Laura J. Knapp, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.
Dr. Laura J. Knapp has been in the field of optometry for over 15 years having started her career as a vision therapist. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rowan University, Dr. Knapp continued her education at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, earning a Doctorate of Optometry with Clinical Honors. Following graduation, Dr. Knapp relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, where she led the pediatric team for a private practice and introduced vision therapy to its patients and employees. While completing her clinical training, Dr. Knapp worked closely with Dr. Leonard J. Press who eventually sold her his practice and transitioned all patient care.
Dr. Knapp’s passion is to assist in both pediatric and adult optometric care, helping to correct those with eye coordination difficulties. Her extensive training allows her to specialize in the treatment of these patients while simultaneously pursuing a particular interest in learning-related vision disorders. Dr. Knapp is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the American Optometric Association, and the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians.
She and her husband reside in Wyckoff, New Jersey with their two daughters and three dogs.
Optometric Vision Therapists
Our vision therapy staff and office staff team are integral to both our patients’, and our, success. They are individually chosen with an eye toward empathy for patients and an upbeat personality. Our vision therapists are guided toward board certification, a process attained through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). We hold daily team meetings with the entire staff to keep one another up to date about every patient’s individual care. Weekly, the therapy staff and doctors get together in a roundtable session for team education and to review the progress of our patients. Concurrently, the office staff meets to focus on education while also working for our patients to help the obtain the best possible insurance reimbursements.
Matthew graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Art and Design Studio. A newcomer to the PressVision at Family Eyecare Associates team, he is determined to assist and guide patients through their individual vision therapy programs. Under the tutelage of Dr. Laura J. Knapp, he continues to learn new and innovative techniques that will cater to each, individual patient’s unique journey. Through countless hours of cohesive, cooperative work with doctors, fellow vision therapists, and patients, he aspires towards furthering his training and receiving his Optometric Vision Therapist certification.
In his free time, Matthew likes to explore the world through his camera lens. He also enjoys spending as much time as he can outdoors, especially through hiking. He also has an affinity for animals and wishes to travel to every zoo and aquarium he possibly can throughout the world.
A New Jersey native, Alia graduated from Ramapo University with a B.A. in Psychology. She also completed the elementary school teacher education program, receiving a K-6 elementary certification. Since joining the PressVision at Family Eyecare Associates team, she has come to find how rewarding it is to make connections with our patients and help guide them through their vision therapy journeys. Thanks to Alia’s experience working with students with reading and writing deficits, she uses her knowledge to help patients with similar challenges succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Here at PressVision at Family Eyecare Associates, she gets to apply her experience and passion for helping others in assisting our patients improve and meet their vision therapy goals.
In her free time, Alia enjoys reading for fun, baking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
A West Virginia native, Chris graduated from Glenville State College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and double minor in English and Childhood Developmental Psychology. Having spent 25 years as an optician, Chris received his certification from the American Board of Opticianry. He has experience in management, insurance billing and coding, and eyeglass analysis and repair.
Chris’s goal is to help you fully understand your insurance and maximize all its benefits for you. First and foremost, however, his primary purpose is to help provide you with the best possible vision. You can find him at the front desk helping a new contact lens patient learn how to wear and care for his/her contacts or adjusting or repairing glasses.
In his free time, Chris enjoys gardening, jogging, and reading. He also likes to classify himself as a bona fide foodie.