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Audrey Vela Hotwagner, CPOA

Audrey is a Certified Para-optometric Technician. She is a member of the American Optometric Association’s Para-optometric Association and brings an exceptionally high level of expertise as well as compassion to her work with our patients.

Audrey joined the Gardner Eye Care Staff in 1991, but she has been a patient since she was 9 years old.  Audrey’s professional specialties are in Eyewear Consulting, Management, and Billing.  She brings elegance and kindness to her work with our Patients, Staff, and Doctors.

Audrey has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Vision Source. As a Facilitator for the Chicago region, Audrey works with staff appointed by our member doctors to share ideas and provide training to escalate practices. To contact Audrey, please email

Audrey works at all of our locations — Hickory Hills, Homer Glen and Naperville.