Dr. Randall Ricketts
Owner | Chief Vision Mechanic
Dr. Ricketts attended The University of Wisconsin and pursued a major in chemistry. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he continued his education at the Illinois College of Optometry, earning a Doctorate of Optometry in 1990. He also attended Vandercook College of Music for a year. While attending the Illinois College of Optometry Dr. Ricketts completed many internships: Primary Care, Ocular Emergencies, Vision Therapy and Low Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute. He has State Board Certifications in Illinois and Ohio; and is Therapeutically Licensed by the National Board of Optometry for the treatment of Ocular Diseases.
While practicing Optometry in Chicago for over twenty years, Dr. Ricketts has had the privilege of helping many amazing people. Offering continual care and service to “old friends”, while meeting new people everyday is what makes his job so great. Dr. Ricketts has established Eye Mechanix to be integrated into the community by donating services and forging partnerships with many Chicago not-for-profit organizations.
Business Manager | Crew Chief
Jamie brings her entrepreneurial spirit and accounting experience to Eye Mechanix as the Business Manager. After college at The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes) she honed her business skills with her family as the Operations Manager for a conglomerate of restaurants, brewpubs, and other hospitality ventures. She moved to Chicago in 2000 with her son, Sean, and worked as the Accounting Manager for one of Chicago’s favorite music venues.
In 2012 Jamie started working with Dr. Randy learning the optometry business. If you have questions about vision insurance, our services, or have a marketing idea, give Jamie a call. Her motto is “everything matters”… and she drives the Eye Mechanix team crazy with her attention to every detail and wacky guerilla marketing ideas.
Optician | Vision Wrangler
John joined the Eye Mechanix team in 2015. He has been in the optical industry for over 8 years. He began in a lab, edging and mounting lenses and adjusting frames for a better fit and prescription optimization. His previous positions have been lab technician, contact lens technician, manager and optician. Currently, John is our lead optician ready to help you with your eyewear and eye care needs.
John relocated to Chicago from Iowa over 12 years ago. He enjoys all Chicago has to offer; dining, craft beers, the lakefront and summer festivals to name a few. He embraces the diversity and beauty of Chicago. He spends his spare time with his pets and acts with two small theatre companies.
Stop in for a frame adjustment, eye glass cleaning or to select a new frame. John enjoys helping patients find their style and offer the best lens options for your prescription.
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