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Tessa Sokol, OD

Education

Bachelor of Science – Biology
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Doctor of Optometry – Cum Laude
Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois

Professional

A Wisconsin native, Dr. Tessa Sokol has traveled the country to gain her education, skills and community-focused outlook, bringing it all back to Wisconsin, and ultimately to Sokol Advanced Eyecare. Dr. Sokol has over twenty years’ experience in the optical field, beginning as an optician and then becoming an optometrist.

After studying at the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Sokol had gained a vast amount of experience completing four optometric internships. She received training in advanced medical care, ocular disease, surgical co-management, and low vision rehabilitation at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. She then trained at the distinguished Child and Family Optometry clinic in Wichita, Kansas, focusing her studies on pediatric optometry, vision therapy and developmental vision disorders. Her third internship concentrated on primary care and contact lens fittings at the Naval Hospital and Parris Island Marine Training Facility in Beaufort, South Carolina. Lastly, Dr. Sokol provided advanced ocular disease and pediatric care back at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Illinois as well as low vision examinations and device fitting at the Chicago Lighthouse.

Dr. Sokol had practiced several years at a private office as well as at a busy commercially affiliated subleased office in rural Georgia before moving back home to Madison, Wisconsin in 2009.

Honors

Dr. Sokol graduated cum laude (with honors) from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2007 with her doctorate in optometry. She was awarded membership into the Beta Sigma Kappa and Tomb & Key optometric honor societies. Dr. Sokol has also co-authored an article entitled “Fragile X Syndrome and the Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome: A comprehensive review” published in 2010 in the Eye Care Review. In 2014, the Wisconsin Optometric Association presented Dr. Sokol with the distinguished Wisconsin Young Optometrist of the Year award. And in early 2015, Madison’s InBusiness magazine recognized Dr. Sokol as one of Madison’s top 40 under 40 business professionals.

Serving the Community

Dr. Sokol puts a significant value on reaching out to the community and helping others. During her stint in Georgia, she served as a district secretary for the Georgia Optometric Association. Currently, she is an active member and volunteer for the Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA). She is on the legislative committee for the WOA, serves as both a director of the board and the chair of the communications committee and is a Past President of the Madison Area Optometric Society. In addition, she is an InfantSEE provider, offering free examinations on infants 6 to 12 months old. This service allows for the determination of healthy visual development and early detection of eye conditions which are commonly overlooked. Dr. Sokol is also a member of the Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH) group where she has dedicated her time to helping local people in need of vision care, as well as traveling internationally to help people that have no access to eye care at all.

In 2006, she traveled to Honduras, in 2007 to Cameroon, Africa and in 2015 to the Dominican Republic. In 2012 she traveled to El Salvador with Medical Wings International. She is also an active member of another benevolent group called OneSight where she traveled to Mexico in 2014, Zambia, Africa in 2016, and The Gambia in 2017. Locally, Dr. Sokol provides examinations in affiliation with the OneSight Organization and screenings for community elementary schools. Unrelated to optometry, Dr Sokol has fun being on the committee planning Madison’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

In her spare time, Dr. Sokol loves to stay active with long distance cycling, cooking for friends, learning how to fly and chasing after her dogs.

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Dr. David Emmerich

Education

Graduated Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry

Doctor of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois

Professional

Dr. David Emmerich is a lifelong Madison resident and pleased to be an associate of Sokol Advanced EyeCare. His passion is to provide comprehensive vision care while taking the time to listen to his patients and make them feel at ease. His goal is to give all patients the best possible vision whether with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Keeping current with the newest technology to monitor ocular health is also a priority for Dr. Emmerich. He specializes in fitting contact lenses, dry eye management, lasik consultations and pediatric vision exams. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, biking and skiing.

Honors

Dr. Emmerich graduated Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry. He was also on the Dean’s List when he attended UW Madison for his undergraduate degree.

Serving the Community

Dr. Emmerich also enjoys spending his free time volunteering at The Verona Food Pantry.

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Kerri Rasmussen, Office Manager

Kerri Rasmussen is our amazing operations manager. She joined the team at Sokol Advanced EyeCare in November 2012 as an optometric technician and was promoted to lead technician shortly after. From there it did not take her much longer to earn the responsibility of her current roll as manager. Kerri loves being involved with the office in public health programs such as InfantSEE and OneSight to help with establishing healthy vision to all ages.

Kerri moved to Wisconsin from south Florida, but does not consider that home because she has moved more than the average person – about 25 times- before settling in Madison a few years ago. Kerri met the love of her life, Steve, at a local bowling alley and they have been happy ever since.

Other than spending time with her growing family, Kerri has traded in the Jet Ski and warm sandy beaches of Florida for snow mobiles and snow-covered hills. When the deep freeze ends Kerri enjoys spending time outdoors and attending auctions. She is always looking for the next big treasure.

Advanced Eye Care

113 West Towne Mall, Madison, Wisconsin 53719
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm