Dr. Lisa V. Gontarek is an enthusiastic, compassionate optometrist who truly enjoys helping her patients. Raised in Newport News, she graduated from Menchville High School and then with a biology degree at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA., she got her doctorate at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 1997 and stayed to complete a Primary Care residency which included clinical work at SCO and the Memphis VA Hospital.

In 1998, Dr. Lisa accepted a position at Ophthalmology Associates, a multi-specialty practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While there, she gained invaluable experience in a setting that allowed her to fully utilize her training.

Not only did she see her own patients for comprehensive eye care, she was responsible for covering on call services for several local hospitals, saw pre- and post-op surgical patients as requested by her colleagues, was responsible for staff training and for running the high volume contact lens department.

After marrying Dr. Scott and the arrival of son, Gavin, Dr. Lisa moved back to Hampton Roads with her new family. Ready to take the next step in her career, she took over a practice next to Lens Crafters in Greenbrier Mall. This location was a busy one and she worked hard to make it successful.

After the arrival of daughter, Katie, and a total of seven and one half years in this location, it was time to finally realize her ultimate goal – a stand alone, private practice. And thus, with the help of Dr. Scott, Gontarek Eye Care, Optometrists, LLC was born in July 2010 and is thriving at its new location at the corner of Battlefield Blvd and Kempsville Rd.

Having made work a family affair, a lot of Dr. Lisa’s spare time is spent making sure that the business is successful. She does enjoy some down time, of course. Spending time with her family is number one. Both kids are outgoing and involved in extracurricular activities in which she likes to share. When she’s not at work and the kids are at school, she loves being outdoors and especially likes working in the yard. You can also find her at the gym, running, or biking with Dr. Scott.