You care for your patients while we care for your practice

Providing exceptional patient care with integrity is our core value.

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, EyeCare Partners is the premier business partner to exceptional Optometry and Ophthalmology practices.

We set the highest standards of excellence by providing premier patient-centered doctors with world-class business support services. When you affiliate with EyeCare Partners, we manage all aspects of business operations including revenue cycle, purchasing, marketing, human resources, recruiting & training, IT, and other office support functions.

Importantly, we do not change the character or culture of your practice, we seek to enhance what you have created. Specifically, we enhance the cultural and operational aspects of your practice to help it grow, while integrating your team into our portfolio of thriving practices.

Dr. James Wachter, Chief Professional Officer

Over his 25 year career in Optometry, Dr. Wachter has led the Clarkson Eyecare organization from a single location to the several hundred offices in operation today in a dozen states. Dr. Wachter is a St. Louis native graduating from St. Louis University and then The Illinois College of Optometry where he earned his graduate degree. Subsequently, he completed his Harvard University and New England College of Optometry affiliated Ocular Disease Residency at the Brockton and West Roxbury VAMC Hospitals just outside of Boston, MA.

Joseph P. Gira, M.D., Chief Medical Director, Ophthalmology

Dr. Joseph Gira is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine receiving his Doctorate Degree with Distinction. Dr. Gira completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Hermann Eye Center and has been in private practice in St. Louis since 1999. Dr. Gira is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a leading innovator in the refractive cataract surgery field. Dr. Gira joined EyeCare Partners in 2017.

Kelly McCrann, Chief Executive Officer

Kelly is a highly experienced, private equity backed CEO who has spent the majority of his career running multi-unit healthcare businesses. He grew up in Southern California and went to the University of California Los Angeles where he graduated with a degree in Economics & Political Science. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School before joining KPMG in their consulting group, followed by 5 years at McKinsey where he focused on the health care industry. He had operating roles at three healthcare companies before becoming the CEO for a dental business in 1996. Kelly has been the CEO of four other companies, with the most recent being AdvoServ, a behavioral management company. He joined EyeCare Partners as CEO in 2017.

Dr. James Wachter, Chief Professional Officer

Over his 25 year career in Optometry, Dr. Wachter has led the Clarkson Eyecare organization from a single location to the several hundred offices in operation today in a dozen states. Dr. Wachter is a St. Louis native graduating from St. Louis University and then The Illinois College of Optometry where he earned his graduate degree. Subsequently, he completed his Harvard University and New England College of Optometry affiliated Ocular Disease Residency at the Brockton and West Roxbury VAMC Hospitals just outside of Boston, MA.

Joseph P. Gira, M.D., Chief Medical Director, Ophthalmology

Dr. Joseph Gira is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine receiving his Doctorate Degree with Distinction. Dr. Gira completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Hermann Eye Center and has been in private practice in St. Louis since 1999. Dr. Gira is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a leading innovator in the refractive cataract surgery field. Dr. Gira joined EyeCare Partners in 2017.

David Clark

David A. Clark, President

David comes to EyeCare Partners with more than 25 years of progressive and impactful leadership experience in the healthcare industry with most of that time spent partnering with physicians to establish and develop national subspecialty focused physician organizations. Prior to EyeCare Partners, David spent 20 years with MEDNAX, Inc., an NYSE traded physician services organization with a focus on maternal-fetal-newborn and pediatric subspecialties along with radiology and anesthesiology practices across the United States, where he most recently served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, David held several roles with Concentra Managed Care, Inc., a national occupational medicine management company. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand and Arthur Andersen, LLP. in Dallas, Texas.

David earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Kathy Shea, Chief Financial Officer

Kathy joined EyeCare Partners, LLC in May, 2017. Previously she served as Chief Financial Officer of AdvoServ, a private equity owned company serving individuals with extreme intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has over 20 years as a financial executive within healthcare for both payers and providers and across other industries. She has provided strategic and financial leadership to for-profit companies ranging in size from start up to large capitalization as well as not-for-profits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and French from Smith College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Supantha Banerjee

Supantha Banerjee, Chief Information Officer

Supantha is an intrapreneurial leader with 20+ years of track record of designing and implementing technology enabled business innovation for accelerating revenue growth, enhancing customer experience/operational efficiency and maximizing profitability of businesses across diverse industries including healthcare and retail. Prior to EyeCare Partners, Supantha led digital and enterprise systems teams for Aspen Dental as Vice President through transformational initiatives. Prior to that, he held senior executive roles with JoAnn Stores, PSC Metals Inc., and Macy’s.

Supantha attended University of Michigan – Ross School of Business and earned his Master of Business Administration and received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Durgapur, India.

Sarah Wells, Senior Vice President, Optometry Business

Sarah Wells joined Clarkson Eyecare as a part-time employee in 2000. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science from Truman State University in 2003, she joined full time. Throughout her 18 year career, Sarah has performed various roles at the office level as well as at the corporate level, including positions as Software Sales Manager, District Manager, Director of Operations and Regional Vice President. She led the Clarkson Eyecare business operations through massive change and growth, and currently oversees all Optometry based operations & integrations throughout EyeCare Partners’ multitude of brands. Sarah plays a key role in our field operations by driving the vision of providing world-class patient care through our offices.  Sarah grew up in St. Louis, MO, and has been a Clarkson Eyecare patient since she was 9 years old.

Jen Morgan, Vice President, Finance and Treasury

Jen Morgan has over 15 years of experience in accounting and auditing specialized in the health care industry; including health insurance, prescription benefit management, bio-pharmaceutical and hospital and specialty provider care. Previously she was a Senior Director, Finance, at Express Scripts where she led the SEC reporting, Technical Accounting and Financial Compliance functions , as well as accounting due diligence and post-closing integration for mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Express Scripts in 2015, Jen had been with Ernst & Young for 11 years during which she was a senior manager within the audit department for four years. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Missouri in St. Louis and is a certified public accountant in Missouri and Texas.

Steve Graham, Vice President, Supply Chain & Procurement

Steve Graham joined EyeCare Partners in January 2019. Steve graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Finance, and spent 3 years after college working for Wells Fargo Financial in various roles. Most recently, he led Procurement Category Management & Analytics for Express Scripts, the largest PBM in the health care industry. Prior to that, Steve spent 7 years in several finance leadership roles for Save-A-Lot Foods including Operations Finance, Corporate & Licensed Real Estate, Collections, FP&A, M&A, and Merchandising Analytics.

Pam Krause, Vice President, Patient Engagement Center

Pam Krause joined Eyecare Partners in 2018 as Vice President of the Patient Engagement Center. Previously, she held various positions with Verizon Wireless including: Director Business Transformation, Director Customer Operations and Director Contact Centers. Pam has experience in Large Scale Process and Project Management. She has led efforts in Mergers, Acquisitions and System Integrations. She is Six Sigma trained and certified as a Master Black Belt. Pam received her BS in Biology from Missouri State University.

Angie Butenschoen, Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management

Angie Butenschoen joined EyeCare Partners in 2017.  Previously, she was the Director of Revenue Cycle for NuMotion and prior to that she was a Director of Corporate Financial Services at Express Scripts. Angie received her MBA from Lindenwood University Plaster School of Business.

Mark Barron, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Mark Barron joined EyeCare Partners in January of 2018. Previously, Mark was a private equity investment professional at The Riverside Company, where he focused on investing in middle market companies across a variety of industries. Before Riverside, Mark spent five years as an investment banker at Harris Williams LLC. Mark received his BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Dayton.

Leadership Doctors

Dr. James Wachter, Chief Professional Officer

Dr. Wachter has led the Clarkson Eyecare organization from a single location to over 250 locations in 9 states over his 25 year career in Optometry.  Dr. Wachter is a St. Louis native graduating from St. Louis University and then The Illinois College of Optometry where he earned his graduate degree.  Subsequently, he completed his Harvard University and New England College of Optometry affiliated Ocular Disease Residency at the Brockton and West Roxbury VAMC Hospitals just outside of Boston, MA.

Joseph P. Gira, M.D., Chief Medical Director, Ophthalmology

Dr. Joseph Gira is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine receiving his Doctorate Degree with Distinction. Dr. Gira completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Hermann Eye Center and has been in private practice in St. Louis since 1999. Dr. Gira is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a leading innovator in the refractive cataract surgery field. Dr. Gira joined EyeCare Partners in 2017.

Executives

Kelly McCrann, Chief Executive Officer

Kelly is a highly experienced private equity backed CEO who has spent the majority of his career running multi-unit healthcare businesses. He grew up in Southern California and went to the University of California Los Angeles where he graduated with a degree in Economics & Political Science and played varsity baseball. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School before joining KPMG in their consulting group. After KPMG he spent 5 years at McKinsey where he focused on the health care industry. Following that, he had operating roles at three healthcare companies before becoming the CEO for a dental business in 1996. Since that business was sold, he has been the CEO at four other companies with the most recent one being AdvoServ which is a behavioral management company that he left earlier this year.

Dr. James Wachter, Chief Professional Officer

Dr. Wachter has led the Clarkson Eyecare organization from a single location to over 250 locations in 9 states over his 25 year career in Optometry.  Dr. Wachter is a St. Louis native graduating from St. Louis University and then The Illinois College of Optometry where he earned his graduate degree.  Subsequently, he completed his Harvard University and New England College of Optometry affiliated Ocular Disease Residency at the Brockton and West Roxbury VAMC Hospitals just outside of Boston, MA.

Joseph P. Gira, M.D., Chief Medical Director, Ophthalmology

Dr. Joseph Gira is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine receiving his Doctorate Degree with Distinction. Dr. Gira completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Hermann Eye Center and has been in private practice in St. Louis since 1999. Dr. Gira is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a leading innovator in the refractive cataract surgery field. Dr. Gira joined EyeCare Partners in 2017.

Kathy Shea, Chief Financial Officer

Kathy joined EyeCare Partners, LLC in May, 2017. Previously she served as Chief Financial Officer of AdvoServ, a private equity owned company serving individuals with extreme intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has over 20 years as a financial executive within healthcare for both payers and providers and across other industries. She has provided strategic and financial leadership to for-profit companies ranging in size from start up to large capitalization as well as not-for-profits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and French from Smith College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Sarah Wells, Senior Vice President, Optometry Business

Sarah Wells joined Clarkson Eyecare as a part-time employee in 2000. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science from Truman State University in 2003, she joined full time. Throughout her 18 year career, Sarah has performed various roles at the office level as well as at the corporate level, including positions as Software Sales Manager, District Manager, Director of Operations and Regional Vice President. She led the Clarkson Eyecare business operations through massive change and growth, and currently oversees all Optometry based operations & integrations throughout EyeCare Partners’ multitude of brands. Sarah plays a key role in our field operations by driving the vision of providing world-class patient care through our offices.  Sarah grew up in St. Louis, MO, and has been a Clarkson Eyecare patient since she was 9 years old.

Jen Morgan, Vice President, Finance and Treasury

Jen Morgan has over 15 years of experience in accounting and auditing specialized in the health care industry; including health insurance, prescription benefit management, bio-pharmaceutical and hospital and specialty provider care. Previously she was a Senior Director, Finance, at Express Scripts where she led the SEC reporting, Technical Accounting and Financial Compliance functions , as well as accounting due diligence and post-closing integration for mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Express Scripts in 2015, Jen had been with Ernst & Young for 11 years during which she was a senior manager within the audit department for four years. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Missouri in St. Louis and is a certified public accountant in Missouri and Texas.

Steve Graham, Vice President, Supply Chain & Procurement

Steve Graham joined EyeCare Partners, LLC in January 2019.  Steve’s career has spanned healthcare, retail and banking.  Most recently, he led Procurement Category Management & Analytics for Express Scipts, the largest PBM in the health care industry.  Previous to that, Steve spent 7 years in several finance leadership roles for Save-A-Lot Foods including Operations Finance, Corporate & Licensed Real Estate, Collections, FP&A, M&A, and Merchandising Analytics. Save-A-Lot foods is a private-equity owned hard discount grocery retailer.  Steve spent 3 years after college, working for Wells Fargo Financial in various roles. Steve graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Finance.

Pam Krause, Vice President, Patient Engagement Center

Pam Krause joined Eyecare Partners in 2018 as Vice President of the Patient Engagement Center. Previously, she held various positions with Verizon Wireless including: Director Business Transformation, Director Customer Operations and Director Contact Centers. Pam has experience in Large Scale Process and Project Management. She has led efforts in Mergers, Acquisitions and System Integrations. She is Six Sigma trained and certified as a Master Black Belt. Pam received her BS in Biology from Missouri State University.

Angie Butenschoen, Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management

Angie Butenschoen joined EyeCare Partners in 2017.  Previously, she was the Director of Revenue Cycle for NuMotion and prior to that she was a Director of Corporate Financial Services at Express Scripts. Angie received her MBA from Lindenwood University Plaster School of Business.

Mark Barron, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Mark Barron joined EyeCare Partners in January of 2018. Previously, Mark was a private equity investment professional at The Riverside Company, where he focused on investing in middle market companies across a variety of industries. Before Riverside, Mark spent five years as an investment banker at Harris Williams LLC. Mark received his BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Dayton.

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Press Releases

July 20, 2020

EyeCare Partners LLC Announces Completion of Six New Practice Acquisitions in Second Quarter

EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, today announced the acquisition of six new optometry, ophthalmology and eye surgery centers in regional markets around the country.

June 30, 2020

EyeCare Partners LLC Names Industry Veteran David Clark as President

EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, today announced the addition of David A. Clark to its leadership team in the newly created position of President.

May 18, 2020

EyeCare Partners Announces Reinstatement of All Services Along with New Health and Safety Guidelines

Patients can expect mandatory masks and gloves worn by all staff, staggered appointment schedules and greater physical distancing in offices for safer eye exams

September 11, 2019

EyeCare Partners Completes Acquisition of Nationwide Vision

EyeCare Partners LLC (“ECP”) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Nationwide Vision, a leading full-service vision care provider.

September 5, 2019

EyeCare Partners Completes Acquisition of Associated Retinal Consultants

Largest Transaction to Date Strengthens ECP’s Market-Leading Position with Internationally Recognized Retina Subspecialty Practice

June 6, 2019

EyeCare Partners Sponsoring Healthy Eyes Healthy Children, a Program of Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation

EyeCare Partners is proud to sponsor Healthy Eyes Healthy Children, a community grants program administered by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation.

March 18, 2019

EyeCare Partners Growth Continues with Entry Into Michigan

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) has expanded into its 11th state by partnering with the doctors and staff of Bennett Optometry, a leading optometric practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, led by Dr. Steven Bennett.

October 24, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires John-Kenyon, Bennett & Bloom, and McPeak

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) is pleased to announce its further expansion into the Kentucky ophthalmology market with the acquisitions of JohnKenyon Eye Centers and Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers, the two leading ophthalmology practices in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as McPeak Vision Partners, the leading ophthalmology practice in the Bowling Green/Glasgow, Kentucky area.

October 23, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires Three New Optometry Practices in Ohio

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) is pleased to announce the addition of three new optometry practices to its Ohio footprint: Advanced Eyecare Associates, the Columbus, Ohio, practice of Dr. David Zehnder O.D.; Riverview Eye Associates, the Columbus, Ohio, practice of Dr. Steve Curtis O.D.; Sugarcreek Eye Health Center, the Bellbrook, Ohio, practice of Dr. George Reed O.D.

August 14, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires Family Eye Care Center

EyeCare Partners, LLC (“ECP”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Family Eye Care Center (“FECC” or “Company”), the North Carolina‐based optometry practice of Jeffrey R. Sutton, O.D. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

April 2, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires The Eye Place

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) is pleased to announce its expansion within the Birmingham, Alabama, optometry market with the acquisition of The Eye Place, the optometry practice of Sheila Kirk, O.D.

April 2, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires Mariemont EyeCare

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) is pleased to announce its expansion in the Cincinnati optometry market with the acquisition of Mariemont EyeCare, the optometry practice of Dr. Mark Kuhlman, O.D.

April 2, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires Heritage Vision Center

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Heritage Vision Center, the Snellville, Georgia optometry practice of Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, O.D.

March 14, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires Alabama Vision Center

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) is pleased to announce its expansion into the Alabama ophthalmology market with the acquisition of Alabama Vision Center, the Birmingham-based ophthalmology practice of Drs. Price Kloess, M.D., Andrew Velazquez, M.D., Andrew Bartlett, M.D., and Holly Young, O.D.

March 13, 2018

EyeCare Partners CEO Kelly McCrann to Discuss Successful Acquisition Strategy at Vision Expo East

EyeCare Partners LLC (“ECP” or “the Company”), a growing network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, today announced CEO Kelly McCrann will be a featured speaker at Vision Expo East where he will discuss the Company’s successful growth strategy at a session titled “Private Equity Takes Root – What Does It Mean for Optometry?” on Saturday, March 17. McCrann will talk about how the investment from private equity firm FFL Partners has fueled the acquisitions that have it projected to reach 275 locations by the end of 2018.

March 7, 2018

EyeCare Partners Acquires The Ophthalmology Group

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) is pleased to announce its expansion into the Kentucky ophthalmology market with the acquisition of The Ophthalmology Group, the Paducah, Kentucky-based practice of Mark Gillespie, M.D., Landen Meeks, M.D., Jeffery Taylor, M.D., and Carl Baker, M.D.

November 30, 2017

EyeCare Partners Acquires Downtown Raleigh eyecarecenter OD, PA

EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) announced today that it has acquired Downtown Raleigh eyecarecenter OD, PA, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based optometry practice of David Weitz, O.D. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

May 31, 2017

For Eyecare Partners, a Steady Acquisition Pace Creates a Multi-State Medical Eyecare Model

As new challenges arise for eyecare professionals—everything from the rising cost of information technology investment to an evolving health care landscape—the notion of swifter consolidation among both regional and independent ECP practices is gathering momentum.

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Contact EyeCare Partners if you are interested in a benefits-oriented exit strategy, or a seamless transition plan to optimize your practice operations in the years ahead. EyeCare Partners, LLC, offers tailored options and proven management solutions to achieve your goals.

Interested in discussing a transition?

James J. Wachter, O.D.
Chief Professional Officer & Co-Chairman
636-227-2600
jjwachter@eyecare-partners.com

Mark Barron
Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
636-227-2600 x2113
markbarron@eyecare-partners.com