Doctors

The doctors at Rathjens Vision Care bring years of medical experience and trusted knowledge into every patient consultation and examination.

  • Robin Rathjens, O.D.
    Robin Rathjens, O.D.
    After receiving her degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Dr. Rathjens immediately established Rathjens Vision Care in Waterbury in 1999. This exciting adventure followed her years in the immunology department at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and, before that, her graduation from Colgate University in 1992. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Connecticut Association of Optometrists and the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. When she is not with the practice, her two children keep her busy as does playing either tennis, piano, or bass in her garage band.

  • John Rathjens, O.D.
    John Rathjens, O.D.
    A cum-laude graduate of Colgate University, Dr. Rathjens received his degree with honors from the New England College of Optometry in 1996. He spent several years as a clinical professor while on staff at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center outside of Boston before joining an ophthalmology group in central Connecticut. He is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. He started practice with his wife, Robin, at Rathjens Vision Care in 2005 and sees patients in both of our locations. Away from the office, he sometimes finds time to paint, read or exercise, and always enjoys time with his two kids.

  • KelLee Rich, O.D.
    KelLee Rich, O.D.
    A native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Rich is a graduate of Ithaca College where she studied Chemistry and Spanish Language and Literature. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key Optometric Honor Societies at Indiana University School of Optometry, from which she received her degree in 2012. Her externship training included time at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Montrose, New York, Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, and Centro de Rehabilitacion Visual in Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys traveling and hiking.
  • Dina Rossi, O.D.
    Dina Rossi, O.D.
    Coming to us from Ohio, Dr. Rossi joined the practice upon relocating to Connecticut in 2011. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology/ Zoology from Miami University, continuing her studies at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and receiving her Doctorate degree in 1997. Her special interests are contact lenses and ocular disease and she is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key International Optometric Honor Societies and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. She has served in Treasurer and Secretary roles at the state zone level of the American Optometric Association. She enjoys travel, music, gardening, and cherishes time with family and friends.

  • Qiaoqiao Wang, Ph.D., O.D.
    Qiaoqiao Wang, Ph.D., O.D.
    A Post-Doctoral Associate in Cell Biology at Yale University, Dr. Wang went on to receive her Optometry Degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2013. She is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society, the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, the American Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program foundation. Dr. Wang is a native of Wenzhou, China but is now a long-time resident of Branford, where she lives with her husband and two children and is active with the Lions' Club. In her spare time, she enjoys Zumba and playing tennis.

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