Dr. Lori Guagenti Engler was born and raised in Lima, Ohio and is part of a large family. Dr. Engler graduated from the University of Toledo with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, Dr. Engler moved to Texas with her husband, Drew. In Texas Dr. Engler worked as an optometric assistant for a year and realized her dream to become an Optometrist. She returned to school and attended the University of Houston College of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry. She graduated from optometry school as a member of Beta Sigma Kappa and the prestigious Gold Key International Optometric Honor Societies. While in school, she served as President of the Optometric Student Association and was active in all student organizations. Dr. Engler received several awards including the Excellence in Medical Eye Service Award, the American Optometric Association Advocacy Leadership Award and the Nelson Reber Eye Open Leadership Award. During her education, she completed several internship rotations in a variety of clinics in Texas including: Elite Vision Care in League City, San Jose Clinic in Houston, Texas Eye Institute in Houston, Good Neighbor Healthcare Clinic in Houston and Bellaire & Katy Eye Consultants in Houston. While interning at these sites, Dr. Engler observed and assisted in the treatment of many advanced and extreme eye diseases and conditions. After completing her education, Dr. Engler and her husband relocated to Lewis Center, Ohio to be closer to their family. Dr. Engler began attending to patients in several commercial practices throughout Ohio where she prescribed glasses and contact lenses, treated eye infections and diseases, co-managed LASIK and cataract patients, and cared for glaucoma, diabetic and other ocular disorder patients. Following her time in commercial practice, Dr. Engler joined Arena Eye Surgeons in Columbus, Ohio where she focused on the co-management of cataract and glaucoma patients. Dr. Engler and her husband pursued their dream of opening Optimal Eye Care in 2010, a private optometry practice in Lewis Center, Ohio where she can focus on family eye care with the newest technology and equipment available. Dr. Engler is passionate about getting to know the patients in her practice and being active in the Lewis Center community. Dr. Engler is an active member in the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association, the Central Ohio Optometric Association, The Lewis Center Business Association and The Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Engler has volunteered at the Grace Clinic in Delaware, providing complimentary eye exams to those in need and was the American Red Cross Health Care Hero Award recipient in 2012. She regularly volunteers for the Realeyes, InfantSEE and iSEE programs, providing comprehensive eye exams to those in need & educating on the importance of eye care. She attends annual conferences to keep up to date on the latest education and technology and stay in touch with colleagues from across the country. Dr. Engler and her husband, Drew, have a 9 year old son, Jackson, and a 6 year old son, Lincoln. They enjoy traveling, spending time with family, watching movies and sports and exploring all their hometown has to offer.
Dr. Stephanie Sims grew up in Dublin and graduated from Dublin Jerome High School. She attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies majoring in biology and business. Throughout her undergraduate years, she was vice president of the Pre-Optometry Club, volunteered as a Young Life Leader at Westerville North High School and worked as an optometric technician/optician at Northwest Vision Center.
While in her third year as an undergraduate, Dr. Sims received early admission to The Ohio State University College of Optometry. During optometry school, she was president of Optometry Ambassadors, and held leadership positions in Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She was also a member of the American Optometric Student Association. Dr. Sims has gained experience in cataract surgery co-management and Refractive Surgery co-management at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons in the Akron area. She also gained experience in ocular disease at the Columbus VA Care Center. Her experience in pediatrics, binocular vision, vision therapy, and contact lenses allows her to provide care to patients of all ages.
Dr. Sims is an active member in the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric association, and the Central Ohio Optometric Association. She also recently went on a mission trip to Haiti through Mission of Hope to serve in their vision clinic, providing glasses and treating ocular disease for those in need.
Dr. Sims and her husband Matt, also a Dublin native and Dublin Jerome graduate, live in Powell where they are involved in Olentangy Liberty’s Young Life and are very active in their church. In her spare time, Dr. Sims enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, cheering on the Buckeyes, and playing with her furry child, her puppy named Chandler.
Originally from Zanesville, Ohio, Dr James A. Hackley grew up in a large family of seven. He graduated with honors as Salutatorian from West Muskingum High School in 1997. Dr. Hackley then attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry in 2001. After undergraduate studies, Dr. Hackley worked in quality control as a lab technician at Colgate-Palmolive and Ecolab. It was during this time that Dr. Hackley realized that he wanted to go back into medicine and healthcare, so he worked as an optometric technician for 5 years at Southwest Eyecare in Grove City, Ohio, while attending The Ohio State University College of Optometry . During optometry school, Dr. Hackley served at the vice president of his class, worked with the honor code council, and participated in the sports vision club.
After optometry school, Dr. Hackley completed a residency at the Columbus/Chillicothe Veterans Medical Centers specializing in ocular disease, where he presented a continuing education lecture for the Ohio Optometric Association. Following residency, Dr. Hackley worked at Pearle Vision Polaris, and volunteered for the One Sight Programs that provided free vision exams and spectacles for under-served populations of all ages. Dr. Hackley is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Ohio Optometric Association. He has worked with the Lion’s Club of Delaware County, Salvation Army of Franklin County, and Faith Mission in Columbus to provide eye exams for underserved populations in the Columbus Metro area.
For the past few years, Dr. Hackley has worked in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Metrohealth Medical Center in greater Cleveland, Ohio. There he treated and managed ocular disease, as well as prescribed spectacles and contact lenses.
Dr. Hackley is returning to private practice at Optimal Eye Care to be closer to family and to pursue his passion for primary ocular care, contact lens fitting, ocular disease management, and surgical co-management. In his spare time, Dr. Hackley enjoys landscaping, exploring metro parks with his two springer spaniels, traveling to the beach, and day trips to Cedar Point.