Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Restore Eye Care and Eye Gym is the leading provider of vision care products and services in State College.
Tracy Carpenter Sepich, Diplomate of The American Board of Optometry, M.S. – Doctor of Optometry
Dr. Sepich graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science. In 1991 she graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry with both a Master’s of Science in Low Vision Rehabilitation and a Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Sepich began her career as an Associate optometrist in Charlottesville and Staunton Virginia. In 1994, She founded her own practice in Seneca PA. She has been published in Review of Optometry, a professional journal, and has given continuing education lectures for Optometrists, Physicians, Paraoptometrics, and Vision Teachers on the field of low vision. Her practice was featured in the national trade journal, Eyecare Business. She has also participated in various service organizations and volunteer projects. She is a volunteer optometrist for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program, InfantSEE (free eye examinations for infants), and Vision USA (free eye examinations and glasses for financially qualified individuals). Her philosophy is to maintain a patient-centered practice, tailoring her care to meet each individual’s needs. She welcomes coordination of care with other professionals and related agencies to best serve the needs of her patients. Dr. Sepich lives in her hometown of State College, with her husband Rodney. They have four adult children. She is an active volunteer for Our Lady of Victory Church and State College Sunrise Rotary. She is a member of Leadership Centre County Class of 2006. Dr. Sepich was awarded the 2014 Optometrist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Optometric Association.
Christine Zlupko, F.C.O.V.D. – Doctor of Optometry
Dr. Zlupko graduated from Juniata College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and graduated as Doctor of Optometry in 2003. She has practiced in State College since 2003 and joined Restore Eye Care P.C. in 2010 with a special interest in glaucoma management and pediatric eyecare. She obtained her fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2018.
Dr. Zlupko is a volunteer with Centre Volunteers in Medicine and serves on their Clinical Advisory Committee. She is also actively involved in the Juniata College Alumni Association and assists in scholarship fundraising. She is active in the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and locally with Mid-Counties Optometric Society.
Christine lives in State College with her husband, Brandon and their two children.
Nichole Derugen, CPOA, ABOC – Optician
Our optician, Nichole Derugen came to us in September 2006. She is American Board of Opticianry Certified. She has maintained certification from the American Board of Opticianry since 2004. In addition, Nichole is a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant by the American Paraoptometric Association. Nichole manages our optical boutique and provides knowledgeable suggestions of various lens types, materials, and frames. She is also an expert in eye glass adjustments and repairs.
Dave Skipper – Vision Therapist and Paraoptometric Technician
Our optical technician and vision therapist, Dave Skipper has been with us since 2011. He helps patients with visual perception and common non-surgical vision problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency, sports vision, concussions, and some reading and learning disabilities. David has received training from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He also helps to support the staff and doctors.
Dawn Deppe – CPOC and Office Manager
Our Office Manager, Dawn Deppe, came to us in September 2007 with 14 years of medical billing experience. Dawn’s main duties include electronic medical billing and tracking patient and insurance accounts receivable. In addition she coordinates patient care with other facilities, assists patients with their insurance questions and concerns, and acts as support for other staff as they perform their duties. She is also the face you may see as you arrive and check out of our office. Dawn was awarded the 2015 Paraoptometric of the Year by the Pennsylvania Paraoptometric Association.
Tami McLaughlin – Paraoptometric Technician
Tami started with us in January 2017, coming to us with a background in counseling, having obtained her BS in Rehabilitation and Counseling Education. Tami is skilled in several areas at Restore Eye Care, primarily as a technician assisting the doctors with pretesting, history taking and specialty testing. She also assists us handling front desk duties, checking in patients, answering phones and scheduling patients. Tami stays busy with a variety of activities outside of work as well, being a mother of four and a successful co-owner and operator of a rental company called Jump This with her husband Andy, and an avid fan of Penn State football.
Rachel Partner – Doctor of Occupational Therapy OTD, OTR/L, CLVT
Our occupational therapist, Rachel, came to us in 2018 after 5 years of experience working with the geriatric community. She graduated from Alvernia University in 2013 with a combined Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. In 2017, Rachel earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Chatham University, with a concentration in low vision rehabilitation. Rachel is a Certified Low Vision Therapist through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals. Rachel helps individuals with low vision independently complete meaningful daily activities such as self-care routines, functional mobility, and leisure/social tasks. She also helps to support the doctors and staff.
Katie Barr – Paraoptometric Technician
Katie is a native of Centre County with a strong background in working with people. In her junior year of high school she was a Rotary exchange student to Chambery France. She holds a BA in English from Penn State University. Committed to fitness, she has completed the Nittany Valley Half Marathon, and the 25k Hyner Challenge. Lately, family has been a primary focus in her life as a mother of two. Katie has been with us since September of 2017.
Brooke N. Cox – Paraoptometric Technician, CMA
Brooke joined the Restore Eye Care team in May 2018 upon graduation with an Associate of Science Degree from Mount Aloysius College. She subsequently earned her certification in Medical Assisting. Brooke is skilled in several areas at Restore Eye Care, primarily as a technician assisting the Optometrists with pretesting, history taking, and specialty testing. Additionally Brooke serves at our front desk performing patient check-in and check-out, completing billing fee slips, and scheduling patient visits. She enjoys working with all ages of people, which is apparent in her easy smile and gentle manner.