Maria Palmerin is Mind-Eye’s Clinical Coordinator. Before becoming clinical coordinator Maria was an optometric technician who enjoyed working with children. Not a surprising finding, considering Maria managed free eye examinations in as many as 200 schools annually – preschool to high school — prior to joining the Mind-Eye Institute in July 2019.
“I started as an optometric technician for the company that provided the school examinations and then was promoted to field manager, working with about 40 different optometrists, each with his or her own style and method,” says Maria, who earned certification in California as a medical assistant.
Coming to Illinois from the West Coast – “I am still not used to the winters here,” Maria began work as a medical assistant for a pediatric urologist in Des Plaines in 2013 before moving on to the optometry field – and schools. But her work has not simply been confined to kids. She also formerly managed free eye examinations for residents of nursing homes.
At Mind-Eye, Maria is responsible for organizing and overseeing daily activities. Along with supervising and coordinating staff. She also manages patient flow; she makes sure the clinic runs smoothly and patients get seen on time.
When Maria is not working at the Mind-Eye Institute, you can often find her watching a baseball game. “Go L.A. Dodgers!”