Gailmard Eye Center - Our Practice

Gailmard Eye Center

Gailmard Eye Center

Gailmard Eye Center is a nationally recognized practice of optometry that was established on Ridge Road in Munster in 1976. The clinic has grown into one of the largest and most successful independent optometric practices in the country. This success has occurred by word-of-mouth referral and is largely the result of a constant quest for excellence in patient service and satisfaction. We want Gailmard Eye Center to serve as your family's eye care practice for life. We work to earn that trust through investment in new technology for clinical eye care, continuing medical education for doctors and staff, a huge inventory of optical lenses and contact lenses, exclusive eyeglass frames, and an on-site lens manufacturing lab.

Neil Gailmard, O.D.

Dr. Neil Gailmard, a Munster native, opened Gailmard Eye Center after receiving his B.S. and O.D. degrees from Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Gailmard served as a clinical professor at Illinois College of Optometry for 20 years, and as a Benedict Professor of Practice Management at University of Houston College of Optometry. He lectures frequently at national eye care conferences. Neil received the Presidential Medal of Honor and the Alumni Achievement Award from Illinois College of Optometry.

After receiving his MBA degree with distinction in 1998, Dr. Gailmard opened Gailmard Consulting, a practice management firm that assists other eye doctors and the optical industry. A well-known author in professional publications, Dr. Gailmard has served as an editor of Optometric Management and Review of Optometry magazines and has published over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is currently editor of the Management Tip of the Week e-newsletter, which has a distribution of over 14,000 eye care professionals worldwide. Dr. Gailmard is a member of the American Optometric Association and created and chaired the AOA's award-winning Practice Management University program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Susan Gailmard, O.D.

Dr. Susan Gailmard received her doctorate from Illinois College of Optometry after completing her undergraduate studies at Indiana University. Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Dr. Susan is a graduate of Andrean High School. She joined husband Neil in practice immediately after completing her training when their office was located in Harrison Ridge Square in Munster. She was instrumental in the location and design of the present eye center building, which was built in 1985, and a new optical wing was added in 1992. The eye center received the Beautification Award from the Town of Munster in 1986.

Dr. Susan specializes in fitting contact lenses of all types and has served as a clinical investigator for contact lens research studies of new lens materials and care products. She is co-author of a book chapter in Specialty Contact Lenses, a medical textbook published by Saunders. Susan was voted Best Optometrist in the Calumet Region in a Times newspaper reader poll. Many patients still remember when Dr. Gailmard played herself in the role of an optometrist in a nationally acclaimed television commercial for McDonald's Restaurants, commemorating the company's 50-year anniversary.

Katharine Moles, O.D.

A native of Schererville, Indiana, Dr. Katharine Moles received her B.S. and O.D. degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. She completed a hospital based residency in primary care optometry at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Danville, Illinois in 1994 and joined Gailmard Eye Center that same year. Dr. Moles completed clinical rotations at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta and Indianapolis Eye Care Center. She was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and was the recipient of the Sunsoft Award for Achievement in Contact Lenses. Dr. Moles was co-author of a research paper titled "Corneal Molding Recovery After Contact Lens Wear". Dr. Moles is certified in the treatment of eye disease and she has completed post-graduate courses in retina, cornea, glaucoma, and laser vision correction. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and Indiana Optometric Association.

Michelle Millard, O.D.

Dr. Michelle Millard is from Michigan City, Indiana. She earned her B.S. degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette in the field of medical technology and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Millard completed an externship in primary care optometry and ocular disease at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and joined Gailmard Eye Center in 1997. Dr. Millard is licensed to diagnose and treat diseases of the eye. She has completed numerous continuing medical education courses, including courses in laser vision correction. She has served as a clinical research investigator for several contact lens and solution manufacturers seeking FDA approval of new lens materials and designs. Dr. Millard is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Indiana Optometric Association, the Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana, and the National Association for Down Syndrome.

Amanda Sprehe, O.D.

Dr. Amanda Sprehe graduated from Crown Point High School, received her B.S. degree in biology from Purdue University Calumet and her O.D. degree from Indiana University School of Optometry, all with honors. She served as an associate instructor at IU, was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and worked in clinical externships at Michiana Eye Center and Muncie Eye Center. While in optometry school, Dr. Sprehe received the Deanís Research Scholarship, Crown Point Lionís Club Scholarships and the Acuvue Contact Lens Award.

Dr. Sprehe helped develop the Pediatric Vision Clinic at Gailmard Eye Center, where she specializes in vision problems of children and vision therapy. Much of this work centers on disorders such as amblyopia, strabismus, binocular vision deficiencies, perceptual problems and learning disabilities. Dr. Sprehe is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Optometric Extension Program, and the Indiana and American Optometric Associations.

Optical Department

You'll love selecting new glasses in our beautiful, spacious optical department! We have over 2,000 frames on display, in all the latest designs, including over 500 pairs of name brand sunglasses. Some of our exclusive eyewear brands include Anne et Valentine, Gold & Wood, Try Change, Ooh la la Paris, Jimmy Choo, BCBG Maxazaria, Juicy Couture, Fendi, Brooks Brothers, Armani, Coach, Daniel Swarovski, Dolce & Gabana, Versace, Prada, Oliver Peoples, Oakley, Maui Jim and more. Our highly trained staff of opticians will answer all your questions about the various types of lenses, and they will make sure you have a perfect fit. We even feature a high-tech virtual try-on video system, so you can see what you'll look like in your new glasses!

We have patient-friendly policies and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Our on-site laboratory allows us to provide very fast service and the highest quality workmanship. All glasses are thoroughly inspected for quality control and prescription accuracy before they are dispensed.

Lens Manufacturing Lab

Our on-site lab for lens surfacing and finishing enables us to provide the very best service and fast delivery of eyeglasses. We manufacture lenses in all designs, from single vision to progressive no-line multifocals, and we use the most advanced plastics, such as anti-reflective, high-index and polycarbonate.