Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our practice can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.
Dr. Eric Dale
Dr. Eric Dale joined Family Optometry in 2007, and worked for seven years with the founder of the practice, Dr. Robert Hutchinson. Both Dr. Dale and his wife, Rachel, are Wabash County natives. Dr. Dale graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana in 1997, and then completed his education at Indiana University, where he earned a Master’s degree in counseling in addition to his Doctor of Optometry degree. Upon graduating from the IU School of Optometry, Dale received the David Kolack, OD Award, given to the top student in the class.
Dr. Dale also received awards for excellence in clinical care and patient communication skills, and he continues to take pride in providing excellent care to his patients and taking the time to clearly answer any questions they might have.
Dr. Dale provides services in the areas of primary care, contact lenses, and treatment and management of ocular disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. He also has a special interest in pediatric optometry, and has developed reputation for being patient and gentle with young children, making the eye exam a fun experience for them.
Dr. Dale and his wife, Rachel, have four children: Ella, Harrison, Benjamin, and Rosemary. Outside of work, Dr. Dale enjoys running, hiking, and helping coach his childrens’ little league teams. He and his children are still reveling in the Cubs long-awaited World Series championship
Dr. Dale is a member of Wabash Friends Church, and has become increasingly involved in mission work, leading teams to provide glasses and cataract surgery to people in western Kenya. He has served on the board of White’s Residential and Family Services, and previously served as president of the Wabash Rotary Club and Wabash Valley Optometric Society.
Dr. Ashley Yearling
Dr. Ashley Yearling is a 2012 graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry. She specializes in primary care, contact lenses and diagnosis and management of eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Prior to joining Family Optometry, Dr. Yearling trained at a Hudson Valley VA hospital in New York, and American Health Network Eye Specialists in Marion, Indiana. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Dr. Yearling was born and raised in Peru, Indiana, and was thrilled to return to northcentral Indiana and join Family Optometry in September 2014. Dr. Yearling loves the opportunity to get to know her patients, and helping them experience their best possible vision. Her eagerness to personally connect to patients and her hometown roots make her a great addition to Family Optometry.
She loves spending time with her family on Lake Manitou, reading, relaxing around a campfire, and enjoying her two dogs, Bailey and Barley.
Dr. Jack Derby
Dr. Jack Derby attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience in 2011 and his Doctorate of Optometry in 2015. During his postgraduate studies at IU, Dr. Derby served as the President of both the Optometric Private Practice Club and the IU student chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. While in school, he joined other FCO students and doctors on mission trips to provide free eye care to underserved areas/patients in Guatemala.
Originally from New Haven, Dr. Derby is excited to be back home in Northeast Indiana. He is passionate about serving people of all ages with all types of health concerns, from eye turns in young children to diseases in seniors.
When away from the office, Dr. Derby loves to run, bike, and play sports like basketball, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. He spends his winters playing Euchre, cheering on his Hoosiers, and watching the Colts make (hopefully) deep playoff runs.
Dr. Derek Price
We are excited to welcome Dr. Derek Price to our practice. Dr. Price is an excellent match for our practice in many ways. First, he is warm, humble, and consistently takes time with each patient to ensure that their vision and eye care needs are fully met. Secondly, he is comfortable seeing all ages of patients, and has a particular interest in pediatric patients, as well as fitting specialty contact lenses, such as scleral lenses and corneal refractive therapy. Dr. Price is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is happy to be returning to northcentral Indiana. He began seeing patients in our Marion and Huntington locations in August 2018.
Dr. Price attended South High School, where he met his wife, Nickala. They were married in 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Indiana University, and then graduated with his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2018.
Outside of work, Dr. Price enjoys spending time with his wife and young son. He can also occasionally be found in the local bowling alley, trying to nail another perfect game.
Dr. Lauren Dobson
Dr. Lauren Dobson attended Indiana University School of Optometry where she earned her Doctor of Optometry in 2020. Before her time at IU she earned her undergraduate degree at Purdue University (Boiler Up!). During her time in optometry school, she was involved in giving free eye exams to athletes at the Special Olympics.
Dr. Dobson specializes in primary eyecare, pediatrics, contact lenses, and ocular disease such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Derick and her two rescue dogs. She enjoys traveling, watching Netflix, drinking coffee and spending time in her backyard.
Dr. Dobson is available to see patients in our Wabash and Huntington locations.
Dr. Kelsey Schlegelmilch
Dr. Schlegelmilch is a residency trained Optometrist with an interest in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular disease. After graduating with honors from IUPUI, she attended the Indiana University School of Optometry. Dr. Schlegelmilch completed her residency in ocular disease at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virgina in 2017 before returning home to Indiana with her husband.
Dr. Schlegelmilch has extensive experience in managing advanced corneal disease, co-managing postoperative patients, and monitoring retinal disease. She also has specific interest is urgent ocular care, and has previously taken call for local hospitals, urgent care facilities, and emergency rooms in Cass, Miami, and Howard counties. In recent years, Dr. Schlegelmilch has also expanded her expertise to include specialty contact lens fittings, including multifocal contacts, RGPs, hybrid contact lenses, and scleral lenses.
Dr. Schlegelmilch joined Family Optometry in 2021, and is available for appointments in our Wabash and Peru locations.
Dr. Schlegelmilch and her husband currently reside in her childhood community of Walton, Indiana. When not at home with their fur babies, Stuart and Stella, they spend their time traveling to see family and attending concerts.
Dr. Anthony Offerle
Dr. Anthony Offerle joined Family Optometry in 2021, following his graduation from the IU School of Optometry. Dr. Offerle is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended Bishop Dwenger High School. He then attended Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. While studying at the IU School of Optometry, Dr. Offerle was active in student body government, and served as a board member of the private practice club.
Dr. Offerle specializes is primary eye care, contact lenses, and treatment and management of ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. Patients and coworkers enjoy his warm and fun-loving personality, and he has become a beloved part of our team.
Outside of work, Dr. Offerle enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, talking long walks with his golden retriever, and hanging out on the water at Lake James.
Dr. Offerle is available for appointments in our Huntington and Marion locations.