Physicians at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center

Marc FisherDr. Marc L. Fisher

Dr. Marc L. Fisher, the founder of Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, has practiced in the Kankakee area since 1983. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, lens implant surgery, and refractive surgery.

In 1974, he graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame which included one year of study abroad at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. After a year working on a masters degree in microbiology, Dr. Fisher began his medical studies at the University of Iowa and graduated with his medical degree in 1979. In Phoenix, Arizona, he did a one year internship at Good Samaritan Hospital. Later, he completed a three year ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, with part of the postgraduate studies at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Fisher is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology.


Jerry SwaleDr. Jerome Swale

Dr. Jerome Swale joined Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center in 1991. He practices comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis on small-incision, no-stitch cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. He has received extensive training in Laser Vision Correction/ LASIK and has performed thousands of eye surgeries throughout his career. He received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. After completing a surgical internship at Naval Hospital San Diego and additional training at Aerospace Medical Institute, Dr. Swale served as flight surgeon and general medical officer at Alameda Naval Air Station in California. He then completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Dr. Swale is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the International Society Refractive Surgery, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Head and Neck Surgery at both Provena St. Mary’s Hospital and Riverside Medical Center.


Matthew NicholsonDr. Matthew C. Nicholson

Dr. Matthew C. Nicholson, originally from Port Huron, Michigan, studied biology at Michigan State University. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, where he received multiple awards for his clinical and academic achievements. Dr. Nicholson’s clinical skills were enhanced with his training at the Louis Stokes Medical Center, the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education, and the Illinois Eye Institute. He has also participated as a member of the Lions Club -Gift of Sight mission team in Mexico and in Thailand. Since 2001, Dr. Nicholson had been an associate at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, but was made a partner in 2006. He practices comprehensive ophthalmic care with an emphasis in contact lenses. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association.


Donald LoConteDr. Donald LoConte

Dr. Donald LoConte was born and raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois and received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry.

Dr. LoConte has been published in the Journal of Glaucoma and brings a thorough medical background to Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center. Before practicing optometry, he worked for a major pharmaceutical company.

His externship rotations included time spent at the West-Side Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago and the Center for Advanced Medicine at the University of Chicago hospitals.

Dr. LoConte is a trustee of the Chicago South Suburban Optometric Society and a member of the Illinois Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce.