karla s., Vision therapy manager
Karla Svoboda, our Vision Therapy Manager, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science. She has over 18 years of teaching experience, including working with students with learning and other disabilities. Her love of reading motivated her to help students who struggled. Her daughter was a struggling reader who benefited from vision therapy at the Center for Vision and Learning. Karla’s connection with the Center for Vision and Learning lead her to join the practice as a Vision Therapist in 2012. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and has helped lead visual perceptual labs at the Washington University School of Occupational Therapy. Karla enjoys reading and gardening in University City, where she lives with her husband, Charlie.
Sarah Bridges began her career as a vision therapist at Webster Eye Care in 2004. She was the lead vision therapist at the Center for Vision and Learning from 2006-2014. She currently splits her time between St. Louis and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and enjoys regular travel. In 2017, a unique opportunity to fill in for a therapist recovering from knee surgery in Carringbah, Australia, reignited Sarah’s passion for vision therapy. Since then, she has returned to the Center for Vision and Learning, assisting when therapists are on leave, vacation, or ill. Sarah has a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Webster University.
Lori joined the Center of Vision and Learning in 2012 as a Vision Therapist after spending more than 20 years in the world of physical therapy. Lori is a certified Athletic Trainer, a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and a certified Postural Restoration Therapist. While working as a rehab professional, Lori discovered that many patients who were working with great doctors and rehab professionals, often had limited success because they did not have a balanced, fully functioning and flexible visual system. Dr. Davidson was the only functional optometrist in St. Louis, so she decided to change careers to learn more about the visual system. In her spare time she volunteers at the Humane Society and is a member of the parks and recreation commission in Maryland Heights. Lori enjoys reading, outdoor activities and her two dogs Wally and Thunder.
Andi has been with our office since August 2017. She graduated with her B.A. in English, Creative Writing and a minor in Business Administration from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Through it all, she has had an interest in anatomy and physiology and is excited to continue advancing in Vision Therapy. She and her husband, Jeff, live in south city and enjoy exploring new food spots.
Tara has been with the practice since 2012. She is extremely passionate about her career choice because Vision Therapy made such an impact on her life. She was a VT patient as a child and it changed her life! She studied Child Development and Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated in 2004. She is a proud wife and mother to two amazing children. Tara enjoys being active with her family and spending time with friends!
Halle has worked here as a Vision Therapist since 2014. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Linguistics. She is currently completing prerequisites in order to pursue a doctorate in optometry, specializing in pediatric and binocular vision. Halle and her husband renovated a 120-year old house in the city, and they currently are expecting their first child. She enjoys rock climbing, reading, and volunteering with Young Life.
Becky lives in Affton. She is a teacher and works with 2-3 year olds full time: a high energy and fast paced job that she has been doing for 10 years. She has her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Becky is new to Vision Therapy but is loving every minute of it. In her spare time she volunteers with the Webster Groves Lions. She really has a passion for helping people. When not working or volunteering, she loves to go to the movies or hang out with friends.
Sara has worked at the practice since 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in 2012 where she majored in Exercise and Movement Science. She then attended Saint Louis University where she earned a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2014. She worked for 2-3 years with older adults in a skilled nursing setting and for the past 4 years has worked with preschool and elementary students at St. Louis Public Schools. She is passionate about working with both children and adults and bringing her Occupational Therapy knowledge and background to vision therapy.