COVID-19 Policy/Procedures – As of, Monday April 20th, 2020, Eyecare Excellence is able to resume routine eye care! Your health is our number one priority, and as such we have implemented some additional measures. Please click here to see our latest news with the ongoing situation, including details for: prescription orders, appointments, and office hours.

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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

Desiree Wheeler, O.D.

Desiree Wheeler, O.D. was born in Spring Valley, Illinois. She earned a Bachelors in Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2014. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2018 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. During her fourth year of school she spent time in the contact lens, pediatrics and binocular vision, and autism clinics. She completed external rotations at a surgery center focusing on cataract and refractive surgeries in Lexington, Kentucky and with the Indian Health Services in Bethel, Alaska. She completed her residency in primary care with emphasis in ocular disease in 2019. During her residency, she gained extensive experience in retinal disease, neuro-ophthalmic disease, glaucoma, ocular oncology, corneal disease, and oculoplastic surgery.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.

Virginia Jimenez

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

Colleen Ford

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

Brittany Long

Brittany is our Optometric Technician. She joined our office in July 2018 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.

Brittany Goetsch

Brittany is the Patient Care Coordinator at Eyecare Excellence. She is approachable and always has a smile on her face. Brittany’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.

Elizabeth Jones