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Our Staff

Dr. Julie Grove

Dr. Grove is a board certified optometrist.  She grew up in northwest Indiana and graduated Valedictorian from Merrillville High School.  She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science cum laude from Butler University, then completed a 4 year graduate program to earn her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry.  Dr. Grove completed residency training in ocular disease at the Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital, West Roxbury campus.  She currently holds appointment as Attending Optometrist at the Chicago Veterans Affairs Hospital where she teaches fourth year optometry student externs and optometry residents.  Dr. Grove is a member of the Indiana and American Optometric Associations, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry in the American Academy of Optometry. She and her family reside in Valparaiso.

Dr. Jovan Alavanja 

Dr. Alavanja grew up in northwest Indiana and graduated from Lake Central High School.  He completed his undergraduated studies in Neurobiology/Physiology at Purdue University-Lafayette, and then earned his Doctorate of Optometry at the Indiana University School of Optometry. He and his family reside in Schererville. 

Front Desk Administrative Assistant: Juanita Stryzinski

Juanita handles many aspects of a patient's visit including scheduling, insurance verification, and appointment reminders. She is a long-time resident of Northwest Indiana. She and her husband live in Crown Point and spend all of their free time with their grandchildren.

Phone: (219) 286-7007      Hours - Mon: closed | Tue: 11-7 | Wed-Fri: 9-5 | Sat: 8-1   valpolifefbicon
21 N. Washington St., Valparaiso, IN 46383