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Ready to Serve With Expert Care
Meet the Team

Ready to Serve With Expert Care

We are committed to providing our guests with the best eye care possible, and it starts with our people. Stop in or call today for a comprehensive eye exam or to find your perfect pair of glasses.

Three core values all of our eye care team members share:

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Honesty & Integrity

We always do what's right for our patients by helping them select the eye care solutions that are perfect for their unique vision needs. No hidden charges, surprise fees, or "bait-and-switch” tactics.

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Commitment to quality

We offer only high-quality frames and contacts from brands we trust and love. We use state-of-the-art technology. And we charge fair, affordable prices.

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Doing the right thing

We focus on one theme: do what's right for the customer. We call this the Longe Difference, and that's what separates us from everyone else.

Longe Optical — Certified Independent Optometrists

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Ashton Akridge, OD

Dr. Akridge graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry and had been practicing in Greenwood, Indiana prior to joining Longe Optical. She provides comprehensive ocular care to individuals of all ages and enjoys medically-focused optometry. She is especially skilled in diagnosing and treating dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, pre-operative and post-operative surgical management.

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Aaron Frey, OD

Dr. Frey is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry and brings two decades of experience to Longe Optical. Dr. Frey is also active in working with our optometrists and store teams to provide expert levels of patient care.

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Christina Kennedy, OD

Dr. Kennedy is new to the Fort Wayne area after practicing in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Valdosta, Georgia, and Johnson City, Tennessee. She provides expert care through comprehensive eye exams, which include a full health check of the eye, along with fitting and evaluating contact lenses.

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Gentry Kerwood, OD

Dr. Kerwood, a Pennsylvania native, earned his undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster and his Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University, graduating with honors. He offers a genuine, patient-centric practice style, striving to meet each patients’ needs with the best possible care. Dr. Kerwood practices general optometry and sees patients of all ages. He also takes special interest in pediatrics, neuro-optometry, and specialty contact lens fitting.

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Zachary Laskovich, OD

Dr. Laskovich graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He enjoys all aspects of optometry, including treatment and management of ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, binocular vision, and pediatrics.

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Alex Lineback, OD

Dr. Alexander Lineback, a Fort Wayne native, attended IPFW (now PFW) as an undergrad and obtained his Doctorate of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Lineback is passionate about patient care and provides comprehensive eye examinations along with contact lens fittings. He is affiliated with the American Optometric Association, Nova's Optometric Practice Management Association, and the Indiana Optometric Association.

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Christopher Pataluch, OD

Dr. Pataluch is an Indiana University School of Optometry graduate and has been practicing at Longe Optical since 1996. He specializes in providing comprehensive eye exams, including challenging contact lens fits, and is certified in treatment for managing ocular disease.

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Lisa Pham, OD

Dr. Pham is a Fort Wayne native and a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. She enjoys practicing all facets of optometry, and especially enjoys creating meaningful, lasting relationships with patients.

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Ali Prible, OD

Dr. Prible (née Norton) is a Hartford City, IN native and graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry. While in Optometry School, Dr. Prible was a member of the Gold Key International Honor Society and participated in two VOSH mission trips to Jamaica. She is very passionate about sports vision training, vision therapy, and pediatrics. What she enjoys most about optometry is building relationships with patients, while helping care for their ocular health.

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Ed Schneider, OD

Dr. Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry, and has been taking care of patients in Northern Indiana for the last 14 years. In addition to providing excellent care locally, Dr. Schneider has traveled internationally with mission teams serving the needy in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, St. Vincent, and Jamaica.

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Ashley Dues Schoenherr, OD

Dr. Ashley Dues Schoenherr, from Coldwater, Ohio, is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Optometry. She strives in providing state of the art care in all areas of optometry with special interest in ocular disease, pediatrics, binocular vision/vision therapy, and specialty contact lenses.

Longe Optical Leadership

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Josh Quintana
General Manager

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Joan Fisher
Operations Manager

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Carrie Truex
Insurance Specialist

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Brandi Kiner
Performance Improvement and Training Manager

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Brent Bair
Store Manager — West Jefferson

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Kristen Lantz
Assistant Store Manager – West Jefferson

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Cameron DeFord
Store Manager — St. Joe Center

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Vixen Walker
Store Manager — South

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Ceirah Heyneman
Store Manager in Training – Pine Valley

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Daniel Todd
Store Manager in Training – North Anthony

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Caecilia Esmond
Store Manager in Training – Lima