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Dr. James Hartzell and Dr. Blaine Brunsen, both skilled optometrists, have over 45 years combined experience in providing professional eye care services to their patients. They have earned the trust and confidence of over 30,000 central Iowans. For a complete profile click "Learn More" beneath each doctor's photograph.

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meet Doctor Hartzell

After serving one year as a Clinical Instructor at Illinois College of Optometry, and nine months in clinical practice in St. Paul, MN, in 1971 Doctor Hartzell opened a private solo practice in Des Moines.

He combined his practice with that of two other optometrists, incorporating Vision Clinic, P.C. in 1973. In 1996 he became President and owner of the company.

 
education & training
Iowa State University
University of Iowa
Illinois College of Optometry
  Doctor of Optometry
  Bachelor of Science
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  Advanced Ocular Therapeutics
  Diagnosis and Treatment of Ocular Disease, with Clinical Preceptorship..........

Certified to Prescribe or Administer Topical Legend Drugs for the Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease by Minnesota Board of Optometry

Certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) by American Red Cross
Certified in Advanced Ocular Therapeutics (including oral medications, controlled substances and for treatment of glaucoma) by Iowa State Board of Optometry Examiners
Granted Controlled Substances Registration Certificate for Schedules II – V Controlled Substances, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
Certified as Substance Abuse Expert Witness in Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Iowa Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator and Iowa County Attorney’s Assn.
Certified in Use of Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents by Iowa State Board of Optometry Examiners
Registered in Iowa, Controlled Substances Registration Certificate, Schedules II – V by Controlled Drug Division, Iowa State Board of Pharmacy Examiners
Certified in Use of Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents by Iowa State Board of Optometry Examiners
Licensed to Practice Optometry in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota
Achieved “Diplomate” status, National Board of Examiners in Optometry
 
Achievements and Recognition

President, Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry

Chair, Communications Center Executive Committee, American Optometric Assn
President, National Board of Examiners in Optometry
Member, American Academy of Optometry
Member, National Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lens Institute Advisory Committee
Member, American Foundation for Vision Awareness
Member, Volunteers in Optometry in the Service of Humanity (VOSH)
President, Iowa Optometric Association
Chair, Iowa State Board of Optometry Examiners
President, Iowa Society to Prevent Blindness (now Prevent Blindness-Iowa) ...................... ........................ ......................... ........................... ................
 
Honors, Awards and Citations

Tribute for “distinguished and inspired leadership”, National Board of Examiners in Optometry

Resolution expressing “sincere thanks for many years of distinguished service and outstanding contributions,” and bestowing Life Membership, Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry
Outstanding Service Award, Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry
Distinguished Service Award, highest award of the Iowa Optometric Association
Optometrist of the Year, Iowa Optometric Association
Outstanding Board Member of the Year, Iowa Society to Prevent Blindness
Outstanding Service Award, American Optometric Association
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Illinois College of Optometry

Meet Doctor brunsen

Born and raised in Iowa, Doctor Brunsen was in family practice optometry in Colorado for nine years until exciting life changes brought him back to Iowa for good. Vision Clinic is pleased and honored to have Doctor Brunsen join our eyecare team.  
education & training
  • Colorado State University
    • Undergraduate course work emphasis in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor of Science
  • Southern College of Optometry
    • Doctor of Optometry
  • Colorado Optometric Center
    • Teaching: Staff doctor for optometry students; Clinical Externship
  • Womack Army Hospital
    • Clinical Externship
  • Certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry to Practice Optometry
  • Licensed to Practice Optometry in Iowa and Colorado
  • Certified by International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
  • Certified in Use of Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents by Iowa State Board of Optometry and the Colorado State Board of Optometric Examiners
  • Certified in Use of Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents by Iowa State Board of Optometry and the Colorado State Board of Optometric Examiners
  • Registered in Iowa, Controlled Substance Registration Certificate, schedule II-V by the Iowa State Board of Pharmacy Examiners
  • Certified in Advanced Ocular Therapeutics (including oral medications, controlled substances and for treatment of glaucoma) by Iowa State Board of Optometry Examiners and the Colorado State Board of Optometry Examiners
Achievements and Recognition
  • Member, Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society
  • Member, American Optometric Association
  • Member, Iowa Optometric Association
  • Member, Colorado Optometric Association
Honors, Awards and Citations
  • Magna Cum Laude graduate, Southern College of Optometry
  • Cum Laude graduate, Colorado State University
  • Certificate of Excellence for Commitment to High Quality Care and Services, Vision Service Plan
  • Volunteer Service Award, Certificate of Appreciation, Colorado Optometric Association
 
 
 

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