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Optometric Transaction Consultant Team

OTC helps graduates buy a new optometry practice


Chad Mihevc, J.D. MBA, Esq.

Chad Mihevc has over twenty years of legal experience representing business and professional clients in sophisticated commercial, financial and real estate transactions; business formation, organization, governance and finance, the purchase and sale of businesses, and business succession planning.  Business clients include Fortune 100 companies, real estate firms, financial institutions, professional practices, local and regional companies, and family owned and operated businesses.  He has successfully represented clients in numerous transactions on the purchase and sale of businesses including optometry and other professional practices.

Prior to forming Flores & Mihevc with his partner Yvette Flores in 2008, Chad served as Senior Attorney in the Law Department of Walgreen Co., where he represented the company in a variety of sophisticated corporate, pharmaceutical, regulatory, securities, intellectual property and real estate matters.

Chad serves as Alderman for the City of McHenry.  He is past president of the McHenry High School District 156 Board of Education and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, and is co-founder and Executive Director of Ignite Teen Center and Weekend Meal Ministry, nonprofit corporations dedicated to improving the lives of children in the community.  He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Chad earned his J.D., M.B.A. and B.A. (Bronze Tablet, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Elizabeth Atkinson, OD

Dr. Elizabeth Atkinson is an eye doctor with many years of experience and a passion for helping her patients.

After obtaining her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1988, she went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 1992. She completed externships at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and The Illinois Visually Handicapped Institute. She has been an Optometrist since 1992 and founded Atkinson Eye Care in 1994.

Dr. Atkinson grew up in McHenry, Illinois and attended McHenry High School, West Campus. She wore her first pair of glasses at age 8 and can still remember how bright and detailed the world suddenly became when she put on her first pair of glasses. She remembers that every time she went to the eye doctor, she was absolutely fascinated. On top of her memories of how much her first pair of contacts helped her and her great love for science, she always knew that she wanted to do something meaningful to help people in this way.

When asked about her most memorable patient experience, Dr. Atkinson relates:

“Many years ago I had a patient on whom I discovered ocular melanoma (Cancer). She had no symptoms and was only in for a routine vision checkup. I referred her to the appropriate specialists for successful treatment. She continues to be a patient I look forward to seeing each year. She thanks me for saving her life. Optometrists don’t hear this too often.”

Dr. Atkinson is passionate about facilitating the buying and selling of private optometric practices because of her own experiences. She has been involved in multiple practice acquisitions and always felt that there has to be a better way. She also feels that more and more young graduates are being kept away from the privilege of owning their own practice, she hopes that her efforts will begin a shift in practice ownership reversing the downward trend of fewer graduates becoming owners.

Dr. Atkinson loves to travel with her husband and her three teenage children and enjoys the outdoors, specifically hiking and kayaking. She loves to go with her family to National Parks in the wilderness. She and her husband are very involved with their church, Springbrook Community Church. She is also Therapy Certified with one of her dogs to visit nursing homes and libraries and she hopes to get certified to visit children’s hospitals some day.


William Atkinson, OD

Dr. William Atkinson has over 32 years of experience in the optometric field, starting as an optician to work his way through undergraduate studies and then optometry school finishing in 1992. Dr. Atkinson holds degrees from Springfield College in Illinois, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and the Illinois College of Optometry, and completed an externship at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and in pediatrics at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Dr. Atkinson is a certified business broker by the state of Illinois and is co-owner of Optometric Transaction Consultants.

As an optometrist Dr. Atkinson has practiced and experienced many avenues of optometry over the span of his career, predominantly in private practice. He began his career in commercial practice which eventually led to acquiring two office leases inside a commercial settings. During this time he employed as many as seven ODs at one time to cover the demand. While managing the commercial leases he and his wife Dr. Elizabeth Atkinson opened Atkinson Eye Care in 1994, this practice continues to grow to this day with receipts nearly 1.2 million in 2017 and may top 1.3 in 2018. Even after all of the years Dr. Atkinson prides himself on remaining a student in the latest practice management techniques and out of the box new ideas in order to continue to grow their practice in this ever changing market.

In 2003 Dr. Atkinson terminated his commercial leases in order to purchase a second established private practice in Woodstock, IL. After only two years the doctors had outgrown this space and purchased an office condo moving the practice which in turn doubled its size.

In 2013 the Atkinsons sold the Woodstock practice which enable them triple the size Atkinson Eye Care moving the practice to its current location therefore making this now the sole practice they both work out of.