Dr. Tess Sobczak has been practicing full scope optometry in Petoskey, Michigan since moving to the area in 1997. Many of her patients know her from her eighteen years practicing independently inside Walmart Vision Center with her husband, Dr. Jim Sobczak. During this time, Tess and her husband shared the duties of their practice and the duties of raising their three sons. While working together they became known as Dr. Tess and Dr. Jim – to avoid confusion – and these names have stuck.
Dr. Tess spent her childhood in Houston, Texas and Neodesha, Kansas. She did her graduate studies at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where she met her future husband, Jim, a native of Alpena, Michigan.
While in Chicago, her training included rotations through the Illinois Eye Institute, a multi-specialty eye clinic located in inner city Chicago with over 70,000 patient visits per year. Extended studies and training were completed in the fields of Primary Care, Low Vision, Pediatrics, Binocular Vision, Advanced Ophthalmic Care and Cornea and Contact Lens Specialties.
She received the Bernell Clinical Optometry Award, Award of Distinction in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision, Award of Distinction in Primary and Advance Ophthalmic Care, and Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2004.
As a child, when she first decided on being an Optometrist, Dr. Tess always imagined a private practice with an inviting, home-like atmosphere where patients were treated like family and the care was not only professional, but personal. Dr. Tess has endeavored to create this with Infinity Eye Care. The office is cozy and the service is fun and caring.
When she is not at the office, Dr. Tess loves spending time with her husband and their sons Ty, Jacob and Brett. It is not uncommon to find a sign taped to the office door that reads, “Closed early for the game!” Dr. Tess is a lifelong bibliophile, novice painter and fan of classic film, plus she enjoys cooking, crochet, knitting, gardening, and playing piano.