Bissell Eye Care Staff
John D. Bissell, OD – Owner of Bissell Eye Care
Dr. Bissell grew up in Natrona Heights and after graduating from the University of Pitt-Johnstown, he received his optometric degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2004. His residency was in primary care and ocular disease specializing in disease management. Working side by side with both ophthalmologists and optometrists who specialized in neuro-ophthalmology, ocular-plastics, glaucoma, retina-vitreous, macular degeneration, low vision and vision therapy, he expanded his knowledge and experience.
In 2003, Dr. Bissell went on a 10 day mission trip to Mexico to perform eye examinations and dispense eye glasses to some of the poorest people in the world. Hundreds of people benefited from this mission!
He is one of the few doctors in the country who has received advanced training from the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists in using specially designed telescopic glasses for the treatment of significantly decreased vision due to numerous ocular conditions.
Tri-State Low Vision, a division of Bissell Eye Care affords Dr. Bissell the opportunity to help patients with low vision by offering comprehensive treatment options for end stage macular degeneration and other low vision disorders.
Dr. Bissell is married to his wife, Brooke, and has two daughters, Amelia and Victoria. He is an avid runner and enjoys spending his free time with his family.
Sheri Sturm, OD – Optometrist at Bissell Eye Care
Dr. Sturm earned her undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University and her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale Florida, where she graduated with clinical honors. During her time there she also completed a second bachelor’s degree in Vision Science.
Active in the professional community, Dr. Sturm holds memberships with the American Optometric Association, Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the Western PA Optometric Society.
Practicing a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Sturm enjoys traveling, running, yoga, gardening and being active outdoors. She lives in Cranberry with her husband and son. Dr. Sturm enjoys being part of the Bissell Eye Care Team and serving the community.
Nicole Long-Fratangelo, OD – Optometrist at Bissell Eye Care
Dr. Long-Fratangelo grew up in Lower Burrell and earned her undergraduate degree from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. She went on to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where she graduated with clinical honors. While in optometry school Dr. Long-Fratangelo did several rotations specializing in pediatric vision care.
Since graduation Dr. Long-Fratangelo has practiced in a family practice setting in Pittsburgh treating patients of all ages. From children to adults she provides routine care to patients with amblyopia (lazy eye), glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and other eye diseases.
Dr. Long-Fratangelo spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her husband Antonio and sons Enzio and Alessio and daughter Milana. Hobbies include: distance running, tennis, cooking and traveling. She enjoys being a part of the Bissell Eye Care Team and serving the community.
Terri, Office manager/Optician. She has been here since the beginning! Terri is the one who makes the practice run and loves helping in optical to find the best frame for you. That is where you will likely find her, dispensing her knowledge.
Kristi, Technician/Billing Coordinator. She has been here for several years. Kristi will greet you with a smile as she starts your exam, and her friendly personality will help you feel right at ease.
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Cheryl, Office Manager/Front Desk. She has been in the optical field for over 25 years. You will see her smiling face at the window, as you check in for your appointment. Cheryl is full of energy and a wealth of information.
Laurie, Optician. She has been in the optical field for many years. Laurie will greet you with a smile as she helps in optical to find the best frame for you, along with fitting your frames or any frame adjustments you may need.
Marla, Technician/Front Desk/Optician. Whether you find her at the front desk or starting your exam, she will greet you with a smile. Marla’s pleasant personality may also be found helping in optical.