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 is 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
Dr. Pirotte developed the largest practice in Kansas devoted to children’s vision care. Thus the practice name, Child & Family Eyecare. Together with his partners, they have a total of 56 years of experience in vision care.
Child & Family Eyecare was selected to start a pediatric residency certified by the American Council on Optometric Education. This office is one of only 12 in the US to be chosen for this honor.
What does this mean for you? State of the art care from long experience, with new young doctors and their new knowledge combined!
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!
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.
Dr. Laura Aelvoet grew up in a small city outside of San Antonio called La Coste, TX. She then continued her studies at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in biology and graduating with High Honors. Dr. Laura always had a passion for helping children which blossomed while in college. After college, she wanted to continue her education with an emphasis in pediatric vision and ultimately attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.
While attending optometry school, Dr. Laura became proficient in diagnosing and treating all ages of patients. While doing so, Dr. Laura received multiple awards and honors for her rapport with patients and overall clinical knowledge. She was also selected as an ambassador of the school and actually took Dr. Pirotte on a tour of the campus long before she made her way to Kansas!
Though Dr. Laura enjoys traveling for fun, she has also done trips with SVOSH to Mexico and Columbia to provide free eye care to those in need. After graduating magna cum laude, Dr. Laura decided to further her education in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy and Neuro Rehabilitation by completing a residency here at Child and Family Eyecare. She plans to take the knowledge she gains back to South Texas and specialize in children’s vision, therapy and brain injured patients.
In her spare time, Dr. Laura enjoys staying active and traveling to see her family and friends. She also enjoys the thrills of college sports and is an avid Longhorn.
Dr. Jeremy Gardner was raised in Gilbert, Arizona. He attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2016. While attending school at BYU, Dr. Gardner met and married his wife, Janette. They have been happily married for 5 years and have two beautiful daughters: Parley and Lucy.
He graduated from the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University in 2020, where he was a proud member of the Beta Sigma kappa Optometric Honor Society. His clinical rotations provided a strong background in ocular disease, pediatrics, and vision therapy. Dr. Gardner was awarded the Good-Lite Pediatrics Award upon Graduation from Optometry School for his passion and dedication to children's vision development and pediatric eye care.
Dr. Gardner is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Uruguay for 2 years while serving a mission for his Church. He is eager to provide quality eye care in both Spanish and English. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with his family. Dr. Gardner is honored to be a part of the Child & Family Eye Care team and looks forward to serving families in Wichita.
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