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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Progressive Eyecare the leading provider of vision care products and services in Indianapolis.

Our Doctors

“When eyecare is done the right way, it’s much more than a quick eye exam and buying a pair of glasses. It’s about knowing all of your options every step of the way. Discussing all of these options requires a dedicated team approach. That’s why we established Progressive Eyecare & Eyewear. We are a team of interdependent professionals working to put your needs first. We will help guide you through the increasing number of technologies available for vision correction.”

Dr. Kate LopezDr. Kate Lopez

EDUCATION:

  • Undergraduate Studies in Biology, Purdue University
  • Bachelor of Visual Science, Indiana University
  • Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University

INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY:

“I believe in helping the community, and it is an added bonus others can also learn something about their eye as a result.”

  • Annual School Vision Screenings — help to evaluate vision of nearly 600 school children annually
  • Disability Awareness Program for elementary schools
  • Lectures for school children about vision care and eye safety

ACTIVE MEMBER IN THE OPTOMETRIC COMMUNITY:

“I enjoy the interaction with my colleagues which these organizations provide.”

  • American Optometric Association
  • Indiana Optometric Association
  • Central Indiana Optometric Society

DEDICATED TO CONTINUING EDUCATION:

“I feel this is an important commitment to my patients. Making sure I am familiar with current research enables me to provide the best eyecare possible.”

  • Board Certified in Treatment and Management of Ocular Diseases
  • Over 200 hours of advanced professional courses on such topics as treatment of eye disease, pharmacology, contact lenses, pediatric eye care, vision and learning disabilities
  • Certification in Evaluation and Management of Refractive Surgery patients, including laser vision correction

 

 

Dr. Tim Birtwhistle

Dr. Tim Birtwhistle

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Arts, DePauw University
  • Master of Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

“Working with my peers allows me to gather more information and experience than I ever could alone. Different perspectives lead toward optimal care for our patients, and these associations are tremendous opportunities for further education.”

  • Current President, Central Indiana Optometric Society
  • Board Member, IU Optometry Alumni Association
  • American Optometric Association
  • Indiana Optometric Association
  • AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section

CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHERS:

“Further study beyond the classroom keeps me up to date on all of the latest treatment options in contact lenses, ocular disease management and general health issues. I constantly look to further my knowledge so that I may better serve my patients.”

  • Specialty contact lens expert for disease management
  • Certified and experienced in CRT contact lens fittings
  • Board Certified in treatment and management of ocular disease
  • Rotation, Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Rotation, Eye Surgeons of Indiana
  • Special contact lens training, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Institute (Jacksonville, FL)

 

Dr. Stacie Imler

Dr. Stacie M. Imler

Dr. Imler is a graduate of Indiana University as an undergraduate and for her doctorate in Optometry. She has practiced in central Indiana her entire career, and joined us at Progressive in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Perry Lopez (RETIRED)

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science in Visual Sciences, Indiana University
  • Doctorate, Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Residency in Contact Lenses and Ocular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • American Optometric Association
  • Indiana Optometric Association
  • Central Indiana Optometric Society
  • AOA Contact Lens Section
  • TLC Laser Vision Correction Affiliate
  • Board Certified in the Treatment of Eye Disease

GIVING BACK TO THE PROFESSION:

“Giving back to the profession is a commitment taken seriously by Dr. Lopez. “I’m grateful for how my profession has allowed me to help people. I believe that helping advance this profession is my duty.”

  • Clinical Instructor, Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Licensing Examiner, Indiana State Board of Optometry
  • Lecturer, numerous Laser Vision Correction Programs
  • Author, chapter in Optometry Clinics textbook

 

OUR TEAM LEADERS

Our team leaders take caring for people with kindness and sincerity seriously. They work each day to ensure that our patients receive the best in vision care and to encourage our staff members to live our mission statement.

 

 

Tiffany StewardTiffany Steward

Technician Team Lead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Strout

Project Coordinator