Who We Are

Our staff of 19 includes two optometric physicians and five ophthalmic dispensers. We are determined to provide the best experience possible utilizing modern technology and compassion. In addition to English, our members of our staff are fluent in Spanish, Italian, Polish, and other languages.

Dr. Paul Naftali and Dr. Jim Lacotte are our optometric physicians. We believe that our patients find our doctors not only to be knowledgeable and skilled at the technical aspects of eye care, but also to be empathetic and caring. Please refer to our “Patient Reviews.”

Dr. Paul Naftali

Dr. Paul Naftali

Dr. Naftali is a graduate of Duke University. He completed his professional training at the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 graduating 2nd in his class. He performed an optional additional year of residency at a unique combined program between the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) and Hahnemann University Hospital Department of Ophthalmology in Philadelphia from 1989-90. He is board certified and a Diplomate, American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Naftali has more than 20 years of practice; he has developed strong interests in the treatment of glaucoma and macular degeneration due to his own family history. He also has stayed tuned in to developments related to the prevention of myopia (nearsightedness) progression, and the latest methods of contact lens correction for vision correction.

Dr. Lacotte

Dr. Lacotte

Dr. Lacotte is a graduate of Drew University. He completed his professional training at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) in 2007. Dr. Lacotte has a particular interest in the use of bifocal/multifocal contact lenses and personal and profession experience managing LASIK vision correction. Dr. Lacotte has also become very familiar with the newest developments in ophthalmic (eye glass) lens technologies to enhance vision correction and to minimize problems frequently encountered in today’s computer heavy work environment.

Nicole Murin, Deanna Gencarelli, and Barbara Scardino are key members of our optometric practice.  Combined they have more than 25 years of experience in the practice and all three are very familiar with patient care, contact lenses, and insurance coverage issues. Nicole has been working at Madison Eyes since 2001 and is our office manager.  Deanna is fluent in English and Italian and has extensive experience organizing our contact lenses. Barbara is fluent in English and Polish, and spends most of her time making our optical department run as smoothly as possible.

Madison Eyes Office Staff

Madison Eyes Office Staff

Our 5 licensed ophthalmic dispensers (opticians), Helen Krug, Eve Dengler, Jes Matias, Lori Van Fleet, and Nina Byrnes are here to guide you to your best choices in frames and ophthalmic lenses.  Helen has a devoted following of eyeglass wearers. She has a knack for getting to know people; their desires and needs, with incisive questions that allow her to lead patients to finding what works for them, but without her would never have considered. Eve also has extensive experience as an optician. She is aware of the myriad optical details that one will only gather over time and by paying close attention to help in selecting and repairing glasses.

Our technicians share multiple responsibilities in the practice. In addition to performing the incoming computerized patient testing, the opticians handle the nuts and bolts that make the practice run. We have 7 technicians; usually 3-4 technicians are working simultaneously to expedite your exam. In this way we are ready to start your preliminary testing within a few minutes of your arrival.  Multiple technicians also allow for the flexibility of teaching new contact lens wearers how to insert contacts on the same day as their initial exam. Our technicians are trained in taking histories, measuring a patient’s visual acuities, and using multiple ophthalmic instruments to analyze a patient’s prescription, vision, and eye health.

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Our Insurance plans:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • EyeMed
  • Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • Oxford
  • United Health Care
  • VSP (Vision Service Plan)

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Dr. Naftali has truly been a valued family physician whose medical judgment has kept us healthy while providing for our immediate optometric and visual needs in a thorough and professional manner. He's simply the best!

Regina & Mark Kohl
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