At Ridgedale Family Eye Care, our team of professionals go the extra mile to make sure that you and your family receive the extraordinary level of care that you deserve.

Jerrold Fruchtman, OD

Jerrold Fruchtman, OD

Optometric Physician

License #:00508400

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY Dr. Fruchtman graduated from The State University of New York in 1985. He then attended and graduated from the State University of New York College of Optometry with honors in contact lenses.

Upon graduation, Dr. Fruchtman went into practice with his father Dr. Jack Fruchtman from June 1990 until April 1997. After moving to New Jersey he opened Ridgedale Family Eye Care in April 1997 where he now practices full time. He has been a consultant for the Helen Keller Institute as well as University Hospital.

He is also an affiliate Optometric Physician for the TLC Laser Center. Dr. Fruchtman participates in many free health screenings throughout the community as well as the local school system.

The thing he enjoys most about his profession is be able to improve the quality life of his patients by providing superior eye care. When not treating patients Dr. Fruchtman can be found spending time with his wife Donna and daughters Hannah and Talia. He also enjoys golf, cycling and tennis.

Dr. Fruchtman attends over 30 class hours of continuing education courses per year to ensure he is up to date on the latest research and technology.

Dr Rachel M Beneski

Rachel M. Beneski, OD

Optometric Physician

License #:00641200

Dr. Beneski joined Ridgedale Family Eye Care in December of 2014. She began her studies at
Millersville University, attending through a volleyball scholarship and graduating in three years with a B.S. in Biology, with a Pre-Optometry concentration.  She went on to Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, where she earned her second Bachelor’s degree in Visual Sciences and her Doctorate of Optometry.  During graduate school, Dr. Beneski studied across the nation, living in California, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, before moving to Hoboken, NJ to complete a residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye services.

Dr.  Beneski is a member of the American Academy of Optometry and the New Jersey society of Optometric Physicians.  She has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of most eye diseases, including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and pediatric binocular conditions. Through the fitting of specialty contact lenses, Dr. Beneski manages keratoconus and other corneal disorder.  Additionally, she expresses a passion for binocular disorder treatment, taking advantage of Home Therapy System computer software.  

Dr. Beneski enjoys living on Lake Hopatcong with her boyfriend, Drew, and her dog, Pierogi.  She fills her free time crafting and cooking, and most of all spending time with the ones she loves.
Emilee Murphy

Emilee Murphy

Certified Paraoptometric

Emilee joined Ridgedale Family Eye Care in 2004. Previously, she worked as a dental assistant in a large dental practice.  She was recently accredited as a Certified Paraoptometric, and truly enjoys working with all of our patients.  While at the office, Emilee will help you choose the best eyewear for all of your visual needs, as well as answer any insurance coverage questions.  When at home, she loves spending time with her two daughters, Alyssa and Molly.

Salome

Salome' Escobar-Chaffee

Administration

Salome has been working at Ridgedale Family Eye Care since 2010.  Originally, Salome came to our practice after working for a United Nations NGO, as the New York representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. Salome is bilingual; fluent in Spanish and English. Currently, she is a student at Drew University, pursuing double major in Art History and Studio Art, and a double minor in Photography and Medieval Studies. After graduation, she plans to obtain her Masters of Arts in Teaching. She resides happily in Chester, NJ with her husband Josh, their dog Danco, and a flock of chickens.

 Melissa De La Torre

 

Melissa De La Torre

Administration

Melissa began working at the office in 2014.  Prior to working at Ridgedale Family Eye Care, she studied Spanish and Communication Disorders at William Paterson University.  During her schooling, Melissa enjoyed volunteering at various rehabilitative clinics, and worked closely with bilingual special needs children.  She has also worked as a traveling customer service trainer, and is very passionate about providing our patients with a great experience.  Melissa will often be the first smiling face you see at our office, usually manning the front check-in desk.  Melissa is fluent in Spanish and English, and uses those skills to greet our patients and provide pre-exam testing.

 

 


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Melissa Hartle

Certified Paraoptometric

Melissa has worked in optometry offices since 2012, and joined Ridgedale Family Eye Care in 2015. She is a Certified Paraoptometric, and utilizes her knowledge of optics and ocular disease to administer our office’s medical testing.  She also fabricates patients’ glasses, using our optical lab to repair and adjust frames to the perfect fit. Outside of the office, Melissa spends time with her husband Duane, and little boy Jason.  They enjoy outdoor activities, like hiking and going to the beach, especially with their dog, Sam.

 

 Leigh Colletto

 

Leigh Colletto

Administration

Leigh is our newest staff member, having joined the practice in 2015. She and her family have been Dr. Fruchtman’s loyal patients since 2001, and we are thrilled to have her join our team.  She completed her Associates Degree in Business Administration from County College of Morris, and previously worked as a Junior Clinic Administrator at a local Massage Envy. Leigh’s education is evident, as she professionally manages most patient interactions and scheduling. Leigh’s interests include traveling, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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