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Doctors & Staff

At North Ridgeville Eye Care, it’s important to us that we treat patients like family. Our eye doctors will take the time to get to know you and explain exactly what is going on with your eyes.

Each doctor performs more than 25 hoursĀ of continuing education hours and surgical observation each year, constantly staying ahead of the field with information on the latest technology, medical treatment, and eye care advancements.

John Novak, O.D.

Dr. John Novak grew up in the Cleveland area, graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in 2001 and is a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Dr. Novak completed a hospital-based residency at the Cleveland Wade Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005-2006. He gained additional experience with the U.S. Public Health Service working on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. Dr. Novak participated in the Student Volunteers for Optometric Services to Humanity with a trip to the Dominican Republic in 2004, providing eye exams to those in need. He travels to El Salvador annually in humanitarian efforts and is on the board for Eye Care International as well as the Avon Lions Club.

Dr. Novak attends as many Cleveland and OSU sporting events as time allows. He plays soccer and stays active in the community and his local church.

Brooke Bader, O.D.

Dr. Brooke Bader grew up in Elyria and is in the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame. She is a 2001 graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a 4-year letter winner in volleyball; and is a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Dr. Bader completed medical rotations at the Aran Eye Institute in Miami, FL, where she worked at several ophthalmology offices in different specialties. She has also participated in SVOSH with a trip to the Dominican Republic in 2004, providing eye exams to those in need. Dr. Bader volunteers throughout the year with the Ohio Optometric Association Real Eyes program going to local schools, teaching students about eye care.

Dr. Bader resides in Avon, with her husband, who works and coaches in the local schools, and their four children, continuing to coach volleyball as well.

Jennifer McNamara, O.D.Dr. McNamara pictured on a sunny day

Dr. Jennifer McNamara is originally from Avon Lake, and graduated from OSU with her undergraduate degree in 2005 and Doctor of Optometry in 2009. She is highly experienced in pediatrics and specialty contact lens fittings, previously working with the Cleveland Clinic and NOMS Healthcare.

Dr. McNamara is also on the Eye Care International Board and travels and volunteers annually to El Salvador.

She has been racing triathlons since 2014, completing 3 Ironman competitions. She spends time with her family and friends and dog, Jax, while remaining heavily involved in the local Avon Lions Club.

David J. Sterna, O.D., Retired

Photo of Dr. Sterna

Dr. Sterna began practicing optometry in 1985. His practice philosophy has always been to place the needs and care of his patients as his top priority. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 from the College of Wooster with a major in chemistry and a minor in Latin American studies. He also studied abroad in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Sterna then went on to obtain his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Ohio State University in 1985. He is bilingual and happy to serve the Hispanic population healthcare needs.

He was born and raised in Amherst and integrates the most up-to-date technology with traditional patient care to guarantee that his patients always receive the highest quality eye care available. In August 2011, he was granted Diplomate status by the American Board of Optometry, becoming one of the first optometrists in the United States to be awarded this distinction.

Dr. Sterna has always maintained an active role in international relations as well. In 2015 Dr. Sterna and his wife Dianna provided humanitarian medical relief services to the underprivileged in Costa Rica with fellow Christians of Trinity Free Evangelical Church and have hosted numerous exchange students from around the world.

When not practicing optometry, Dr. Sterna enjoys gardening, photography, and international travel. He lives in Amherst with his wife, Dianna. They have two sons and a daughter. Completing their family are five grandchildren and two adorable dogs.

Carol Novak, O.D., Retired

Dr. Novak earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton. She went on to receive her Optometry degree from Ohio State University.

Dr. Novak participates with the Vision USA program, as well as the Lions Club, to provide eye care to people in need. She also serves as a Eucharistic Minister and sacristan at her parish. She has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce and has been an active member for many years. Dr. Novak also belongs to the American Optometric Association and the Ohio Optometric Association.

She is a RealEyes presenter in the schools and has provided school vision screenings. In the 2013-2014 school year, Dr. Novak was the leading RealEyes presenter in the whole state of Ohio. In 2020, she reached the elite status of educating over 10,000 students.

Dr. Novak’s work as a Realeyes Presenter

Our Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly staff who make North Ridgeville Eye CareĀ the leading provider of vision care products and services in North Ridgeville (and the entire Cleveland area). Our office would be nothing without these talented and dedicated staff members.

Holly, Optician

Michelle, Optician

Carol, Patient Relations

Rachel, Patient Relations

Grace, Patient Relations

Sarah, Patient Relations