Meet Our Staff

Sandy - Front Office Team Leader, Bellevue

Sandy 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 Associate's 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.

Nikki - Optician, Bellevue

Born and raised in Eastern Iowa, Nikki has been a friendly face in the community. She has been with our clinic since January 2020, and has over 25 years experience working with sales and customer service. her favorite part of working at VHC is finding the perfect frames and specialty lenses for every patient. Outside of work, you can find Nikki spending time with her husband, Mike and their two boys, Mason and Max. She enjoys running, cooking, and working in her yard by the river.



Tina - Patient Care Coordinator, Bellevue

Tina started working at VHC in February 2021. Prior to 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 especially 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 grandkids.

Jenny - Certified Optician, Dubuque

Jenny has 25 years of 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 to the office and to her own collection of 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 for dinner. He wore that frame two years later when we stood at the altar and said “I do”. Three pairs of glasses later we welcomed our first child, Vivian.

Tempie – Marketing/Front Office Team Leader, Dubuque

Tempie graduated from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas with a bachelor's in Marketing. She has over 25 years of experience in the optometry field working as a technician and patient educator. In addition to the 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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Angie - Ophthalmic Scribe Certified Technician, Dubuque 

Angie a Dubuque native is an amazing asset to the VHC Team.  With over 28 years of experience in Optomology testing. She has found her place as a leader and continues to educate the rest of our staff with her extensive knowledge. Angie loves everything about eyecare, from the start of the exam to the frame selection process. Sheenjoys getting to know each patient and following up with them about their families. She very excited to welcome the former Ophthalmology PC patients to the VHC family. 

When she's not busy in the office she enjoys traveling and boating with family and friends. Her favorite hobby is spending quality time with her 3 kids and  grandchildren.

Ellen - Billing Specialist, Dubuque

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 5 grandkids. In her free time, Ellen enjoys photography, volunteering, and traveling to the beach.

Renee - Clinic Intern, Dubuque

From Preston Iowa, Renee started her Summer Internship with the VHC team early May.  She is currently enrolled as an honors student at Iowa State University majoring in Biology and planning on going to Optometry School. 

Kristina - Clinic, Dubuque

Kristina is a Dubuque native who has over 20 years of nursing and rehab experience working with patients. She is a vital part of our clinic team and will often begin your examination by performing some tests and obtaining your health information. Since joining the VHC team, she has absorbed a wealth of information and is eager to grow with our office to help our patients receive the best possible care. 

When Kristina is away from the office you can often find her hanging out at the local farmers market or tending to her garden and plants. Kristina and her husband Jeff, have a son named Eben. 




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