Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Schoonover Eye Care P.C. the leading provider of vision care products and services in Peckville.
Rebecca L. Schoonover, O.D.
Rebecca L. Schoonover, O.D. is one of a select group of eye doctors who put the patients’ needs and concerns above anything else. Throughout the community, Dr. Schoonover has shown through both in her practice and charitable work, that helping people with their vision needs is her top priority. This is why she was received the Young O.D. of the Year Award from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Optometric Society.
Dr. Schoonover obtained valuable education and experience for her current practice by working with many highly-qualified eye care professionals.
After graduating from Bishop O’Hara High School, Dunmore, Pennsylvania, Dr. Schoonover received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Before moving back to Pennsylvania to practice full-time, Dr. Schoonover obtained valuable education and experience for her current practice by working with many highly-qualified eye care professionals. Some of her professional experiences included: Liane Downtown Eye Associates, Jacksonville, Florida, where she gained education and experience for ocular disease and primary care optometry; Aran Eye Associates, North Miami Beach, Florida; Nova Southeastern University Clinic, Davie, Florida, for the experience of working with cornea and contact lenses; Broward Medical Clinic, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for pediatric optometry; and Broward Medical Clinic, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, gaining valuable experience with primary care optometry.
After three years in a commercial eye care setting, Dr. Schoonover realized a need for a private practice, where patients can experience a one on one setting with doctor and patient, and decided that opening her own private practice was a way for her to reach more patients with quality eye care. Now back in Northeastern, Pennsylvania, Dr. Schoonover has opened her own private practice at Schoonover Eye Care, P.C. in Peckville, Pennsylvania. Her office specializes in diagnosing and treating ocular diseases, while offering exceptional customer service by making her office a one stop experience, handling a selection of over 400 frames and contact lenses. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Schoonover maintained a secondary office at Boscov’s Optical in the Steamtown Mall, Scranton, Pennsylvania from 2005-2012. She now sees patients exclusively from her Peckville, PA office.
As a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Optometric Society, Dr. Schoonover played a key role in the implementation and creation of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Optometric Society’s website at www.neposeyes.org. The website is an online communication tool for local optometrists, as well as offers the public a means to learn about optometry, optometric affiliations, and other eye related topics. There are also links to helpful information and resources, such as the Handbook of Ocular Disease Management, and eye care associations.
Dr. Schoonover is also the founder of “Cocktails For a Cause”, an annual fund raising event to help raise money for Research To Prevent Blindness (RPB), the leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment, or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision; and in 2009, the Lackawanna Blind Association in Scranton, PA. Dr. Schoonover donates the proceeds from “Cocktails For a Cause” in loving memory of Thom Mann, who was an eye care colleague, friend, father and husband, whose passion for helping people will be continued through the advancement of vision research.
While serving on the Pennsylvania Optometric Associations Public Relations Committee, Dr. Schoonover attended meetings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she contributed by setting goals and action plans which allowed interaction and future planning for POA leaders and staff.
Dr. Schoonover is a member of the Friends of the Blind, which assists the Lackawanna Blind Association at their Annual Helen Keller Day Fundraiser.
Dr. Schoonover is currently an active member of the Junior League of Scranton, PA, a women’s organization committed to promoting volunteerism and improving the community through effective action and leadership. She served on the Board of Directors of the Junior League, and has also served on the Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Committee. She served as chairperson of the Junior League of Scranton’s Placement Committee, and currently is chair person of the Junior League of Scranton’s website committee and an active member of the Touch-A-Truck committee. She was recently recognized for her contributions and accomplishments as the recipient of the groups Margaret L. Richards Award, given annually to a member of the Junior League of Scranton for outstanding leadership and volunteerism.
Helping to raise much-needed funds that benefit local resources, such as St. Joseph’s Center and the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is an integral part of Dr. Schoonover’s professional life. She sees helping others as a way to give back to the community. With assisting in the creation of “Happy Birthday Hour”, Dr. Schoonover helps children at the Women’s Resource Center receive a special gift on their birthday. Since the beginning of the “Happy Birthday Hour”, Dr. Schoonover has served on committees supporting this event. While serving on the committee for the Cinderella’s Closet event, Dr. Schoonover assists women who are economically unable to have a special prom night. Young women are able to purchase new and gently used prom dresses, purses, shoes, etc. priced affordable.
Awards and Honors:
In addition to receiving the Young Optometrist of the Year Award, Dr. Rebecca Schoonover has received the distinct honor of being nominated Northeast Woman in February 2009 by the Scranton Times. She was recognized by Corporate Optometry Reports which is a nation wide optometry publication. The full page article described Dr. Schoonover’s commitment to her community, as well as gave advice to fellow doctors in regards to creating a charitable fundraising. Dr. Schoonover was featured in Women in Optometry which is a publication dedicated to the interests of women O.D.s. (Please see copies of these magazine and newspaper articles below.)
Having worn glasses since age four, Dr. Schoonover is well aware of the needs of patients who require eyeglasses for corrective vision. As a result of her own poor vision experience, she is able to empathize with the delicate issues surrounding eye care, since having good vision is such an important part of our lives.
Knowing the importance of keeping active for good health, Dr. Schoonover enjoys outdoor activities, such as tennis, softball, and skiing. Florida and Colorado are two of her favorite holiday getaway spots, but spending quality time with good friends and family is what keeps her grounded, relaxed, and a genuine person.