Joel Weis, O.D. recently moved his Mt. Ayr Family Vision Center office to the Visiting Physician’s Clinic within Ringgold County Hospital. One of the best aspects of being located within the hospital is collaboration, says Dr. Weis. “I’ve had a stand-alone clinic in Mt. Ayr for six years. I’m really looking forward to partnering with the hospital and the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic’s health care professionals. Coordinating with a patient’s primary care physician gives us the opportunity to provide the best care possible.”
Dr. Weis has been focused on being an optometrist since he was in the sixth grade. “I needed glasses at a young age, and I’ve always been fascinated with eyes and how they work,” he explained. He started life on a farm near Prescott, IA, and comes from a family involved in all kinds of healthcare. “Our family had a farm where we raised cattle and crops. Then my dad decided to go back to school and become a veterinarian. That’s when I decided I wanted to treat people – not animals.” As a young student, he did some job shadowing and decided that optometry was to be his career. After graduating from high school in Creston, he attended the University of Iowa. From there, he traveled south to experience barbeque and the blues while attending the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He now practices with the same doctors that he interned with. Like many physicians who choose to practice their specialties in rural areas, Dr. Weis enjoys the challenges that come with working with a lot of different patients. “In Mt. Ayr, I work a lot with systemic issues like diabetes and ocular diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma. I want to see patients of all ages. It makes health care so interesting” says Dr. Weis.
Dr. Weis’s home is in Creston where he lives with his wife and two young daughters. He doesn’t exaggerate when he says his entire family is in healthcare. His wife is an X-Ray technician; a brother is a pharmacist; another brother is in health insurance; his mother is a radiation therapist; and his father is a vet. “We’re all in the patient care business,” he said. “In one way or another!”
Dr. Weis is now seeing patients in Mt. Ayr on Thursdays each week in the Visiting Physician’s Clinic at Ringgold County Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 641-464-2813.