Dr. Neil Gailmard, a Munster native, founded Gailmard Eye Center in 1976, immediately after graduating from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. That first office was a small space in the medical building at 509 Ridge Road with one employee. GEC now boasts a state-of-the-art clinic with over 10,000 square feet of office space and a staff of over 35 dedicated eye care professionals.
Dr. Gailmard holds a B.S. degree in visual science, the O.D. degree (Doctor of Optometry), and he went back to graduate school and earned an MBA degree in 1998. He served on the faculty at Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) for 20 years and has taught at many optometry schools in the U.S., including six years as a visiting lecturer at University of California at Berkeley and he is a Benedict Professor at University of Houston. Neil loves to teach fellow optometrists; he is a frequent speaker at national eye care conferences and he has developed educational programs for the American Optometric Association and for the optical industry. Dr. Gailmard was honored many times by ICO, including Faculty of the Year, the Alumni Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal of Honor. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
A prolific writer, Neil served as chief editor at Optometric Management magazine and has been published in nearly every professional journal in optometry. He has authored over 750 articles as part of his long-running weekly e-newsletter, the Optometric Management Tip of the Week, which has a subscription readership of over 30,000 eye care professionals. Neil received the Optometric Business Influencer award in 2015 from Vision Monday magazine.
Dr. Gailmard has always had a passion for the business aspects of health care and he is one of the leading practice management consultants in optometry. He founded Gailmard Consulting in 1995 to advise other optometrists about clinical and optical administration. He merged that consulting service into Prima Eye Group, a national doctor’s alliance company he co-founded in 2011. Prima was acquired by a larger alliance, IDOC (Independent Doctors of Optometric Care) in 2015. Neil is currently President of Prima Eye Group and Chief Optometric Officer of IDOC.