An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.
– Centers for Disease Control
We’re passionate about our patients
From our board-certified optometrists, to our opticians, to our office staff, we are dedicated to delivering the very best patient care and experience possible. At EyeCare Specialties of Colorado we take your eyes seriously and your care is our highest priority.
A native of Colorado, Dr. Baird’s annual mission trips to all parts of the world are her passion bringing medications, dental services, and prescription eyeglasses to impoverished communities. She enjoys meeting people and seeking answers that help improve their lives. She says, “Optometrists do more than care for their patients’ eyes, they can improve a person’s vision. It’s rewarding to have a skill that people need globally.”
When Dr. Diekema first got glasses as a young girl, she could not believe everything she had been missing due to poor vision. It was right then that she decided Optometry would be a gratifying career, and she still believes that today.
Dr. Diekema has been practicing Optometry since 2016. She says she likes talking with her patients to create a plan that provides them with both clear vision and healthy eyes. Dr. Diekema says the fact that no two pairs of eyes are the same is what keeps her job interesting.
Dr. Diekema enjoys being very involved in her community and served as Vice President for the West Michigan Optometric Association before relocating to the Denver area. In her spare time, Dr. Diekema enjoys traveling as well as participating in outdoor activities such as paddle-boarding, water skiing, hiking, and snow skiing.
Dr. Dobson has been practicing optometry since 1999, and his field of interest is in toric contact lens fitting. When asked what he likes most about being an Optometrist, Dr. Dobson said he enjoys improving people’s lives by helping to provide them with clear vision.
Dr. Stacy Hieb
Dr. Gene Johnson
Dr. Gene Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Ferris State College and went on to further his education obtaining his Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Dr. Johnson has an interest in optometric humanitarian work and has been on many clinic trips to Mexico, Panama, and Peru. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his two grown children, cooking, camping, and outdoor activities.
Dr. Michael Kruglet
Dr. Michael Kruglet is seasoned Optiometrist with more than 10 years of experience caring for eyes of all ages. He is certified in scleral, corneal scleral and orthokeratology lenses as well as diagnosing and treating dry eye. Dr. Kruglet in his own words: "We all have to work and what better way to spend your day then by helping others. We all know someone, or have had a family member lose vision and it can be debilitating. Growing up I remember watching my grandmother struggle while playing her favorite card game due to macular degeneration and that's when I knew I wanted to go into the eye field. Helping someone see clearer today than what he or she saw yesterday is what I enjoy most. Watching someone light up with excitement when they put on their glasses or contacts for the first time makes me proud to be an optometrist. Also, the wonderful relationships I've formed with my patients over the years is a close second." Dr. Kruglet is a graduate of Creighton University.
Dr. Kathryn Lachenman
Prior to joining Eyes of the World in 2014, Dr. Lachenman practiced in a refractive and cataract surgery setting, but her desire for more one-on-one time with patients guided her back to private practice. She has been practicing since 2011.
When not in the office, Dr. Lachenman enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Michael Morovati
Working on night-vision technology for helicopter pilots helped develop Dr. Morovati’s interest in the science of vision. Dr. Morovati took that interest and turned it into a long and successful career in optometry, which he has been practicing since 2003.
One of the most rewarding parts of being an Optometrist, as explained by Dr. Morovati, is seeing the smile on his patients’ faces after picking up their glasses for the first time.
Dr. Rupa Patel
A proud native of Colorado, Dr. Patel joined Eyes of the World in 2018 and has an interest in ocular medical management and advanced contact lens fittings. “I love interacting and talking extensively with patients and spending time getting to know them so I can find the best way to help with their visual problems and concerns,” said Dr. Patel.
When not in the office, Dr. Patel can be found exploring around Denver or the mountains through outdoor activities and spending lots of time with family and friends.
Dr. John Schachet has been a fixture in the eye care industry for more than 40 years. He has practiced in Centennial, CO, since 1974; serving as president and CEO of Eyecare Consultants, president of Colorado Optometric Association from 1980-81, director and chairman of the board for the Colorado Vision Service Plan from 1985-1996. Dr. Schachet has lectured widely in US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan and Canada. He has authored numerous articles and is a former adjunct professor at Southern California College of Optometry. In addition, he has been a contributing editor to the Review of Optometry, Optometric Physician, and Optometry Times.
Dr. Schachet served as FDA clinical investigator for many manufacturers starting in 1974 and continuing through today. His practice specialties include contact lenses, dry eye – treatment and management, allergy, Corneal Refractive Therapy, refractive surgery and post-cataract management, along with treatment of glaucoma as well as most medical eye conditions. Dr. Schachet is chairman of the SeaVision Optometric Conference, a position he has held since 1994 and served on VSP’s National Board committee structure from 2010-2014. Dr. Schachet continues to add “cutting-edge” high tech ophthalmic equipment to help in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and conditions. “We pride ourselves in continually staying ahead of the curve.”
Dr. Alevras-Sztukowski grew up in Southern California. She graduated in 1993 from the University of California, Riverside and obtained her doctorate in Optometry in 1997 from The Southern California College of Optometry. She has been in practice here at Eyecare Consultants since that time. She enjoys cycling and trail running in Evergreen where she resides with her husband Robert.
Dr. Alevras-Sztukowski is a member of the Colorado and American Optometric Association. She has a particular interest in specialty contact lenses, glaucoma, and seeing children as patients. She is also an associate clinical investigator for FDA studies in eye care.
Dr. Danny VanDan
Dr. Danny VanDan completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego where he earned a Bachelor of Science in General Biology. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry Degree from Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. VanDan started his career by working as an optician, technician, and office manager right after high school. With a great passion for the optometry industry, he decided to go back to school to be an optometrist to further his patient care abilities.
Dr. VanDan has been practicing optometry since 2013. He believes that “optometry holds a unique place in healthcare. Numerous patients will not see their primary care doctor or dentist regularly if they are feeling healthy. However, if their vision changes even slightly, they’ll go to an optometrist. Optometrists are trained to evaluate a patient’s health for various conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other diseases.” Outside of work Dr. VanDan enjoys spending time with his wife and little girls!
Dr. Timothy Whitmire