Dr. Sterna began practicing optometry in 1985. His practice philosophy has always been to place the needs and care of his patients as his top priority. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 from the College of Wooster with a major in chemistry and a minor in Latin American studies. He also studied abroad at the Centro de Estudios Unidos Colombo-Americano in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Sterna then went on to obtain his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Ohio State University in 1985. He is bilingual and happy to serve the Hispanic population healthcare needs.
He was born and raised in Amherst, so it was natural that when it came time to decide where he wanted to practice, he would choose his hometown area. Dr. Sterna integrates the most up-to-date technology with traditional patient care to guarantee that his patients always receive the highest quality eye care available. In August 2011, he was granted Diplomate status by the American Board of Optometry, becoming one of the first optometrists in the United States to be awarded this distinction. Since becoming a Diplomate Dr. Sterna has served as a state ambassador in Ohio and now serves as the board’s Vice-Chairman.
Dr. Sterna is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Innovation Speakers Bureau. As a speaker Dr. Sterna provides education and training for new and innovative Acuvue contact lens products to fellow eye care professionals.
Dr. Sterna has always maintained an active role in international relations as well. In 2003 and 2005, he coordinated the medical business training for eye doctors visiting from Russia in coordination with the Centers of Citizen Initiatives and the United States State Department. He was the coordinator for the Mexican Education Project grant for the Raramuri Indians in Chihuahua, Mexico which enabled them to expand their educational curriculum. In 2015 Dr. Sterna and his wife Dianna provided humanitarian medical relief services to the underprivileged in Costa Rica with fellow Christians of Trinity Free Evangelical Church. He and his wife Dianna have hosted numerous exchange students from around the world.
Dr. Sterna and his wife recently established a endowed scholarship fund at the College of Wooster to benefit incoming freshmen students from Marion L Steele High School and Firelands High School. They have also recently established a charitable fund at their church, Trinity Free Evangelical, to support local missionary travel to mission fields in third world countries.
When not practicing optometry, Dr. Sterna enjoys gardening, photography, international travel with his wife. He lives in Amherst with his wife, Dianna. They have two sons and a daughter. Completing their family are five grandchildren and two adorable dogs.