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Vision Source first opened its
Orland Park doors in 1982. The
family-owned eye doctor’s office was
originally housed on the second floor
of the United Savings Bank building
(now Chase Bank), located at
151st and LaGrange Road, before
relocating to its current location at
9031 W. 151st Street.
A native of Chicago, owner Dr.
Joseph DiGiorgio moved to Orland
Park with his parents in 1976 and
says he knew he was here to stay.
“This was the community I wanted to
live and work in,” DiGiorgio said.
“It made sense to want to build in
Soon after he opened his eye care
practice, DiGiorgio became active
in the Orland Park Area Chamber
of Commerce where he served one
term as a board member. It was
during this time he got to know
members of the community, including
Orland Park’s then mayor, the late
Mayor Melvin Doogan and the late
Village Trustee, William Vogel.
“The village was a lot smaller back
then,” DiGiorgio recalls. “I enjoyed
the small community feel of Orland
Days and getting to know Vogel. He
was a very nice and warm man.”
As a young doctor just starting out
in Orland Park, DiGiorgio says the
chamber introduced him to the “pillars
of the community,” who offered support
as he grew his business.
In addition to working in Orland
Park, DiGiorgio and his wife, Cathy,
raised their family in the village. Their
children, Stephanie & Joe, attended
St. Michael Elementary School and
Carl Sandburg High School.
By living and working in the
community, DiGiorgio says he has
built a bond with his patients, as
they know him both as a doctor but
also as a neighbor or friend. “It’s
rewarding to have second and third
generations of patients,” he said.
“Beyond the eye exam, it’s rewarding
to know they have confidence in you
and are bringing their children or
In June, that feeling of community
is what led Stephanie DiGiorgio to
join her dad at the family practice,
working alongside him as the office’s
The office was a familiar place for
the recent graduate, as she grew up
spending many Saturdays helping
her dad by filing and doing other
office duties. “I grew up here and
to be able to work here now is a
privilege,” she said.
Both doctors shared an excitement
for melding their specialties and
being able to offer state of the art
technologies to their patients.
“We collaborate on things and that’s
what’s makes it fun,” Stephanie added.
Dr. DiGiorgio senior says he never
pushed his daughter to become an eye
doctor, but he is proud she has joined
the practice. “We’ve always gotten
along well and we work together
nicely,” he said. “She’s brought back
some new and great experiences and
perspective to the office.”
Stephanie graduated from Michael
School in 2002 and Sandburg in
2006, before studying health science
at the University of Iowa. Most
recently, she graduated from Nova
Southeastern University College of
Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“She’s had deep roots in Orland
Park since kindergarten,” her dad
said. “She has her best friends from
St. Mike’s still. I can see that she’s
deeply rewarded to have them come
here for eye care.”
“I knew I wanted to come back here
and work in the family practice,”
Stephanie added. “Everyone is Orland
Park has been so welcoming. It’s a
very rewarding feeling to come back.”
Dr. Joseph and Dr. Stephanie DiGiorgio
inside their Vision Source practice located at
9031 W. 151st St. in Orland Park.
Second generation families, continuing the tradition
of living and working in Orland Park.