Meet Our Doctor & Staff
Dr. Craig A. Smargiasso, Optometrist & Owner
Dr. Smargiasso grew up in the small town of Sharpsville, PA and attended a nearby private school, Thiel College, where he later obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Pre-Medicine. With a passion for medicine and optometry, he continued his education in Bloomington, IN at the Indiana University School of Optometry. During his clinical work, Dr. Smargiasso had the opportunity to extern at a military hospital in Dayton, Ohio, a veteran’s hospital in Perry Point, Maryland, a LASIK and cataract surgery center in Winter Park, Florida, and IU local optometry clinics.
Prior to opening Aurora Eye Care, Dr. Smargiasso practiced in Middlefield, OH in corporate optometry. With the goal of providing exceptional eye care and personalized service, Dr. Smargiasso opened Aurora Eye Care in March 2013.
Dr. Smargiasso is a member of the American Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa, and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Megan, reside in Solon with their daughter, Lia, and West Highland Terrier, Bayden. Dr. Smargiasso enjoys spending time with his friends and family, running in local 5K’s, and trying out new restaurants in the greater Cleveland area.
Laura Pennybaker, Licensed Optician
Recently, Aurora Eye Care welcomed local Ohio Licensed Optician, Laura Pennybaker. With over 25 years of experience, Laura found her niche in Optics in 1983. Known for her funny sense of humor and smile, she has a unique talent for choosing just the right frame to complete your look. Whether you want a conservative flavor, a corporate appearance that lends presence, or a fun and hip style, Laura will assist you in finding the perfect pair. Furthermore, Laura is an expert in the latest lens technology and is proficient in offering many lens designs to help find a solution that works best with your frame. Laura is a Solon High School graduate and attended Youngstown State University
Lesli Miller, Optometric Assistant
With over 15 years’ experience in the medical field, Aurora Eye Care is fortunate to have Lesli on staff. Lesi has worked in the chiropractic field as well served as an orthodontist assistant. Coming most recently from University Hospital to Aurora Eye Care, Lesli has been with the practice for almost two years. While at Aurora Eye Care, Lesli has taken several continuing education classes in optics and continues to grow with the practice. Lesi comes from a family of three sisters and two brothers along with a wonderful supporting mother. She is married with one daughter, one stepdaughter, one stepson, and one grandson! In her free time, Lesli attends First Baptist Church and enjoys swimming, boating, and gardening. Lesli graduated from Maplewood Vocational School in Small Business Management.
Kimberly Petersen, Optometric Assistant
Upon graduating from college, Kim became a preschool teacher and later changed careers and entered the business world at The Lincoln Electric Company, where she served as an International Customer Service and Logistics Professional. She was with Lincoln Electric for several years before taking a break to raise her three children Andrew, Julia, and Kyle. As her children grew older, Kim slowly reentered the workforce in retail while gaining valuable personal and professional experience as a merchandiser for American Greetings and later as a Support Associate at White House Black Market. Kim enjoys supporting her children in their various activities, traveling, outdoor adventure, home improvement projects, cooking, photography and quality time with her husband, children, and two Australian Shepherds. She is grateful to work in a community she loves and to help enhance the lifestyle of those through quality vision health and service. Kim is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio and has lived in Aurora since 2001. She is a graduate from Kenston High School and Bowling Green State University with a BS degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Early Childhood Development.
Karen Ozan, Optometric Assistant
Karen’s journey to Aurora Eye Care is full circle as she started her career off as an Optometric Assistant. Throughout her career, she worked in both the medical and banking industries where she served in various roles. Just prior to joining Aurora Eye Care, Karen worked at the Animal Hospital at Ethan’s Green for almost five years. She really loved working at an optometric office, so she continued looking for the right opportunity and we are happy that Karen decided to join our practice in June 2017. She is excited to continue to learn and to one day become a Certified Optometric Assistant. Karen enjoys being with her family, her two Black Labs, traveling and baking. She is married to Philip and they have two sons and two beautiful granddaughters. Karen graduated from Jefferson Area High School in Ashtabula County and has an Associate’s Degree of Science in Radiography from Cuyahoga Community College.
Barb Dienes, Receptionist
Barb has served as a part-time Receptionist at Aurora Eye Care since May 2013. Previously, she worked in the health care profession at Passport Health as an Executive Assistant where she planned executive travel and inoculation for companies and their associates traveling out of the country. Barb is passionate about customer service which was perfected in her role as an Executive Assistant to the General Manager of Operation and Merchandising Managers at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beachwood for 23 years. Barb enjoys being with patients and their families while providing them with outstanding care. On a personal note, Barb has three adult children and seven grandchildren, keeping her busy with free babysitting and transportation services for all of their activities!