Aisha Fields, O.D.
Dr. Aisha Fields grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Houston Baptist University. Dr. Fields received two letters of Clinical Excellence as a student clinician at UHCO. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honors Society for all four years of optometry school. Dr. Fields is also a three-time award recipient of the UH Black Alumni Association's McDonald Scholarship which is awarded to students of the natural sciences, mathematics or optometry college exhibiting outstanding academic performance and achievement in campus and/or community leadership roles. Dr. Fields enjoys seeing patients of all ages, and providing primary eye care, with an emphasis on ocular disease. Dr. Fields is a member of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. She participated in a vision care mission trip to the indigent communities in Guerrero and Chihuahua, Mexico, and she plans to serve on many more trips. In her spare time, Dr. Fields enjoys traveling, community service, being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. Dr. Fields and her husband, Coach Justin Johnson, are excited to be in Kansas as a part of the Jayhawk family and look forward to exploring Lawrence, their new
Curtis Myers, O.D.
Dr. Curtis Myers was born and raised on a farm in rural Ohio, where he attended The Ohio State University. He was one of only six students in a class of 60 to enter The Ohio State College of Optometry after compressing the undergraduate requirements into 2 years. He was also the College of Optometry’s first student to have transferred from University College directly into Optometry and received the SUMA award for his GPA. Dr. Myers was involved in the American Optometric Student Association, Fellowship of Christian Optometry Bible study, played extensive intra-mural sports and worked 2 part time jobs until graduating in 1986 with his Doctor of Optometry degree. His wife Jodi, received her BSN, RN from the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University in the same year. The couple moved to KC North where they still reside. They have 4 children. Dr. Myers started a solo private optometric practice until joining Epic Vision Eye Centers in 2013. They have 4 children. They have been members of Hope Fellowship Church since 1987 and serve in various roles at the church. Dr. Myers still hobby farms and enjoys hunting, fishing and teaching his children basic life skills in the rural tradition. He currently volunteers for the USA Swimming Team as a Nationally Certified Referee while his 2 younger daughters swim competitively year round.
Douglas Stigge, O.D.
Dr. Doug Stigge is a lifelong resident of Manhattan, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University and then transferred to The University of Houston where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association and is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. A second generation optometrist, Dr. Stigge has practiced primary care optometry including contact lens services in Manhattan and Waterville Kansas. He has a developing interest in learning related vision problems in children. Dr. Stigge lives in Manhattan with his wife, Kayla, who teaches in the Manhattan USD 383 schools. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. In addition to following his children and grandchildren’s sports activities, he enjoys following K-state athletics. He is a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Manhattan. He also is a member of the Manhattan Optimist Club, the Aggieville Business Association and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Jennie Kutschka, O.D.
A native of Salina, Dr. Jennie Kutschka graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 2011. While there she earned her Bachelors degrees in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Kinesiology. She later received her Doctorate of Optometry from The Southern College of Optometry in 2015. Dr. Kutschka joined Epic Vision Eye Centers following graduation and currently sees patients at our two Wichita locations. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, and Kansas Optometric Association. Dr. Kutschka enjoys seeing patients of all ages, for anything from routine care to eye infections or injuries. Dr. Kutschka is married to Bac, and together they have two boys, Brayden and Camden. In her free time she enjoys exploring Wichita and finding fun activities to do with her family.
Karli Hubka, O.D.
Dr. Karli Hubka grew up in Oberlin, Kansas. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Kansas State University. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dr Hubka was chosen by the professors at NSUOCO to be the recipient of the clinical excellence award for outstanding patient care and clinical skills, due to her extensive training in dry eye. She was also chosen as top clinician in pediatrics and awarded the Lynn Cyert Award for Excellence in Pediatric Optometry. Her research on InfantSEE was presented at the 45th Annual College of Vision Development Meeting. Dr. Hubka completed her externship in Tulsa, Oklahoma at a private practice with an emphasis on dry eye management and vision therapy. Dr. Hubka and her husband live in Clay Center with their daughter. She is a member of the Clay Center Rotary Club. Dr. Hubka enjoys spending time with her family and friends and cheering on the Kansas State Wildcats.
Kim Pearl, O.D.
Dr. Kimberly Hackworth Pearl earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from UMSL College of Optometry in 1999 and has since practiced optometry in Blue Springs, Shawnee and Leavenworth. The opening of Hackworth Family Eye Care in Leavenworth in April 2009 was a proud day of homecoming, as that allowed her to return to her ‘home town’. Dr. Hackworth Pearl graduated from Lansing High School in 1991, and earned her Bachelor degree in Cell Biology at the University of Kansas in 1995. In January of this year, Dr. Hackworth Pearl merged her practice with Epic Vision Eye Centers! Dr. Hackworth Pearl is a member of the Kansas and American Optometric Associations, Heart of America Contact Lens Society, and is a Past President of the Optometric Society of Greater Kansas City. Locally, she is Vice President of the Leavenworth County Humane Society, Board Member of Lansing/Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, and is an active Leavenworth Lion. In the past, she has served as Board member of Leavenworth Main Street and United Way of Leavenworth County, as well as President of the Leavenworth Lions Club. She and her husband, Rich, live in Leavenworth County and enjoy playing with their cat and nieces and taking scenic motorcycle rides on the weekends. Rich loves the outdoors, and is a member of the Leavenworth BASS Club.
Matthew Callewaert, O.D.
Dr. Matthew Callewaert, affectionately known as Dr. Cal, was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and earned his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University. He then went on to attend Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, Tennessee, a college renowned for its clinical excellence. Dr. Cal completed multiple clinical internships, but most values the training he received while working at the US Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs, offering eye care to servicemen and women and their families. He graduated with honors from SCO with a Doctorate of Optometry, and was a four-year member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honors Society. After practicing in Seattle for a few years, Dr. Cal returned to the Midwest to practice in Kansas City. Dr. Cal has had extensive training in both medical and refractive conditions of the eye. He is enthusiastic about working with his patients, believing that comprehensive eye care includes connecting with and investing in each individual on a personal level. He finds his career rewarding because it allows him the opportunity to meet and interact with new people every day, and assist them with their visual needs. He enjoys listening to and playing music, fly fishing, walks with his dog Henry, and traveling. His best days are spent with his wife Kelly, doing any of the previously-mentioned activities.
Nick Mondero, O.D.
Dr. Nick Mondero is originally from Ness City, KS. Dr. Mondero completed his undergraduate work at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK. His clinical training was performed in various Cherokee Nation hospitals and clinics throughout Northeast Oklahoma. Dr. Mondero also completed an externship in ocular disease at EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa, and has special interest in specialty contact lenses and ocular disease. Dr. Mondero received his Doctorate of Optometry from NSUOCO in May of 2013. While in school, he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and also received the GP Lens Institute's Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. Mondero is a member of the American Optometric Association, Kansas Optometric Association, Manhattan Referral Network, and the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club. Dr. Mondero and his wife Katrina enjoy time with their son. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and being outdoors. He and his family live in Manhattan, KS.
Qadium Qayum, O.D.
Dr. Qayum, also known as Dr. Q, grew up in Millbrook, Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Qayum was chosen by his professors at UABSO to be the recipient of the Good-Lite Award for Excellence in Pediatric Optometry. He was also awarded the Azman Scholarship while in school. Dr. Qayum completed his externsihip at a private practice in Denver Colorado where he rotated through clinics specializing in diseases of the anterior and posterior segment. He enjoys working as a primary eye care provider with an emphasis on ocular disease. As a new member of the KC community he looks forward to exploring his new home town and spending time getting to know the community.
Ryan Hiesterman, O.D.
Dr. Ryan Hiesterman earned his Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University before graduating from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Talequah, Oklahoma. His practice emphasis is ocular disease and primary care; providing comprehensive examinations and treatment for patients of all ages. While in school, Dr. Hiesterman became a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, served as class President and was voted by his fellow classmates Overall Outstanding Student for the entire four year professional program. He was chosen by the faculty to be awarded the Triad Eye Medical Clinic and Cataract Institute Ocular Disease Award both in 2002 and 2003 while serving as student clinician. Ryan was also awarded the NSUCO Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding clinical skills in patient care. Upon graduating, he was selected by the Northeastern State University Alumni Association as the Jack Kaufmann Outstanding Graduate Student; the first graduate of the NSU College of Optometry to receive this award. Dr. Hiesterman is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association. He is a founding member of Wellspring Outfitters, Inc., a ministry he formed with two family practice physicians in Clay Center. Their goal is to help men understand and live from the masculine heart they were created for by examining the life and leadership style of Jesus Christ. Dr. Hiesterman and his wife, Lindsay, have 4 children. He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as most outdoor activities, hunting and fishing being two of his favorites.
Tad D. Baker, O.D.
Dr. Tad Baker is a native of Topeka, Kansas where he graduated from Shawnee Heights High School. He attended Fort Hays State University where he ran track and cross country and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. Dr. Baker received his Doctorate degree in Optometry from the University of Missouri in St. Louis where he graduated with honors in 1997. Dr. Baker comes to us with nearly 20 years of experience in a multi location private practice in Wichita Kansas. Dr. Baker is experienced in the treatment and management of ocular disease including the treatment of glaucoma, conjunctivitis and diseases of the eye and its related tissues. He has also completed post graduate courses from Pacific University in systemic pharmacological treatment of eye diseases, as well as post-graduate courses in diabetes, glaucoma and laser vision correction. Dr. Baker is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Kansas Eye Care Services, and Beta Sigma Kappa Honorary Academic Society. He also serves in the United States Air Force, Kansas Air National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Baker serves with the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field in Topeka where he assists the pilots and members of the 190th with their eye care. Lieutenant Colonel Baker was recently named the Air Force medical services National Optometrist of the year for the Air National Guard. Dr. Baker and his wife Dr. Andrea Baker have two children, Brock and Camden. Dr. Baker's interests outside of Optometry are world history, global geopolitics, soccer, travel, philanthropy, technology and inventions and trail running
Tiffany Tiller, O.D.
Dr. Tiffany Tiller earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA in 2009. While in optometry school she served as a class officer, received high honors on multiple clinical rotations, and was a four year member of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA). Upon completion of her first year of optometry school she earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Sciences. In June 2012, Dr. Tiller was selected to attend the Vision Care Institute in Jacksonville, FL for additional contact lens training and techniques. Dr. Tiller earned her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. While in attendance, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Dr. Tiller grew up in St. Joseph, MO and attended Bishop LeBlond High School. She practiced in Independence, MO and North Kansas City for four years before joining Epic Vision full time. Dr. Tiller and long-time boyfriend Anthony currently reside in the Northland. They enjoy spending time with their daughters, Audrey and Burke, and two cats, Sophie and Zeus. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, various outdoor activities, cheering for her favorite sports teams (Go Royals! Go Chiefs!), bowling, and playing ice hockey.