Dr. Kearns

Dr Kearns

Dr. Carrie M.M. Kearns, OD

Dr. Kearns was born and raised in Ottumwa, IA. She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1999 and attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA. There she received a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics in 2002. She graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry four years later and did a primary care residency at Danville VAMC in Danville, IL. She co-authored an article in Optometry –Journal of the American Optometric Association titled Two differing presentations, treatments, and outcomes of Malignant Choroidal Melanoma. Dr. Kearns returned to Iowa in 2007. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), the American Optometric Association, Iowa Optometric Association, and Independence Chamber of Commerce. In 2014 she completed a 100 hour course in vision therapy in San Diego given by Dr. Robert Sanet, OD. She enjoys readings, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Adam, and three children Kahlan, Noah, and Gryffin.

Connie

Connie

Connie F. CPOT, ABOC, Optical Manager and Assistant Manager

Connie grew up in Independence, Iowa. She graduated from Independence Jefferson High School in 1987 and went onto Hamilton Business College and graduated in 1989 with a diploma in business management/accounting. She joined the team of Advanced Family Eye Care with Dr. Espe in July of 1994 as a doctor's assistant and front desk receptionist. She left Advanced Family Eye Care in 2001 to work for her family's business and returned to Advanced Family Eye Care in 2006. Connie has participated in continuing education courses including Iowa Optometric Assistants Association, the North Central States Optometric Conference, and the Heart of America Contact Lens Conference. Connie lives in Independence with her husband, Glenn and daughter, Grace. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and being involved in outdoor activities.

LouAnn

LouAnn

LouAnn A. CPO, Optometric Lead Optical Technician and Lead Contact Lens Specialist

LouAnn has lived in Independence all of her life. She graduated from Independence High School and attended Iowa State University for 2 years. She is married to her husband Stuart, and they have 2 sons -Adam and Aaron. LouAnn joined Advanced Family Eye Care in November 2010, and brings with her several years of customer service. She helps out at the front desk, doctor’s assistant, and helps repair and adjust glasses. She is excited to attend continuing education classes to keep her up to date on the latest technology and advancements in eye care. LouAnn enjoys decorating, spending time with her family, and motorcycle riding with her husband.

Mary

Mary

Mary B. MA, CPO, CPOC, Office Manager

Mary and her husband Bill have lived in Independence since 2008. They enjoy theater and music and have produced productions in cooperation with L.A.C.E.S, Independence Jr/Sr High and the Independence Public Library. They started a community theater organization River Arts Theater in Independence in 2013. They have three remarkable children and eight even more remarkable grandchildren. Mary’s undergrad degree is from UNI and she has a graduate degree from UW-Superior.

Wendy

Wendy

Wendy T., Optometric Technician / scribe

Wendy

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle L., Optician

Michelle Lamphier has been an Optician for 25 years and has been with Advanced Family Eye Care since early 2014. Michelle graduated from the Optometric Assistant program at NIACC in Mason City, Iowa. This spring she will take her CPO (Certified Paraoptometric) exam and is also working toward her ABO (American Board of Opticianry) certification. She returned to Northeast Iowa after living 28 years in Omaha, Nebraska when her youngest son, Mike, graduated from high school and enlisted in the Navy. Her oldest son Ben just graduated from Loyola University in Chicago.She enjoys the outdoors, fishing, ice fishing, canoeing, and spending time in Decorah, Iowa with her boyfriend Ed.

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy S., Patient Care Coordinator

Nancy joined the Advanced Famly Eyecare team in November 2013. She was born and raised in Southwest Iowa, and graduated from the Atlantic High School. She earned an Associate Degree in Business and Banking from the Des Moines Area Community College. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for 29 years. They are the proud parents of five grown children and grandparents of eight grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys singing, playing the piano, preaching, genealogy, gardening, baking, and reading. Nancy is a Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) serving as the office receptionist.

Elissa

Elissa

Elissa D., Optometric Technician and Vision Therapist

Elissa grew up in Indiana where she graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 2001. She continued her education at Indiana Wesleyan University and then went on to receive her masters from Asbury Theological Seminary. She moved to Independence in 2010 to work as the Assistant Pastor at Hope Wesleyan Church. Elissa began at Advanced Family Eye Care in October of 2014. She is excited to learn more about eye care, especially vision therapy. She has been happily married to Ben since 2012. In her spare time, Elissa enjoys participating in River Arts Theater productions and spending time with her family and friends.