OUR OPTOMETRIC TEAM
Meet our optometric team in Trumbull, Stamford, Southport, & Norwalk, Connecticut. We offer a full range of eye health services to our patient family of all ages - all with personalized attention and a smile. In our eye care office, every patient is treated warmly. Individualized attention is the foundation of our care, to ensure that your eyes remain healthy.
Our mission is to provide exceptional vision care to patients of all ages.
Dr. Schulman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry and Masters in Vision Science degrees from the State University of New York, College of Optometry. Dr. Schulman received her Fellowship in the College of Optometrists for Vision Development and is an Associate member of the Optometric Extension Program, in addition to being an Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry.
Dr. Schulman has lectured extensively on behavioral optometry topics such as vision in the classroom, vision and aging, visual difficulties in the developmentally delayed, and lectured and published on vision and autism. She specializes in behavioral optometry and vision therapy, pediatrics, learning disabilities and preventative, integrative and alternative vision care for all ages. Dr. Schulman enjoys spending time with her children, Jordan, Jared and Jessie, reading and taking yoga and Zumba classes.
Dr. Grygier (“rhymes with Tiger”) graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. He spent several years serving the vision community as both an optician and practice manager before enrolling at the State University of New York College of Optometry. There he began the process of specializing in rehabilitative & binocular vision as well as advanced contact lenses. In addition to receiving academic honors at SUNY, Dr. Grygier served as President of his Class, President of the SUNY Connecticut Association of Optometrists, Research Coordinator for an NIH-funded Amblyopia study, and Treasurer for Student Optometric Volunteer Services to Humanity (SVOSH); through SVOSH he led fellow SUNY optometrists on a mission to help treat the eyes of 1500 community members in Zihuatanejo, Mexico! He is an avid traveler & passionate-but-haphazard tennis player, and he loves spending time with his Westie dog Cameron & 22-year-old cat Misty.
Dr. Singh graduated magna cum laude from Stony Brook University with a BA in Sociology. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry from SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Singh also completed a residency program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at SUNY College of Optometry where she focused on treating patients with eye teaming problems, eye turns, and patients with traumatic brain injuries. In her spare time she enjoys running and yoga.
Dr. Justin Rapp is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then obtained his doctoral degree in 2011 from SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Rapp's clinical experience exposed him to a diverse array of areas ranging from Ocular Disease, Vision Therapy, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Specialty Contact Lenses. He received advanced training in Primary Care and Ocular Disease, completing externships at the Tucson VA Medical Center and OMNI Surgical Center in Atlanta. Dr. Rapp has extensive work experience with a variety of ocular pathology, as well as dry eye, and refractive conditions. He is licensed to practice Optometry in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
When not in the office, he can probably be found at a Crossfit gym or cooking up something delicious.
Why did you decide to become an optometrist?
I grew up playing in my cousin's office, who had his optometry practice built in the garage of his house. I specifically remember being hyper-focused on the phoropter because I loved the way the lenses moved around and around. At 8 years old, I made a project on what I wanted to be when I grew up, and after astronaut and comedian, optometrist came in as #3! I'd consider that as an accomplishment achieved!
What's your favorite part about working at ECA?
Favorite part is joining a team that seems so supportive of one another. I am so excited to work with all of my coworkers and to be able to provide so many different solutions to a variety of vision problems through each doctor's individual specialty and skills.
What is your most inspirational patient story?
My most inspirational patient story was working with a patient who kept saying she felt "strange." She was having a hard time focusing mentally and visually, occasionally reported having double vision, and her eyelids kept drooping throughout the day. Even her speech was somewhat affected. She came to me for new glasses to fix the vision issues, but confided that she didn't trust her primary doctor to address these problems. After a few tests and consultation with a nearby neurologist, we were able to identify a neurological condition called myasthenia gravis. This patient started to feel better after starting the appropriate medication. It improved her quality of life drastically and I made a lifelong friend/patient.
What is your patient care philosophy?
To provide every patient with the utmost professional care, as well as personalized attention, with a little bit of laughter on the side!
What would you want every patient to know about their eye health?
Just because you can see "well" doesn't mean you have healthy eyes and a functional visual system. Everyone needs to consult with an eye care provider for baseline screening!
Dr. Shaby graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York with a BA in mathematics and Dr. Shaby ran the Bayside School of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. He left AHRC to attend the State University of New York College of Optometry from which he graduated in 1976 with the degree of Doctor of Optometry. He then joined the faculty of SUNY College of Optometry where he served as an Assistant Clinical Professor until he retired from the institution after 37 years. His teaching assignments included primary care, special testing, and for most of his tenure, vision therapy and developmental vision. After receiving his degree he concomitantly took a position as an associate with Dr. Richard Kavner in New York City, a practice specializing in vision therapy. He also served as vision consultant for the Churchill School in New York City, a school serving learning disabled children, and a consultant for United Cerebral Palsy in New York City. In 1981 Dr. Shaby opened a private optometry practice in Stamford, CT, where he continues to practice, with focus on children and adults with learning-related vision problems, wandering and lazy eyes, vision issues related to concussion and traumatic brain injury. He has extensive experience in ocular disease and with contact lenses.
He has achieved fellowship status in the American Academy of Optometry and in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and maintains membership in the American Optometric Association and in the Connecticut Association of Optometry.
In 2017 he joined Eye Care Associates.
Dr. Diana Ngo is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology and Spanish. She then obtained her doctoral degree in 2021 from Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry in California. Her training was involved in various arrays of settings: Vision Therapy private practice in Chandler, Arizona; Glaucoma/Medical based private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio; Community Health Clinic in Atwater, California; and Primary/Ocular Disease in VA Tulsa, Oklahoma. The exposure to diverse areas of optometry further solidified her passion for vision therapy, enabling her to apply, and as a result, be accepted into our SUNY residency at EyeCare Associates, PC. After residency, her goal is to bring her expertise in vision therapy into more primary care settings as the first line of treatment and educating more patients about vision therapy/ rehabilitation.
After work, Diana likes to wind down her day enjoying a good rom-com movie or drama. On her days off, she loves to explore various cities, try local famous foods/coffee/boba shops, and visit various parks.
Dr. Tepliz graduated from Boston University with a degree in Health Science. During the first few years of her undergraduate career, she spent many hours volunteering at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in order to explore the many avenues of medicine. While volunteering, she learned of Unite for Sight, a nonprofit organization with a mission to raise money and provide global eye care and surgeries to patients without such access to care.
Shortly thereafter, she joined the Boston University chapter of Unite for Sight and assumed the role of Vice President of campus fundraising. This work was very fulfilling and inspired Dr. Tepliz to realize her desire to be a part of improving patients’ vision and quality of life. She then went on to graduate from the New England College of Optometry.
Dr. Tepliz specializes in primary eye care, with a specific focus in dry eye treatment, contact lenses and glasses prescriptions. She is licensed to practice Optometry in Connecticut, New York, and Colorado and is fluent in English and Russian.
In her free time she enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time with her family and puppy.
What our Eye Doctors Have to Say...
At our Trumbull, Southport, Norwalk and Stamford eye care clinics, we handle everything from adult and children’s eye exams and hard-to-fit contact lenses, to eye emergencies, treatment of eye diseases and co-management of eye surgery such as LASIK.
Expert eye care solutions should be convenient and easy, and we excel in serving all your vision needs while maximizing the convenience. We are devoted to helping you maximize your vision, so you can enjoy the highest quality of life!
SUNY - Residency Program
Our residency program is a prestigious program for teaching future eye doctors about Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation and vision therapy. Our residents get to learn from our doctors working with patients that almost no other college can offer, out of about 20 vision therapy programs in the country, we are the only practice that offers this type of environment, and we’re partnered with SUNY, who has 42 sites for optometry residents. Out of those, 10 or 12 are vision therapy programs. We’re proud to be the only private practice in the country affiliated with SUNY.
Our residents love having more exposure to patients, learn practice management skills, more continuity, experiencing a family practice feel, and even learn the basics of contact lens training & full scope care. All of these are covered unlike a vision therapy clinic at a school that is very limited. We can’t claim to have nicer teachers, but we know that our exclusive program is a very competitive one receiving many applicants each year.