools, to teach children about their vision. Realeyes is a classroom education program created by the Ohio Optometric Association through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health Save Our Sight Fund. Additionally, he often helps his community by volunteering for the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Reunion and Autism Speaks Walk.
Rob has been married to Courtney RN, BSN for twenty-five years and they have two beautiful adopted children Madelyn and Morgan, and two K-9s Bella and Brooklyn. As a family they enjoy walking and hiking in the Cleveland Metro Parks and attending their children’s sporting events.
Rob’s passion for life experience occurred at age twenty-eight when he was diagnosed with stage four lymphatic cancer. After winning a yearlong battle, he changed from a sedentary lifestyle to an ironman triathlete, Boston Marathon qualifier and finisher and completed the Mohican one-hundred-mile trail run in 23:03. Courtney and Rob have been racing for almost 30 years.
When talking to Rob, it is common for him to mention how grateful he is for the opportunity to work as a vision therapist. In Rob’s words: “Helping people actualize their goals and developing a bonding relationship with each person are my objectives. Changing lives is my goal. Who could ask for a better career!”
Kris is a graduate from Cuyahoga Community College where she studied early childhood education. Soon after, she began her career of working with children. Kris loved her work as a special education assistant with the Parma City School District. After work, she tutored children to help them achieve their IEP (Individualized Education Program) goals.
It was through her tutoring work that she began helping a child who was at the time a client of our practice. Kris was amazed at how quickly the child was able to advance and attain his individual goals. The parent mentioned that ever since she had started vision therapy with her son, his progress exploded. The mother encouraged Kris to contact our office, as she felt Kris would make a “perfect vision therapist”. Kris took the mother’s advice and soon began to volunteer while studying on the side. Kris was employed as a vision therapist in 2012. She completed the educational requirements and examinations to achieve the status of Certified Vision Therapist in 2018.
When Kris is not at work, you will find her at home caring for her mother and her adopted dog. Kris has a great sense of family and is especially proud of her Irish heritage and Irish community which she considers family. For many years, Kris and her mother were sought after entertainers performing as Irish singers for several local Irish events.
Kris also spends a great deal of time volunteering in the community. She especially enjoys returning to the classroom to present the Realeyes Program, in local schools. This is a program that teaches children about their vision. The curriculum for this program was created by the Ohio Optometric Association through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health Save Our Sight Fund.
Adults, children and teens who have had the opportunity to work with Kris will quickly tell you she is joyfully passionate about her work. Kris is always humming a tune, or creating an exercise, making vision training fun and rewarding. Kris has the insight to your eyesight and will help you achieve your goals.
Miss Kristine met the Andrich Family when helping to take care of their youngest son. Kristine was a natural teacher and was looking for a career in child development. The Andrich’s easily identified her exceptional potential to become a vision therapist. After their youngest son went to school, Kristine was encouraged to move forward with the requirements to become a vision therapist. In 2015, she joined the practice. Kristine continued her studies and has earned the prestigious ranking of becoming a Certified Vision Therapist through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Kristine has also attained Vision Development Team certifications in Primitive Reflex Integration and Vision Therapy Skills. Additionally, she is a certified provider of The Listening Program.
Kristine has an extraordinary way of connecting with her patients. She is passionate about her work and has been instrumental in many people’s lives as they have gained the needed skills to thrive in their own lives. She has a gentle, kind, and fun personality as she leads her patients to gain abilities that were once out of reach.
In her spare time, Kristine enjoys spending time with her family, putting together puzzles, playing board games, spending time outside and rallying behind the Cleveland sports teams!
Miss Sandy was inspired by the Truscott family to enter our world of helping individuals feel the joy of success. Sandy has been a team member since 2012. As a mother of two beautiful daughters, one with special needs, Sandy immediately fell in love with our practice. She knew that she was entering a purpose-driven profession. Sandy patiently and artfully inspires the client to thrive as they develop their visual capacities. She has vast experiences working with individuals of all ages and enjoys assisting her clients in improving their sensory integrative abilities. The lives that are touched by Sandy have gone on to make a difference in the world.
Sandy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Education with a minor in Art from the University of Akron. Since then she has achieved the distinguished honor of becoming a Certified Vision Therapist through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She also holds a certification in auditory processing through Advanced Brain Technologies.
Sandy brings fun to the office, as she develops the monthly themes and games that make training visual skills exciting for our clients.While at home, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and her rescued black Labrador/border collie. You might also find her reading, crafting, and loving life!
Alice is a graduate of Grove City College, where she attained bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and French. She later attended Shippensburg University and completed an M.S. in Psychological Science. After completing a master’s thesis pertaining to visual information processing, Alice discovered vision therapy as a way to practically apply what she had learned. After working for a year as a therapist in Canton, she joined the Vision Development in September of 2020. Alice has found her time as a vision therapist to be very fulfilling. Each day presents her with a new opportunity to change a patient’s life, whether they are struggling in school or working to overcome a traumatic brain injury. She is excited to be part of a practice which offers such well-rounded care. Alice moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 2019. She lives in Canton with her husband, Adam, and their adorable banded gecko, Mary. She enjoys reading, maintaining her French skills (and exploring other languages), and playing an active role in her church.
Alyssa has always had a passion for working with children and families. This passion inspired her to begin her professional studies in child and family development through the department of family and consumer sciences at Western. Alyssa discovered vision therapy when working as a nanny. One child she was caring for was enrolled in a vision therapy program. Alyssa enjoyed helping the child practice their vision therapy exercises. She saw the child’s confidence grow as their visual skills improved. This experience sparked her interest, and she pursued the idea of becoming a vision therapist. Alyssa began her first job as an optometric vision therapist in 2015 at WOW Vision Therapy, with offices in Saint Joseph and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Through continued training and education, Alyssa achieved the requirements to become a certified optometric vision therapist in 2018. Soon after, she moved to Illinois and lived her vision therapy passion at Dynamic Center for Vision Therapy, in Naperville, Illinois.
Alyssa enjoys connecting with her patients and helping them achieve success through the therapy process. Her never-ending love for gaining new knowledge enhances her ability to provide the right exercises at the right time, for the right purpose.
She reminds us to “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius
Born a Michigander, Alyssa feels at right home in the Cleveland area, living along the shores of Lake Erie. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with family and friends, hiking throughout the many beautiful Ohio parks, reading, baking, working out, and cheering on her favorite Michigan team, the Spartans