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OUR LOCATION

Address
1 Porter Square Cambridge, MA 02140 (Inside Porter Sq. Mall)
Phone
(617) 864-7005 office
(617) 864-3250 fax
Hours
Mon – CLOSED
Tue, Wed, Thur – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday – CLOSED

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OUR STAFF

John Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA, NCLE-AC

John Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA, NCLE-AC, the founder of Parrelli Optical, is a licensed optician, contact lens specialist, and certified refractionist. He is a member of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts, the Contact Lens Society of America, and the National Academy of Opticianry. He primarily sees patients in the Cambridge and Beverly offices. John’s interest in optics began in his early teens and was nurtured by several mentors in the industry. In 1978, after 18 years of working for and learning from other professionals, he was ready to strike out on his own and opened the first Parrelli Optical office at 62 Boylston Street in Boston, MA. As the practice has grown, John has never lost sight of his core values or his enthusiasm for tackling the most challenging cases, which has become the practice’s specialty. “It’s the challenging fits — either spectacles or contact lenses — that drive me. I believe that every patient can be helped, and I won’t stop until we’ve achieved great vision for even the most challenging case.”

Jonathan Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA, NCLE-AC

Jonathan Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA,NCLE-AC, inherited his father’s love of a challenge, and desire to meet the visual demands of the individual. He earned an associate’s degree in optics from Middlesex Community-Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Merrimack College. He is a licensed optician, a certified refracting optician, and a contact lens fitter, specializing in cosmetic and therapeutic rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Jonathan is a member of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts, Contact Lens Society of America, and a fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry. He has taught contact lens theory and fitting technique at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston. Jonathan is a clinical advisor for several manufacturers and is actively involved in the development of new contact lens designs. “People tell me I am a perfectionist and passionate about my work. That’s because I am driven by the satisfaction I gain from helping patients improve their vision and quality of life.”

Catherine Selucky

Catherine A. Selucky, RDO, FCLSA, NCLE-AC, is a licensed dispensing optician with a primary focus on contact lens fitting and all aspects of helping new wearers succeed. Catherine joined Parrelli Optical in 2011 while interning under John Parrelli. She earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Opticianry from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music & Vocal Performance Track from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Catherine is passionate about continuing her education to learn the latest techniques that the field of Optics has to offer in order to assist everyone with improved vision. Catherine is a member of the Opticians Association of America, the National Academy of Opticianry, and the Contact Lens Society of America. “I am so thankful for all of the opportunities brought before me and all who have helped me so that I can in turn help others to see and feel their best!”

Matthew B. Johnson

Matthew B. Johnson, ABOC, joined Parrelli Optical in April 2012. As an accomplished American Board Certified Optician, Matt has logged in over 18 years of industry experience ranging from management of high volume production labs producing hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses per day, to designing and handcrafting “one of a kind” specialty eyewear creations which have been featured in notable publications such as Eyewear Business Magazine and the Boston Globe! Raised with an engineering background, he draws on his vast optical experience to help each customer design the perfect pair of eyeglasses for them. Matt is also an accomplished fashion photographer having a passionate eye for artistic form as well as function.

Matthew Benson

Matthew Benson, RDO, ABOC, NCLEC, joined the Parrelli Optical staff in April of 2013. He is an experienced, licensed, dispensing optician for the state of Massachusetts. With a career spanning over 14 years in the optical industry, Matt has excelled in many areas of Opticianry from restructuring optical labs to training and coaching new opticians, and developing future lab managers. His tenure running optical labs for high volume retail locations has allowed him to hone his manufacturing skills and enables him to design the best possible eyewear for customers based on their specific individual needs. To further expand his graduate education, Matt is currently working on his advanced certifications to obtain the title of Master Optician, and ultimately plans to specialize in the art of designing and fitting rigid gas permeable contact lenses with John Parrelli as his mentor and guide. Matt’s natural ability to lead has strengthened staff enthusiasm and pride in the Cambridge practice since he became part of the team. “Helping people see is the best feeling in the world! That magical moment when a patient looks at you and says, ‘Wow! I’ve never been able to see this well before!’ leaves me feeling fulfilled by my work and eager to never stop learning, teaching, and striving to be the best optician I can be”.

Andrea Carrese

Andrea Carrese, RDO, ABOC, NCLEC , joined Parrelli Optical in March 2014. She is a Massachusetts licensed dispensing optician having over 10 years of optical experience and is also certified with the American Board of Opticianry and is a member of the National Contact Lens Society of America. In 2011, Andrea successfully obtained her optician’s license while working at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary of Boston learning techniques of the trade and being exposed to complex, sophisticated eyeglass prescriptions. Also adding to her background, she has spent 2 years working directly with an Opthalmologist. She enjoys meeting with current eyewear vendors to educate herself in the latest fashion and eyewear trends. Currently her focus is working directly with John Parrelli and Catherine Selucky learning contact lens fitting techniques to help her achieve her goal of fitting and designing all soft specialty and rigid gas permeable lenses. Andrea is also actively working towards her Masters Opticians license. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to learn and work for John Parrelli. I believe we as Opticians have the capability to maximize the quality of others’ lives through vision and as a team with the same goals-we can make a difference.”

Our Independent Optometrists

Margot Seligman, O.D.

Margot Seligman, O.D., earned her doctor of optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, where she was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Prior to her affiliation with Parrelli Optical in 1994, she practiced at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Seligman specializes in primary eye care with an emphasis on preventive care, including the effects of nutrition and lifestyle on health, particularly eye health. She also specializes in glaucoma detection, using the latest technology, including the Humphrey Field Analyzer and scanning laser polarimetry (GDx). Dr Seligman co-manages surgical cataract and LASIX patients with many of the leading ophthalmologists in the Boston area. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometry.

Scott Sylvia, O.D.

Scott Sylvia, O.D., earned his doctor of optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry. He also has an MBA in health care administrative management and marketing from Bryant College, and a BS from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Before coming to Parrelli Optical in 2010, Dr. Sylvia had his own practice in Cambridge. Prior to that, he was a staff optometrist at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Rhode Island for eight years, where he chaired and served on many committees. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, and other professional organizations.

Directions: Located across from the Porter Square T stop on the Red Line in the Porter Square Galleria. The mall is located on the corner of White Street and Somerville Avenue. Free parking in the rear of the building off White Street. Our building, as well as our exam lanes, are handicap accessible.