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. Channing Baird

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Channing Baird is a Colorado native. After graduating from the University of Colorado, she completed Optometry school at Pacific University in 1994. Upon her return to Colorado, Dr. Baird had the opportunity to work with some of Denver’s top physicians before opening her own practice here in Washington Park in 1999. A passion of Dr. Baird’s is her ongoing annual mission trips traveling to places in Mexico, South America, Caribbean and Asia. These annual trips serve the community medical needs of impoverished populations, bringing medications, dental services and prescription eyeglasses to patients.

Dr. William P. Breen

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Originally from North Platte, Nebraska, Dr. Breen graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1971. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1976. After graduating, he moved to Colorado and has been in private practice in the Aurora area for over 25 years. Dr. Breen is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.

Dr. Jessica Colpitt

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Dr. Colpitt was born and raised in Oklahoma. She received a bachelors degree in Biological Science and Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, and graduated cum laude from Northeastern State Oklahoma College of Optometry. After optometry school she went on to complete a residency in primary eye care and ocular disease at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dr. Colpitt loves being involved in the community and has participated in many events providing free eye exams to those in need, including special Olympians, tornado victims, two optometric mission trips to Roatan, Honduras, and Von’ Vision Day – sponsored by Von Miller, providing eye exams and glasses for Denver area children.

She participated in Blondes vs Brunettes Denver 2016 – an event which raised over $150,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. She is also an InfantSEE provider. Dr. Colpitt received her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2015. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association. She enjoys yoga, skiing, hiking, cooking, and attending sporting events. At Eyecare Consultants, she provides care to patients from infancy to 100+ years old. She specializes in ocular disease including glaucoma, diabetic eye exams, macular degeneration, dry eye disease, and keratoconus, including specialty contact lens fittings.

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. Rachel Knowlton

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Dr. Knowlton received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry in Houston, Texas. She completed a residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Knowlton is passionate about treating eye disease but enjoys practicing full scope optometry including pre and post-operative care. She is a member of the Colorado Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.

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. Kathryn Lachenman

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Originally an Indiana native, Dr. Lachenman received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. Thereafter she went on to attend Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago for her Optometric Doctoral training. Dr. Lachenman continued her education with clinical rotations at the Lexington, Kentucky VA hospital and Wenzhou Medical College Eye Hospital in Wenzhou, China. Prior to coming to our practice, 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 joined Eyes Of The World in 2014. Outside the office, Dr. Lachenman enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with her family.

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. Rupa Patel

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Rupa Patel is a Colorado native. After attending high school in Colorado Springs, she moved to Oregon to study Biology at Pacific University. She then went on to recieve her Doctorate degree from New England College of Optometry. While living in Boston, she worked in several clinics including NECO Special Populations Clinics, Dorchester House Health Center, and VA in Manchester, NH. She joined our practice in 2018 and brings to our practice the latest technology expertise. Dr. Patel has an interest in ocular medical management and advanced contact lens fittings.

Dr. John L. Schachet

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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. Ilene Siringo

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Dr. Siringo moved to Colorado with her family from the New York metropolitan region in 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her Doctorate in Optometry degree from the State University of New York Optometry. Dr. Siringo works part-time at Eyecare Consultants, and provides full-scope primary eye care services, including contact lens fittings, and management of ocular diseases.

In her spare time, you will find Dr. Siringo long-distance running, road and gravel cycling, practicing yoga, painting, and enjoying good food.

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.