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Wellington Office Celebrates 20 Years

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Congratulations to Grene Vision Group optometrist Wendy Walker and staff on the 20-year celebration of the GVG office in Wellington. Wellington provides optical and primary care services with Dr. Walker and Justin Burden, OD. Ophthalmology services are provided by Terria Winn, MD.

 

GVG-Wellington celebrates 20 years

New Ridge Road Office Opens

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Grene Vision Group is proud to open its new location at 3910 North Ridge Road. The office, which opened Monday, August 28, replaces the former location at 3607 North Ridge Road.

The new office offers 23 exam rooms and a major expansion to the optical department. Watch for our open house!

Ridge Road Doctors:

Misha A. Anderson, OD
Trevor R. Askew, OD
Suzanne Buchanan, OD
Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD
Christopher B. Means, OD
R. Michael Murphy, OD
Donald B. Scrafford, MD
Jennifer E. Taylor, OD
David T. Truong, MD

3910 North Ridge Road

Cornea and External Disease Specialist Joins GVG Ophthalmologists

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Grene Vision Group welcomes ophthalmologist David T. Truong, MD. Dr. Truong is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery. He performs the full spectrum of corneal transplant surgery and is one of the first surgeons in Wichita to offer DMEK, the latest form of corneal transplantation. He has been formally trained since residency in the latest cataract surgical techniques, and he implants the most advanced lenses available. He also offers LASIK and PRK to help his patients achieve the best vision possible.

Dr. Truong graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the largest and busiest ophthalmology training program in the country, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Following residency, he obtained further training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the world-renowned Jules Stein Eye Institute as the Klara Fleming Fellow and Abe Meyer Memorial Fellow where he routinely managed the most complex corneal disease referrals from all over the world. He has published extensively and has been honored to serve as Faculty at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and presented a best resident poster at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

In their free time, Dr. Truong and his wife enjoy traveling, skiing, snowboarding and exploring local culture and food. They look forward to starting their new family in Kansas.

Dr. Truong will see patients at the Grene Vision Group offices at 655 North Woodlawn and the new 3910 North Ridge Road in Wichita. He will also provide services in Arkansas City and the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

To learn more about Dr. Truong, click here.

Dr. Cassidy Kesler Joins Grene Laser, Grene Vision Group

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Cassidy J. Kesler, ODGrene Vision Group welcomes optometrist Cassidy J. Kesler to our practice. Dr. Kesler is the new Director of Refractive Surgery for Grene Laser in Wichita and provides family optometry services at our East Hutchinson office.

She was born and raised in Sabetha, a small town in northeast Kansas. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University, she attended optometry school at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK. Whi...le in school, Dr. Kesler was a member of the honor society Beta Sigma Kappa, as well as the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association.

After completing optometry school, Dr. Kesler moved back to Kansas to be closer to her family. Dr. Kesler and her husband, Caleb, are expecting their first child in November.

Dr. Kesler's clinical interests include family practice optometry, contact lenses, ocular disease, and surgical and disease comanagement. To make an appointment with Dr. Kesler in Hutchinson, call (620) 663-7187.

To learn more about Dr. Kesler, click here.

GVG Welcomes Dr. Justin Burden in Winfield and Wellington

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Justin L. Burden, ODGrene Vision Group welcomes Justin L. Burden, OD to our Winfield and Wellington offices! Dr. Burden provides eye care for the entire family. His special interests include family practice optometry, dry eye therapy and glaucoma. He looks forward to seeing you at our new office in Winfield at 1401 Main (620) 221-0740 and in Wellington at 313 North Washington (620) 326-3431.

To learn more about Dr. Burden, click here.

 

GVG a Premier Sponsor for ADA Tour de Cure

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Grene Vision Group, a longtime sponsor and supporter of the American Diabetes Association, was proud to be a Premier Sponsor again for the 2017 Tour de Cure at Spirit AeroSystems. GVG joined Envision to serve as the VIP hosts for the Red Riders, Red Striders and Team Red. The event raised nearly $517,000.

When you register for the Tour de Cure you become a part of the American Diabetes Association’s largest fundraising event. Joining you will be thousands of participants from around the country who come together to directly impact the lives of people facing the daily challenges of diabetes and their loved ones.

When you register:  

  • You’re raising awareness in your community about diabetes
  • You’re supporting life-saving research
  • You’re helping people who are discriminated against because they have diabetes

For more information, click here.

 

GVG a V1P Sponsor for JDRF OneWalk in Wichita

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Grene Vision Group was proud to partner with Envision as the V1P sponsors for the annual JDRF Wichita OneWalk April 1 at Exploration Place in Wichita. There were hundreds of wonderful and dedicated people in attendance. GVG is also a longtime sponsor for the Miss Kansas Organization and was pleased to have Miss Kansas Kendall Schoenekase sing the national anthem and greet V1Ps. The event raised more than $170,000.

JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!

When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can't do it without you.

Next year's event is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at Wichita's Exploration Place. We hope to see you there!

For more information, click here.

Winfield Office Named Best Optometrist in Cowley County

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The Grene Vision Group office in Winfield was named this year's "Best Optometrist Winner" in The Courier Traveler Readers Choice contest. Thank you to the community and our patients who took the time to vote for Grene Vision Group. The doctors and staff are grateful and humbled by the support.

New Office Opens in Winfield

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Grene Vision Group in Winfield has relocated to its brand new location at 1401 Main. The new location offers a much larger office with expanded optical, exam rooms, waiting room and testing area. The large off-street parking lot is also a major improvement. Doctors include Gail L. Burden, OD, Jill M. Huelskamp, OD and Mark L. Wellemeyer, MD.

Winfield Office Chamber Ribbon CuttingThe Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the new building. During the ribbon cutting, the chamber presented Grene Vision Group with the December Chamber Champion Award for its continued investment in the Winfield community. Cutting the ribbon in center is Dr. Burden and Winfield employees. To her left are Matt Utech and Emily Fraley. To her right are Karen Thomas and Emily Anderson, who is holding the Chamber Champion Award. Surrounding them are chamber members and community members

Dr. Gangadhar Offering FDA-Approved Corneal Crosslinking for Keratoconus Patients

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Dasa V. Gangadhar, MDAbout Keratoconus: Keratoconus is a sight-threatening progressive eye condition in which the clear tissue on the front of the eye (the cornea) thins and bulges outward into a cone shape. The resulting symptoms are blurred vision, glare and halos at night, and streaking of lights.

In most people who have keratoconus, both eyes are eventually affected, although not always to the same extent. It usually develops in one eye first and then later in the other eye.

Who is at risk for developing Keratoconus? Keratoconus usually manifests in the late teens to early twenties and progressively worsens into middle age, when it typically stabilizes.  It's possible it can occur in people 40 and older, but that is less common. The changes in the shape of the cornea can happen quickly or may occur over several years.

Keratoconus appears to run in families. If you have it and have children, it’s a good idea to have their eyes checked for it starting at age 10. The condition progresses more rapidly in people with certain medical problems, including allergic conditions. It could be related to chronic eye rubbing.

Treatment Options: Some individuals with keratoconus simply need glasses to see their best.  Others require a hard contact lens to optimize their vision.  For severe conditions, a corneal transplant may be required. 

However, now there is an exciting FDA-approved therapy available: corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL). The minimally invasive procedure involves applying liquid riboflavin (vitamin B2) to the surface of the eye, followed by treatment with a controlled application of ultraviolet light, to strengthen the cornea. Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, cornea specialist at Grene Vision Group, has been involved in clinical studies of CXL and plans to initiate treatments near the end of December 2016.

“This is truly an exciting treatment option and a game-changer for the management of keratoconus. Our ability to offer corneal transplants and now CXL will allow for the full gamut of treatment options for this disease afflicting an especially young population,” Dr. Gangadhar said.

The Exciting News: CXL appears to stabilize the cornea in 95 percent of patients for up to 10 years.

“We hope that timely treatment of keratoconus with CXL will ultimately eliminate the need for corneal transplantation (PK) in the next 15 to 20 years,” Dr. Gangadhar said.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Patients with keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia may be candidates.
  • Ages 15 – 65. Young patients are the most ideal candidates.
  • Not recommended for pregnant females or patients with corneas thinner than 400 microns.

Reasonable Expectations:

  • Insurance does not currently cover this treatment and the cost is around $2,500 per eye.
  • The primary goal of CXL is to stabilize the cornea and reduce the chance of progression and the need for a cornea transplant.

“We are very excited that Dr. Gangadhar will be offering corneal crosslinking as a relatively non-invasive option for patients with keratoconus. His dedication to patients is evident through his continued involvement with clinical trials and training in the most current corneal procedures,” said Collin Hermreck, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Grene Vision Group.

You can learn more about Corneal Crosslinking by viewing an educational video on the Video Library link on our homepage.

Grene Vision Group in Anthony Moves to New Location

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The Grene Vision Group office in Anthony has moved to its brand new downtown location at 115 West Main. Optometrist Daniel M. Marchant, OD and Ophthalmologist Terria L. Winn, MD have provided primary and medical eye care in GVG's Anthony office for many years. The new office provides larger, state-of-the art exam rooms, testing and a much larger Optical area.

Join us for our Open House from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 5!

 Grene Vision Group Anthony

Retina Specialist Joins GVG

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Alan R. Hromas, MDGrene Vision Group welcomes Alan R. Hromas, MD, a fellowship-trained retina specialist. He practices at the GVG offices at 655 North Woodlawn and 1277 North Maize Road in Wichita and 1708 East 23rd Avenue in Hutchinson. Dr. Hromas specializes in Diseases and Surgery of the Vitreous and Retina, including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Hromas was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma. He graduated with distinction from Enid High School prior to attending the University of Oklahoma as an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Scholar. While at OU, he was a member of the Pride of Oklahoma Drumline as well as the Sooner Showmen basketball band. Dr. Hromas graduated from OU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Biomedical Sciences, and has maintained a strong devotion to OU football.

Dr. Hromas remained in-state for medical school and graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2010. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouir-Kansas City prior to beginning his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Kansas. Dr. Hromas served as Chief Resident during his final year at KU. During residency, he presented a talk at the Table Rock Regional Meeting in Ridgedale, MO, and a poster at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in Orlando, FL.

Following residency, Dr. Hromas went on to complete fellowship training in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Retina & Vitreous of Texas in Houston, a private program boasting high surgical volume, an experienced and diverse faculty, and participation in the ongoing DRCR.NET and HAWK trials investigating new therapies for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. During fellowship, he was published in the September 2015 issue of Retinal Physician.

In 2015, Dr. Hromas and his wife, Carrie (a practicing Pediatrician) welcomed their son, Wyatt. With deep roots in Oklahoma and Kansas, the family decision to move back to the Midwest following fellowship was an easy one.

"My wife and I are happy to call Wichita home. Our families are still in the area, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to the Midwest to practice," said Dr. Hromas.

“I also feel very fortunate to be providing vitreo-retinal care at a time when we have very effective treatments for conditions that were very difficult to manage only 15 years ago. My personal goal as a physician is to ensure my patients clearly understand their disease process and the available treatment options, and to deliver those treatments in an effective, timely manner."

Welcome Dr. Hromas!

Dr. Gangadhar Earns Award

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Dasa V. Gangadhar, MDDasa V. Gangadhar, MD, Grene Vision Group ophthalmologist, once again was named a Best Doctor. The award was announced September15 by the Wichita Business Journal. Dr. Gangadhar's subspecialties include corneal transplantation, cataract and lens implant surgery, cornea and external disease. He has practiced at Grene Vision Group for more than 22 years.

Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors serves more than 30 million members in countries across the world.  For 25 years, Best Doctors has asked physicians to identify the doctors they consider the leaders in their field. Today, their peer-selected network has more than 53,000 medical experts in over 450 specialties and subspecialties.

To learn more about Dr. Gangadhar, click here. To learn more about Best Doctors, click here.

Congratulations Dr. Gangadhar!

GVG Adds Optometrists, Locations in Buhler and Wichita

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Grene Vision Group LogoGrene Vision Group has added a new office and optical department in Buhler (121 Old Mill Road) and two new offices and optical departments in Wichita at 1014 West 29th Street South (south Wichita) and 5231 East Central, Suite D (east Wichita). Steve Miller, OD, sees patients at the Buhler office, as well as at our Hutchinson-West location. Ashley R. Carson, OD joined GVG several years ago and is the optometrist at the south Wichita location and Alan J. McCormick, OD provides primary care eye services at the newly opened east Central office. Jenna Johnson, OD has also joined Grene Vision Group and is seeing patients at our locations in Lyons and Hutchinson-East.

Learn more about our new optometrists:

Steve P. Miller, OD

Jenna Johnson, OD

Alan J. McCormick, OD

Grene Vision Group Sponsoring Event to Support Kansas Family Physicians

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For the second consecutive year, Grene Vision Group will be a major sponsor for the “Let’s Move, Kansas” 5K run/1.5 mile walk on Saturday, October 8 at Sedgwick Let's Move Kansas LogoCounty Park in Wichita. The event benefits the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to promote the philosophy of family medicine, research, and education of Kansas Family Physicians. The KAFP-Foundation supports the future of family medicine by:

  • providing medical students the opportunity to learn about family medicine in a rural setting;
  • sending medical students to national meetings to gain experience for future practice in Kansas;
  • giving medical students and residents the opportunity to present scientific posters at the meeting; and providing residents the opportunity to participate in an international mission.

Funds raised also benefit the Student and Resident Poster Contest, Rural Family Medicine Practice and Research Program, Family Medicine Interest Group grants, scholarships to the National Conference by AAFP for Medical Students and Residents, AFP-F Hostetter Student Award, the Carol A. Johnson, MD Family Medicine International Mission Scholarship, Kansas Career Opportunities Conferences and the Faces in Family Medicine Program.

The USATF-certified 5K run is set for 8:30 am and the walk at 9:15. Cost is $40 and will increase to $45 on the day of race. Participants receive an exclusive Let’s Move Kansas T-shirt and goody bag with registration. Novice and experienced runners are welcome, and bring the whole family. All children who finish will receive a medal, and cash prizes will be awarded for top run finishers.

Register for Let's Move Kansas

Dr. Samuel Amstutz Named Health Care Hero

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Grene Vision Group ophthalmologist Samuel W. Amstutz, MD was named a 2015 Health Care Hero by the Wichita Business Journal. He will be recognized with other honorees at a dinner September 1 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. To read more, click http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/blog/2015/07/announcing-five-more-2015-health-care-heroes.html.

GVG a Lead Sponsor for Riverfest Button Donations to Non-Profit Organizations

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Grene Vision Group and Meineke Car Centers are the lead donors for Wichita Festivals’ "Celebrations for a Cause." GVG’s sponsorship, and donations from other businesses and individuals, will help purchase Riverfest buttons to be donated to non-profit organizations for individuals who otherwise might not be able to attend.

In its 44th year, Riverfest 2015 is scheduled for May 29-June 6 in downtown Wichita. To read The Wichita Eagle story about "Celebrations for a Cause," click http://www.kansas.com/news/business/article19209576.html.

Doctors Gangadhar, Amstutz Named Best Doctors

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Congratulations to Grene Vision Group Ophthalmologists Dasa Gangadhar, MD and Samuel Amstutz, MD on being named once again to the Best Doctors in America® list! The Wichita Business Journal is featuring all local physician honorees in its May 16 issue. The two GVG surgeons were honored along with other Wichita-area physicians during a special reception this week. The honorees are part of a national database compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based organization that determines the top 5 percent of Best Doctors in America based on physician surveys. Congratulations to our award-winning doctors!

Dr. Gangadhar Named Health Care Hero

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Congratulations to Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, Grene Vision Group Ophthalmologist, who was recognized as one of 27 "Health Care Heroes" by the Wichita Business Journal. The honorees include doctors, nurses, administrators, volunteers, innovators and community groups. GVG doctors and staff are proud and grateful for all that Dr. Gangadhar has done for patients in Kansas! To read the Wichita Business Journal article click http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/feature/HealthCareHeroes/2013/10/dr-dasa-v-gangadhar.html.

Grene Vision Group Relocating Socora Office to New Office on Maize Road

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(Wichita, KS) – Grene Vision Group, LLC, a doctor-owned group of eye care professionals and one of the country’s largest eyecare groups, announced plans today to relocate its westside Central/Socora office to 1277 North Maize Road.  The announcement was made by Kayli Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Grene Vision Group.

 

The move from its current location at 834 N. Socora is expected during early summer 2014 and will encompass all aspects of Grene Vision Group’s eyecare services including eye examinations, eyeglasses, contact lenses, and a full range of primary, medical and surgical eye care. According to Smith, a major benefit to patients is the consolidation to one main level in addition to the convenient location. “We are excited to relocate next summer and believe our patients and optical customers will also benefit greatly.  In addition, we expect to achieve better staff efficiencies as well,” Smith said.

 

The new Grene Vision Group campus will include 16,000 square feet of space offering an efficient floor plan and comfortable décor. The new clinic will house eight doctors using 18 eye examination rooms.

 

The new facility more than doubles the size of the optical shop and its frame selection while adding a much-needed contact lens area, Smith said. “With the larger optical space, we are excited to be able to offer even more fashion brands with the latest eyewear styles.”

 

Grene Vision Group has 33 optometrists and 11 ophthalmologists practicing in 19 Kansas locations. In addition to five locations in Wichita and two in Hutchinson, it has offices in Andover, Anthony, Augusta, Derby, El Dorado, Fredonia, Lyons, Neodesha, Stafford, Wellington, Winfield and Yates Center. Grene Vision Group surgeons also provide satellite medical and surgical services in 13 Kansas communities: Anthony, Arkansas City, Derby, El Dorado, Fredonia, Hays, Hesston, Hutchinson, Kingman, Newton, Pratt, Wellington and Winfield.

 

Established in 1996, Grene Vision Group, LLC employs nearly 400 support staff. The group’s services encompass all eye specialties, including primary care optometry, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric and adult strabismus surgery, cataract and implant surgery, corneal transplantation, neuro-ophthalmology, surgery for diseases of the vitreous and retina, functional and cosmetic eyelid surgery, oculoplastic surgery, laser vision correction and other refractive surgery procedures, and treatment for glaucoma, cornea and external disease, eye trauma, tear duct and orbital disorders.

 

Architect for the project is Stan Shelden of Shelden Architecture, and the builder is Bob Simpson of Simpson Construction Services.  Intrust Bank is providing the financing.