Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Advanced Eye Care Associates the leading provider of vision care products and services in Lowell.
“Every person is unique, that’s why I make it a point to get to know you individually. Everyone has special needs, from computer work to sports vision. You can always count on the personal attention you deserve. I’ll listen to your concerns and work with you to provide the best possible solutions.”
A well-rounded education is essential.
First, I attained a degree in biology in order to understand the workings of the entire human body. Then I focused on health and visual functions of the eye. Of course, attaining these degrees took hard work, but it allows me to offer you the full perspective on total vision health for you and your family.
Bachelor of Science: Biology, Boston College, 1979
Doctor of Optometry: New England College of Optometry, 1984
A lifelong dedication to better eye care.
I believe the education process should never stop. That’s why I’ve dedicated so much time to postdoctoral training in a variety of subjects. You can feel confident that I’m up to date on the latest advances in eye care, and therefore can bring you the most effective treatments possible.
I was one of the first optometrists in the state to receive my therapeutic license to treat eye disease, and I continually keep my education up to date so if there is a new treatment available, you’ll be the first to have it.
Professional memberships to stay current.
Through memberships in professional organizations, I’m able to meet with my colleagues to share ideas and concerns to be better able to serve you.
- Mass. Society of Optometrists, 1st Vice-President
- New England Council of Optometrists
- American Optometric Association
- International Society of Refractive Surgeons
Dr. Karalekas specializes in low vision and contact lenses. He was part of Leahey Eye Clinic, in Lowell, for 12 years and brings his knowledge and experience to our practice.
Dr. Stephen J. Harney received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH in 1974. He is a 1978 graduate of the New England College of Optometry in Boston. He did post-doctoral clinical training in speciality contact lenses at Korb Associates in Boston. He was the head of the Contact Lens Department at the former Leahey Eye Clinic, Inc., Lowell, MA.
As an Optometrist he is skilled in the field of cornea and contact lenses, having proven competence by becoming a Diplomate in the section of Cornea and Contact Lenses of the American Academy of Optometry in 1997. Dr. Harney has special insterst in Sports Vision and Laser Vision Consultation as well.
Dr. Harney’s years of medically related experience has given him the skill to handle complex optometric medical cases. These include contact lenses, dry eyes, pediatric and geriatric care (with emphasis on pathological diagnosis and management) and co-management of laser vision refractive surgical cases.
Honors, Appointments, Memberships:
- Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry (F.A.A.O.)
- Sub-investigator for ocular research at Ophthalmic Research Associates (ORA) in Andover, MA
- Advisory Committee of the Rigid Gas Permeable Lens Institute (RGPLI)
- Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the New England College of Optometry and the New England Eye Institute in Boston
- Former optometrist for the Providence Bruins and the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL
- Member of the International Academy of Sports Vision
- Member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE)
Dr. Harney is an enthusiastic sportsman and fan and devoted to his family. He enjoys golfing, skiing and hockey. He is married to Mary Beth Harney and they have three children: Meaghan, Caitlin and Michael.
Our Office Manager and licensed Optician, has over 16 years of experience in the Optometry field. Dave received his undergraduate education from Penn State University. In addition to his undergrad education, he has completed pre-med and medical course work from UMass Boston and the New England College of Optometry.
Dave began working as a Technician in 2002 and eventually migrated into an Optician position by 2004. His wealth of knowledge and diverse educational background also include medical billing. Dave has been a dedicated and hardworking member of the Advanced Eyecare Associates team since 2011. He brings a balanced business approach, a levelheaded tactic and an approachable management style to our practice. His passion behind his work and his devotion to this field is an asset to the world of eye care.
Gerry is a licensed optician who has been on our staff for over 10 years. Gerry works with the frame vendors to bring in the newest styles and is involved in the fabrication of your glasses.