Our Team

Heather Benzing, CPOA

Heather Benzing, CPOA

Customer Service Administrator

"I'll be the first person you speak with when you call our office. I look forward to hearing from you and answering all your questions."

Education
Graduate, Decorah High School

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2001 

 Lizzie Burras, CPO

Lizzie Burras, CPOA

Insurance Administrator

"I will assist you with the check-out process after your appointment, schedule you for your next visit and file any insurance claims.  I look forward to working with you!"

Education
B.A. Biology, University of Northern Iowa

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2014

Laura Busta, ABO

Laura Busta, ABO

Optical Manager

"I'm responsible for seeking out and ordering the very latest in fashion forward frames so you can look stylish in your new glasses."

Education
Graduate, Turkey Valley High School

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 1997

BreeAnna Christophersen, CPO

Diagnostic Testing Analyst

"I perform tests and scans on patients that relays information to our doctors. This allows them to analyze, diagnose, and treat any eye conditions."

Education
Graduate, Turkey Valley High School

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2016

Lisa Ellis, CPO

Diagnostic Testing Analyst
"I enjoy assisting our doctors with a variety of tasks, including testing and pre-vision screenings. This prepares our patients for their examination and corrective procedures, so as to ensure they receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment of their eye conditions." 

Education
Attended Upper Iowa University

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2018

Mary Hemesath, CPOT

Mary Hemesath, CPOT, NCLEC

Refracting Technician

"I work closely with the doctors to update your eye prescription and record your medical history."

Education
Graduate, North Winneshiek High School

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 1996

Renee Gunderson, ABO

Renee Gunderson, ABO

Optical Fabrication Specialist

"I enjoy producing glasses to meet your specifications. When I'm not edging lenses, you can find me dispensing or adjusting glasses."

Education
Graduate, North Winneshiek High School

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2000

Sherry Jensen, LPN / CPOT

Sherry Jensen, LPN / CPOT

Refracting Technician

"I determine your glasses' prescription and take your medical history for the doctors. Be sure to ask me about Lasik surgery."

Education
LPN, Northeast Iowa Community College

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 1990

Jessie Lennon, CPOA

Jessie Lennon, CPOA, NCLEC

Contact Lens Technician

"Wearing the right contact lens is important to the health of your eyes.  I'll help you find a lens that provides the best vision, comfort and versatility for your lifestyle."

Education
Diploma, Office Technology, Northeast Iowa Community College

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2007

 Stacy Massman, CPO

Stacy Massman, CPOA

Customer Experience Facilitator

"I enjoy making sure your experience here with us is beyond your expectations, and that you feel at home."

Education
Northeast Iowa Community College

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure "
Employed since 2005

Kaia Piggott, CPO

Kaia Piggott, CPO

Business Administrator

"I am responsible for the business operations within the office. I handle human resources, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and financials for Oneota Valley Family Eye Care."

Education
B.A. Marketing, Sales & Advertising and a Minor in Public Relations, University of Northern Iowa

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2008

Melanie Rutman

Patient Coordinator
“I’m here to provide a warm welcome to our office and make sure we have all of your information up-to-date before getting you started with your appointment."

Education
B.A. Textiles and Apparel, Marketing, University of Northern Iowa

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2019

Bailey Timp

Eyewear Stylist
“I am here to help you find the perfect pair of glasses. My goal is to get to know you, so I can recommend lenses to meet your needs and help you find a frame that you love.”

Education
B.A. Marketing, Advertising & Digital Media, University of Northern Iowa

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2018

Emily Whalen, CPO

Refracting Technician

"I work side by side with the doctors to update all your medical history and check your vision to get the best prescription possible."

Education
Office Technology with Medical Emphasis – Northeast Iowa Community College

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2017

Request a consultation

The eye care professionals at Oneota Valley Family Eye Care look forward to hearing from you!  Please call us at (563) 382-4279 to schedule an appointment or for 24/7 emergency eye care.