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Dr. Angelo J. DeVivo recently joined the staff of Family Health Centers Inc. as an optometrist.

“I am honored to join the Family Health Centers Inc. team and to serve the local community,” DeVivo said in a release.

DeVivo first became interested in optometry when he was a private in the U.S. Army stationed in Denver, Colorado, working as a CAT scan tech.

He earned an ROTC scholarship and pursued a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He then attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where he received a bachelor’s degree in optometric science and graduated with honors in 1991 with a doctor of optometry degree.

DeVivo returned to the U.S. Army as a captain and served as assistant chief of optometry from 1991-1994 at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.

During that time, he gained experience in the treatment and management of ocular disease and additionally served as chief of optometry in the U. S. Army Hospital in Berlin, Germany. After his military service, DeVivo and his family relocated to rural northeast Ohio, practicing as a self-employed optometrist for 25 years in a medically underserved area.

DeVivo also worked as a staff optometrist for 15 years in a private group ophthalmology practice. He co-managed both traditional and LensX cataract surgeries, treated urgent care, trauma, anterior segment pathology, glaucoma and other medical eye disease, with a special interest in amblyopia treatment and pediatric vision. He was also the part-time clinical director for LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio and served on their advisory board.

DeVivo was a recipient of TLC Laser Eye Center awards and a founding member of the American Optometric Society, a national optometric organization, where he served as an elected volunteer board member.

He has published peer-reviewed articles in Review of Optometry, a national professional publication. He has volunteered his professional services for MedWorks at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio and as a Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity team member during a weeklong mission trip to Haiti where the team provided optometric care to over 1,600 patients. For years he also volunteered with a local community action agency and Head Start program.

He has been married for 32 years to his wife Laurie and they have four children.

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