Our Team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Meet the Team

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SHELLEY

SHELLEY

Shelley has been at Herkert Family Eye Care in some capacity since it opened in 1998. After a rewarding career in nursing, she now is our office manager and optician. Shelley enjoys the art of choosing frames, the science of lenses and optics, and the time spent meeting new patients and catching up with current patients. When not at the office, she enjoys running, camping, and hanging with her family. Her greatest accomplishment is being a mom.

​​​​​​​“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” – John Bingham

Alexis

ALEXIS

Alexis is an American Board of Opticianry certified optician and has been at Herkert Family Eye Care for over 7 1/2 years now! Since starting with HFEC she has discovered her love for patient care and helping her patients find the perfect frame fit and experience the best vision possible. Before finding and falling in love with eyecare, she studied theatre at the University of Indianapolis and you may still catch her stage managing in the Indianapolis area. Alexis and her husband love exploring together, whether it is locally or in a brand new place. She loves thrift shops, flea markets, and antique stores where she has no problem finding books or vinyl records to add to their ever-growing collection. When they aren’t exploring, she is likely binge watching a new True Crime podcast or playing Animal Crossing. Alexis is a big animal lover and now has two cats and two dogs, and when she’s at home at least one of them is on her lap.


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TONI

Toni has been an Optician at Herkert Family Eye Care for three years and is currently planning on getting her certification in the near future. Toni graduated in 2014 from IUPUI with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography and a Minor in Art History. She worked in management at AMC Theatres for 8 years both during and after college before joining the Optical field. Toni appreciates being able to bring some of her artistic skill to the office by assisting patients with frame selection, taking staff headshots, and photographing new inventory for the Herkert Family Eye Care Facebook page. When Toni isn’t at the office, she enjoys exercising, watching crime documentaries, and doing freelance photography. She also loves spending time with family, friends, and her pets.

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ABBY

Abby is a Patient Care Coordinator here at Herkert Family Eye Care. She joined our team in July of 2021. She is the first person you talk to when you walk into the building! Fun fact is that she found out she was pregnant the same week she started her new job! Abby and her husband, Van, are expecting a baby girl in March of 2022. Abby is originally from a small town in Michigan but moved here after she married Van. She would like to continue going to school for nursing as she was back in Michigan.

​​​​​​​Outside of work, Abby has a pup named Romeo. He is a golden retriever mixed with a border collie. She loves to play and cuddle with him. Family means a lot to Abby. She dreams of having a big family (4-5 children) and building her dream house out in the country.

“I feel blessed to have found such a wonderful place to work while I am figuring out my schooling and while I am pregnant. Everyone is so helpful just as if they were my real family.” – Abby

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DAKOTA

Dakota is an Optometric Technician at Herkert Family Eye Care. She began with the company in 2014, but left for a short while in 2017. She returned to us in October 2021 after venturing out to pursue a different career path. She said, “Coming back to work at the office felt like coming home.” She is now training in multiple areas of the office to help wherever needed. She is excited to learn new skills.

During the time she was away she was married to her husband, Jared and had two beautiful girls, Charleigh and Everleigh. Together they have two children and four fur babies. Needless to say, she stays busy outside of work! Dakota loves being a mom and spending quality time with her family. She also loves going to dinner with friends, binge watching a quality Netflix show, and date nights with her husband.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

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DARYL

Daryl is one of the newest members of the team to Herkert Family Eye Care! Raised on the east side, he attended Warren Central High School and later graduated from University of Indianapolis earning his bachelor’s degree in Theatre. He is new to eyes as he spends most of his time writing scripts, performing stand-up and improv comedy and cooking! He wishes to travel the world and visit countries like Japan, Greece, Nigeria, Italy, Peru, Romania, Germany, South Korea, Egypt, New Zealand, and many, many more! Daryl shares with the staff his passion for helping others in the intimate moments of their lives. He hopes to continue to help people into the future as he grows with the HFEC team!

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HEIDI

Heidi is an Optometric Technician here at Herkert Family Eye Care. She began in July of 2021 and is new to the eye care field but is excited to continue growing her knowledge. She is currently in her last year of undergrad at the University of Indianapolis. She is studying Public Health Education and Promotion with plans of continuing her education and earning her doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy.

When she’s not studying, Heidi enjoys hiking, playing board games with her friends, spending time with her family, and watching a good movie. Outside of work, Heidi is active in serving in the children’s ministry at her church. She also enjoys staying active by playing different recreation sport leagues through her church and university.

​​​​​​​Heidi most enjoys the teamwork aspect of HFEC. She likes that the team is welcoming and feels like a family. Everyone is kind and patient with the other team members, ready to jump in and help when needed.

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XIMENA

Ximena is an optometric technician at Herkert Family Eyecare, she is new to the eye care world but is thrilled to be part of the HFEC team and excited to learn about all the different aspects within the eye care field.

​​​​​​​During her free time Ximena enjoys playing her viola, actively participating in her church chorale, and serving as a volunteer in different sectors of her parish, St. Patrick Catholic Church. Ximena’s favorite part about Herkert Family Eyecare is the warm and welcoming environment that the team provides to everyone who walks through the door.

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