21 Park Place
Appleton, WI 54914
Katie Abata, OD
Dr. Abata received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2009. She then received her Doctorate of Optometry Degree from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. Her interests include primary care, specialty contact lenses, dry eye, pre- and post-operative cataract and refractive surgery, and glaucoma.
Dr. Abata is a Yooper coming to us from Iron River, MI. In her free time, Dr. Abata enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, kayaking, arts and crafts, and most importantly, time with her friends and family. Dr. Abata loves working with and meeting new people with an emphasis on patient education while striving to exceed the individual needs of her patients.
Garry Brown, OD
Dr. Brown is a native of Indiana and a graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry. He has been practicing in Oshkosh since 1985. He is married and has two children. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and is a past president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association and the Lake Winnebago Optometric Society. Dr. Brown enjoys seeing patients of all ages. He provides routine eye examinations, contact lens fittings, diagnosis and management of ocular disease, as well as pre- and post-operative care of cataract and refractive surgery patients. Outside of the office Dr. Brown is an avid supporter of his children’s activities and enjoys golf and travel.
Mindy Harrington, OD
Dr. Harrington grew up in Ishpeming, MI. She went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, where she graduated with distinction.
Dr. Harrington loves being able to help patients better understand their eye health. Her optometric interests include care for the whole family, contact lenses, and ocular disease. She is currently a member of the American Optometric Association and the Wisconsin Optometric Association.
Dr. Harrington wants to help each and every patient achieve and maintain the best vision possible. She is excited to join and serve the community of Northeast Wisconsin. In her free time, Dr. Harrington enjoys any activity that allows her to spend time with her family. She also enjoys being outside, playing tennis, crafting, and reading.
Ross Jensen, OD
Dr. Jensen received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in 2003 and went on to receive his Doctorate of Optometry Degree from the Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2011. Having grown up in Gurnee, IL, he moved to Wisconsin to practice in Green Bay and Appleton after graduation. His experience is in primary care optometry, contact lens fitting, pediatrics, pre- and post-operative cataract and refractive surgery, glaucoma, and disease treatment.
In his free time, Dr. Jensen enjoys time with his wife and dogs, as well as hunting, fishing and outdoor sports. Dr. Jensen is grateful to work with the doctors and staff at Valley Eye Associates and provide exceptional eye care to the Fox Valley.
Natalie Kurth, OD
Dr. Natalie Kurth, a native of New London, WI, completed her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2017. She received her optometric degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry in May 2021 with high academic honors.
Her clinical interests include primary care, specialty contact lenses, ocular disease, and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Kurth is a member of the Wisconsin Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, and the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), with whom she traveled to Jamaica to serve those in need.
In her spare time, Dr. Kurth enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, traveling, and cooking.
Kimberly Landwehr, OD
Dr. Landwehr is a native of Appleton. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate degree in optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Landwehr specializes in primary care optometry including eye health exams for the whole family, contact lens fittings, pre- and post-operative surgery care, as well as urgent care services. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Wisconsin Optometric Association.
Elizabeth Melchert, OD
Dr. Elizabeth Melchert was born and raised in the Fox Valley, graduated cum laude from Ripon College and magna cum laude from the Illinois College of Optometry. Her interests include routine eye exams, contact lens fittings, pre-and post-LASIK surgery care, pre- and post-cataract surgery care, glaucoma treatment, and other ocular diseases. Dr. Melchert is a member of the American Optometric Association, Wisconsin Optometric Association, the Fox Cities Optometric Association and is certified by the American Board of Optometry. She is also a past member of Beta Sigma Kappa, an optometric honor fraternity that supports research, as well as VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity), having traveled to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic to give eye exams to those in need.
Melissa Metzger-Romatz, OD
Dr. Metzger-Romatz has been seeing patients at Valley Eye Associates since 1995. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, fitting contact lenses, including bifocal and specialty lenses, treating eye disease, and the pre- and post-operative care for patients having refractive or cataract surgery. She has her therapeutic license allowing her to treat eye diseases and remove foreign bodies from the eye. Dr. Romatz is a graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry. She is a member of the Wisconsin Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Contact Lens Section of the AOA. Dr. Romatz lives in Hortonville with her husband and two children.
Daniel Nowak, OD
Dr. Nowak received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He then attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he received his Visual Science degree in 1989 and then his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1991. Dr. Nowak’s ocular interests include primary eye care, vision enhancement procedures (including iLASIK, custom lens replacement, and implantable contact lenses), and working with glaucoma patients. He is also interested in myopia control for children. Dr. Nowak is active in the Wisconsin Optometric Association, having volunteered on numerous committees, as well as served as president. For recreation, Dr. Nowak enjoys spending time with his family, biking, golfing, and skiing. Dr. Nowak splits his time between the Valley Eye East and West locations.
Angela Rodriguez, OD
Dr. Rodriguez, a native of Wisconsin, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2007. She then received her Doctorate of Optometry Degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2011. Her interests include primary care, contact lenses, pediatric vision, dry eye management, pre- and post-operative care, and glaucoma.
Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Wisconsin Optometric Association, Lakeshore Optometric Society, and Volunteer Optometric Services of Humanity (VOSH), having traveled to Honduras and Haiti to give eye exams to those in need. Her interests outside optometry include activities such as spending time with her husband and daughters, golfing, and fishing.
Brianne Scanlon, OD
Dr. Scanlon, a Wisconsin native, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2011. She went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2016 from Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated Cum Laude and with honors from Beta Sigma Kappa and the Tomb and Key Honor Societies. She is currently a member of the American Optometric Association and the Wisconsin Optometric Association.
Dr. Scanlon is passionate about providing comprehensive eye care for the whole family. She has a special interest in contact lenses and ocular disease, as well as providing pre- and post-operative care. What she values most in providing patient care is the relationships she is able to build with her patients.
Outside the office, Dr. Scanlon enjoys staying healthy and being active outdoors. She loves spending time with family and friends as often as possible and can usually be found cheering on all Wisconsin sports.
Sara Schalk, OD
Dr. Sara Schalk is a Minnesota native who has been practicing in Appleton since 2004. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Oregon and her Masters of Science in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Colorado State University. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Wisconsin Optometric Association, and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. Dr. Schalk is dedicated to patients of all ages and is great working with children. She works with all forms of contacts, treats glaucoma and other ocular diseases, provides urgent care for infections and corneal abrasions, pre- and post-operative care, and routine eye examinations. She has a special interest in neuro-optometry including prescribing prism, headache evaluations, and vision problems after head trauma. Dr. Schalk has enjoyed going on optometric mission trips to Chile, Thailand, as well as locally. She enjoys camping, hiking, and canoeing, as well as travel and reading.
Colin Sigmund, OD
Dr. Sigmund is a native of Green Bay. He graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a B.S. in biochemistry and from Indiana University – Bloomington with his doctorate in optometry.
During his training, Dr. Sigmund concentrated on managing ocular disease, fitting contact lenses, co-managing surgical cases, and providing generalized eye care for all age groups. He received training at the regionally recognized Bennett and Bloom multi-specialty clinics in Louisville, KY. He has also trained at various VA hospitals in Baltimore, MD and here in Green Bay at the Milo C. Huempfner clinic.
Dr. Sigmund enjoys spending time with his family and friends, is an avid Packer fan, and loves to travel. He is grateful to have the opportunity to serve his home community.
Parisa Sobhi, OD
Dr. Parisa Sobhi was born and raised in Iran. She moved to the United States after finishing high school. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado – Denver and graduated with cum laude distinction. She followed her passion for optometry by attending the Illinois College of Optometry, where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree.
Dr. Sobhi completed several externships in primary care optometry, contact lens and cornea, pediatrics, cataracts and refractive surgery management, glaucoma, and ocular diseases. Dr. Sobhi is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and is the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards, including the Marti Barret Scholarship. Dr. Sobhi is currently a proud member of the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Sobhi and her husband enjoy road trips, dining out, and traveling. Together, they take satisfaction in sponsoring Save the Children and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Sobhi enjoys listening to audiobooks and doing meditation.
Dr. Sobhi enjoys providing vision care for her patients. She goes above and beyond to help patients better understand their eye health. Dr. Sobhi is excited and honored to serve the Northeast Wisconsin community.
Ryan Tetting, OD
Dr. Ryan Tetting, a native of Appleton, received his Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree from Marian College of Fond du Lac in 1996. He returned to school and attended the Illinois College of Optometry where he received his Visual Science degree in 2006 and his Doctorate degree in Optometry in 2008. Dr. Tetting’s ocular management interests include primary care, pre- and post-operative cataract and refractive surgery care, glaucoma, and contact lenses. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Wisconsin Optometric Association. Dr. Tetting’s interests beyond optometry include travel and many outdoor and sporting activities with his wife and three boys.
Ashley Torreano, OD
Dr. Ashley Torreano was born and raised in Green Bay, WI. After graduating from Bay Port High School, she attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse majoring in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. After completing her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2014. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Wisconsin Optometric Association. Her areas of interest include diagnosing and managing ocular disease and pediatric eye care. She also co-manages cataract and laser vision correction surgeries. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Torreano enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, as well as traveling, wine tasting, and cooking.