Craig S. Dacales, O.D. was born in Upper Darby, PA in 1956, graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, VA in 1975, and then went on to The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
In 1979, he graduated with a double major in Biology and Psychology from the College of William and Mary, and went on to study at Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA where he graduated with his Doctorate in Optometry in 1983.
During his studies, he interned at the Gesell Institute of Human Development in New Haven, CT where he became experienced and knowledgeable with children’s vision, as well as developmental and behavioral optometry. He learned firsthand from Dr. Louise Bates Ames, Child Psychologist and Dr. Richard Apell, Behavioral Optometrist at the Gesell Institute of Human Development. Dr. Dacales has extensive knowledge of the visual and energetic portions of the optic nerve which leads to different areas of the brain. Dr. Dacales has attended seminars in Syntonic Optometry, as well as continuing education in medical optometric training at Salus University, formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Today, he runs his own private practice in Haymarket, VA where he treats patients of all ages. Also, Dr. Dacales has been the optometrist for the United States Coast Guard Headquarters clinic since 1989. He sees a variety of medical conditions at the Coast Guard clinic and works directly with physicians, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists.