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Kristie Barbaro, O.D.

Dr. Barbaro

Optometrist in Downers Grove, Illinois

“During my undergraduate education, I was intrigued by the healthcare professions. I became a certified EMT, worked in a hospital ER, and trained as an optician, all of which gave me the opportunity to see many sides of medicine. Working as an optician allowed me to learn about eye care and the complexity of eye health beyond just wearing glasses. I studied to become an optometrist because I enjoy working with patients and educating them about their eye health.”

Dr. Barbaro received her doctorate in 2008 from Illinois College of Optometry. She started her career in a private practice in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 2010, she moved to the Chicagoland area and began working at Northwestern Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. In 2022, we welcomed Dr. Barbaro to Midwest Eye.

Dr. Barbaro’s full of scope care includes patients of all ages. She enjoys treating eye disease such as Glaucoma and Dry Eye. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, West Suburban Optometric Society, and National Glaucoma Society. Dr. Barbaro is very active in the Downers Grove community and is on the board for Orchard Brook Home Owners Association, along with being an active member of the PTA at Pierce Downers school. Go Panthers!

Dr. Barbaro and her husband Joe, live in Downers Grove with their 3 children and pug (Axl). When she is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, water sports, and relaxing with friends.