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Optometrists

Thomas Dunning, OD

Dr. Dunning specializes in primary eye care for all ages. He has a special interest in contact lenses, especially patients with “difficult to fit” eyes. He has participated in several contact lens and solution studies. Dr. Dunning also has participated in instructional study and treatment regarding dry eye syndrome. He is the current President of West Michigan On-Site Eye Care, and is a past Associate Clinical Professor for the Michigan College of Optometry and also past Vice President of the West Michigan Optometric Association. After completing undergraduate studies at Lake Superior State University he received his Doctor of Optometry degree at the Michigan College of Optometry. He has been in private practice since 1989.

Gerard Choryan, OD

Dr. Choryan specializes in contact lenses, dry eye treatment, and urgent eye care. His contact lens work involves people with all types of vision problems including astigmatism, keratoconus, and corneal transplants. He has successfully treated many dry eye patients allowing most to return to contact lens wear or experience renewed ocular comfort. He is available for routine eye examinations and red-eye treatment involving foreign bodies, infections, and trauma. Dr. Choryan received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry. His undergraduate degree was completed at Ferris State University and he has been in private practice since 1990.

Phil VanderLugt, OD

Dr. VanderLugt provides eye care for the whole family from routine eye exams and specialty contact lens fit to management of ocular disease and pre- and post-operative care. Dr. VanderLugt graduated from Michigan College of Optometry after completing his undergraduate’s studies at Calvin College. He is the past president of the West Michigan Optometric Association as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry.

Charlene Hamilton, OD

Dr. Hamilton provides routine eye care for patients of all ages. She has over 17 years of experience with contact lens patients along with providing pre- and post-operative care for laser and medical patients. Dr. Hamilton earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from Indiana University. She is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and Michigan Optometric Association (MOA).

Gregory Patera, OD

Dr. Patera provides routine eye care for patients of all ages and is certified in the treatment of external eye diseases, injuries, and glaucoma management. Dr. Patera has 28 years of experience in custom contact lenses, including bifocal design, toric (for astigmatism), special purpose soft lenses, and rigid gas permeable lenses. He attended Michigan State University and received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1973 from Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Patera practices at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology-Ionia.

David Den Braber, OD

Dr. Den Braber obtained his undergraduate degree from Ferris State University. He received a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry in 1992. He provides comprehensive eye care for all ages specializing in contact lenses and the treatment and management of ocular disease. He especially enjoys working with children and co-manages eye muscle dysfunction. Dr. Den Braber practices at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology-Ionia and at the East Beltline location in Grand Rapids.

Monica Fenton, OD

Dr. Fenton completed her undergraduate education at Arizona State University followed by her Doctor of Optometry at Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. After completing her primary care residency at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Arizona, Dr. Fenton returned to West Michigan and practices at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology-Holland.

Rachel Hollenbeck, OD

Dr. Hollenbeck is a graduate of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. She is available for routine eye exams, contact lens patients, and pre- and post-operative medical exams. Dr. Hollenbeck practices primarily at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology-Greenville.

Lindsay Weatherhead, OD

Dr. Weatherhead is a graduate of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and Kalamazoo College. She completed a Primary Care residency with emphasis in Ocular Disease at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where she gained experience in all specialties including retina, glaucoma, cornea and neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Weatherhead is available for routine eye exams, pediatrics, contact lens patients along with pre- and post-operative medical exams. She is a member of The American Academy of Optometry, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Michigan Optometric Organization and Volunteers for Optometric Service to Humanity.

Lewis DeKuiper OD

Dr. DeKuiper provides primary eye care for the entire family. He is experienced in all aspects of contact lenses including premium lenses for astigmatism and presbyopia. He has a special interest in consulting with patients interested in laser vision correction and providing appropriate pre and post-operative care. Dr. DeKuiper also provides comprehensive management and treatment of ocular disease. He is a graduate of Calvin College and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. DeKuiper is a member of the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He is past president of West Michigan Optometric Association. Dr. DeKuiper was in private practice in Holland before joining Grand Rapids Ophthalmology.

Annessa Dix, OD

Dr. Dix received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry in 2004 and provides medical based eye-care, specializing in retina & glaucoma management. In addition, she is also available for routine eye exams. Dr. Dix joined Grand Rapids Ophthalmology in 2011 and practices primarily at the Walker office with our retina team.

Angela Huizenga, OD

Angela Huizenga completed her undergraduate education at Ferris State University where she received a Bachelors in Vision Science. She graduated from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2008. While in optometry school, she completed externships in pediatrics, binocular vision, specialty contact lens fitting and primary care. She moved to Houston in the summer of 2008 to complete a one year residency specializing in ocular disease at the Eye Center of Texas, where she trained with several ophthalmologists and optometrists and evaluated over 4,000 patients. Here she performed evaluations for pre and post operative cataract, LASIK and PRK, glaucoma, cornea and retinal surgeries. She has completed three VOSH mission trips to the island of Dominica to provide its residents with eye exams and glasses.

Abby Veldkamp, OD

Dr. Veldkamp received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry after graduating from Calvin College. She specializes in complete eye care for pediatric patients, including routine exams, binocular vision, and contact lenses. In addition, she is also available to provide comprehensive adult eye care. Dr. Veldkamp is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association, and the West Michigan Optometric Association. She practices at various Grand Rapids Ophthalmology locations.

Shannon Stanek, OD

Dr. Stanek received her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry from The Michigan College of Optometry in 2004. She provides complete eye care for the entire family. She has completed advanced training and education in fitting specialty and unique contact lenses, including RGP, Hybrid and Scleral lenses. Dr. Stanek is a member of the West Michigan Optometric Association and practices at the East Beltline office, as well as various other Grand Rapids Ophthalmology locations.

Holly Wall, OD

Dr. Wall is available for routine eye exams for all ages, contact lens patients, management of ocular disease and pre- and post-operative medical exams. She received her Doctor of Optometry at The Michigan College of Optometry in 2010 after receiving her undergraduate degree at Calvin College. Dr. Wall served as an optometrist in the United States Air Force in Texas for four years before moving back to West Michigan to join Grand Rapids Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Michigan Optometric Association and a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

Andrew Wilke, OD

Dr. Wilke provides eye care for the whole family from routine eye exams and specialty contact lens fit to the management of ocular disease and low vision services. In addition, he provides pre and post operative care for surgical patients. Dr. Wilke received his Doctor of Optometry from The Michigan College of Optometry after completing his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University.

Stephen Smith, OD

Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and Doctor of Optometry from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2014. He provides comprehensive eye care for all ages, including contact lens patients, pre- and post- operative medical exams, and management of ocular disease. He is a long-time resident of the Grand Rapids area and an active member of the West Michigan Optometric Association, Michigan Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association. He also serves on the board for the Eye Health Institute and participates in their annual mission trip providing eye care to an under-served population in rural Jamaica.

Claire Diekema, OD

Dr. Diekema enjoys providing routine eye care for all ages, including pediatric and contact lens exams, pre-and post-operative medical exams, and management of ocular disease. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at Ohio State University College of Optometry after earning her undergraduate degree at Oakland University in Rochester MI. Dr. Diekema is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association and the West Michigan Optometric Association.

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