Meet Our Staff
Dr. Michael De Rubeis
Dr. Michael De Rubeis was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Milford, Michigan--a suburb of Detroit. He is a second generation eye care professional since his father was also an eye doctor. He grew up in this profession--in fact, he began working as a laboratory technician manufacturing and repairing eyeglasses as soon as he started high school.
Michael attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate studies and then received his doctorate in 1983 after 4 years of medical training at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. The Illinois College of Optometry is the oldest Optometric School in the United States and boasts the largest Optometric Clinic in the world.
He was awarded the Irvin M. Borish Award for his "Outstanding Clinical Research in the Field of Clinical Optometric Science" on the effects of rigid gas permeable lenses on the human cornea. His thesis paper was published in the prestigious American Journal of Contact Lenses which detailed very early work on "Boston" type rigid gas permeable lenses.
Dr. De Rubeis holds certification on competency-based examination in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California.
He is licensed in Arizona, California, Illinois, and Michigan to diagnose and treat all eye diseases and conditions including prescibing eyeglasses and contact lens fitting. In his practice here in Phoenix he has a large number of glaucoma and diabetic patients whom he has successfully treated over the years. Glaucoma management and treatment as well as the management of patients suffering from "diabetic retinopathy" are two of his major interests when it comes to pathology. He has been listed in "America's Top Optometrists" from 2003 through 2010.
Dr. De Rubeis also has years of experience fitting some of the "hardest-to-fit" type patients with contact lenses.
His expertise in contact lens fitting extends to: patients with keratoconus, post-operative corneal transplant patients, corneal dystrophies, as well as patients with various forms of corneal scarring from both trauma and severe corneal infections. He has successfully fit patients of all ages including young children and even infants with both soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses.
Being the oldest of eight children, Dr. De Rubeis has been around children his whole life. He enjoys the challenge of examining even some of the most difficult children and infants in his practice. He believes in performing early eye examinations on children (by their first birthday) in order to ensure that they develop the ability to see and perform optimally.
On a personal level, Dr. De Rubeis is a passionate sailor who been sailing since he was 12 years old. He is certified by the American Sailing Association to skipper large keel boat sailing vessels. He also enjoys playing tennis, table tennis, photography, theoretical (especially quantum) physics, astronomy, computer programming, and his newest passion--making videos and special effects editing. His is married to his wife, Phyllis and they are the proud parents of three children--Mario, Joseph, and Jenna.
Office Manager & Optician
Michele has been a member of our practice since 2003. She has over 25 years of experience working as an Optician in various clinical settings throughout the United States. Originally from Texas, she has worked for doctors in Houston and for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado to name a few of her previous positions.
Michele has been certified by the American Board of Opticianry. She now works mainly as our Office Manager directing our entire staff and our day-to-day operations. She is responsible for Patient Relations, Optical and Medical Insurance management, and maintaining Product Inventory. She also continues to work as an Optician for our patients when needed.
Optician & Fashion Eyewear Consultant
Tonae has worked as an Optician for over 15 years. She started her career in Michigan, where she is from, and joined our practice in 2006 after working for another doctor in Tempe.
Today, Tonae is an Arizona Board Certified Optician and also has certifications from both the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).
Tonae is extremely knowledgable
in all areas of ophthalmic lens and frame materials as well as having a deep understanding of optics. Her passion, though, is using all of her optical knowledge to bring the perfect fashion and style in eyewear to each of her patients.
Optometric Assistant and Clinical Technician
Shannon has over 10 years of experience working as both an Optician and an Ophthalmic Assistant. She joined our practice in 2007 and has worked as an assistant and technician at several large Ophthlalmology practices in the Phoenix area.
Shannon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and is an Arizona Board Certified Optician. She also has certifications from the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, and has Ophthalmic Training and Certification from the EMMES Corporation.
Optician & Fashion Eyewear Consultant
Jessica has over 7 years of experience working in the optical field. She has worked at several Optometric offices in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
Her areas of expertise include contact lens training of insertion and removal techniques, ophthalmic frame and lens materials selections, adjustments, and repairs, and optometric pre-testing. She continually updates her knowledge of the latest ophthalmic lenses and coatings as well as ophthalmic frame materials in order to educate our patients as to the best eyewear for their particular needs. She excels as a patient fashion consultant.
Joseph De Rubeis
Joseph is the son of Doctor Michael De Rubeis. Obviously, he grew up in the Optical business and was trained in Optics and Optical Manufacturing for many years. He has worked as a Laboratory Technician for over 7 years edging, manufacturing, and repairing eyeglasses for our patients. He also occasionally works in the front office as an Optometric Assistant when needed.
Joseph is currently attending the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in Tempe. He plans on becoming a Medical Doctor and would like to someday specialize in cardiology. He is currently applying to Medical Schools and has already taken his Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Phyllis De Rubeis
Business & Accounting Manager
Phyllis was born and raised in Chigago, Illinois. She met Dr. DeRubeis while he was finishing his medical training in Chicago and they were married in 1984. Together, they have three children and have lived in Ahwatukee since moving from Michigan in 1992.
Phyllis studied accounting at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.
She has previous experience working in the accounting departments of various medical hospitals and large manufacturing companies such as The Stanley Works.
Phyllis takes care of all of the ordering, managment of supplies, general accounting, accounts payable, managment of off-premises storage facilities, and day-to-day office managment.
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