Our Doctors & Associates
Dr. Robert Vandervort
Founder and Owner
Dr. Robert Vandervort is a founding partner of Heartland Eye Consultants. He specializes in the diagnosis and management of ocular and neuro-ophthalmic diseases including glaucoma, dry eye syndrome (and other corneal and ocular surface diseases), optic nerve diseases, diplopia (double vision), uveitis and macular degeneration. Also, as the father of a severely disabled adult son, Dr. Vandervort is highly sensitive to the visual issues of special needs adult patients and enjoys the challenges and rewards of serving this unique population.
Dr. Vandervort is a graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry. He completed his residency in hospital-based optometry and ocular disease at the Lexington, Kentucky VA Medical Center. Following his residency he served as a full-time faculty member for five years at Southern California College of Optometry where he was an assistant professor in the ocular disease service as well as the Chief of Primary Care Optometry.
Dr. Vandervort moved to Omaha with his wife, Dr. Vicky Vandervort, in 1985 and established the region’s first and only optometric consultation co-management center. Passionate about education, he has served as an adjunct faculty member of several schools and colleges of optometry and has lectured to his colleagues at every major optometric educational meeting across the country on ocular disease topics. Dr. Vandervort also has an adjunct faculty appointment at Creighton University Medical Center and is on the professional staff of CHI Health – Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy Hospital. He is an active member of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church and enjoys teaching Bible studies.
Dr. Vicky Vandervort
Founder and Owner
Dr. Vicky Johns Vandervort is a founding partner of Heartland Eye Consultants. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrist in Vision Development, with Board Certification in Vision Development and Rehabilitation. She is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Vandervort limits her practice to treatment of learning related vision disorders, pediatric vision problems, eye strain problems due to poor focusing skills, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (eye turns). Dr. Vicky has also developed a subspecialty in serving the pediatric special needs population because of her experiences with her now-adult, disabled son.
Originally from Iowa, Dr. Vandervort earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa majoring in elementary education with a minor in early childhood development. She taught in the Lincoln, Nebraska school system for four years. After earning her Doctor of Optometry degree, Dr. Vicky combined her two degrees and has dedicated her career to helping people of all ages maximize their potential in the classroom, workplace and their leisure activities.
After 35 years of practice, Dr. Vandervort has reduced her office hours to Tuesdays and Thursdays examining infants and children who need specialty eye care for strabismus, amblyopia, binocular vision disorders, and learning related vision problems. An avid student of the Bible, Dr. Vicky has completed seven years of Bible Study Fellowship and is an active member of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, and her newest passion, bicycling, often logging 40-60 miles per week in her spare time.
Dr. Will Ferguson
Dr. Will Ferguson, received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He states “There is a growing population of children suffering from learning-related visual disorders. It becomes difficult for these individuals to obtain information through their visual system and it puts them at a significant disadvantage when compared to their peers. Children in these situations lose one of the most powerful tools needed to be successful in life….opportunity. Developmental vision care is rewarding to me because it offers people the ability to overcome their visual inadequacies and open the door to a future full of possibility.”
In his free time Dr. Will enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, outdoor activities, attending sporting events, and reading books.
Dr. Holly Ternus
Dr. Holly Ternus is originally from Torrington, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a degree in Biological Sciences. She graduated with Honors from The New England College of Optometry, and completed internships with honors at South Boston Community Health Center with an emphasis in glaucoma and narrow angle glaucoma, Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center with emphasis in ocular disease, Lifetime Eyecare in Houston fitting specialty contact lenses, and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Ternus practiced with ophthalmology in the Dallas/Fort Worth area specializing in ocular disease, dry eye disease, and emergency care before transitioning into primary care fitting specialty contacts for keratoconus, post-RK, corneal ectasia, and irregular corneas. She is an active member of the Nebraska Optometric Association, American Optometry Association, and American Academy of Optometry. She received her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 2018, and is a graduate from the Nebraska Optometric Association’s Leadership Institute.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, snowboarding, skiing, water sports, watching Husker football, and everything that involves being outdoors.
Dr. Brady Betten
Dr. Brady Betten was born and raised near the small town of Deshler, NE and attended Concordia University in Seward where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Houston in 2014 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was first in his class.
Dr. Betten then completed his ocular disease residency at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center under the mentorship of Michael Sullivan-Mee, OD, one of the premier glaucoma experts in optometry. Following his residency, Dr. Betten joined an ophthalmology practice, Willcockson Eye Associates, in Yankton, SD where he specialized in ocular disease management, emergency eye care, and helped support their referral and surgical practice for three years.
Dr. Betten is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Nebraska Optometric Association, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, sports, being outdoors and spending time with his wife, Alison, and two daughters, Madilyn and Josie. He and his family are active members at Grace Hill Lutheran Church in West Omaha.
Dr. Marie Bolin
Dr. Bolin is originally from Eagle, NE. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science. She then attended Southern College of Optometry and completed one of her externships at Heartland Eye Consultants in the fall of 2015. Dr. Bolin graduated with honors from SCO and received the COVD “Excellence in Vision Therapy” award in 2016.
Dr. Bolin then completed a residency in Vision Therapy, Pediatrics, and Neuro-Vision Rehabilitation for traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries at Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas. During her residency she managed patients with binocular vision deficits, special needs, sports vision deficits, and patients with acquired brain injuries. She was on staff at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation where she managed care for both in-patients and out-patients with various brain injuries. She also was able to provide vision therapy for athletes that suffered concussions including professional athletes from FC Dallas soccer team and Allen Americans Hockey team.
Dr. Bolin is excited to be back close to her family and in Husker nation. In her spare time she enjoys running, sewing, quilting, playing violin, watching Husker football, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Karen Wilson
Dr. Karen Wilson joined Heartland Eye Consultants in June of 2008. As a low vision specialist, Dr. Wilson works with patients with visual impairment due to disease, congenital defects, or injury. She utilizes Heartland’s current and up-to-date inventory of low vision aids to help each patient meet their goals. Even those that are legally blind can often achieve vision allowing reading newsprint with the proper device or spectacle correction. Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry. She is a native of Omaha, attending Central High School.
After living in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, she is very happy to be back in Nebraska with her family. Dr. Wilson enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. They all enjoy camping, fishing and outdoor activities.
Conveniently located in Omaha, Heartland Eye Consultants is a regional, specialty eye and vision care center serving all of Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, including but not limited to Council Bluffs, Lincoln, Sioux City, IA, South Sioux City, NE, Norfolk, NE and surrounding towns. Call us at (402) 493-6500