About Our Staff


Deen-Gross Eye Centers strongly believes that physician availability is of the utmost importance. In the event of an emergency, our doctors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our physicians offer a full range of eye care services for both adults and children. We have served the community for 40 years and will continue to provide the pinnacle of eye care for years to come. 

Dr. David Gross

Dr. David GrossDr. David Gross received his medical training at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Dr. Gross provides comprehensive eye care to people of all ages in addition to specializing in no-stitch, no-patch cataract surgery using the state-of-the-art phacoemulsification and foldable intraocular lens technique. He is also certified to implant the new ReSTOR and Toric lenses. Dr. Gross performs laser procedures for the treatment of glaucoma, secondary cataracts,  and laser vision correction, including LASIK surgery. Dr. Gross has performed over 25,000 lens implant surgeries!

Dr. Jamie Taffora

(formerly Dr. Jamie Joyce)

Dr. Jamie TafforaDr. Jamie Taffora, received her Optometric training at Illinois College of Optometry. She is a Board Certified Optometrist who has been practicing in the area for over 20 years. Dr. Taffora specializes in primary care optometry, contact lenses and the optical management of intraocular lenses. Dr. Taffora enjoys caring for patients with diabetes and cataracts in addition to treating children and performing routine vision exams for people of all ages.

Dr. Jeffrey Nelson

Dr. Jeffrey NelsonDeenGross is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Nelson to our practice. He will be providing surgical and clinical services to our patients. Dr. Nelson grew up in Shipshewana, Indiana. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Nelson then attended the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Nelson’s professional interests include cataract surgery and general Ophthalmology. He is an active member in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Indiana State Medical Association. Dr. Nelson is available to see patients at both DeenGross locations.

Our Staff
Deen-Gross Eye Centers wants you to meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our staff strives to ensure that your visit to our eye care center is pleasant and comfortable!



Ophthalmic Technician Team

Ophthalmic Technician Team

Our ophthalmic technician team is here to provide our doctors with exceptional support during diagnostic tests, eye exams, and more. These compassionate and knowledgeable professionals help our patients experience outstanding results.

Management Team

Management Team

Maintaining the daily operations of a cutting-edge ophthalmology practice requires a management team that is not only skilled and knowledgeable, but also genuinely invested in the satisfaction of the patient. Our management team is always working to make certain that your experience is second-to-none from the moment you reach out to us until you achieve the clear vision you deserve.

Receptionist Team

Receptionist Team

Patients in need of advanced vision care deserve a warm welcome and prompt treatment. You can expect that our kind and incredibly detail-oriented receptionist team will make you feel like family and help place you in contact with our doctors at a time that is convenient for you.

Optical Team

Optical Team

Corrective eyewear isn't just a means of achieving focus. The right frames can provide a flattering complement to your appearance that makes a positive impression on others and helps you feel confident. Let our optical team help you find the perfect frames and lenses to fit your personality and lifestyle.

Billing Team

billing team

We believing in making world-class vision care accessible. Our billing team can work with you to make the treatment you need affordable. They will gladly work with your insurance provider to secure maximum coverage for your care, and can help coordinate financing for any elective treatments.

Surgical Team

surgical team

Surgical procedures such as LASIK and cataract surgery require sophisticated technology and the coordination of a highly trained team of professionals. Our experienced and exceptionally skilled surgical team provides our doctors with the support they need to help bring your world into focus.

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"After wearing glasses my entire life, Dr. Gross corrected my eyesight to better than 20/20 vision."

Richard B - St. John, IN

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Hobart Office

1400 S Lake Park Ave
Ste 103
Hobart, IN 46342

Open Today 8:00am - 2:00pm

Merrillville Office

303 W 89th Ave
Merrillville, IN 46410

Open Today 7:00am - 4:30pm

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