Dr. Andrew Sacco
Dr. Sacco was a Board of Trustee and EF Wildermuth Scholar at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Philadelphia) from 1982 to 1986 where he also trained at Albert Einstein and Holy Redeemer hospitals. He completed a one year post graduate residency in ocular disease at The Eye Institute and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, and obtained his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 1993. Special practice interests include contact lens and corneal interactions in contact lens wearers, glaucoma, neurological diseases of the visual system and clinical research. Dr. Sacco has been published in several professional publications and has presented papers, scientific posters or lectures locally and in Saratoga Springs, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Seattle and New York City. He has lectured to other doctors on topics ranging from contact lens care and practice management to Lyme disease and glaucoma. Dr. Sacco is the Principal Investigator for Sacco Eye Group Ophthalmic Research, PLLC (a sister business performing clinical trials for new contact lens and pharmaceutical development). The research practice is one of the largest private clinical study sites in the United States, having completed nearly one hundred clinical studies in the past decade. He has served on the Bausch and Lomb Corneal Infiltrate Advisory Board and has spoken on behalf of Bausch and Lomb as a consultant. Dr Sacco is a past president of the New York State Optometric Association and has served on various committees for the American Optometric Association.
On staff at United Health Services and Lourdes Hospitals, Dr. Sacco is a clinical instructor for the family physician residency training programs at both hospitals. He is one of a few Board Certified Optometrists in our area. He is currently an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He enjoys serving on the board for the Lourdes Hospital Foundation, a charitable organization that aids those in need and helps advance the mission of compassionate care for our community’s patients. He asks people to consider helping others in need by donating any monetary amount they are able to the Foundation
Dr. Sacco is married to his wife Staci and have three beautiful children. In addition to the business, consulting and spending time with his family, Dr. Sacco keeps busy with fly fishing for trout and bonefish, grouse hunting with his Labrador Retrievers, photography, astronomy, cycling, tending to his 90 acres on his John Deere tractor, tasting new and exciting wines, home brewing beer and getting behind the wheel of his convertible on a sunny afternoon. He is currently looking for more hobbies. He is a rabid New York Giants fan and is not afraid to charge Eagles fans twice his going rate for his services.
Dr. Dan Kirchheimer
Dr. Dan Kirchheimer was thrilled to return to his home town of Vestal to join Sacco Eye Group in 2010 after completing optometry school. He attended the prestigious SUNY State College of Optometry in New York City following several years at Binghamton University. He completed rotations in advanced sub-specialties (glaucoma, cornea, retinal disease, and pediatrics) at the Syracuse VA hospital, the St. Albans VA hospital, and the University Eye Center in Manhattan. He is a leader in his field and serves on the executive board of the New York State Optometric Association where he has held the positions of secretary, treasurer, and vice-president. In 2016 Dr. Kirchheimer was awarded Young Optometrist of the Year in New York State. He is also a sub-investigator for Sacco Eye Group Ophthalmic Research and stays on the cutting edge of what’s new in eye care. “Dr. Dan,” as kids like to call him, has a very calming presence and can easily relate to parents with small children as he has two of his own.
Dr. Kirchheimer is very proud of his volunteer activities, feeling that it’s very important to give back to the community that treats him so well. He travels yearly to rural Appalachia to volunteer for Remote Area Medical, providing free eye care to those who can’t afford it. He’s a volunteer firefighter with the Vestal Fire Department where he just finished four years as president. Dr. Kirchheimer’s favorite part of a normal day in practice is getting to see his wonderful patients. He often mentions that he has the best patients and that it always just feels like picking up a conversation with an old friend. Dr. Kirchheimer is also very proud of his wife, Heather, and two sons, William and Robby, who keep him busy with Cub Scouts among many other outdoor activities. In his spare time he likes to pretend to be mechanically inclined and tinker with his house and car (he loves Mustangs).
Ken is a New York State licensed and board certified optician bringing twenty years of experience to our fine team. For many years Ken was part of the excellent team at The Optikal providing high end spectacles and advanced sports eye wear systems. Ken is highly regarded for his outstanding personal service to his patients. Most recently Ken was with a large ophthalmic practice where he developed a tremendous following. Ken brings a wealth of knowledge to the sports vision community and his custom work with Oakley™ will give you the competitive advantage you deserve. In his down time Ken enjoys doing home improvements, riding his bike, fishing, spending time with his wife and children and, of course, watching his beloved Buffalo Bills.
Serena has been a licensed optician for twenty five years, and with Sacco Eye Group for the last fifteen years. She has been a fixture here for thousands of our patients! Serena is married to her husband Chris and they have two children. Serena has a wide range of interests that include gardening, photography, reading, Pilates, walking and exercise, home projects, time at the lake reading, and of course, being with her children. Her family is her life. Serena’s particular talent as an optician is in fitting difficult or complex prescriptions and making you look your best. She is a progressive lens specialist and can troubleshoot any lens problem you may have. She has a knack for helping folks find just the right look they’re after. Her eyeglass adjustments are particularly precise and accurate and we are lucky to have her with us.
Sally has been a part of the Sacco team since 2011. She is a graduate of Elmira College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Market Research. In addition to working with patients as a New York State licensed optician, she enjoys meeting with sales representatives from various frame manufacturers, and assisting in frame inventory management displays. In this we our patients are assured of a fresh, stylish collection from which to choose. If you’re looking for a special frame she would be happy to find it for you! Outside of work you will find her spending time with her two children, painting, gardening or working on her photography skills!