Meet Our Team

Richard E. Sorkin, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Dr. Sorkin is an optometric physician, board certified in vision development and vision therapy. In addition to working with patients, Dr. Sorkin has served as Faculty at Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry, in a variety of positions including Instructor, Assistant Professor and Interim Chief of the Pediatrics & Binocular Vision Service. He has taught hundreds of optometry students the importance of Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy.

Dr. Sorkin provides in-depth testing for the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems that often interfere with reading, learning and other activities of daily living.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).

Dr. Sorkin truly enjoys helping his patients overcome the visual roadblocks to their success and has been providing this type of vision care to patients for over 15 years.

Kelsey Egan, COVT

elsey first experienced visual therapy at our practice as a child after an eye injury made it difficult for her to use both eyes together as a team. She completed visual therapy with Dr. Michael Phillips, who was a pioneer in the field of Vision Therapy. Kelsey continued on as a patient when Dr. Sorkin succeeded Dr. Phillips.

Kelsey received her training as a Vision Therapist from Dr. Sorkin as well as Board Certified Vision Therapists. She continues to learn the newest procedures from Dr. Sorkin and continuing education courses. Kelsey is proficient in providing vision therapy for children and adults of all ages. Kelsey achieved fellowship as a certified visual therapist (COVT) in April of 2017.

“The most rewarding part of being a vision therapist is helping patients understand their visual system and using that understanding to improve their lives in the real world.”

Vanessa Darcangelo

Vanessa is currently attending St. Petersburg College, pursuing an Associate’s Degree in the medical field. She has an interest in forensic science. She is under the supervision of Doctor Sorkin and Kelsey Egan, a board certified Vision Therapist. Her previous experiences include volunteer work at an elementary school. She assisted students in academics, a book club, science and mathematics for 3 years. Vanessa graduated from Seminole High School as part of CEL (Center for Education and Leadership). She was inducted into the National Honor Society.

Vanessa’s favorite part of working at the office is seeing a patient’s progress, particularly when they can master an activity that they originally found challenging.

Vanessa’s outside interests include church youth group, spending time on the water, at the beach and at theme parks. She especially enjoys Disney World!