Our Doctors & Associates
Dr. Robert Vandervort
Founder and Owner
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
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
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. 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 also received her Fellowship in the Scleral Lens Education Society and is the first in Nebraska to have completed this honor.
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. 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 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
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.
Dr. Kent grew up in Waterford, Wisconsin. She attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, to earn her undergraduate degree in biology. After having her own personal experience with ocular disease, Dr. Kent developed a strong interest in the ocular disease specialty. She graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed internships emphasizing in anterior and posterior segment disease at Vance Thompson Vision and OMNI Eye Services in New Jersey. Dr. Kent also trained in therapeutic specialty contact lens fitting for dry eye and irregular corneas during her time at William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA in South Carolina and the Illinois Eye Institute.
Dr. Kent completed her residency in ocular disease and ocular and refractive surgery at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD. During her residency, she advanced her training in anterior segment disease, cornea transplant perioperative care, glaucoma, and dry eye management. She went on to practice with ophthalmology in the Minneapolis area, specializing in refractive and cataract surgery, along with dry eye therapeutics. Dr. Kent is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Nebraska Optometry Association.
Outside of work, she enjoys playing baseball and volleyball, golfing, painting, and fishing. You can always find Dr. Kent watching sports and she loves hearing new jokes.
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