Doctors

The optometrists at Rathjens Vision Care bring years of experience and trusted knowledge into every patient consultation and examination.

  • Robin Rathjens, O.D.
    After receiving her degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Dr. Rathjens immediately established Rathjens Vision Care in Waterbury in 1999. This exciting adventure followed her years in the immunology department at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and, before that, her graduation from Colgate University in 1992. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Connecticut Association of Optometrists and the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. When she is not with the practice, her two children keep her busy as does playing either tennis, piano, or bass in her garage band.

  • John Rathjens, O.D.
    A cum-laude graduate of Colgate University, Dr. Rathjens received his degree with honors from the New England College of Optometry in 1996. He spent several years as a clinical professor while on staff at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center outside of Boston before joining an ophthalmology group in central Connecticut. He is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. He started practice with his wife, Robin, at Rathjens Vision Care in 2005 and sees patients in both of our locations. Away from the office, he sometimes finds time to paint, read or exercise, and always enjoys time with his two kids.

  • Dina Rossi, O.D.
    Coming to us from Ohio, Dr. Rossi joined the practice upon relocating to Connecticut in 2011. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology/ Zoology from Miami University, continuing her studies at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and receiving her Doctorate degree in 1997. Her special interests are contact lenses and ocular disease and she is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key International Optometric Honor Societies and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. She has served in Treasurer and Secretary roles at the state zone level of the American Optometric Association. She enjoys travel, music, gardening, and cherishes time with family and friends.

  • Shanee Chandler,O.D.,M.S.
    Dr. Chandler received her Doctor of Optometry degree from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2015. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Hartford. Dr. Chandler’s special interests include the areas of Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. Dr. Chandler is a member of the Connecticut Association of Optometrist and The College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In her spare time, Dr. Chandler enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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