Here and Ready to help you with your every Vision Need… The Superior Vision Team.
Born and raised in Indiana, I lived most of my childhood on a farm with cattle and horses, in the out skirts of Bloomington. Growing up there, I couldn’t help but be a huge IU fan and a fond supporter of Bobby Knight. My mother worked for the university, so we had season tickets to basketball and football games. I love sports as a player and spectator, and my biggest crush now is the NFL and playing the fantasy. Like everyone, I have had to endure many hurdles in my life, losing a brother in a tragic car accident when eleven, and also losing my Dad to Cancer in 1986. Both losses changed my life in that nothing lasts forever. I chose Indiana University because of my love for Bloomington and the campus. In 1984, I graduated with a Bachelors in Nursing. Did not enjoy this career choice, so returned to school searching for my calling. Many credit hours later, graduating from Optometry school in 1993 has been my true calling and is a career that I enjoy. I love my work, my employees and my patients. I believe I’m living the life I was directed to live. My favorite hobbies are swimming, boating and camping with family and friends. In 2011, I was diagnosed with breast Cancer. What a crazy ride for survival, but I’m currently Cancer free and blessed that I have so many wonderful people who supported, prayed and cared for me. My Journey continues……
Dr. Lauren Gardner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Charleston, Illinois, home of EIU and the original Jimmy Johns. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and minored in Chemistry at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dr. Gardner realized she wanted to pursue her dream as an Optometrist when she found that wearing glasses changed her life as a young child. Lucky for her dad, Lauren is one of three girls, falling in the middle. Her family all migrated back to Indiana over the past four years as Indiana is where her parents went to college, met, and lived for many years. In her spare time she loves fishing, slalom skiing, being outdoors, and spending time with friends, family and her boyfriend (who is also an Optometrist). Gardner received her doctorate from Indiana University School of Optometry and is eager to start seeing patients at Superior Vision. She started her clinical training at Eye Surgeons of Indiana in Indianapolis, IN and LASIK Pro in Orlando, FL where she worked closely with several Optometrists and Ophthalmologists treating ocular diseases and co-managing refractive and cataract surgery patients. She continued her training at Indianapolis Eye Care Center where she worked in primary care, contact lens, and pediatric clinics. Gardner finished her training at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, IL where she worked mainly with the pediatric and geriatric population treating conditions such as amblyopia, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and corneal disorders. Gardner has performed mission work in Jamaica and Mexico during her schooling at Indiana University and hopes to continue this service throughout her career as an Optometrist. Dr. Gardner will be seeing patients starting in June providing complete ocular health exams for adult and pediatric patients, contact lens fittings, surgery co-management, and treating ocular disease. She is excited to start serving her fellow Hoosiers!
Sandra: I've been the office manager since the beginning. I helped open the business that we opened in February 2008. My duties consist of filing insurance, helping patients pick out frames, order frames from venders, as well as the lab. I pretty much overlook everyone and make sure they're doing their jobs correct. In my spare time I love to play softball, landscaping, sewing, and of course spend time with my new little one.
Jeri: She's been an Optician with us since 2010. She helps patients find their perfect frame! She also helps patients understand their insurance coverage and maximize their benefits. Her goal is to make sure our patients have an overall enjoyable experience here. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, cooking, shopping, and reading. Her loves are Travel, Art, Animals, and The Ocean.
Teri: She's been our pre-tester since January 2015. She's the one patients see before they go in with the doctor. She gets all their information, for example, medical history and why they're being seen. She also does some testing with the auto-fractions and NCT to help the doctor with their prescriptions. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and 2 new grand babies! She likes to go shoe shopping , crocheting, and bowling.
Tanja: She's been with us as an Optician since April 2015. She helps patients pick out their eyewear. She enjoys meeting new people. In her spare time she likes being outside doing yard work, detailing her car, swimming and dancing. She loves spending time with her family.
Kirsten: She's been our receptionist since November 2015. She answers the phones, schedules appointments, and pull insurances. We plan on moving her to the Optician spot once we get into our new building. In her spare time she loves spending time with her 2 year old, watch & play sports, and loves to go out dancing.
Kristi is our newest team member. She comes to us with 30+ years of optical experience. She began her optical career in Frankfurt, Germany, where she was apprenticed in a small optical shop at the former Rhein Main Air Force Base. Kristi has served as an Optician, Optical Office Manager, and a frame representative calling on doctors' offices throughout Indiana. Her experience allows her to find solutions to some of the more challenging vision obstacles patients may face. In addition, she has seen fashion trends come and go and always happy to help you find your best look. When he is not working, she enjoys painting and making jewelry.