Meet The Doctors

  • Dr. Ethan 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 the 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. Dr. Huisman is actively involved in the Waukee Rotary, Waukee and West Des Moines Chambers of Commerce, and Faith Lutheran Church.  When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, JoAnna, and their beautiful daughters, Emma and Ellie.

  • Dr. Heidi Bell

    Dr. Heidi Bell grew up in Grand Junction, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with honors in 2008. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry, graduating Cum Laude with Clinical Honors, from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.

    She furthered her training through a Residency in Primary Care Optometry, spending her time serving under-served populations in various public health settings in Memphis, TN. 

    In 2015, Dr. Bell achieved her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. 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 the fulfillment of the rigorous qualifications set by the American Academy of Optometry.

    In 2019, she became a Board Certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). This designation signifies Dr. Bell’s expertise in the areas of visual development, behavioral optometry and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. In 2015, Elite Eye Care began what is now Elite Vision Therapy, located west of the main clinic. Elite Vision Therapy provides non-invasive therapeutic services for patients with binocular vision dysfunction, amblyopia, strabismus and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

    Dr. Bell is passionate about preventative health care, pediatric and developmental eye care, and providing hope to patients that have suffered from a brain injury and are left with severe visual deficits. She is fervent about spreading awareness that vision is more than being 20/20 and of the visual processing aspect of vision that is often ignored, but impacts academic performance and quality of life for nearly 25% of kids. She advocates for pediatric eye care by participating as an InfantSEE provider, offering comprehensive eye exams at no cost for patients before their first birthday.

    Dr. Bell is an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Iowa Optometric Association (IOA), College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO) and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA).

    When not with her work family, Dr. Bell enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke, and kids, Ruby Kate and Reid. 

  • Dr. Kelsi Sawatzky

    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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