Our doctors have a combination of decades of experience and the foremost training in the eye care field
Please take a moment to meet our doctors:
Dr. Frank M. D’Orio graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Biology. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova-Southeastern University in Miami, Florida. Dr. D’Orio is in his 18th year of practice in the Vineland area and performs routine, medical and emergency eyecare, eyecare for children and the elderly as well as providing contact lens services and laser vision consulting. He enjoys exercising, the financial markets and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Drozd received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Rowan University. She then graduated with honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and did additional training in specialty contact lenses and ocular disease. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and is excited to be back in the area serving her community. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing the violin and painting.
Dr. Lebowitz graduated from Brandeis University and earned his medical degree at George Washington University in 1982 and served as Captain in the medical service of the United States Marine Corps. Following a year of Internal Medicine, he received his Ophthalmology training at Yale University and postgraduate training at the National Retina Institute.
He completed medical executive training at The Wharton School. He is board-certified and was chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology for the Christiana Care Health System where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Temple University Medical School where he was selected as “Preceptor of the Year”. Dr. Lebowitz was chosen for inclusion on the list of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers Research Council of America.
He is committed to community and international service and is an ardent volunteer in the fight against world blindness. Dr. Lebowitz has donated his services in Vietnam, El Salvador, Senegal, Mauritania and the Caribbean Islands. He regularly volunteers his time serving the Wilmington homeless population offering free eye care on the St. Clare’s Outreach Van and the Ministry of Caring. He is an active member of “EyeCare of America” and many other organizations.
His area of expertise includes cataract surgery utilizing monofocal and multifocal lenses and the correction of astigmatism. He also has the expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases including macular degeneration and diabetes. Dr. Lebowitz is an avid fisherman and technology geek, and he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family.
Dr. Franz received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She then received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she graduated with honors.
Dr. Franz went on to complete an additional year of training in pediatrics, vision therapy, and traumatic brain injuries at the school in Philadelphia. She is an associate member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
In her free time, Dr. Franz enjoys spending time with her husband hiking, cooking and traveling.
Dr. Eric Gates received his B.A. in Biology from Emory University Atlanta, GA in 1991. He then received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry Memphis, TN in 1995. His clinical Externships include Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore, MD, and Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM.
Dr. Gates has been practicing Optometry for 25 years in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania & New Jersey.
When not seeing patients, he enjoys spending quality time with family, particularly outdoor activities. He enjoys frequent visits down the shore to the Ocean City boardwalk which is one of his son Tyler’s favorite activities (4 years old). In his spare time, he enjoys competing in obstacle races and mud runs. Dr. Gates is also an avid pool player, and an accomplished juggler, having honed the skills at The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.