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Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

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Dr. Beth Triebel

Dr. Triebel joined Vision Park Family Eye Care in 1991 after graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She specializes in vision therapy for both children and adults and practices family eye care, which includes contact lenses. Dr. Triebel is a member of the Iowa and American Optometric Associations, the sports vision section, and is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In 1999 Dr. Triebel was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the Iowa Optometric Association and served as its President in 2017. She takes a special interest in rehabilitative optometry, by lecturing and consulting for patients with traumatic brain injuries, concussions and autism.

Outside the office, Dr. Triebel enjoys traveling and spending time with her smart and naughty Mini-Australian shepherd, JoJo. She is also very active in Central Presbyterian Church, and enjoys attending shows at the Civic Center, the symphony or Des Moines Metro Opera. 

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Dr. Wendy Barhite Muller

Dr. Muller attended Iowa State University and received her doctor of optometry degree in 1993 from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. She joined Vision Park in April 1994 and specializes in low vision, glaucoma and ocular disease. Dr. Muller has published articles on low vision aids and age-related macular degeneration. Her greatest joy in practice is helping patients of all ages achieve sharper, clearer vision.

Dr Muller is a past president of the Iowa Optometric Association, who named her Young Optometrist of the Year in 1997. She also served as Director of Accreditation for the Heart of America Eye Care Congress, and received a Governor’s Volunteer Award for outstanding service to the State of Iowa. 

Dr. Muller and her children reside in Urbandale. She and her family attend Lutheran Church of Hope. Dr. Muller enjoys watching her children’s competitive sports, spending time with friends and family, and staying physically active.

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Dr. Melissa Nemmers Billings

Dr. Billings joined Vision Park Family Eye Care in July, 2001. A native of Urbandale, Dr Billings received her BA in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1996, and her Doctorate degree from the Ohio State University College of Optometry in June 2001.

In 2004, Dr. Billings was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the Iowa Optometric Association. She is the Iowa Chairperson for Vision USA and is a member of the Iowa Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, and is past President of Des Moines Junior Women’s Club. She was second runner-up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year in 2006. She also serves as Past-President (2010) of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Summit Group, and served as chairperson of several committees in the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. Dr Billings completed her Fellowship in the College of Vision Development in 2018. In addition to primary care, contact lenses, ocular disease and vision therapy, Dr. Billings specializes in sports vision training. She trained under Dr. Don Teig who provides sports training for the New York Mets, New York Rangers and Team USA Volleyball.

Dr. Billings, her husband David, and two daughters, reside in Ankeny. She is active in the Ankeny Free Church serving as the T&T Director in AWANAs. Dr. Billings spends her free time with her family, coaching softball, watching her children’s sports and activities, running, kickboxing, and watching Ohio State Buckeye football.

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Dr. Teri Shepherd

Dr. Shepherd joined Vision Park Family Eye Care in January, 2014. Originally from Ottumwa, she attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, and received her Doctorate of Optometry in 2011 from Southern College of Optometry also in Memphis, TN. After the 7 years away from Iowa, she was ready to return to her roots and accepted a position in south Des Moines.

Dr. Shepherd is a member of the Iowa Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. She specializes in ocular disease, contact lens, and family eye care.

Dr. Shepherd resides in West Des Moines with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys cooking with her husband, spending time with her two spoiled dogs, and watching both the Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals.

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Dr. Bryan Larson

Dr. Bryan Larson was born and raised in Ames, where he went on to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health at Iowa State University. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry in 2015. Dr. Larson joined Vision Park in June 2018 and practices full scope optometry with emphasis in pediatrics and contact lenses. He is a member of the Iowa Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Larson is excited to continue to offer comprehensive eye care in Central Iowa.

Dr. Larson, his wife Lindsay, and two sons, reside in Ankeny. He and his family attend St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ankeny. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, basketball and attending as many Iowa State Athletic events as his children will allow.

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