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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Schenectady Eyecare and Eyewear the leading provider of vision care products and services in Schenectady.


Dr. Todd Pereira

Dr. Todd Pereira

Dr. Todd Pereira has practiced in the Capital region since graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2000. Dr. Pereira performs ocular health evaluations for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, and dry eye disease. In addition to ocular disease management, he has experience in pediatric eye care and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Pereira is licensed by New York State to diagnose and treat eye disease. He is a member of the NYS and American Optometric Associations. He is happy to continue serving the community through the thriving practice started at this location. He lives with his wife, who is a teacher, and their young son.


Laura Erwin

Laura Erwin, Optician

Laura began her career in optical in 1988 and has pursued excellence in dispensing ever since. Managing an optical store has become a passion that started with her first management position in 1995. It was at that time that she began working with Dr. Katz, and in January 2003 she brought her passion for helping others to Dr. Katz’s private practice. She carries that same enthusiasm through the new ownership under Dr. Pereira. Laura is a NYS licensed optician as well as a member of the NYSSO. When Laura is not in the office she enjoys traveling with her husband, Michael, and their two daughters, Hannah and Rachael.


Amy St. John

Amy St. John, Optician

Amy was born and raised in San Jose, CA.  She moved to the Capital Region in 2000 where she began her career in optical.  Amy is a New York licensed optician who has been dedicated to delivering the newest and best technology in the optical industry.  In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and reading.


Tracy Broomhall, Billing Coordinator

Tracy Broomhall

Tracy began her career in the medical billing field in the early 1990’s for a large billing company in the capital region.  She worked for hospitals and private doctor offices.  She began working for Dr. Katz in 2008 and, when he retired, with Dr. Pereira in 2012.  Outside the office Tracy enjoys her time with family, friends and extracurricular activities.


Margaret Draffen, Optometric Assistant

Margaret joined our office in Spring of 2017.  She works as an optometric assitant, covering patient pretesting and front desk reception.  Margaret has been a welcome addition to our team, with over 30 years of experience working for optometry offices in Schenectady and in Iowa.  Margaret likes to spend time with her family at Great Sacandaga Lake.  She enjoys visiting with her children and is active in art, music and home remodeling projects.