About The Eye Site
Dr. Jennifer Hazelwood is the owner and founder of The Eye Site. She is originally from Akron, a graduate of Firestone High Schoo and Ohio Universiy. She received her doctorate from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000. After graduating from N.E.C.O., she joined the faculty of her alma mater as a clinical professor and director of eye servive at the South Boston Community Health Center. Dr. Hazelwood also served as staff optometrist at Gillette Company and had her own small private practice while living in Boston until her return to Ohio in the fall of 2008. Dr. Hazelwood now lives in Copley with her husband, Alvaro and their children, Diego and Mia. She board member and membership chair of the new Copley Chamber of Commerce and active in the Ohio Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.
Dr. Michelle Ford joined the practice in the Spring of 2011. She is a 1990 graduate of the Ohio State University’s College of Optometry. She built a successful 18 year practice at the Sears Optical at Rolling Acres. When that office closed, she joined the Eye Site and many patients have happily continued under her care at the Eye Site. Dr. Ford and her family live in the Akron area and enjoy water skiing, snow skiing and boating. Her husband, Dr. Mark Ford has a dental practice in Fairlawn.
Loren Hazelwood, together with his daughter Jennifer opened the Eye Site in the Fall of 2008. Loren is a retired chemist and vice president of a local company. Loren's role at the Eye Site as evolved as the office as grown. In addition to business manager, he has enjoyed the hands on optical part so much that he bacame a state licensed optician in 2011. Loren also lives in Copley with his wife Donna, who also helps out in various ways at the office. The office truly is “family” eye care.
Bojana joined the office in spring of 2011. As the optical manager, she assists patients in selecting the proper frame for their face and lenses for their prescription. She coordinates frame orders with insurance companies, does repairs and adjustments and edges lenses to fit frames. Bojana manages the office’s collection of over 1200 frames. Originally from Serbia Bojana is profiencient in 5 eastern European languages. She will graduated in December 2012 from the University of Akron with a degree in Consumer Marketing. She enjoys fitness, being outdoors and international travel.
Melissa joined the office initially in April 2010 as an intern from Fortis, and we never let her leave. She graduated with a degree in Medical Assisting and Billing in June 2010. While she can be seen at the front desk scheduling and checking in patients, her true skills are as an insurance expert. Melissa bills for all Medical, Medicaid and Medicare exams. Melissa and her husband are eagerly awaiting the birth of their baby in the spring. Melissa enjoys crafting and trying new recipes.
Karla is the newest member of the staff. As the contact lens manager, Karla manages the inventory of contact lenses, orders contacts and holds class for all new contact lens wearers. Karla can teach even the most reluctant patient how to wear contacts successfully! You will meet her at the front desk during most office hours. Karla’s background is in hospitality management and it shows through with her cheery disposition. Karla will be married next summer and enjoys fitness, cooking, gardening and her two dogs; Zoey and Lucy.