Cheryl Davidson, OD, FCOVD

Dr. Davidson is the founding member of the Center for Vision & Learning. It was her dream to open a stand-alone pediatric facility in St. Louis, and to be able to provide these services to patients in St. Louis and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Davidson holds a B.S. in Biology from Missouri State University and a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  In 2014, she became a certified Fellow with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as well as the Arizona College of Optometry. She was affiliated with Webster Eye Care from 1997-2014. Dr. Davidson provides in-service training to teachers, parents and other professionals.  She has been a guest lecturer at the Washington University School of Occupational Therapy and she collaborates with local physical therapists in a holistic approach to the way the visual system affects the body. She is also interested in sports vision therapy services, and works with trainers, therapists and teams to improve the visual skills of local athletes. A native of central Missouri, Dr. Davidson lives in Webster Groves with her husband Alan and their sons Carter and Luke.


Kelsey Manescalco, od

Dr. Kelsey Manescalco was born and raised in Metro East St. Louis. She attended Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville for her undergraduate education where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology-Medical Sciences. While at SIUe, Dr. Manescalco was involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including founding the University's Pre-Optometry Association to help guide interested students on their path to the profession. She then went on to attend the University of Missouri - St Louis College of Optometry. During her optometric education, she served on the board of trustees for the American Optometric Student Association. Upon receiving her Doctorate of Optometry, Dr. Manescalco went on to complete a residency program in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy, and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation at Bright Eyes Vision Clinic in Otsego, MN. She has a passion for developmental optometry and spreading the word that vision is so much more than 20/20! Her passion is reflected in her interactions with patients and involvement in organizations such as the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. In her free time, Dr. Manescalco enjoys crafting, coaching youth volleyball, playing volleyball, and most importantly cheering the Cardinals on to victory! She resides in St. Louis with her husband, Josh, and Australian Shepherds, Sprout and Slugger.


Lisa Schembri, OD

Dr. Schembri received a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2001. She graduated with honors in 2006 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. While in her final year of optometry school, Dr. Schembri completed externships at the University Eye Center's Pediatric Clinic and at the Vision Enhancement Clinic in Springfield, MO. Dr. Schembri began working at the Center for Vision & Learning while she was still an undergraduate student, with a strong desire to learn about field of pediatric and behavioral optometry firsthand.  She has a longstanding interest in optometry and vision as it relates to learning. Dr. Schembri is also an associate member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, which is a national professional organization dedicated to developmental optometry.