Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

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dr-fisherA Letter from Dr. Marc L. Fisher

Dear Friends,

After 33 years practicing in the Kankakee area, I have decided to retire this July. It has been a privilege to care for you and your families. I am grateful for your loyalty and trust in me as your eye doctor over all of these years. I have been blessed with the opportunity of meeting so many kind people and have created countless special memories that I will carry with me into retirement.

My associates, Dr. Jerry Swale, Dr. Matt Nicholson and Dr. Don LoConte, will continue to provide you with excellent eye care. If you decide to select a different eye doctor, our staff will help you make the transition as smooth as possible in accordance with patient privacy law. So, it is time to move on to new adventures. My lovely wife, Kris, and I will continue to volunteer at the local free health clinic. Hopefully, I will be able to join three of my children who are eye doctors for medical missions in Guatemala. I also cannot forget to mention the special time we plan to have with our grandchildren.

Thank you for entrusting me with your eye care. God has blessed me in so many ways. You are part of my many blessings.

With sincere gratitude,

Dr. Marc Fisher

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
—Mother Teresa