Welcome to our website. Together we have been seeing patients for over sixty years, and look forward to many years of continued service. Below is just a little information about our backgrounds.
Dr. Wayne Collier has been in private practice in Bucyrus since February of 1969. Prior to setting up practice he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force as an Optometry Officer. His tour of duty included active duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict. During his tour in Southeast Asia he started the first military eye clinic in Thailand, which served Thailand and surrounding countries.
Dr. Collier is a 1965 graduate of the Ohio State University, College of Optometry. He was Board Certified to practice optometry in 1965, and National Board Certified to diagnose, manage and treat eye diseases and injuries in 1992.
Dr. Collier is a former clinical instructor at the Ohio State University, College of Optometry, former clinical evaluator for the State of Ohio, State Board of Optometry, and Board Member of the College of Optometry Alumni Association. Currently he is a member of the Ohio State University College of Optometry Dean's Advisory Council, and board member of the Ohio Optometric Foundation. He is also a life member of the Ohio State University College of Optometry Alumni Association.
Dr. Collier is a member of the Ohio Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association, where he is a member of the Contact Lens and Low Vision Sections. He was honored in 1995 by his peers as the Ohio Optometrist of the Year. In 2007 he was awarded the Neil Bailey Award by the College of Optometry at the Ohio State University for his many years of dedication to the College of Optometry.
Dr. Collier has taken mission trips, donating his time and skills to the less fortunate, in the countries of Haiti, Peru and Africa through the Voluntary Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), of which Dr. Collier is a charter and Liftetime Member. He also has donated equipment to a mission center in Haiti and the Optometry School in Tanzania, Africa so that modern eye care may be obtained in those areas.
In the past Dr. Collier has lectured at the annual Ohio Optometric Association annual education conference on contact lenses and the fitting of contact lenses to prevent the progression of nearsightedness. He has also participated in two Bausch and Lomb clinical studies in proper fitting of their overnight Pure Vision contact lenses.
Dr. Colliers special interests include contact lenses, and early diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye, foreign bodies and eye injuries.
Dr. Ken Gortz is a 1968 graduate of the Ohio State University, College of Optometry, where he was Class President. Upon graduation he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy at the Naval Hospital, St. Albans, New York. He's a former clinical instructor at the College of Optometry at the Ohio State University, and served on the Board of the Ohio Optometric Association, culminating as President of the OOA. In 1984 he was selected by his peers as the Ohio Optometric Association's Ohio Optometrist of the Year.
Dr. Gortz is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association, and the North Central Ohio Optometric Association.
After serving his tour with the United States Navy, Dr. Gortz joined Dr. Collier in 1972. In 1989 he relocted to California, however. returned to work with his long time friend, Dr. Collier, in 2008.
Dr. Gortz is working in the area of family practice, with emphasis on low vision and children's vision. Concern for children's vision means identifying and treating deficiencies in visual motor and visual perceptual skills which, if uncorrected, can contribute to learning deficiencies.
Dr. Emily LaSalle is a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She has been working full time in Columbus, but is planning to make Bucyrus her permanent home. Dr. LaSalle is currently scheduling patients two days a week and will gradually increase to become a full time member of our team.
Dr. LaSalle grew up in the Portsmouth Ohio area. She graduated valedictorian from Valley High School. She went on to graduate with honors in Pre-Med/Life Science from Otterbein University. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and Ohio Optometric Association. Dr. LaSalle is also an InfantSEE program provider.
Dr. LaSalle is wife of Bucyrus Native Roger LaSalle and daughter-in-law of Ray LaSalle, pastor of the Bucyrus First Church of the Nazarene. Dr. LaSalle and Roger are proud parents of three year old Quinlan.
Dr. LaSalle has been trained in the latest techniques and is excited to join our eyecare team.