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Dr. Darren L. Minnich

MEET DR. DARREN MINNICH

Dr. Darren Minnich has been in private practice since 1996.  He received his Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.  Preceding that, Dr. Minnich attended Anderson University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology & Business Administration. He was on the Dean’s List at both universities.   He also received his certification from the National Board of Examiners for the Treatment & Management of Ocular Disease in 1996. Dr. Minnich established Nappanee Family Eyecare in 1999 as a result of buying Dr. Tom Tarman’s (Wakarusa) and Dr. Russell Bolyard’s (Nappanee) Optometry offices and merging them with a new beginning.  Dr. Minnich states “I can’t say enough about the opportunity to take over two well esteemed Dr.’s in their respective communities.  I often think about Dr. Tarman & Dr. Bolyard and believe they would be proud of how we provide the many services in our office.”  Dr. Minnich is also owner & Dr. at Plymouth Family Eyecare.

Dr. Minnich is a 21 year member of the American Optometric Association and 18 year member of the Indiana Optometric Association.  Dr. Minnich has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, & President of the North Central Optometric Society.  He is currently President of the Indiana Optometric Association after serving 7 years on the Board of Trustees for the IOA.  Dr. Minnich is only the third president from Elkhart County in the 117 year history of the IOA.  In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Minnich attended the American Optometric Association Congressional Advocacy Program and met with congressional offices to represent Indiana Optometry.  In addition, he has served as President of the board for the Nappanee Boys & Girls Club, but currently serves as on the Board of Trustees for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County.  He is a member of Rotary International and has served as chairman of community service for the Nappanee club.  Dr. Minnich has been on mission trips to Haiti, Indian reservations in Arizona with Cross Eye Missions and  to Mexico several times with Global Impact teams from Nappanee Missionary Church.  He enjoys most sports, including basketball, golf, & running.  He has ran many half-marathons and 3 Chicago Marathons.  Dr. Minnich has also served in Student Ministries at his local church.  He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 21 years and they have three children, Tyler, Drew, and Alea.  The Minnich family has grown to love their Shi Tzu member of the family, Pepper.

 


Dr. Jillian Geiger

MEET DR. JILLIAN GEIGER

Dr. Jillian Geiger is a recent graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry, where she received her Doctorate of Optometry. While at IU, she was a member and president... of Beta Sigma Kappa, an optometric honor society, an associate instructor for the geometric and ophthalmic optics courses, as well as a chair person for the philanthropic group Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity. She completed four external internships, specializing in ocular disease, pediatric care, contact lenses, low vision, and primary care. Dr. Geiger is also a 2009 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, graduating Cum Laude. She graduated as Valedictorian of Central Noble High School. Dr. Geiger and her husband, Casey, are excited to return to the area and eventually raise a family. She enjoys running and being outdoors, as well as spending time with friends and family.  Dr. Jillian & Casey recently became dog owners with their new Golden Retriever puppy, Yogi.


Dr. Melissa Henderson

Meet Dr. Melissa Henderson

Dr. Henderson received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in May of 2013 and joined Plymouth Family Eyecare shortly after. She also attended The University of Notre Dame where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Pre-Professional studies in 2008. Dr. Henderson is a member of the American Optometric Association and enjoys attending annual meetings. She is originally from northern Ohio and worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for 4 years as a summer intern in eye care services before starting Optometry School. Dr. Henderson enjoys watching Cleveland sports, but her favorite team is The Notre Dame Fighting Irish. She met her husband, Steve, a South Bend native, during her undergraduate studies and decided to settle in Indiana after graduating from Optometry school.  They married in October of 2013. In her spare time, Dr. Henderson enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and rooting for her favorite sports teams.


Nappanee Staff

MEET DORI, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Dori has worked in an optometric practice for over twenty-five years and she has been with Nappanee Family Eyecare since 2000. She has mastered all areas of our office and still serves our patients with excellence. Dori has been a certified optician by the American Board of Opticians since 2007. She currently serves as Operations Manager of both the Nappanee and Plymouth office locations. The Nappanee Family Eyecare staff would say that Dori seemingly knows it all.  She leads by example and has developed into an exceptional leader.  She is highly respected by the rest of the staff. Although much of her time is spent coordinating efforts between the other staff directors & training other staff, she can still fill in for any staff position for every day operations.  She also handles most of our IT challenges.  She has served as President and Treasurer of the Northern Indiana Spina Bifida Association. She has also participated in the Nappanee Leadership Academy. Her and her husband, Abbot, have been married for 19 years and they have two children, Brittney and Treyton.  She enjoys running and she completed her Scuba certification in 2013.  She also enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her 2 dogs, Max and Tug.

 
MEET NICI, DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL CARE

Nici has been employed at Nappanee Family Eyecare since January 2005.  She originally served as our receptionist, but now scribes in medical records for Dr. Minnich during the examinations & other office visit consults.  Nici has learned many aspects of medical coding & billing in Optometry. She performs regular maintenance with the patient electronic medical records and provides other correspondence to other doctor offices.  She also coordinates most of our surgical referrals and co-management.   As a result of Nici coordinating many aspects of clinical care, it has enabled the Dr.’s to continue to provide outstanding patient care as the practice has grown.  She has also been trained in many areas of special testing, as well as measuring a patient’s tear osmolarity using our Tear Lab.  Nici and her husband, Nathan, have been married for 11 years. They are Notre Dame football fanatics and enjoy spending time with their 5 dogs, Shelby, Beau, Riley, Maddie and Nayla.
MEET DEB, OPTICAL TECHNICIAN

Deb has served in the optical industry over twenty-seven years.  She has been employed at Nappanee Family Eyecare for fifteen years. She is a seasoned veteran in all areas of the office and gives exceptional service to all our patients. When Nappanee Family Eyecare was established in 1999, Deb was the only staff person with Dr. Minnich. She has seen many technological advances in eyecare & has been a part of business growth in every stage.  After announcing her retirement, Dr. Minnich convinced her to only semi-retire because of her excellent service to our patients through the years.  She and her husband Ed enjoy spending time with their six grandchildren and being at most of their sporting events.  They also like to spend time outdoors hiking and kayaking.

 
MERRI, PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Merri has been working many years working as a receptionist but joined the Nappanee Family Eyecare staff in 2009. She brings a positive attitude and enjoys helping people and has learned much about eyecare services since joining our team. That is why she is our leading receptionist & has developed into our Patient Care Coordinator. She strives to collect & coordinate much of our patients’ information for scheduling, billing, and preparation for insurance filing, yet doing so in the most friendly and least obtrusive ways. On her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 boys. She also enjoys walking with her Boston Terrier, cooking, and spending time at the lake.

 
MEET RONDA, OPTOMETRIC TECHNICIAN & RECEPTIONIST

Ronda has been working in Optometry for three years and has been with Nappanee Family Eyecare since June 2012. Ronda has been flexible in learning multiple areas of our office, making her a valuable member of our staff.  In addition to working as an examining technician & receptionist, Ronda works to scan our archived medical records into electronic records and works in our disease management special testing suite.  She is very active in her church and is an active board member for Family Christian Development Center (FCDC).  She has a passion for missions and helping others.  She has been on multiple mission trips and recently returned from a mission trip from Argentina.  Ronda has been married to her husband Mark for over 31 years.  They have 2 children, 1 step-daughter, 2 grandchildren, and 2 step-grandchildren.  She is enjoying every minute she can with her family.  She loves to be outdoor exercising, walking, hiking, and traveling.
MEET RENEE, DIRECTOR OF OPTICAL & RETAIL

Renee has been working in the optical industry for 15 years and was a welcomed addition to our staff in 2012.   She is experienced in several different areas within an optometry office but enjoys the role of optician best.  Her favorite part is helping people with their eyewear selection because she says “it is like being someone’s personal stylist for something the patient will wear every day.”  Renee brings fun into the workplace while providing the highest level of knowledge & excellent service for our patients.  She is also responsible for optical inventory management.  Renee and her husband, Bryan, live in Elkhart.  They have two sons, Jack (age 7) and Ben (age 5), and according to Renee, one (very handsome) basset hound, Wrigley.  Her free time is spent chasing around her boys and helping with the school’s PTO.

MEET ALLYSON, OPTOMETRIC TECHNICIAN & HEALTH INFORMATION ANALYST

Allyson has been in the optometric business for three years now and has been with Nappanee Family Eyecare since January 2013.  She is working in the examination areas of Optometric Technician and Health Information Analyst.   Allyson is a very skilled examining technician and continues to become increasingly well versed in our electronic health records as well, ultimately helping the Dr.’s in providing the best care possible for each of our patients.  Patients often remark to the Drs. in regards to her outstanding proficiencies during the exam process.  Dr. Minnich states “with all of the technological advancements we have made in our office these last couple years, I still realize that my staff is more important in the delivery of our service to our patients. Considering all the advancements we have made in the last year, Allyson has been the most valuable addition of 2013.”   In her free time she enjoys reading suspense and mystery novels.  She cares for a variety of animals; one very spoiled cat, Leonard and three parakeets, Eddie, Artie, and the newest addition, Theodore.

MEET KELLEY, RECEPTIONIST

Kelley has worked in an optometric practice as a receptionist for two years and has just recently been added to the Nappanee Family Eyecare team.  She works out of both the Nappanee and Plymouth locations. We look forward to continuing to develop her skillset in patient care coordination at the front desk.  We believe in her potential to grow with our office.  Her hobbies include spending time with her family and enjoying taking trips with her husband on their motorcycle.  She has two children, Logan and Riley.  She also has one basset hound, Daisy.

 


Plymouth Staff

MEET DORI, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Dori has worked in an optometric practice for over twenty-five years and she has been with Nappanee Family Eyecare since 2000. She has mastered all areas of our office and still serves our patients with excellence. Dori has been a certified optician by the American Board of Opticians since 2007. She currently serves as Operations Manager of both the Nappanee and Plymouth office locations. The Nappanee Family Eyecare staff would say that Dori seemingly knows it all.  She leads by example and has developed into an exceptional leader.  She is highly respected by the rest of the staff. Although much of her time is spent coordinating efforts between the other staff directors & training other staff, she can still fill in for any staff position for every day operations.  She also handles most of our IT challenges.  She has served as President and Treasurer of the Northern Indiana Spina Bifida Association. She has also participated in the Nappanee Leadership Academy. Her and her husband, Abbot, have been married for 19 years and they have two children, Brittney and Treyton.  She enjoys running and she completed her Scuba certification in 2013.  She also enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her 2 dogs, Max and Tug.

Meet Vicki, Exam Technician & Optical Technician

Vicki joined Plymouth Family Eyecare as our Optometric Technician, serving as both an exam technician & optical technician.  She has worked in the optical field for 13 years. She enjoys caring for our patients and helping them with their vision needs.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her 3 grandsons.

 

Meet Kelley, Receptionist

Kelley has worked in an optometric practice as a receptionist for two years and has just recently been added to the Nappanee Family Eyecare team.  She works out of both the Nappanee and Plymouth locations. We look forward to continuing to develop her skillset in patient care coordination at the front desk.  We believe in her potential to grow with our office.  Her hobbies include spending time with her family and enjoying taking trips with her husband on their motorcycle.  She has two children, Logan and Riley.  She also has one basset hound, Daisy.

Meet Laura, Optometric Technician

Laura recently joined Plymouth Family Eyecare as our optical technician.  She has worked in the optical industry for 18 years.  Working with Dori, our Operations Manager, Laura is working towards becoming our Director of Optical Retail.  On her time off she enjoys spending time with her two boxers, Bella and Diesel.  She also enjoys reading and watching movies.