Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Eyecare Associates of Ankeny the leading provider of vision care products and services in Ankeny.
Hometown: Waukee, IA
University of Northern Iowa, 1998
Pacific University College of Optometry, 2004
Experienced with CRT (corneal refractive therapy).
Experienced with soft and gas permeable bifocal contact lenses.
Very active in current literature regarding new advances in eyecare and systemic diseases affecting our eyes.
Professional Activities: Iowa Optometric Association; American Optometric Association; Providing eyecare for patients at On With Life – Brain Injury Rehab Center; and Sunnyview Care Center Nursing Home.
Community: Member of Ankeny Chamber of Commerce; Young Professionals of Des Moines, Ankeny chapter.
Dr. Jesse J. Kahnk
Ankeny High School, 2004
University of Northern Iowa, 2008
The Ohio State University, 2013
Hobbies: Golf, Basketball
Ohio Optometric Association Senior Student of the Year (2012)
William Feinbloom and Ohio State Low Vision Award Winner (2013)
American Optometric Student Association President- Ohio State (2011-2012)
Professional: American Optometric Association, Iowa Optometric Association, Ocular Nutrition Society
Dr. Jeffrey J. Neighbors
Jeff Neighbors was raised in Eagle Grove, IA. He attended Iowa Central Community College and the University of Iowa before going to The Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. Dr. Neighbors graduated in 2005. After practicing in Massachusetts for a year, Dr. Neighbors returned to his hometown and practiced for 8 years before moving with his family to Johnston and joining Dr.’s Schroder and Kahnk in practice. Dr. Neighbors sees patients in all locations, Altoona EyeCare, Johnston EyeCare, and EyeCare Associates of Ankeny.
Dr. Neighbors is an active member of the Iowa Optometric Association, and currently serves on their board of Trustees. Dr. Neighbors is also active in many community organizations including The Johnston and Altoona Chambers of Commerce, Johnston Rotary Club, The Freemasons, local networking groups, and the Johnston School District. In early 2017 Dr. Neighbors was part of an optometry mission trip to Hermosillo, Senora Mexico.
Dr. Neighbors has a wife, Liz and three daughters, Paige, Julia, and Lexi. In his free time Dr. Neighbors enjoys golf and other sports.
The Staff of Eyecare Associates
Our staff has over 100 years experience in the optometric field. They are members of the Iowa Optometric Assistants Association and have held offices on the board. We also have had an assistant that has been awarded the ParaOptometric of the Year. The staff is also involved in various community activities.
Janae Jelsma – Office Manager
Mary Austin – Receptionist
Jennifer Bogaards – Optician (CPOA)
Ashley Fitzsimmons – Optometric Assistant
Lindsey McKenna – Receptionist
Katie Noble – Optician
Kati Payne – Billing/Receptionist
Laura West – Optometric Assistant
Afton Ziegenmeyer- Optometric Assistant