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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

Orland Park.”

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

grandchildren here.”

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

second optometrist.

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.

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Second generation families, continuing the tradition

of living and working in Orland Park.