Dr. Steve Sandman wants to change the world starting in his corner of Beatrice, NE. His own world was changed in 2nd grade when he received his first pair of glasses. Because of the constant changes in his vision, he needed to visit his optometrist every 6-12 months. He knew what an impact having clear vision had on his own life, and he wanted other people to be able to enjoy their most important sense.
One of the things that Dr. Sandman enjoys most about what he does every day is helping a wide variety of patients. He finds it very rewarding to help a child with their first pair of glasses or treating patients with macular degeneration or cataracts. He likes meeting patients of every age and stage in life and doing what he can to help them see their very best.
Dr. Sandman enjoys being active in the Beatrice Community and beyond. He volunteers for the Beatrice Public Library Foundation, the Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center’s Board of Directors. He also has traveled to Haiti with Shared Vision International to help the people there receive optometric exams and also volunteers with Vision USA, a program that provides basic eye exams and vision services free of charge to low income individuals and families who are uninsured.
Dr. Sandman wants people to know how important it is to consider the health of their eyes as an extension of their overall health. As we are living longer and longer, we want to make sure to take care of our eyes so that we can enjoy great vision well into our golden years.
Family is at the root of everything Dr. Kim Tucker does. Even before she began her own family, she knew she wanted to help others. When she was a senior in college, she was at EyeCare Specialties for an exam when Dr. James Kirchner asked her if she had ever thought about optometry as a profession. She shadowed him the next day and became so impressed by the work he did for families all over Lincoln that she knew she found her direction.
Dr. Tucker knows that helping a person with their vision and the health of their eyes not only helps the patient, but improves their relationships with their families. She’s also proud of having been a part of the EyeCare Specialties team for enough time that she’s been able to watch entire families grow up before her eyes.
In her free time, Dr. Tucker continues to support families in Lincoln. She just recently finished a six-year term on the board for the Lincoln Children’s Museum and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Lincoln Public Schools.
She shares her personal motto, “Just keep moving” with her own family as she participates in many activities with her husband and two children. You can often find Dr. Tucker and her crew at many sporting events or traveling around the state. Always on the move and being together as a family.
Over 30 years ago, a young man accompanied his girlfriend to her eye appointment. For Dr. Brian Hinkley, it was love at first sight. His sweetheart eventually became his wife and favorite companion. But he also fell in love with the field of optometry. Dr. Hinkley, who had always imagined an occupation in the medical field, was now excited about the idea of helping people realize their best possible vision.
Dr. Hinkley loves seeing the smiles on patient’s faces when he can help restore their vision or help them with a medical need. And he looks forward to seeing entire families of children, parents and grandparents who he has been treating over those past 30 years.
In 1998, Dr. Hinkley helped start a free eye clinic in a small closet at the People’s City Mission and has had the pleasure of watching it grow ever since. He still volunteers there once a month, helping Lincoln’s homeless and uninsured with their eye care.
Dr. Hinkley’s personal motto, “To find joy in everything I do,” is apparent in every aspect of his life. Whether treating patients, volunteering for the homeless or enjoying time with this family, Dr. Hinkley’s bright optimism influences everyone he meets.