About Carlisle Vision Care
Our goal is to provide comprehensive eye and vision services in a truly caring manner. We pride ourselves on understanding the different needs of individuals of all ages.
Our story begins in 1952, when Dr. Herbert “Ted” Halliday began his practice of optometry. Over the next 35 years, he developed a loyal patient base by caring for the people of the Carlisle area. Dr. Yorkgitis joined the practice in 1983 and introduced specialty children’s care and vision therapy as new services. In 1988, Dr. Grieneisen came aboard and brought with him additional general optometric and vision therapy knowledge. In 2002, the practice moved to its current location on State Avenue. It has been a pleasure to serve our community in such a convenient and modern facility.
Our Vision Experts
Wayne M. Yorkgitis, O.D. FCOVD
Dr. Yorkgitis was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He is a Pitt alum and a die hard Steeler fan. Dr. Yorkgitis graduated from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1979. Following graduation he was selected for a residency position in the Pediatric & Vision Therapy Department at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. In addition to his teaching and clinical duties, he participated in a research project at Einstein Hospital investigating “Visual Deficits in Stroke & Brain Injury”.
In 1980, Dr. Yorkgitis accepted a teaching position at The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. As an assistant professor, Dr. Yorkgitis taught pediatrics & vision therapy to interns in both the classroom and the clinical setting. Dr Yorkgitis was director of the residency program, and also had the opportunity to do research which centered on children with “crossed” or “lazy” eyes.
During his academic years, Dr. Yorkgitis published, lectured, and conducted workshops for optometrists and occupational therapists. Most of these teaching concerned topics related to vision therapy for children with strabismus and learning problems, and rehabilitation of adults who suffered stroke or brain injury.
After several years of teaching, Dr. Yorkgitis married Michele Melnyk and they moved to Carlisle to start a family and begin private practice. Dr. Yorkgitis continued to pursue his interests in vision therapy and rehabilitation. He achieved fellowship in COVD, optometry’s certifying body for vision therapy, and took a consulting position at HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Center.
Currently, Dr. Yorkgitis is enjoying a comfortable balance between caring for his patients and spending time with his family and friends.
A.J. Grieneisen, O.D. FCOVD
Dr. A.J. Grieneisen is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1978) and Pennsylvania College of Optometry (1983). He began his professional career as the Director of the Chattanooga Vision and Perception Center in Tennessee, where he was responsible for evaluations and treatment of children and adults with binocular and learning-related visual problems. In 1987, he completed a Fellowship through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. The following year Dr. Grieneisen moved to join the practice in Carlisle.
In addition to providing general optometric eye care for our patients, Dr. Grieneisen has professional interests in the management and treatment of ocular disease, visual training and low vision remediation for partially sighted individuals. He has served as state director for two national optometric organizations and has lectured at the Reading Seminar on Advanced Behavioral Vision and the South East Vision Forum.
An ardent supporter of the Carlisle community, Dr. Grieneisen coached YMCA travel soccer for many years. He and his wife, Deb, were active parent volunteers while their three children attended Carlisle High School.
Derek D. Kramer, OD
Dr. Derek D. Kramer graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2015 with clinical and academic honors. He received the awards for clinical excellence in pediatrics at the Eye Institute and the Blanchard award for excellence in contact lens design. He completed clinical rotations at Charles Griffen Family Eye Care in Malvern, PA, Kay Tabas and Niknam Ophthalmology Associates in Philadelphia, PA, and Einstein Ophthalmology in Philadelphia. Durin ghis clinical externships Dr. Kramer gained valuable experienc ein the management and treatment of ocular disease using the latest in diagnostics and contact lens technologies. He diagnoses and medically treats all eye disease, performs eye health and vision exams, prescribes glasses, and fits all types of contact lenses.
Dr. Kramer is a central PA native. He graduated from Big Spring High School and Juniata College where he played four years of collegiate football. He currently resides in Carlisle with his wife Kara.