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.
DR. JOSEPH LAPLACA
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.
DR. DEANNA DWENGER
Dr. Deanna Dwenger was raised in Chickasaw, OH. She obtained her Bachelor Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She then obtained her Psychology Doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois in 2013.
Dr. Dwenger currently serves as the Director of Mental Health for Wexford of Indiana, Indiana Department of Corrections. Dr. Dwenger is the Associate Regional IPAS and Special needs Population Director for the Indiana Department of Corrections. In this role, she helps to ensure those who suffer from mental illness within the Department of Corrections are appropriately cared for. She also assists in the implementation of the IPAS settlement set forth by the ACLU.
She previously served as the Associate Regional IPAS and Special Needs Population Director before receiving the promotion to Director. She has previously served as the Lead Psychologist of New Castle Correctional facility and did her internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the Federal Max prison in Terre Haute, IN.
Dr. Deanna met her husband, Dr. Joe, while finishing school 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. They have two beautiful children who they smother with love as often as they can!
DANIEL WERLY, JD
Daniel Werly is currently serving as the Tennessee Titans General Council in Nashville, TN. His responsibilities focus on a wide variety of commercial transactions, compliance, and related matters for sports industry clients including strategic partnerships, sponsorship, marketing/promotions, sports gaming, ticketing, and venue management.
Daniel Werly began his career at two law firms in Chicago, including as part of Foley & Larder LLP’s sports industry team. He graduated with a BS in Sports Studies and Business Legal Studies from Miami University in 2006 and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.
He serves as the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Sports Division and President of the Nashville chapter of the Sports Business Leadership Association. He is also an adjunct professor of sports law at Vanderbilt University Law School and serves on the board of directors for the Nashville-based 501(c)(3) Play Like A Girl. Dan lives in Nashville with his wife Liz, infant son Jack, and Wheaten Terrier Birdie.
DR. BRANDON BEGOTKA, FCOVD
Vision Therapist Advisor
Brandon Begotka, OD, FCOVD graduated with honors from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL in 2009. Since then, he has practiced vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation full time at The Vision Therapy Center in Brookfield, WI.
He is board-certified in vision development as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He was named the Wisconsin Optometric Association's Young Optometrist of the Year in 2012 and currently serves on the board of directors for the Vision Leads Foundation and OEPF Great Lakes Congress.
He is a co-founder of the Wisconsin Convergence Insufficiency Project, a statewide initiative to educate primary care optometrists on the diagnosis and initial treatment of the most prevalent binocular vision disorder, Convergence Insufficiency. He has lectured on the topics of vision therapy and vision development at local, regional, and national optometric meetings.
BRIAN SCHROEDER, MHA
Building upon 20 years of combined experience in health care administration and wellness program management, Brian Schroeder is Co-Founder & CEO of Preventia Group. As a lean six sigma black belt, Brian is an expert in building business strategies and programs around prevention, health promotion, coaching, and lifestyle medicine. As an entrepreneur,
Schroeder has owned or co-owned three small businesses in Indianapolis, and believes in incubating business models that thrive on free-thinking, innovation, and positive health outcomes. Brian serves as President-Elect and Treasurer for the National Wellness Institute, is on the Board of Advisors for the Wellness Council of Indiana as well as Jump IN for Healthy Kids (United Way). He earned his Master's degree in Health Administration from Indiana University.