Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Kehoe Eye Care the leading provider of vision care products and services in Galesburg and Monmouth.
Peter H. Kehoe, O.D., FAAO, FNAP
Dr. Kehoe earned his Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry in 2011 and was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in 2013. Dr. Kehoe has been practicing optometry since 1984. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and Indiana University and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Kehoe’s father founded Kehoe Optical in 1967, and in 1984 the practice of Marshall Marvelli, O.D. was purchased and merged with Kehoe Optical to become the present Kehoe Eye Care. As an optometrist, Dr. Kehoe has special interest in children’s vision, contact lenses, glaucoma, macular degeneration, nutrition and allergy/dry eyes. Dr. Kehoe has been active in the Galesburg area as a past-president of the Lions Club and former member of the Chamber of Commerce board.
He served as President of the American Optometric Association from 2008-2009 and was instrumental in the development of the InfantSEE® program. He served as treasurer or the World Council of Optometry and president of Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation. Dr Kehoe remains an an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, and the West Central Illinois Optometric Society. In 2001 he was named Optometrist of The Year by the Illinois Optometric Association.
Dr. Kehoe continues to support the profession as a Senior Advisor and Administrator to Vision Source and Professional Development Advisor to Transitions Optical, where he works with colleagues, optometry schools and optometry students around the country. Dr. Kehoe resides in Galesburg with his wife, Melissa and has three grown children, Vincent, Kathryn and Dr. Alexandra Kehoe-Bussa, an optometrist in Florida, and five grandchildren.
Brian J. Plattner, O.D.
Dr. Plattner has been in practice since 2001, and is a partner optometrist at Kehoe Eye Care. His undergraduate studies were done at Bradley University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Plattner was the Beta Sigma Kappa award recipient for the top optometric student in the class of 2001. From 2003 to 2008 he also served as adjunct clinical faculty for the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Plattner’s practice emphasis is in primary care, dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye complications. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Plattner is an active member of the American Optometric Association and has served as Communications Trustee, Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the Illinois Optometric Association. In 2010, he was honored as the Young Optometrist of the Year for the state of Illinois, and in 2019 he was named the Illinois Optometrist of the Year. Locally Dr. Plattner is involved in the Galesburg Sunrise Rotary International where he has served as club president. He has also shared his passion for science and technology with area youth as a mentor and coach for the local RoboStorm FIRST robotics team which has won numerous local, regional, and statewide awards. He is a member of the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce, has served as Editor-In-Chief of Focus on Health magazine, and is a co-founder for Sight4Success- a local charity that assists children with special visual needs. He is also a founding member of the Galesburg campus of Northwoods Community Church.
Dr. Plattner and his wife, Jeana, have been blessed with four wonderful children- Lydia (21), Caleb (18), Joshua (18) and Benjamin (16). The majority of his free time is spent serving at his church, watching the Buckeyes play football, and participating in his children’s numerous extracurricular activities.
Nicholas J. Podpeskar, O.D.
Dr. Podpeskar joined the practice in 2019 and is a partner optometrist at Kehoe Eye Care. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019, where he graduated Cum Laude. Dr. Podpeskar is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and Tomb & Key Honor Society. His clinical rotations began at the Illinois Eye Institute where he rotated through various departments including Cornea & Contact Lenses, Advanced Care, Pediatrics, and Neuro-Ophthalmology. He also spent time at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind or Visually Impaired. Additionally, at the Lebanon, Pennsylvania Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center he worked with patients with advanced ocular disease including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration. Lastly, he gained experience in surgical co-management at a large referral center, Minnesota Eye Consultants, based in Woodbury, Minnesota. Dr. Podpeskar is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Illinois Optometric Association, and the West Central Optometric Society. He has a special interest in ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, dry eye, and emergency eye care. Dr. Podpeskar recently relocated to the area with his wife, Dr. Alexandra Braet, from Eagan, Minnesota, a suburb of the Twin Cities. He is a diehard Minnesota sports fan, likes to play golf, and loves to fish.
Anthony B. Carter, O.D.
Dr. Carter joined Kehoe Eye Care in 2007. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2007 from the Illinois College of Optometry, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Carter completed his undergraduate studies at St. Ambrose University, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Visual Science degree. During his clinical training, Dr. Carter managed patients at the Las Vegas Veterans Administration with low vision needs, diabetic eye disease, cataracts, and glaucoma. At the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago he worked with complicated contact lens fits and corneal disease in the Cornea and Contact Lens Center, and managed emergency and advanced eye disease cases in the Advanced Care department. He also treated patients with binocular vision disorders and traumatic brain injuries in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Carter has special interest in children’s vision, vision therapy for binocular and developmental disorders, and the treatment of strabismus and amblyopia. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of eye disease including glaucoma, ocular infections, and allergies. Dr. Carter is Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry, and is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, Illinois Valley Optometric Society, and an associate of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Alexandra M. Braet, O.D.
Dr. Braet joined Kehoe Eye Care in 2019. Dr. Braet completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She is a 2019 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, where she graduated Cum Laude. Dr. Braet was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and Tomb and Key Honor Society for excellence in academics and ethics. During her clinical training, Dr. Braet managed patients at the Wilmington, Delaware Veterans Affairs Medical Center with macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, cataracts, hereditary retinal diseases and glaucoma. At the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, she managed advanced glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmic disorders, and specialty contact lens fits. Additionally, she spent time in the Pediatrics department where she enjoyed working with children of all ages. Dr. Braet found her love of primary eye care in Midwest City, Oklahoma where she managed acute eye disease, contact lens complications, and provided primary eye care to patients of all ages. Dr. Braet has special interest in pediatrics, contact lenses, and urgent care. She has extensive experience managing glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, West Central Optometric Society, and Monmouth Rotary Club. Dr. Braet is originally from Moline, Illinois, where most of her family still resides. Upon graduation she relocated to the area with her husband, Dr. Nick Podpeskar. She enjoys running, hiking, cooking, exploring thrift stores, and cheering for all Chicago sports teams.
Laurence S. Chadwick, O.D. (June 19, 1931 ~ February 17, 2022)
Dr. Laurence Samuel Chadwick, “Galesburg’s best friend”, passed from this life onto his next adventure on February 17, 2022, after a lifetime of joy, jokes, and endless love for his family, friends, and community. Dr. Chadwick had practiced optometry in Galesburg since 1955 and up until eighty-five years old. He was an active ambassador in and outside of the office. He was a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and completed his undergraduate training at Knox College. Dr. Chadwick practiced primary care optometry, which included prescribing glasses, fitting contact lenses, treating ocular diseases, and co-managing surgery. He was an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. Dr. Chadwick was honored by the Illinois Optometric Association for his distinguished career of sixty years. Dr. Chadwick sat on the board of several organizations and served as President for many of them. He was an active member of the Salvation Army, the First United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club, Galesburg Jaycees, and Toastmasters. He was a member of Soangetaha Country Club in Galesburg and loved playing golf with his beloved wife of seventy years, Doris, and their many friends.