Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Eyecare Excellence P.C. the leading provider of vision care products and services in Kodiak.
Dr. John T. Shank OD FAAO
Dr. John T. Shank was a chemistry major and physics minor at Mount Union College, Ohio State University and Cleveland State University. He taught high school physics until 1967. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1971. Dr. Shank was a member of Phi Theta Epsilon from 1967 until 1971. Receiving his commission in 1969, Dr. Shank began active duty in the Army in 1971 and served at the U.S. Army Hospital at West Point until 1973 and Bassett Army Hospital at Ft. Wainwright from 1973 to 1974. After moving to Kodiak, Alaska in 1974, Dr. Shank began his private practice, Eyecare Excellence.
Dr. Shank is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry since 1980 as well as a member of the American Optometric Association, and Alaska Optometric Association. He was a member of the Alaska Board of Optometry and Vice President of the Alaska Optometric Association. He is past president of the Kodiak Lions Club and a member of Kodiak Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Shank’s practice focuses on primary care with an emphasis on total family health care. This Includes: contact lenses, comanagement of refractive surgery and cataract surgery, eye health exams and therapeutics.
You can e-mail Dr. Shank at email@example.com
David J. Holdgrafer, O.D
Greetings! My name is David J. Holdgrafer, O.D.. I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974. After graduating high school I worked for several years as a theatre manager. I then took a job working for Lenscrafters as a lab manager, manufacturing eyewear. I began college at age thirty and received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in December of 2010. I recently received my degree in Optometry from Indiana University in Bloomington, May of 2016. In my fourth year, I completed rotations in specialty clinics for: Pediatrics, Ocular Disease, and Contact lenses. After doing an extensive search that covered at least eight states for a place to practice Optometry, I came to the most sensible conclusion that Kodiak would be the place to be.
Some of my personal interests & things that I have enjoyed include: water skiing, snowboarding, archery, shooting, video games, miniature games, reading, music, board games, art, skateboarding, hiking, poker, deep sea fishing, camping, going to the theatre (plays), and motorcycles.
Virgie has been with the practice since 2002 and is our office manager and optician. Her knowledge of eyecare and eyewear can only be achieved by hard work and experience. Years of experience have not slowed her down at all performing almost any task necessary in addition to general duties. Virgie is responsible for selecting and ordering all eyewear inventories, special order of patient lenses, dispensing eyewear, and making sure the patients are happy with repairs and adjustments.
If you have questions or concerns in regards to your eyewear, please call or email Virgie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen is our Patient Account Representative. She plays a vital role in ensuring that billing, insurance and medical claims are timely, accurate and compliant with federal, state and patient privacy regulations. This is not only important for our business, but it also greatly helps our patients when billing and insurance claims are performed in a complete and accurate manner.
You can email Colleen at email@example.com
Kathleen is our Optometric Technician. She joined our office in September 2011. She assists the doctors by performing preliminary testing, takes medical and eye histories and explains the various tests necessary for a complete and thorough eye examination. Kathleen instructs patients on the proper insertion and removal of contact lenses as well as the proper care of their lenses.
You can email Kathleen Chia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thamera is our Optometric Technician. She joined our office in September 2016 She assists the doctors by performing preliminary testing, takes medical and eye histories and explains the various tests necessary for a complete and thorough eye examination.
Elizabeth is the Patient Care Coordinator at Eyecare Excellence. She is approachable and always has a smile on her face. Elizabeth’s welcoming attitude is an appealing difference in this day of impersonal health care. Her goal is to make your office visit a pleasurable experience. She schedules patients’ appointments and checks patients into the clinic, making sure all pertinent information is current. She keeps patient records updated in order to ensure smooth transitions throughout an appointment.