About Fox Vision Development Center

Since 1986, the team at Fox Vision Development Center has worked to help our patients achieve their maximum potential. Our Vision Therapy is designed to treat visual skills issues that are not treatable with eyeglasses alone, such as difficulties with tracking, focusing, and convergence. Behavioral Optometry proves a holistic, integrated approach to treating the vision system. By understanding how vision is affected by genetics, the environment, stress, and trauma, our team of medical professionals provides an individualized Program of Care designed to help you or your child reach your maximum visual potential.

Meet Dr. Robert Fox, Our Vision Therapists, and Staff

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Dr. Robert S. Fox, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.

Dr. Robert Fox has been in practice in the Capital Region Area since 1986. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Fox has also completed a residency in Rehabilitative Optometry at the Northport VA Medical Center on Long Island.  Dr. Fox is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD). As a Fellow, he has passed a series of rigorous examinations to be board certified in Vision Therapy and Vision Development. Dr. Fox is a charter member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). Dr. Fox is also a Fellow of the College of Syntonic Optometry (FCSO) and is a member of the New York State Optometric Association.  Dr. Fox is originally from Long Island and now lives in Schenectady with his wife, Randy. Dr. Fox and his wife have two grown daughters who live in the Capital Region as well. In addition to all his work to stay active in the numerous Optometric organizations, he is also a Rotarian and a licensed HAM radio operator. Dr. Fox also enjoys playing hockey, camping, and is an avid movie buff.

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Dr. McKenzie Symons, O.D.

Dr. McKenzie Symons joined Fox Vision Development Center in July 2020. She completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Geneseo and received her Doctor of Optometry from the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City. In addition to her academic education, Dr. McKenzie has also completed two externship sites specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation at SUNY College of Optometry and at Eyecare Professionals in New Jersey. Upon graduating, Dr. McKenzie was awarded the Dr. Frederick W. Brock Memorial Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Vision Training. Dr. McKenzie grew up in Upstate New York and now lives in Saratoga Springs with her dog, Finn. She also enjoys dancing, hiking, and baking delicious treats for her friends and amazing coworkers.

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Emma Hebert, Chief Therapist – COVT

Emma has been working at Fox Vision Development Center since fall 2011 and became Chief Therapist in 2014. Emma graduated from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor’s in Sociology and World History (’11). She is the first therapist from our office to pursue her certification from COVD. Emma’s responsibilities at the office beyond providing therapy, include scheduling therapy appointments, training staff, and coordinating out-of-office learning opportunities for therapists. In her free time, Emma enjoys attending car shows, watching hockey, cooking, swimming, and visiting New York City. She also loves spending time with her family and pets.

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Kaitlyn Dittmar, Certified Vision Therapist – COVT

Kaitlyn joined Fox Vision Development Center in May 2014. Originally from Western NY, she is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta (’11) with a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and Literacy. Her previous experiences include work in the fields of elementary education and childcare. Having seen how often children can struggle with classroom learning, Kaitlyn loves helping patients figure out how to work through challenges and reach their full potential through Vision Therapy. When not at Fox Vision Development Center, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her husband, playing tabletop games, and volunteering in her church community.

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Elizabeth Levy, Certified Vision Therapist – COVT, COTA

Elizabeth has been with Fox Vision Development Center since June 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Social Work from Elizabethtown College in PA (’11). In May 2015, Elizabeth completed school for her Occupational Therapy Assistant certification after completing clinical work at Wildwood School and Boston Medical Center. Elizabeth has worked with children for many years and enjoys helping them overcome obstacles to enrich their lives. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, babysitting her niece, watching hockey, boating, skiing, reading, traveling, volunteering, and advocating for Lyme Disease awareness.

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Skylar Fuller, Vision Therapist, OVT

Skylar, who has a background in critical and mental health care within local and national medical institutions, moved to the area in 2017. She joined the Fox Vision Development Center team in December of 2018. In her free time, Skylar trains like she is a marathon runner, reads while watching television and dedicates her time to helping others in need.

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Debra Biasini, Vision Therapist, OVT

Debbie joined the team in August 2015. Debbie is the therapist in the Plattsburgh office. She graduated from SUC@Buffalo ’76 with a BS in Special Education and Elementary Education, the University of Vermont, Burlington ’80 with an MEd in Education of the Severe/Profound and Multiply Impaired and an AAS in Nursing Clinton Community College ’84. Debbie came to Fox Vision Development Center after retiring from teaching with 36 years of experience teaching special needs populations at various functioning levels. Having worked with special needs students and adults, Debbie strives to help her patients increase their skills, provide ways to overcome their challenges, and utilize what they are learning in Vision Therapy to make their learning and lives easier. When not working Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at church, camping, cooking, crocheting, knitting, and exercising.

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Stephanie Grimason, Vision Therapy Administrator

Stephanie began working at Fox Vision Development Center in October 2017. She lives in Niskayuna with her husband, Tim and three children, Brynn, Harper and Jack who completed a Program of Care at Fox Vision. Stephanie graduated with a degree in Communication from the University of Southern Maine. After graduating she was able to stay home with her children and volunteer throughout the community. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

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Grace Keal, Patient Care Coordinator

Grace started at Fox Vision Development Center in August 2020. She has a background in customer services and previously worked for the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. Grace lives in Cohoe with her husband Josh and their two Dachshunds. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, reading, fixing things, and gardening.

As a reminder, our office is open! 🌟 Appointments will continue as scheduled. Give us a call at (518) 374-8001 if you have any questions or concerns.