Dr. James Walter established this Tinley Park practice in 1977 after graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry.He and his wife, Mary, reside in Oak Forest where they are members of Saint Damian Parish and where they raised their four children. Mary, a former teacher, works as a teacher assistant in the parish school. Always interested in the community, Dr. Walter has been a member of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; the Oak Park Avenue Merchants Association; and the Saint Damian Saint Vincent de Paul Society. He was a member and served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Tinley Park. Dr. Walter holds membership in both the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Maria S. Viola was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She attended Mount Assisi Academy High School and graduated with honors from Loyola University with a degree in biology. Her early interest in vision care stemmed from a cousin’s loss of sight at the age of three. After graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry with honors in 1992, she was invited to complete a residency program in primary care. Dr. Viola has been in private practice with Dr. Walter for the past 20 years and thoroughly enjoys family practice. When she is not seeing patients, Dr. Viola enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. They enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, and are active members in the Illinois Chapter of the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.
Dr. Mindi Kieffer Rana was raised in a small town in South Dakota and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She was born with congenital glaucoma and she was inspired at a very young age to pursue Optometry because of frequent visits to her very caring Optometrists back home. Dr. Kieffer Rana was an All-State Band trumpet player in high school and attended the University of South Dakota where she received a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Pursuing her passion to help others with their eye problems, Dr. Kieffer Rana attended the Illinois College of Optometry. During that time, she did specialty rotations in pediatrics, ocular disease, specialty contact lens, and low vision.
Dr. Chirag Rana grew up in Orland Park and graduated in the top of his class from Carl Sandburg High School. He then pursued a degree in biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Being extremely nearsighted and struggling with this as a child, he was inspired to help others with their vision and enrolled at the Illinois College of Optometry. His current passion is pursuing new methods to help control myopia today. During his specialty rotations, he specifically trained in ocular disease, pediatrics, specialty contact lenses, and low vision at clinics across the county. Dr. Rana always dreamed of coming back to the southwest suburbs to take care of his friends and neighbors.
After meeting in school, Doctors Rana & Rana moved to Tinley Park following graduation and married in 2010. They now reside in Mokena with their two children, Nehvin and Lola. They love being part of this private practice because it allows them to fully care for the needs of their patients. They are excited to be able to fulfill their dream of working together in their own practice.
WE LOVE EYES!
Our eyecare consultants are passionate about helping you find the style and look that makes you, You! Whether that may be classic, funky, or fun, we love glasses. But they are also here to make sure your visit addresses all of your unique medical and visual needs as well.
We know there’s a ton of places to get eye exams and even more places to get glasses, but it’s all about the people who take care of you. That’s the Walter Eye Clinic difference!
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