Ron D. Hansen, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Hansen grew up on a farm near Colby, Kansas. He completed his undergraduate studies at Kansas State University. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Life Science from K-State, he received a Kansas Board of Regents scholarship to attend optometry school at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Hansen received the Matocha Ullman Excellence in Optics award while at Houston, and completed his clinical externship at Evans Army Hospital, Ft. Carson, Colorado.
Dr. Hansen joined in practice with Dr. Douglas E. Ball in 1990. In addition to continuously delivering excellence in eye care for his patients, Dr. Hansen has offered his commitment to his profession and his community. He has served on numerous local boards and committees, including Breakfast Optimist Club, Rotary Club, United Way, HCC Endowment Association and the NJCAA Basketball Tournament. Dr. Hansen has been elected to the board of directors of the Kansas Optometric Association, where he has served as President. He is a previous recipient of the Kansas Optometric Association Young Optometrist of the Year award. He has presented continuing education lectures to numerous school nurse and paraoptometric groups. Dr. Hansen has been accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
He currently serves as the President of the Kansas State Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Hansen and his wife, Traci, have three children, Megan, Sarah, and Rachel. He enjoys sports, home improvement projects, woodworking, and time with his family.
Benjamin L. Whittredge, O.D.
Dr. Whittredge is a native of Hutchinson and graduated from Buhler High School before studying Ecology at the University of Kansas. Following 4 years of undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas, Dr. Whittredge attended Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, Indiana on a Naval Health Professions Scholarship. While in Indiana, he completed his undergraduate work and attended four years of optometry school. Dr. Whittredge performed external clinical rotations during the 4th year of optometry school, including a 3 month rotation in central Mexico at Guanajuato Eye Clinic, and a rotation and a surgical specialty clinic in Indianapolis.
Following graduation from optometry school, Dr. Whittredge served 4 years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Naval Health Clinic Charleston located in Charleston, South Carolina. While on active duty, he was awarded medals for Outstanding Volunteer Service for efforts with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and the Lions Club, as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for productivity and leadership in the clinic. Also while on active duty, he was nominated for Charleston’s Health Care Hero’s award, and Federal Service Employee of the Year. Since moving back to Kansas, he has served as President of the VOSH Kansas Chapter, as well as President of the Hutchinson Noon Lions Club.
In 2010, Dr. Whittredge relocated back home to Hutchinson and joined the practice of Drs. Ball and Hansen, now Southwind Eyecare. Dr. Whittredge is married to Amy, and he has four children, Alexis, Liliana, William, and Cecelia. He enjoys spending time with his family on the lake, boating and wakeboarding in the summer, and he also likes to prepare gourmet meals at home.