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Dr. Ethan E. Huisman, OD, FAAO

Dr. Ethan E. Huisman, OD, FAAO, was born and raised in Pella, Iowa. He attended Pella High School and graduated with honors from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. In 2001, Dr. Huisman was awarded his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. During his training at ICO, Dr. Huisman received Clinical Honors while completing internships at the Grand Rapids, MI, Veteran’s Hospital, the Chicago Cornea Consultants, St. James Olympia Fields Hospital, IL, and the Pediatric Services at Illinois Eye Institute and University of Chicago Clinics. Dr. Huisman also received the Biocompatibles Award for Innovative Research in Contact Lenses.

Dr. Huisman furthered his training by completing a residency in Cornea and Refractive Surgery Care at Hunkeler Eye Centers (now Durrie Vision) in Overland Park, KS. During that time he served as an investigator for numerous FDA clinical trials.

In 2008, Dr. Huisman achieved his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. The FAAO designation means he is recognized by his colleagues as a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who has met the highest standard of professional competence. Doctors of optometry are granted the right to use the FAAO designation only if they have achieved excellence in the practice of optometry as evidenced by fulfillment of the rigorous qualifications set by the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Huisman is a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and the Iowa Optometric Association. He participates as an InfantSee provider offering comprehensive eye exams to infants between 6 and 12 months of age at no cost. Dr. Huisman is actively involved in the Waukee Rotary, Waukee and West Des Moines Chambers of Commerce, and Faith Lutheran Church. In 2015 he was elected to the Waukee School Board. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, JoAnna, and their beautiful daughters, Emma and Ellie.


Dr. Heidi Bell, OD, FAAO

Dr. Heidi Bell, OD, FAAO, grew up on a farm in Grand Junction, Iowa. She is a proud Cyclone, graduating with honors from Iowa State University. In 2012, Dr. Bell completed her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, graduating Cum Laude. She received Clinical Honors and was the recipient of the 2012 Alcon Case Report Award while completing her rotations at Advanced Eye Care in Omaha, NE, the Santa Fe Indian Hospital in Santa Fe, NM and The Eye Center at SCO in Memphis, TN. During her time at SCO, she received an award for clinical excellence during her 3rd year and the Outstanding Clinician Award upon graduation.

Dr. Bell furthered her training by completing a Primary Care residency in Memphis, TN. During her residency, she worked throughout the city of Memphis in various locations including The Church Health Center, the Memphis Veterans Hospital, Memphis Public Schools and was a resident clinical instructor at The Eye Center at SCO. 

In 2015, Dr. Bell achieved her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. The FAAO designation means she is recognized by her colleagues as a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who has met the highest standard of professional competence. Doctors of optometry are granted the right to use the FAAO designation only if they have achieved excellence in the practice of optometry as evidenced by fulfillment of the rigorous qualifications set by the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Bell is passionate about giving back to her community and volunteers with various local organizations to assist with fundraisers, drives and wellness screenings. She is a member of the Iowa Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. She also participates as an InfantSee provider offering comprehensive eye exams to infants between 6 and 12 months of age at no cost. She is actively involved in the Grand Junction Lions Club and the Waukee Chamber of Commerce and Journey Church in Johnston. In her spare time, Dr. Bell enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, Luke, their daughter, Ruby Kate, and their dog, Sherman.


Dr. Kelsi Sawatzky, OD

Dr. Kelsi Sawatzky is from Ankeny, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wartburg College, where she also competed on the women’s golf team. In 2017, Dr. Sawatzky graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington Indiana. During her fourth year at IUSO she completed internships at Gundersen Eye Clinic in Decorah, IA, Truhlsen Eye Institute in Omaha, NE and Jesse Brown VA hospital in Chicago, IL. At her rotations, she gained invaluable experience with ocular disease, dry eye, specialty contact lenses and pediatric eye care. 

While at school she volunteered at school screenings and gave free eye exams with the Lion’s Club each year. She was also active in IUSO’s Student Optometric Association, Private Practice Club and Sports Vision Club. In her third year of school, Dr. Sawatzky was an Associate Instructor, teaching exam techniques to first and second year optometry students. 

Dr. Sawatzky is enjoying getting involved in the community. She has volunteered with the Special Olympics of Iowa, giving free eye exams and glasses to the athletes. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association. In her free time, Dr. Sawatzky loves to play golf. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Harvey.

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