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 

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

Mary Hemesath, CPOT

Mary Hemesath, CPOT, NCLEC

Optometric 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

Sherry Jensen, LPN / CPOT

Sherry Jensen, LPN, CPOT

Optometric 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

BreeAnna McCarthy, CPOA

Optometric Technician

"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

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

Lane Rahlf

Patient Experience Facilitator

“I will be the friendly voice checking in with you over the phone and the familiar face welcoming you into our clinic. It is my responsibility to cultivate a highly-positive culture for both our patients and employees for an excellent experience.”

Education
B.A. Communication Studies and a Visual Communication Minor, Luther College

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2020

McKenzie Ryan

Eyewear Stylist

"My goal is to assist when selecting the perfect frame to match your individual style then outfitting that frame with our top notch lenses to create the best glasses you have ever owned!"

Education
Graduate, Crestwood High School

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2019

 

Renee Gunderson, ABO

Renee Schissel, 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

Nicki TerBeest, CPO

Nicki TerBeest
Optometric Technician

“I look forward to working with you on either the testing or refracting side of our office. I love meeting new people and seeing a familiar face in our office on a daily basis! I’m here to assist you with your eye care needs!” 

Education
B.A. Elementary Education, Luther College

Oneota Valley Family Eye Care Tenure
Employed since 2019

Emily Whalen, CPOA

Optometric 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.