At Ares Elite Sports Vision, we have an exceptional team with expertise in various areas. We’re committed to accelerating the field of sports vision training by using the latest technology and data resources, combined with our creative and collaborative approach. Learn more about some of our talented professionals below.


Chief Vision Officer (CVO) / Founder

Dr. Joe LaPlaca was raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then obtained his Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois in 2009. Aside from comprehensive, contact lens and pediatric exams, Dr. Joe routinely manages glaucoma, contact lens-related infections, dry eye syndrome, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy as well as postoperative care for cataracts and laser vision correction. 

     In July of 2018, Dr. Joe decided to pursue his real passion of Sports Vision Training/Enhancement and started Ares Elite Sports Vision to help athletes gain their competitive edge. Combining his love of the visual system, cutting edge technology, and extensive history with sports (Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, and being a 1st Degree Black Belt) has always been his main goal.  

       Dr. Joe met his wife, Dr. Deanna Dwenger, while working in Chicago as she was finishing up her schooling at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. They were married in the spring of 2014 in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. In his free time, Dr. Joe loves to spend time with his daughter Remington and son Asher.