Our team of dedicated eye health professionals are here to serve you. We combine extensive knowledge in the field of optometry with a passion for helping people solve their vision problems. It is our goal to create a friendly and professional atmosphere that you can rely on for all of your eye health needs.
Dr. Edward J. Jagela
Dr. Jagela graduated from Weir Senior High and received both his B.S.V.S. degree and O.D. degree from the prestigious Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Jagela completed his internships in primary eyecare, contact lens management, binocular vision disorders and low vision at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago and externships at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Hyde Park Campus Hospital in the management of the diseases of the eye. In addition, he received extensive training in the co-management of modern cataract surgery and other ocular surgeries. He later completed his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry Ocular Disease Section and was admitted as a Fellow in San Francisco, CA.
Dr. Jagela is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and is also on the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. Dr. Jagela is an active member of the Ohio State Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry and the American Board of Optometry. He is also a staff appointed optometrist, with hospital privileges, at Weirton Medical Center in Weirton, WV and LifeLine Hospital in Wintersville, OH, where he provides Emergency Department consultative eye services, along with both inpatient and outpatient consultations. He enjoys attending continuing education programs around the country to keep up to date on the latest information and trends regarding eyecare. He is licensed to practice in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Jagela is also a member of the Weirton Lion’s Club. In his free time he enjoys running, golf and travel.
Dr. Dragisich received his Doctorate from the Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1972 and has been in private practice ever since. He has been involved in numerous organizations serving the community for over forty years. Dragisich is a lifelong resident of Weirton. He and his wife (Sharon) have been married for over 40 years and have three children: Jennifer Tokash, Steven and Dominic Dragisich. They also have 5 grandchildren around whom their lives revolve.
Eye Health Team
Patty G. – Office Manager
Patty has been with Ohio Valley Vision Center since 2000. She is our office manager and brings with her over 30 years mangerial experience in the health care field. She is responsible for coordinating all functions of the office. Patty works closely with Dr. Jagela and Dr. Dragisich to assure the office is ran with utmost efficiency so that our patients have the best experience possible. She always puts our patients first, and is happy to assist with any questions they might have regarding their visit to our office. Patty has attended numerous trainings in New York, Atlanta, Nebraska and other locations for office management.
Vicki K. – Optician
Vicki joined the Ohio Valley Vision Center team in 2011. Vicki, along with Justin, purchase the frames for our office. Vicki also keeps up on the latest products and trends, by attending seminars in New York City, Cleveland and Chicago. She loves to educate our patients on the best lens choice for their eyewear prescription, all the time being considerate of their eyewear budget. Vicki has had many years of experience in the cosmetic industry, and brings this knowledge and experience to the eyewear arena. She loves to make sure that every pair of glasses she assists with is the most becoming pair for our patients. Vicki also will answer any optical question that comes her way, and if she does not know the answer will make the calls to find the answer.
Justin F. – Licensed Optician
Justin joined Ohio Valley Vision Center in 2016. He has been in the optical business since 2009, previously employed in a large optical retail business. Justin is a licensed optician with the State of Ohio. He prides himself on keeping up with the latest trends and products by continuing his optical education with seminars and classes, recently returning from continuing education classes in New York City. Justin enjoys assisting patients choose the most stylish and modern frames for their look and lifestyle. He explains the many different products that are available to each patient, so they understand and receive the best eyewear for their individual situation. Justin aspires to have every patient that purchases their eyewear at Ohio Valley Vision Center leave our office feeling happy, satisfied and confident that they have received the best product available to them to ensure their vision is clear and crisp.
Sharon B. – Ophthalmic Technician
Sharon has been with Ohio Valley Vision Center since 2010. As our most experienced technician, our patients will more than likely encounter Sharon at some time during their exam. She leads the patient through the pre-examination process and is trained to administer all the medical testing. Sharon has many years of customer service experience, and has a knack of putting our patients at ease. Sharon has attended training in Dallas, Cleveland, and Atlanta. Sharon is also responsible for our contact lens training classes.
Tracy S. – Certified Paraoptometric Technician
Tracy joined our team in 2012 as an Ophthalmic Technician. She obtained her Certified Paraoptometric Technician(CPO) license in 2015 and is continually attending seminars and classes in Atlanta, Cleveland and New York City to keep her license current. As a technician, Tracy leads the patient through many of the technical components of the eye exam, including medical testing, so that when the doctor is ready to see the patient, his attention is entirely focused on their eyecare and health. Tracy is also our Contact Lens Specialist, making sure our contact lens patients are receiving the correct contact lens for their eyes, at the best price available.
Krista M. – Ophthalmic Technician
Krista has been a member of the Ohio Valley Vision Center team since 2014. Krista is the Visual Field Specialist of our office, having in depth knowledge of each different Visual Field test that patients may require. Krista has 15 years of experience in the medical field including medical assistant and pharmacy technician. She also previously worked as an ophthalmic assistant in Florida. Krista assists with preparing the patients for the doctor’s examination, along with administering any medical testing necessary. Krista has furthered her education in optometry by attending seminars in Atlanta, GA.
Pam C. – Administrative Assistant
Pam has been a member of the Ohio Valley Vision team since 2005. Pam will be one of the first faces our patients see when entering the office. She has extensive knowledge of the vision insurance plans, and will always let our patients know what benefits are available to them. Pam schedules our patients’ appointments, and assists with any questions or concerns they might have. Pam and has been in the customer service field in one aspect or another for 30 plus years, and has attended training in Texas, New York, Atlanta and Chicago.
Pat D. – Administrative Assistant
Pat has been with Ohio Valley Vision Center since 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of PA in Consumer Services, and has had many years of managerial experience at Macy’s. Pat closely works with our Billing Specialist to ensure our claims are submitted accurately and in a timely manner. She is also available to schedule patients’ appointments and assist with any needs they might have. Pat has attended numerous seminars in Atlanta on billing and insurances.
Kristin T. – Administrative Assistant
Kristin is the newest member of the Ohio Valley Vision Center team. Kristin has worked in the medical field for the past three years. She will greet you with a smile and be more than happy to get you checked in and out of the office. She will also be scheduling our patients appointments, ordering contact lenses, and making sure your needs are met. Kristin is excited to start her new career here and looks forward to growing with our practice.
Debi D. – Insurance Specialist
Debi is our Billing, Collection and Insurance Specialist. She has over 20 years experience in these fields. She is Medicare and HIPAA compliant and trained. She is there to help with any question or concerns our patients may have regarding their insurance.