Meet Our Staff

Dr. Steven Sloan, Optometrist

Steve2017A native of Dubuque, Dr. Steve Sloan received his undergraduate degree in biology from Loras College. He then attended Illinois College of Optometry for his Doctor of Optometry degree, graduating in 1982. Dr. Sloan has served as President of the Iowa Optometric Association Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Loras College Board of Regents.  He has also been active on many community and church boards and committees. Dr. Sloan was selected by a professional journal as one of the 21 outstanding young optometrists in the United States.In his spare time, Dr. Sloan enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of four children: Philip, Katie, Stephanie and Ben.



Dr. Martha Smith, Optometrist

martha 2021Also from Dubuque, Dr. Smith received her undergraduate degree from Augustana College in 1992. She graduated valedictorian of her class at the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996. After receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree, Dr. Smith completed a residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation at the Kansas City V.A. Medical Center. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Heart of America Contact Lens Society, and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She also serves as a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Smith enjoys spending spare time at home with her family. She and her husband, Bryan, have three daughters: Emily, Bethany, Vivian.




Dr. Stephanie Sloan Flamich, Optometrist

Steph2017Raised in Dubuque, Dr. Stephanie Sloan Flamich received her undergraduate degree in Biology through an accelerated program from Augustana College. She then attended Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated with her Doctor of Optometry degree and received the Clinical Excellence Award. After graduation, Dr. Sloan Flamich completed a post-doctoral Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis on ocular emergency and trauma at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as a Trustee for the American Optometric Student Association and is a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society, Tomb & Key Honor Fraternity, and Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. In her free time, Dr. Flamich enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.



Sandy - Front Office Team Leader, Bellevue

Sandy2021 adobesparkSandy has been with the Bellevue office since June of 1992 as our front office team leader. Among her many duties, she can be found filing insurance claims and scheduling your next appointments. She also educates patients about the latest contact lenses available and shows our new contact lens patients how to properly wear and take care of their lenses. In addition, Sandy attends many continuing education classes to maintain her extensive knowledge of Medicare and other types of insurance. In 2012, Sandy was recognized as the Iowa Optometric Association Assistant of the Year. For her outstanding dedication to the optical field.

Sandy enjoys reading, spending time on the river and is involved in the Bellevue Community Club. She and her husband, Joel, have three children: Tom, Megan and Molly, and 5 grandchildren. 



 Janelle - Clinic Team Leader, Bellevue


 Janelle graduated from NICC with her Associates Degree in       Nursing in 2015, and has 10 years and counting of experience     working in the medical field. She joined the VHC team in 2019,   and has worked hard to follow continuing education courses on   dry eye, diabetic retinopathy and other medical diagnoses to   keep up with the latest symptoms and treatment plans. She   assists with pretesting and setting up referrals for surgery.   Janelle loves interacting with the patients, and strives to make   their time with us enjoyable. In her free time, she loves going to   concerts, reading, and spending time with family and friends.



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Tina - Patient Care Coordinator, Bellevue

Tina adobesparkTina started working at VHC Febuary 2021. Prior t working with our team, she worked in the dental field for 28 years. Growing up in the Bellevue community has made her time here with us espcially enjoyable. She works hard to make each patient feel  as comfortable as possible. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family, especially her 4 grankids. 






Jenny - Certified Optician, Dubuque

Jenny2017Jenny has 25 years experience in the optical field and has been certified by the American Board of Opticianary since 1998. She joined the Vision Health Center team after relocating from Iowa City to her hometown of Dubuque. Jenny's extensive knowledge of frame designs and understanding of spectacle lens technology provides our patients with the best combination of frames and lenses to fit their individual needs. She is always looking for new pieces to add the the office and to her own collection eccentric eyewear.

In October of 2009 I was helping a patient pick out a new pair of glasses. We chose a few frames and sat down to try them on. I told him the first frame he was trying on, a retro styled plastic frame, was one of my favorites. Unfortunately they did not fit him. I joked “I love this frame. Someday, someone is going to get this frame and I will have to marry him.” He smiled and joked back “Then I guess I’ll have to get that one.” After trying on about a dozen more frames, he ended up with a similar retro styled frame that I liked almost as much. When I asked him what phone number I should call when his glasses were ready, he gave me his cell phone number. Then he asked me what phone number he should call to ask me to dinner. He wore that frame two years later, when we stood at the alter and said “I do”. Three pairs of glasses later we welcomed our first child, Vivian.

 Tempie – Marketing/Front Office Team Leader, Dubuque

Tempie2021 adobesparkTempie graduated from University of Nevada in Las Vegas with a Bachelors in Marketing. She has over 20 years of experience in the optometry field working as a technician and patient educator. In addition to many technical skills she possesses in contact lenses and optometry testing, she attends to all the demanding details of patient care in a busy optometric practice. You may run into her in Dubuque representing the Vision Health Center team at many of the local Health Fairs, Chamber events, and other gatherings. 

When Tempie isn't hard at work you will find her spending time with her family; Matt, Ryan, and Kayla.

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Jessie - Certified Paraoptometric Assistant, Dubuque

Jessie2017Jessie has been with our clinic since September 2014. She has over 15 years of  customer service. She loves the eye world so much that she recieved her Paraoptmetric Assistant Certification in 2019 and still works hard on keeping up with continuing education courses.  She loves being in the clinic, pretesting, and building relationships with her patients! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her husband Nash, their their daughter Sophia, and fur baby Max!





Ellen - Billing Specialist, Dubuque 

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Ellen began working with Dr. Sloan as his first optometric assistant when he began seeing patients in 1982. Ellen graduated from Loras  College with degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She was a teacher for 25 years in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque and then went on to work at a church for 7 years. In 2019, the VHC team was happy to welcome Ellen back. She is responsible for insurance claims and billing. 

Ellen and her husband, Brian, have three adult children and two grandson. In her free time, Ellen enjoys photography, volunteering, and traveling to the beach. 




Jennifer - Clinic, Dubuque

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 Emily - Patient Care Coordinator, Dubuque


 Born and raised in Dubuque. Graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor's degree in Medical Office Administration in 2021. Emily started as an intern in 2018 to gain experience within the medical office field. After working a whole summer with the VHC team, she was offered a position as a patient care coordinator.  She has a passion for helping those in need and making sure that all patient see a friendly face once they walk through the door. On her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and especially her fiance Noah. 





  Mary - Patient Care Coordinator, Dubuque

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