Dr. Lipschultz and his wife Dr. Sue Cotter

Dr. Louis Lipschultz

Dr. Lipschultz is a product of our community. Born in Chicago, and raised in Glenwood, he attended Brookwood Grade School, and Bloom High School in Chicago Heights. He then attended Eastern Illinois University majoring in chemical engineering and the pre-medicine track of coursework. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1986 from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, and promptly acquired Dr. Rocke’s successful practice (at the time was located in Homewood), and settled into a home in the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago.

After 14 years in private practice, Dr. Lipschultz left full-time practice in 2000 for Atlanta to assume the position of CEO of Pulse Data International, Inc. He coordinated a series of acquisitions which resulted in a new name: HumanWare. He left HumanWare in late 2003 to form several new companies focused on the vision impairment industry and accessible web application design.

Although his primary passion is working with visually impaired individuals, Dr. Lipschultz continues to allocate a significant portion of his patient care hours to general care, contact lens, and pediatric vision care. Dr. Lipschultz splits his time between his home in Southern California and our Olympia Fields office. While in California he manages his several  technology companies, and enjoys  time with his wife, Dr. Susan Cotter, a professor at the Marshall B. Ketchum University.

Dr. Birva K. Shah

Dr. Birva K. Shah

Dr. Birva Shah joined Southland Eye Associates in the fall of 2019. She is a residency-trained optometrist specializing in pediatric optometry, contact lenses and general optometry. Her professional interests include management of strabismus/amblyopia, ocular disease and specialty contact lenses. In addition to her work at Southland Eye Associates, Dr. Shah is also on staff at The University of Chicago Hospital. Dr. Shah attended Loyola University in Chicago for her undergraduate education. She completed her Optometric training at the Illinois College of Optometry, where she later did her residency in pediatric/ binocular vision. Dr. Shah is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric association She is involved with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a collaborative network dedicated to facilitating multi-center clinical research and strabismus, amblyopia and other eye disorders that affect children. Dr. Shah has been, and continues to be, involved with various community outreach programs and vision screening.

Dr. Shah provides eye care for all ages, and has an emphasis on:

  • Pediatric vision disorders and their treatment
  • Scleral contact lenses
  • Dry eye diagnosis and treatment
  • Myopia control

Dr. Shah grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago where she enjoyed being outdoors, performed traditional Indian dancing, and loved cooking. Dr. Shah went to Glenbard North High School before pursuing her career path at Loyola University of Chicago. Now, Dr. Shah is happily married and resides in downtown Chicago. They have a beautiful daughter who is constantly smiling and keeps them on their toes. When not seeing patients, Dr. Shah enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family.

dr renee rowleyDr. Renee A. Rowley

Renee A. Rowley, O.D. was born in Litchfield, Illinois and raised in Princeton, Illinois. She attended Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa for a biology major with a chemistry minor. She was an active member of the University Band and also played piano. Dr. Rowley was a member of Phi Sigma Eta and Beta Beta Beta honorary academic societies. After three years of undergraduate study, she was accepted in to optometry school early and started optometry school at University of Missouri St. Louis in 2011. She was on the Dean’s List for all four years of study. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2015.

Dr. Rowley is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association. She lives in Bourbonnais with her husband who is a nurse at Riverside Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, playing piano, reading, and working out.

Although Dr Rowley provides all forms of comprehensive vision care, she has strong interest in:

  • Glaucoma diagnosis and management
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Complex contact lens fitting including keratoconus
  • Low vision
Photo ofLouis Lipschultz, OD
Louis Lipschultz, OD
(Dr. Lou)
Job Title
Owner; Optometrist
Southland Eye Associates, PC
19950 S. Governors Hwy,
Olympia Fields, IL, 60461

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