Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Child and Family Eyecare a proud provider of vision care products and services in Wichita.
Patrick J. Pirotte, O.D.
Dr. Pirotte is a native Wichitan. He attended St. Patrick’s grade school and Bishop Carroll High School. He has always had an interest in music and made his stage debut at age three, singing in The Sound of Music. The primary reason he pursued optometry was a result of the various vision problems he encountered as a child. Crossed eyes, a lazy eye, and visually related learning problems were all part of his life growing up. He feels it is a calling to help kids who are suffering from the same difficulties as he did. “It is wonderful to know more, and have better tools to cure them than were available when I was a child,” said Dr. Pirotte.
Dr. Pirotte attended Wichita State University and the University of Kansas studying piano performance and human biology. He then chose the Southern California College of Optometry because of its nationally recognized reputation for pediatric vision training. He graduated in 1985 with honors.
The second half of his career will be devoted to both patient care and the teaching of student doctors, which he has been doing since 2000. He is affiliated as a clinical professor with four colleges of Optometry:
· Illinois College, Chicago, Illinois
· Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
· Southern College, Memphis, Tennessee
· NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Pirotte has developed the largest practice in Kansas devoted to children’s vision care. Thus the practice name, Child and Family Eyecare. Together with his partners, they have a total of 56 years of experience in vision care.
Child and Family Eyecare has been selected to start a pediatric residency certified by the American Council on Optometric Education. This office is one of only two in the country to be chosen for this honor which will be unfolding over the next few years.
The commitment to you and your children is without equal. You are considered part of our family and all the doctors were picked by Dr. Pirotte to carry on that tradition. Thank you for trusting us with your precious vision!
Brandon R. Fisher, O.D.
Dr. Brandon Fisher joined the staff at Child and Family Optometry in July of 2006 after graduation from Oklahoma’s Northeastern State University College of Optometry. However, Dr. Fisher was no stranger to south-central Kansas. He grew up in Burrton, as small community of approximately 1,000 in Harvey country about 30 minutes northwest of Wichita. When it came time to put down roots and start his practice, Dr. Fisher and his wife Laura decided that they wanted to come home to Kansas. We’re so glad they did!
Dr. Fisher has become invaluable to our practice in treating eye disease, with a special emphasis in glaucoma and visual complications due to diabetes. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness that destroys nerve fibers in the back of the eye. Our office has the latest technology in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Our instruments allow for the diagnosis of glaucoma in its earliest stages, as well as give us a precise measure of the progression of the disease in known glaucoma patients. In addition, Dr. Fisher does extensive work in diagnosing and treating vision loss due to macular degeneration and diabetes.
Dr. Fisher and Laura have two beautiful children: a daughter Kennedy and a son Aiden. Being a parent himself, Dr. Fisher understands how important good visual development is in the life of a young child. Because it’s so important to catch problems early, Dr. Fisher is happy to provide free vision screenings to infants from ages 6 months to 3 years. Good visual skills are also critical to children in school, who must use their eyes many hours each day to read and learn. Dr. Fisher has a strong commitment to treating vision-based learning problems. When your school-aged child sees Dr. Fisher for an exam, he will run tests to ensure your child has the visual skills necessary to succeed in school.
Vinh D. Vu, O.D.
Dr. Vinh Vu is our newest addition to the team! He grew up in West Wichita and attended Bishop Carroll High School. He graduated as Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State University. With a passion for travel and humanitarian work, Dr. Vu has done volunteer trips to Panama, El Salvador, and China. Dr. Vu’s cultural background and studies allow him to converse in Vietnamese fluently and some Spanish.
Dr. Vu graduated from Wichita State University with a focus in Biomedical Biology. He proceeded to continue his optometric study at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, known for their medical-based model of care. After graduating in 2015 with Clinical Honors, He proceeded to continue his education by obtaining a Residency in Community Health Care. Through extensive training and research, Dr. Vu is aware and makes use of cutting edge optometric technology to provide services ranging from ocular disease management to contact lens fittings.
Dr. Vu’s additional training allows him to focus on interdisciplinary care. By understanding the connection between eye health and certain systemic health issues, he is able to effectively communicate and coordinate care with other health care providers when appropriate. In this way, Dr. Vu strives to form a team of medical advisors with you at the center.
Come in and let Dr. Vu be a part of your medical family today!
Daniel Nielson, O.D. – Resident
Dr. Daniel Nielson grew up in Post Falls, a small town in Northern Idaho. He attended Brigham Young University and received a B.S. in Exercise Science. At Southern College of Optometry he received his Doctor of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. During his schooling he underwent extensive training in pediatrics, vision therapy, ocular disease, refractive surgery, contact lenses, and low vision and also has experience in treating ocular conditions including glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts and systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes. He is an active member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the American Optometric Association.
He spends time serving the community in both optometry and non-optometry related ways. During optometry school he participated in local trips where he performed eye examinations to underserved populations, and he also went on a SVOSH trip to a Mexico to provide free examinations.
His area of emphasis is in pediatrics and neuro-rehabilitation. Studies have shown that one out of eight children will have an eye condition that hinders their ability to learn. He is passionate about helping children with these vision problems and loves providing them with the right tools to succeed in reading, school, and all other visual situations.
Dr. Nielson is married and has two young kids, a boy and a girl who keep him busy when he is not in the office. He enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, and camping.