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

Our Doctors

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.

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Dr. Claire Diekema

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Dr. Claire Diekema received her Doctor of Optometry in 2016 from the Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oakland University.

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. Scott Dobson

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Dr. Scott Dobson earned his Doctor of Optometry from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oakland University in 1992.

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

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Dr. Stacy Hieb completed her undergraduate schooling at the University of South Dakota where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry. She furthered her education obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. She has been practicing optometry for 23 years and has been with One Hour Optical the whole time! Dr. Hieb became an optometrist because she had such a good optometrist growing up. “I love being an eye doctor! The best part of my job is forming relationships with patients, many of them lasting a couple of decades.”

Dr. Gene Johnson

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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. Sharnelle Kamibayashi

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Sharnelle Kamibayashi, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University’s College of Optometry, graduating with distinction, and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society each year. Furthermore, Dr. Kamibayashi earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Neuroscience, from the University of Portland.

Dr. Kamibayashi completed an optometric residency at Georgia Eye Partners, specializing in ocular disease with an emphasis in cornea and contact lenses, and refractive and ocular surgery. She is also a proud member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and the Colorado Optometric Association.

Inspired by her father, who has been legally blind from a young age, Dr. Kamibayashi is very passionate about clear vision and feels there is nothing more important than serving others by providing quality eyecare.

When not in the office, Dr. Kamibayashi loves spending time with her family and dogs, traveling, hiking, and dancing – she even danced for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers before starting optometry school.

Dr. Michael Kruglet

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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. Michael Morovati

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Dr. Michael Morovati received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Troy University.

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. Carol Lipton
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Carol Lipton, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001, and graduated with distinction from Washington University majoring in Asian Studies and Comparative Arts. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association, where she served on the Low Vision Committee.

Dr. Lipton says being an optometrist provides her with many opportunities to be able to make a positive impact in her community. In practice since 2001, she has also participated in the Vision Van Program, the Migrant Workers Vision Care Program, and the Gift of Sight Program caring for disadvantaged neighbors. Dr. Lipton believes helping people see their best is one of the best parts of her day.

Dr. Lipton offers comprehensive eyecare for the entire family, and fits all types of contact lenses, including rigid gas permeable, post-surgical, toric, and bifocal lenses. She also has longstanding experience in the detection, management, and co management of ocular pathology, including cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and retinal disorders.

In her spare time, Dr. Lipton enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.

Dr. Emily Smith

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Emily Smith, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2020, where she concurrently completed her Master of Science in Low Vision Rehabilitation at Salus University.  She continued her specialty training through a residency at the West Haven Veterans’ Affairs Hospital in Connecticut, which focused on ocular disease and low vision care.  Dr. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Delaware Valley University, where she was also a student athlete who competed in collegiate horseback riding. 

Dr. Smith considers the eyes to be a special and unique part of the body because they can provide a glimpse into the complexity of the brain as well as detect systemic disease in the body.  Dr. Smith’s favorite part of being an optometrist is interacting with her patients every day and getting to know them on a personal level so she can provide them with the specialized eyecare they require.  It also gives her the opportunity to be a vital part of the community.

Dr. Smith is passionate about managing ocular diseases, such as diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, as well as providing low vision care to the visually impaired.  She is also a proud member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.

In her time away from the office, Dr. Smith enjoys being in the great outdoors by participating in horseback riding, rock climbing, and hiking activities.

Dr. Larry Sumner

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Larry Sumner, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from Penn College of Optometry in 1973 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston in 1969. Dr. Sumner has been practicing optometry since 1973, and specializes in scleral lenses and dry eye.

Dr. Sumner says he became interested in optometry after he went to see a retired Navy O.D. for an eye exam and realized he liked the duties of an optometrist. Ever since, Dr. Sumner has found great pleasure in helping people see better.

When Dr. Sumner is not with his patients, he enjoys cross-country skiing and learning about military history.

Dr. Vasi Alevras-Sztukowski

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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

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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

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Dr. Timothy Whitmire completed his undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He has been practicing for 5 years and has been with One Hour Optical for four years. Dr. Whitmire loves the field of Optometry because it allows him to give each patient their own, unique world view.

Dr. Aaron LaHoud

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Dr. Aaron LaHoud completed his undergraduate education at Minnesota State University Mankato where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Chemistry. He continued his education obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has been practicing for 6 years and has been with One Hour Optical since June 2015. Dr. LaHoud enjoys helping others see their fullest potential and educating patients on ways to preserve their vision.

Dr. Travis Lipscomb
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Dr. Scott Haugen
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Scott Haugen, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Missouri–St Louis College of Optometry in 1984, and earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Math and Science from Iowa State University.

Dr. Haugen has been practicing optometry since 1984, and his special field of interest is specialty and hard-to-fit contact lenses. His own experience with wearing eyeglasses and contacts while growing up helped him in choosing a career in the optometry field. As an optometrist, he particularly enjoys the personal interaction he has with his patients, along with building strong, long-lasting relationships with them and their families over the years.

When he is away from the office, Dr. Haugen loves spending time with his family and grandchildren, as well as staying active by bicycling and playing golf.

Dr. Matthew Skrdla
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Matthew Skrdla, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2000 and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Skrdla has been practicing optometry since 2000, and received specialized training in the fields of contact lenses, sports vision and visual performance, as well as eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, and other illnesses that affect the eye.

His own experience with an eye injury when he was in middle school influenced him to choose a career in optometry. As an optometrist, Dr. Skrdla believes he has the ability to enrich the lives of his patients through personal and innovative eye care.

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Skrdla enjoys staying active through cycling