Meet Our Wabash Staff
Brandy, our insurance and billing specialist, has been with Family Optometry since 2011 . Sorting out insurance benefits can sometimes be confusing, but Brandy works hard to ensure that claims are processed correctly, and your insurance benefits are maximized.
In between filing claims, we often catch Brandy teasing and joking with her coworkers, adding to the fun of our office. Brandy is a Wabash native who enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. She loves to read, make scrapbooks, and go camping.
Valerie has over 15 years of experience as an optician, and has been a vital part of Family Optometry since 2008. She enjoys helping patients with frame selection and contact lens training. She also assists the doctors by performing ordered tests such as fundus photography and optical coherence tomography that aid in the diagnosis and management of macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other ocular conditions.
Her laugh has become the unofficial soundtrack of our Wabash office. Outside of work, Valerie trains in karate and jiu-jitsu. Valerie has been married to Marion team member, Tommy, since 2001. They have two children, Tristin and Trinity.
Renae has worked as an optician for over 30 years and holds ABO & CPOA certifications. She joined Family Optometry in 2018, and her expertise has been a tremendous asset to our practice. Renae often performs the preliminary testing that patients receive prior to seeing the doctor. She is also excellent in performing frame adjustments, repairs, and troubleshooting difficulties people may be having with glasses.
Outside of work, Renae enjoys spending time with family and is an avid cycler. She is very proud of her two sons, one of whom is pursuing a law degree, while her other son is studying international business at the University of Tampa.
Natalie joined our practice in 2018, and has been a wonderfully positive addition to our team. Natalie handles responsibilities at our front desk, and loves the opportunity to warmly greet each person that comes in to our office.
Outside of work, Natalie enjoys traveling and landscaping around home with her husband Pat. She has two step children, both of whom are very talented in many different areas. She is often following her nieces and nephew to sporting and 4-H events to photograph them for scrapbooks. Natalie stays warm in the winter knitting various things for family and friends.
Meet Our Marion Staff
A Wabash native, Tommy has worked with Family Optometry for three years and specializes in performing the preliminary testing that patients receive before seeing the doctor. He also assists patients by ordering new frames and fitting patients in their new glasses.
Tommy is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and recently had the great honor of traveling as part of Team USA to the World Martial Arts Games in Vancouver, Canada, where he won gold, silver and bronze medals.
We’re proud of both the work Tommy does in our office, and his incredible accomplishments outside of work. He is married to Wabash team member Valerie and they have two children.
Deb is a 35 year veteran of the optical field and has been with Family Optometry for fourteen years as our lab technician. While Deb helps out wherever needed, she now spends most of her working day in our in-house optical lab, where she cuts lenses with each patient’s exact prescription to fit into the frame they choose.
Deb’s kindness and sweet spirit are a blessing to patients and coworkers alike. She enjoys reading and baking in her free time. Deb feels blessed to still be working at a job she enjoys.
Emily Ramsey, a recent Ball State University graduate, joined our family in July of 2015. Her professionalism and pleasant attitude make her the perfect fit for our Marion office. Emily greets patients, answers the phone, and finds appointments that suit the patients, maintains patient charts, and authorizes patients insurance.
She is a Marion native who enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and their two fur babies.
Meet Our Peru Staff
Leah enjoys being the friendly face that greets patients as they enter the office. Her warm personality makes her a great addition to our team.
Leah will be the one who is most likely to answer the phone, schedule your appointment, call to remind you of your appointment date and time, and answer any questions you may have before visiting the office.
She was born in Wabash and has recently returned to the area with her three sons. Leah enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and going to see her brothers play in their rock band.
Emily joined our family in July of 2015. A natural “people-person,” Emily enjoys preparing patients for their time with the doctor during pre-testing and helping them choose the perfect pair of frames.
Emily studied in the performing arts in NYC before returning to her Indiana roots. She can occasionally be seen on stages throughout the area when she isn’t spending time with her family, especially her spectacular niece and nephews.
Meet Our Huntington Staff
Jill has worked in the Huntington office with Dr. Hughes since 1988, and became part of our Family Optometry team with the addition of Dr. Hughes’ practice in 2018. Over the course of her career, Jill has developed expertise in nearly every area of the office, including conducting preliminary testing for patients, frame selection and glasses ordering, and office management. If you have a question, Jill probably has the answer.
Outside of work, Jill serves as a sign language interpreter and relishes the summer months when she can enjoy the water.
LeeAnn has worked in the Huntington office with Dr. Hughes since 1999, and became part of the Family Optometry team in 2018 with the addition of Dr. Hughes’ practice. LeeAnn most often works at the front desk, warmly greeting and checking in patients. But she brings a variety of skills to our office, and you may also see her dispensing glasses or otherwise assisting with patient care.
LeeAnn loves being outside, and enjoys camping and spending time with her two children and six grandchildren.