Dr. Heidi Johnson, OD, FCOVD
Dr. Heidi Johnson, OD, FCOVD is a Neuro-Developmental Optometrist specializing in problems of the visual brain including vision related learning problems (visual information processing/ perception), binocular dysfunction (double vision, eye turns, lazy eye) and rehabilitative vision therapy after brain injury (stroke, TBI). Dr. Johnson also provides primary eye care services for routine eye examination, glasses and contact lenses; diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease including cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration as well as low vision and walk-in urgent eye care services.
Dr. Johnson is a native of Negaunee, Michigan where her parents Ted and Shirley Kero still reside. She received he undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University in 1986 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1990. She completed her board certification in Vision Development and Vision Therapy in 2005 through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). In 2014, Dr. Johnson achieved Board Certification and Diplomat status in the American Board of Optometry. She is a lifelong learner and participates in rigorous Continuing Education and Maintenance of Certification programs.
Dr. Heidi Johnson opened her practice in Marquette in February of 1991. Her goal is to provide excellent personal eye care to the community she grew up in. She resides in Marquette with her husband Thomas, who she married in 1986. She has 3 children; Jed, Levi and Elise Johnson.
- BS, Northern Michigan University
- OD, Ferris State University
- COVD, College of Optometrists in Vision Development
- ABO, Diplomat American Board of Optometry
Dr. Jessica Hartwig, OD
Jessica Hartwig, OD, is an Optometrist focusing on specialty contact lens services as well as the treatment and management of all ocular diseases. Dr. Hartwig performs thorough eye examinations on patients of all ages.
- BS, Lake Superior State University
- OD, Ferris State University
Dr. Hartwig is a member of the 40 Below club in Marquette.
Chris VandeZande, OTR/L, COVT
Chris started as a Vision Therapy Director in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University with a graduate specialty in gerontology. She continues to hold her license as an occupational therapist with skills in the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric, behavioral, memory, and neurological disorders (including stroke and traumatic brain injury).
The International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) of the college of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) announced that Chris VandeZande of Superior Eye Health and Vision Therapy in Marquette Michigan was inducted as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT) at the association’s annual meeting held October 8-12, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Chris was one of 27 therapists awarded COVT status by the IECB in 2013.
To become a COVT, a therapist must be actively engaged in vision therapy within employment and guidance of an optometrist such as Dr. Heidi Johnson, OD, FCOVD who has completed the fellowship process (FCOVD). Chris completed a guided study education program consisting of written essay questions, and passed a written and an oral examination administered by the IECB. The certification process provides an opportunity for optometric vision therapists to expand and document their knowledge and skills in vision therapy and enhances their ability to assist the optometrist in providing patient services. Achieving certification status provides recognition of the therapist’s capabilities in this increasingly important area of optometric care.
The combination of her Occupational Therapy background and it’s close relation to vision therapy, and now the recent COVT status, solidifies the knowledge and skills that create an avenue for success of our patients. Chris has been able to help patients from toddler’s to the elderly with Vision Related Learning Disorders, Strabismus & Amblyopia, Oculomotor Dysfunctions, Convergence Insufficiency, and Acquired Brain Visual Dysfunction & Vestibular Disorders relating to the Visual System. Chris’s Occupational Therapy experience and training also helps our patient’s with acquired Low Vision Disorders such as Macular Degeneration, to remain involved and active in important daily life activities affected by their vision.
- BS, Occupational Therapy Western Michigan University
- MS, Occupational Therapy Western Michigan University
- COVT, College of Vision Development
Christy Caudill, Vision Therapist
Christy Caudill began working as a Vision Therapist in 2012. Her has over 25 years of experience in health care. Christy has been able to see the value of her therapy programs and has witnessed wonderful successes with her patients.
She has completed Vision Therapy courses through the Optometric Extension Program Foundation in:
- Visual Dysfunction
- Learning Related Visual Problems
Danielle Hughes, Vision Therapist
Danielle started working at Superior Eye Health and Vision Therapy in February 2015. Born and raised in Marquette, Danielle loves the area and enjoys spending time outdoors camping and horseback riding.
Since graduating high school, she has earned two years of Early Childhood education at Northern Michigan University, and received Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. Before coming to SEHC, Danielle worked at a daycare for 7 years as the lead infant teacher. Her experience is a great base for continuing her education and career development to become certified in Vision Therapy in the future.
She has a love for animals, especially horses, dogs and cats, often assisting others in caring for their animals and advocates against all animal cruelty. Danielle lives with her husband, Jeff, and a rescue cat named Boone, and a rescue dog named Gunner.