Toshio Nakajima, O.D.
Dr. Toshio Nakajima received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in 1987. A native of Japan, Dr. Nakajima also completed an optometry and ophthalmic optics program in Japan prior to optometry school in the United States.
After graduation from Indiana University, Dr. Nakajima returned to Japan to teach clinical optometry and optics. After one year, he returned to practice full-scope optometry in the United States. He and Dr. Penner opened Elgin Family Eye Care in 1989. For over 30 years, he has been seeing patients and managing the day-to-day operations of the practice.
Dr. Nakajima is a decades-long member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. In his free time, Dr. Nakajima enjoys spending time with his children as well as jogging, tennis, and computer programming.
Michael G. Kennedy, O.D.
Dr. Michael Kennedy did his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor of Sciences in Biology. He then received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he graduated with Beta Sigma Kappa honors.
During his graduate training, he served as a class representative and Executive President of Student Council, and had the honor of being named to the Gold Key Optometric honor society. At Ohio State, he was named Student Leader of the Year, Junior of the Year, and Senior of the Year. At his graduation commencement, he had the honor of receiving the Lyle A. Gassmann Memorial Award.
Prior to joining Elgin Family Eye Care in 2008, Dr. Kennedy gained invaluable experience working for years as an optometric technician in Naperville, IL and during optometry school in Columbus, OH. Dr. Kennedy is an active member of both the American Optometric Association and Illinois Optometric Association. He is an alumnus of the Epsilon Psi Epsilon optometric fraternity.
Dr. Kennedy enjoys spending time with his wife (Kristen), son (Brendan), and dog (Tessie). He also enjoys playing ice hockey, golf, bowling, baseball, and skiing.
Andrew J. Brauer, O.D.
Dr. Andrew Brauer joined Elgin Family Eye Care in 2015. Originally from central Illinois, Dr. Brauer earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He makes his home in Wheaton with his wife, two young daughters, and (canine) best buddy.
Dr. Brauer is a comprehensive optometrist but particularly enjoys fitting contact lenses and practicing myopia control. He believes that virtually anyone can achieve clear, comfortable vision with contact lenses, including those who “have tried everything” at other clinics. Dr. Brauer keeps up with new lens technology and also pays special attention to the unique characteristics of your eyes- both of which are critical to achieving the best outcome. Dr. Brauer uses a full range of mainstream and custom contact lenses (including the increasingly popular scleral lenses) to fit the needs of each individual patient. His other interest, myopia control, refers to treatments that slow a child’s nearsightedness (myopia) getting worse over time. This is important because people who are very nearsighted have lower quality of life related to vision, face higher costs for glasses, and are much more likely to have serious eye health problems such as retinal detachments and macular degeneration. Dr. Brauer feels strongly that the time and energy invested on myopia management during youth can have dramatic and far-reaching lifelong benefits.
Susan M. Penner, O.D.
Dr. Susan M. Penner, O.D. earned her optometry degree with honors from Indiana University in 1987. Dr. Penner was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometry Honor Society and earned the Irvin M. Borish Optometry Award and the Bausch & Lomb Practice Initiation Award
Dr. Penner entered private practice in Mt. Morris in 1987. She and Dr. Nakajima established Elgin Family Eye Care in 1989. In September of 2007, Dr. Penner opened EyeCare Dimensions in Byron, and in June of 2010, the Mt. Morris office merged with EyeCare Dimensions.
Dr. Penner is intimately involved in the management of Elgin Family Eye Care, but sees patients on a daily basis at EyeCare Dimensions in Byron, IL. For more information about that office, go to eyecaredimensions.com.
Outside the office, Dr. Penner is an accomplished keyboard musician, and enjoys theater and her 4 kids Marisa, Erik, Anna, and Naomi.