Barbara Scheetz, Optometrist
Dr. Barbara Scheetz is a Des Moines native, a graduate of Dowling High School, and Drake University. She received her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the University of Houston in 1989. Upon graduating, she returned to practice in the Des Moines area.
In 1997 Dr. Scheetz was appointed by the governor to be a member of the Iowa Board of Optometric Examiners, which she was a part of for nine years. In 1998, Barbara received “The Young Optometrist of the Year Award” for the state of Iowa. The award is given to an optometrist who shows leadership, dedication and commitment to the profession.
Dr. Scheetz is married and the couple have a love for Drake basketball games, camping, traveling and spending time with their kids and grandchildren.
Dr Kreg Harper, Optometrist
Dr. Harper is an Iowa native hailing from Panora, IA. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and then received his doctorate from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.
Dr Harper brings with him a wealth of experience. He spent his immediate post graduate time in fellowship at the Minneapolis Eye Consultants specializing in laser refractive surgery and advanced glaucoma treatment. Following his time in Minnesota, he received additional training and was employed in some of the most prestigious ophthalmology practices in the upper Midwest including: Tobin Eye Institute in MO; Omaha Eye & Laser institute in NE; and Wolfe Eye clinic in Iowa. Dr Harper specializes in medical eye care related to diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis; glaucoma, cataracts and eye pathology. He also treats eye infections, evaluates LASIK candidates in addition to performing routine eye exams and fitting contact lenses.
Dr Harper is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Iowa Optometric Association; and Heart of America Contact Lens Society. He has served as a national COPE reviewer where he would evaluate continuing education courses and recommends national certification of content which is then accepted in every state and US territory.
He has two children; Katherine a nurse in Des Moines and Eli who is pursuing further education in medicine in Denver. His interests include his pets, music and travel.
Elisha, Office Manager
Elisha has been the office manager for Dr. Scheetz for over 15 years! She knows the “in’s and out’s” of the office. Any questions about billing she can answer. Any questions you have about anything: she can answer! Elisha lives in Altoona with her husband Jeff and children; Macie, Cooper, and Hunter. Her greatest joys are her children and she spends all her free time with them making family memories.
Cherish, Operations Lead
Cherish: As the Lead of Operations Cherish has been with Ashworth Vision Clinic for over 12 years. She acts as a liaison between patients and staff/doctors, schedules appointments, gather insurance eligibility & benefits, and any other requests to help with patient’s needs. She resides in Urbandale with her husband Nick and children. She loves to travel (especially to Disney) and spending time with family and friends.
As an optician, Lisa will assist you with the frame selection process. She is customer-focused and with her easy-going personality brings out the fun in frame selection. Lisa lives in Winterset. She has two sons, a granddaughter and one more grandchild on the way. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and family time.
This is Cristina, born and raised in Des Moines. She is a recent college graduate from the University of Iowa where she received a bachelor’s in Health and Human Physiology. She enjoys working with patients first hand and having a positive impact on the health of those patients she cares for. Her pleasant demeanor and can-do attitude will have you leave the office knowing you were well taken care of!
Victoria – Optician/CPO
In addition to Victoria being an Optician here, she has her CPO Certification so that she may assist the doctors when needed. You may even catch her at the front desk or taking your specialty photos for the doctors. She is very intrigued by the ophthalmic industry. Not only by the science or health of the eye, but by the frame selection and material side as well. She is committed to helping find the right fit, material, and style for your optical needs. She has recently gotten engaged, is a dog momma, and is the Auntie of two beautiful nieces. She enjoys spending time with family, hanging out/doing chores at the families Apple Orchard and is trying to continue her education by hopefully achieving her ABO very soon!
Katya Medina – Operations
Katya joined the Ashworth team in October of 2020. Katya hails in from Muscatine, Iowa and has been in the Des Moines Metro for three years. Katya brings six years of customer service and patient satisfaction is her main goal. From the moment you step in you’ll notice her infectious smile and on your way out, you’ll remember her bubbly personality. Being a desert native Katya loves the summer, relaxing by a body of water and roller skating. Katya has a passion for enlightening and healing others and plans on pursuing becoming a mental health counselor
Heaven – Technician
Heaven is from Perry IA and lives in Ankeny with her husband and kitty. Heaven graduated from DMACC and continued her education in funeral directing. Heaven has experience working for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank recovering corneas for donation. Heaven will be sure to take heavenly care of your eyes!
Jessica – Technician
Jessica joined the Ashworth Vision Clinic team in March of 2020. She is a southern native from Magnolia, Arkansas where she graduated from Southern Arkansas University in 2015. Jessica’s southern hospitality will make you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the doors! She takes pride in taking care of patients as a technician. Jessica is glad to call Iowa her new home with her husband and a baby girl due in July of 2021!