Dr. Juliana 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 previously held appointment as Attending Optometrist at the Illinois Eye Institute and the Chicago Veterans Affairs Hospital  She 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. 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 (Boiler Up!), and earned his Doctorate of Optometry at the Indiana University School of Optometry. He is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys being outdoors when he is not treating patients. He and his family reside in Schererville.

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.

Melanie Mikulski

Melanie is our Optical Administrator. Among her many responsibilities, she serves as chief optician and style consultant. She maintains our entire selection of premium quality eyeglass frames, keeping up with the latest styles and trends in the industry. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her church.


Rose is our medical billing coordinator.  She handles processing of all medical insurance claims for our office and advocates on behalf of our patients to make sure insurance carriers provide coverage for necessary services.  She grew up and lives in Northwest Indiana and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.


Elena is an optometric technician.  She is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and is pursuing a degree as a registered nurse (RN) at Indiana University Northwest.


Lisa is one of our chief opticians.  She holds certification as an optometric technician and is pursuing a nursing degree at Purdue University Northwest.

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