OUR Niwot OPTOMETRIC TEAM
The eye doctors and staff at Niwot Eyecare and Vision Therapy have been providing Niwot with quality eye care for many years. Our friendly staff is dedicated to providing this care in an atmosphere of compassion and respect. Our goal is to remain at the forefront of eye care through continuing education utilizing the latest state-of-the-art equipment, technology, contact lens, and eyewear products.
Meet The Eye Doctors At Niwot Eyecare and Vision Therapy
Our eye doctors 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.
Amy Chang, OD, FCOVD is a graduate of State University of New York College of Optometry, she completed her residency in Acquired Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation at SUNY Optometry. She is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She has received the following awards, Louis Herman Memorial Award for Outstanding Compassion in Patient Care, COVD Award for excellence in Vision Training, and the Best Literature of the Year Award.
She has spent the last ten years treating military and civilians with traumatic brain injuries in the hospital setting. She has enjoyed helping to improve her patients’ lives after a brain injury. She also enjoys educating other optometrists and health professionals, having lectured in local and national conferences, publishing journal articles, and even a book titled “Neurovision Rehabilitation Guide” which is a manual for therapists on vision rehabilitation.
Dr. Chang understands that every patient is unique and that the best way to understand a patient is to actively listen. She is often told that she has a very calming voice and demeanor and that she explains things in a way that is easy to understand.
Dr. Chang is excited to bring her expertise and also learn from Dr. Hutchins. She is confident that she will be able to provide the high quality of care that her patients have been accustomed to.
Dr. Chang enjoys connecting with her patients on a personal level and taking time to fully understand her patient’s needs and outcomes. Dr. Chang enjoys working with patients that have been told by other doctors that “there’s nothing that can be done” or that “their problems are too complicated to solve.” She finds that very often times there can be a solution and will work with patients to attain their goals.
Dr. Chang is married and has two dogs, Arni and Ivan. She enjoys spending her free time camping, hiking, and silversmithing.
Dr. Rebecca Hutchins was born in Washington D.C and attended public schools in Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in English Literature from the American University.
While writing her thesis, she began to have vision problems and learned that, in addition to her nearsightedness, which was present from age 7, her visual skills were inefficient. She participated in an optometric vision therapy program with Amiel Francke, O.D. in Washington, D.C., and asked so many questions, that she decided to earn the necessary prerequisites and attend optometry school.
She graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1984. She earned honors in all 3 trimesters of Clinical Experience and in two of her four senior Externships. In addition, in her senior year, she won the Knight Henry Award for a paper entitled: “The Influence of Ocularly Transmitted Light on Human Metabolism: Implications for the Optometrist.” She moved to Colorado and began “practicing” behavioral optometry. In 1986, she bought the practice of a long-time behavioral practitioner, Dr. Ernest Wille, and took on his loyal patient base.
Dr. Hutchins worked out of Dr. Wille’s space, on the 2nd floor above Boulder Optical just off the Pearl Street Mall, until federal regulations requiring handicapped access forced her to move. She then practiced with like-minded professionals out of an office on Center Green Drive, that was destroyed by fire in December 1998. She next re-located to Niwot, Colorado where she has been happily enjoying the ambiance of this wonderful little town for over a decade. Her most recent move was a block south of her original office in Niwot, and she is now in a beautiful, sunny space which delights her long-time clients. At the time of her move, in June 2009, she added the clientele of the late Dr. Cleve Armstrong, a revered holistic optometrist in Lafayette Colorado.
Dr. Hutchins’ mode of practice is a little different from most eye care practitioners. She prides herself in mindful, whole person one-to-one patient care. She works without a technician and conducts the entire examination, from history and acuities, through testing and final case presentation.
She enjoys networking with other professionals and frequently works closely with neuropsychologists, cognitive rehabilitation specialists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to name a few. She co-wrote a book with Lois Hickman, O.T.R,. which has recently been republished as “Eyegames” Easy And Fun Visual Exercises”.
Dr. Hutchins is married, with one son. In addition, she enjoys a mini-menagerie of cats, chickens, goats, and llamas at her “backyard barnyard” in Longmont. She is an active member of the Boulder Society of Friends where she works on the Religious Education Committee and teachers the middle school class. In her spare time, she is in a book group, reads lots of mysteries and books on the brain.
Her newest area of interest harks back to her award-winning paper in optometry school–it’s the action and implications of a recently discovered photoreceptor in the retina which affects the production of Melatonin.