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Our Eye Doctors & Staff

The eye care professionals at Northwest Vision Center 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 Columbus Ohio Eye Doctors:


Dr. Yoongie E. Min

Dr. Min did his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1985. He then entered The Ohio State University College of Optometry from which he received his Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1989. During his graduate training, he served as class president for all four years and as student council president for two years. During his final year, the Ohio Optometric Association awarded him the Outstanding Senior Student Award. Dr. Min also received the Vistakon Award for Excellence in Contact Lens Care.

Upon graduation, Dr. Min joined Lakeland Eye Surgeons, a multi-specialty surgical and medical practice in Lorain, Ohio, where he gained intensive experience in surgical post-operative care, emergency eye services, and geriatric eye care. Dr. Min then returned to the Columbus area and opened Northwest Vision Center in 1991. In 1992, Dr. Min took over a practice in Chillicothe, Ohio and began splitting his time between both offices.

Dr. Min is very active in the Ohio Optometric Association. He has served as a trustee of the Central Ohio Optometric Association and has served on the Membership, Congress Planning, and Assistance to Graduates committees at the state level. He has also served as chairman of the Assistance to Graduates Committee. Dr. Min is also very active in the Ohio State College of Optometry Alumni Association and is the past President of that organization.

In his spare time, Dr. Min enjoys traveling, cooking and golf. Dr. Min has a special practice interest in laser vision correction and in fact, had his own eyes treated with the LASIK procedure. As a former contact lens wearer, he also enjoys fitting and prescribing all types of contact lenses.

Dr. Min resides in Hilliard with his wife Jacqueline and their two sons, Andrew and Alex.


Dr. Stephanie Sims

Dr. Stephanie Sims grew up in Dublin and graduated from Dublin Jerome High School. She attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies majoring in biology and business. Throughout her undergraduate years, she was vice president of the Pre-Optometry Club, and volunteered as a Young Life Leader at Westerville North High School. It was while she was an undergraduate that she first joined the Northwest Vision Center staff as an optician and technician, learning the fundamentals of the eye care business.

While in her third year as an undergraduate, Dr. Sims received early admission to The Ohio State University College of Optometry. During optometry school, she was president of Optometry Ambassadors, and held leadership positions in Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She was also a member of the American Optometric Student Association. Dr. Sims has gained experience in cataract surgery co-management and Refractive Surgery co-management at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons in the Akron area. She also gained experience in ocular disease at the Columbus VA Care Center. Her experience in pediatrics, binocular vision, vision therapy, and contact lenses allows her to provide care to patients of all ages.

Once graduated, Dr. Sims was given the opportunity to become a partner and part owner of Northwest Vision Center, and decided that there was no other place she’d rather provide eye care to her patients.

Dr. Sims and her husband Matt, also a Dublin native and Dublin Jerome graduate, live in Powell where they are involved in Olentangy Liberty’s Young Life and are very active in their church. In her spare time, Dr. Sims enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, cheering on the Buckeyes, and playing with her furry child, a puppy named Chandler.

Opticians & Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.


LeAnn Gelter

LeAnn moved to the Columbus area in November 2006 and began working at Northwest Vision Center as the Office Manager. She previously lived in Chillicothe, Ohio for 28 years where she raised her two daughters, Stephanie and Amber.

Her previous work experience includes over sixteen years in the banking industry, including Oak Hill Banks and Fifth Third Bank where she was Assistant Branch Manager and Office Manager respectively.

She is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and attended Ohio University. LeAnn lives in Westerville, Ohio with her husband, Dale, and their two Cavalier King Charles’s, Dakota and Titus. In her spare time LeAnn enjoys shopping, traveling, working on home projects and spending time with family including grandchildren Bella, Sophia, Grayson and Olivia.


Jan Pepper

Jan joined Northwest Vision Center as an Optician/Eyewear Consultant in 2014.  Prior to joining Northwest Vision Center, Jan worked as an Optician for a private Optometry practice for five years, and has two additional years of experience working as an apprentice optician for an eyewear retailer.  Jan is a Medical Assistant and has attended Columbus State Community College.  Jan strives to provide each patient with excellent customer service.

Jan currently resides in Upper Arlington along with her husband of 31 years, Jim.  She and her husband have a 26 year old daughter, Erica.  Jan enjoys spending time with her family and spoiling her boxer, Emmy.  Jan also spends her free time volunteering at Highbanks Metro Park, birding, reading, and following the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Katelin Herron

Katelin is originally from Washington Court House, Ohio, but moved to Hilliard in 1999, and has lived there since. She graduated from Marion Technical College in 2018 and has an Associates of Business Management degree with a Real Estate Option.

Katelin enjoys interacting with patients while helping them achieve their vision goals. In her free time, she likes to travel with friends and family, including her five younger siblings. She is also an avid animal lover and spending much of her free time with her beloved dog, Bella.


Jackie Eichhorn

Jackie joined Northwest Vision Center in August of 2019. She started working in the optical field as a patient coordinator in 2016. From there she became an optician apprentice for two years before taking and passing the National Optician Competency Exam in May of 2019. She was drawn to the field because she loves finding fun frames that people enjoy wearing, match their style and fit their personality. Learning about new frame styles and lens technology is also exciting and something that she enjoys a lot about her job.

Jackie grew up in Pickerington, Ohio and currently lives in Columbus. In her free time she loves being outside kayaking, reading in her hammock or hiking. She also loves traveling with friends and finding new restaurants around the city!


Hannah Sternisha

Hannah has lived in Hilliard all her life.  She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in May 2020 with a degree in chemistry and a certificate in pre-medicine.  She plans to apply to optometry school with hopes of fulfilling her life long dream of becoming an optometrist.  She started working at Northwest Vision Center in the summer of 2019 as an optometric technician and is now working as an optician.

In her free time, Hannah likes to spend her time cooking and trying new recipes, shopping and spending time with family and friends.  She also loves playing and spending time with her dog Heidi and new puppy Spencer.


David Lanning

An Ohio native, David has nearly 20 years of optical experience dating back to 2000 when he started working with D.O.C. Optical, based out of Michigan. David fell in love with the rewarding experience of helping patients not only have better vision, but also find something that fits their style needs! 

 When asked about an accomplishment that he is proud of, David said that when he moved to New Lexington, Ohio in his senior year of high school, the town allowed no dancing and music due to an accident that happened with the local’s minister’s son. David organized a group and went before the town council to prove why celebrating with dancing and music should be allowed, even going so far as to quote verses from the bible. In the end, the senior class was permitted to have a prom, and David’s date was the minister’s daughter. 

 When he has spare time, David is an avid reader, and loves movies (especially horror and comedy), and spending time with his wife Amy and daughter Skylar, both of whom he credits with being the true loves of his life!


Nikol Stout

Nikol is originally from Amherst, Ohio but has been living in the Columbus area for the past 13 years. After graduating from Cleveland State University and receiving her teaching license from Ashland University she spent many years teaching young children from preschool age through 3rd grade. 

Needing a change, she joined Northwest Vision Center in June 2020. She enjoys connecting with patients and helping them with their vision needs.   

Most evenings Nikol can be found driving her two daughters, Lylah and Juliet, to dance or volleyball. 

In her spare time Nikol enjoys all things Cleveland sports and of course our beloved Buckeyes. She also enjoys camping and just about anything else you can do outdoors and spending time with friends and family. 


Kris Murphy

Kris was born and raised in Hilliard, Ohio and stayed in Hilliard to raise her two children, Adam and Nikki.  When life presented an opportunity for her to move to California, she jumped at the chance.  Kris lived in the Sierra Mountain Range in northern California for 20 years spending her time boating and camping in the beautiful natural alpine lakes.  Some of her best times were spent white water rafting on the American River.  Kris also enjoys hiking and all other outdoor activities.

In September 2020 she along with her cat, Zoe moved back to the Columbus area to be closer to her children and granddaughter, Cora.  Kris joined the Northwest Vision Center family in November 2020 as the receptionist.


Alicia Maldonado

Optometric Technician

Alicia is a Texas native and a graduate of the Oklahoma State University.  After a long haul across the country, she joined the Northwest Vision Center staff in November 2020 as an optometric technician.

While working at Northwest Vision Center, Alicia enjoys interacting and connecting with patients as well as making sure they are happy with their contacts and glasses that suit their vision needs and complements their style.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys online shopping, crafting, and spending time with her fur babies, Sayble and Gracie.  She is excited to explore the great state of Ohio along with her boyfriend, Kane.