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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Johnston EyeCare the leading provider of vision care products and services in Johnston.

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. Schroder 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.

Dr. Jay Petersma

Central College, Pella, IA 1983

Illinois College of Optometry, 1987

Residency in ocular disease and blind rehabilitation: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL 1988

Wife: Janet, classroom instructor and creative team at Memory Bound Scrapbooking, Ankeny.

Children: Daughter, Bailey, JHS 2010, Indiana University 2015, high school/middle school band director in east Texas

Hometown: Newton, IA

Professional Activities: Iowa Optometric Association-past president 2009, OD of the Year 2013. American Optometric Association Editorial board, Optometric Management National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Clinical skills examiner 1999-2012.

Community: Johnston Planning and Zoning Commision, chair, 2001-present/City of Johnston Comprehensive Planning board. Johnston Chamber of Commerce, current board member and past president. Drumline instructor for JHS Marching Band 2004-present. Praise band drummer, Meredith Drive Reformed Church – The Bridge Campus.


The Staff of Johnston EyeCare

Selvedin – Optometric Assistant

Kylee – Optician

Janae – Practice Manager

Lindsey – Office Manager