Meet Our Doctors

Dr. David E. Palozej

Dr. David Palozej was born and raised in Ellington, CT. He moved to Boston following his high school graduation, where he did his undergraduate studies at Boston College. Dr. Palozej then earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry. He graduated with honors and is a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, the National Honors Society for Optometry. Upon graduation in 1986, Dr. Palozej entered into private practice where he has remained for over 27 years.

Dr. Palozej was one of the youngest optometrists ever to serve on the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Optometry when he was appointed by Governor Lowell Weicker, Jr. in 1988. In 1991, Dr. Palozej obtained Therapeutic Certification, which allowed him to become one of the first Optometrists in Connecticut to treat eye disease. In 1996, Dr. Palozej obtained an Advanced Practice Certification, which allows him to practice Optometry at the highest level allowed by Connecticut law. Also in 1996, Dr. Palozej obtained Clinical Diplomate in Glaucoma Certification from the State University of New York College of Optometry.

Dr. Palozej is currently a member of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, where for the past 5 years he has served on the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Palozej currently lives in Ellington with his wife Colleen, their youngest daughter Riley and their dog, Joe. His oldest daughter Hayley, is currently in graduate school in Virginia and his middle daughter Olivia, is in college in Connecticut. Dr. Palozej enjoys golf, travel and the Red Sox!

Dr. Laura Mafuz

Dr. Laura Mafuz received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2006, graduating with honors from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.  Her training included an ocular disease externship at the Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center, and clinical internships in specialty contact lens fitting and pediatrics.

A Connecticut native, Dr. Mafuz returned to Connecticut after graduation where she worked in a contact lens practice prior to joining David E. Palozej Eyecare in 2008. Dr. Mafuz lives in Ellington with her husband Hakeem and their two children Dominic and Sophia. They enjoy spending time together and the whole family is currently training in the martial art of Kempo, with the goal of obtaining their black belts.

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