James Haines, O.D.
James L. Haines, O.D., feels fortunate to have grown up in the then “Mayberry-like” small town of Zionsville following his move from Speedway, IN, in 1963 at age 9. He graduated from Zionsville Community High school in 1972.
Following undergraduate studies at Purdue University, Dr. Haines received a B.S. in Optometry and later his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in 1978 from the Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington. He completed externships at the VA Hospital in Cleveland and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
Dr. Haines served as a medical service corps officer in the U.S. Navy. He spent two years assigned to Pearl Harbor Naval Regional Medical Center and served as director of the optometry clinic at Kaneohe Marine Corp Air Station in Hawaii. Following his active-duty military service, he returned to Zionsville to begin private practice in 1980.
He has enjoyed being involved in many local community activities including serving as board president and capital campaign chairman for the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville as well as president of the Zionsville Optimist Club, and Zionsville Christian Church. He was instrumental in the founding of the Zionsville Alumni Association, the annual “Hit the Bricks” charity run, and the area phone book recycling program. Dr. Haines also has served on the board of directors of Boone County Senior Services Foundation, Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, Zionsville Pathway Advisory Committee, and currently serves as a volunteer board member of Shalom of Lebanon.
Dr. Haines is a lifetime member of Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity (VOSH) and has traveled with their missions to Honduras and Cuba. He is a 35-year member of the American Optometric Association and served as president of the Central Indiana Optometric Society and the Indiana Optometric Association in 2004. He also has served as chairman of the IOA membership and convention committees. In 2013, Dr. Haines received the highest recognition bestowed from IOA, the prestigious Optometrist of the Year Award.
He and his wife, Julia, reside in rural Zionsville and have two grown children and two granddaughters. He enjoys traveling, spending time in Brown County, Hawaii and California, walking, IU sports, and producing homemade maple syrup at their Maple Hill Farm each winter.
Nicholas Garn, O.D.
Dr. Nicholas Garn was raised in Columbus, IN, and graduated from Columbus North High School. He attended Indiana University where he enjoyed playing trombone as a three-year member of the Indiana University Marching Hundred and Big Red Pep Band. Dr. Garn graduated with a B.S. in biology and a Business Foundations Certificate in 2000 before spending two years working toward a Master’s degree in Biology at IUPUI. In 2002, he started the Doctor of Optometry program back in Bloomington at the Indiana University School of Optometry. During his last year at IUSO, Dr. Garn took special interest in pediatric vision development and ocular disease.
Dr. Garn joined Zionsville Eyecare upon graduation in 2006 and is currently co-owner of this Zionsville tradition. He serves the profession by acting as a liaison for Indiana optometry to the Indiana University School of Optometry and serves as the state convention’s co-chair. He has been asked to speak as an industry representative for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and is regularly invited to attend exclusive events reserved for the nation’s top optometrists.
In 2011, Dr. Garn received the Meritorious Service Award from Indiana Optometric Association for his dedication and service to students of the profession. In the spring of 2012, the state association gave Dr. Garn the prestigious “Young Optometrist of the Year” award for his dedication to public service and leadership in Indiana optometry.
Dr. Garn has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura (an IU Health pharmacist), since 2003. In March 2011, they were blessed with a daughter, Sawyer, and then blessed again in July 2013 with a son, Emmett.
When not in the office serving the Zionsville community or in Indianapolis serving the Indiana Optometric Association, you can find Dr. Garn volunteering his time and leadership as a trustee at Freedom Church in Lebanon, IN. He serves as a coordinator for the church’s Financial Peace course and enjoys playing sound engineer on Sunday mornings. Dr. Garn enjoys serving his patients and the community around him.
Ami Fraser, O.D.
Dr. Ami Fraser is originally from Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas, where she graduated with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in zoology. She then earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO). During her last year at UHCO, she completed a neuro-ophthalmology rotation in Houston and chose to extern at the Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio and Lyons V.A. in New Jersey. Dr. Fraser was heavily involved in numerous extracurricular activities at UHCO: She was the co-chair for the orientation committee for incoming students, a member of the admissions committee, and an instructor in ocular anatomy for TEXACOP, a summer program for undergraduate students interested in optometry. Upon graduation, Dr. Fraser chose to further continue her studies by completing a residency in primary care/low vision rehabilitation at Palo Alto Veterans Hospital in California.
Upon completion of residency, Dr. Fraser worked in an ophthalmology practice in San Francisco for two years, and then relocated to Austin, where she joined a private practice. After several years in Austin, she and her husband, Jonathan, relocated to Sydney, Australia, for her husband’s work. While in Sydney, she worked with one of the top retinal specialists in Australia. Then, after two years, they moved back to the U.S. and relocated to Indianapolis, where Dr. Fraser joined Zionsville Eyecare part-time.
Dr. Fraser’s professional interests include primary eye care, optometric medical care, and contact lens fittings. Her diverse professional background has given her a broad prospective of optometry and serving patient needs. She is dedicated to treating each and every patient like a family member and ensures that her patients leave with a full understanding of their eyes, including overall health and vision correction.
Dr. Fraser currently resides in the greater Zionsville area, with her husband, Jonathan (a New Zealander), and their two young daughters, who keep them on their toes. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, exploring new restaurants, and yes, practicing optometry.
Julia Blank, O.D.
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Blank is a life-long Hoosier. She attended James Whitcomb Riley High School, where she was active in the Arts, and graduated with a BA from Indiana University. After receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in 2000, Dr. Blank completed a Low Vision residency, specializing in meeting the needs of the visually impaired. She went on to work at Arnett Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana, where she had a large practice with a broad demographic patient base.
Dr. Blank is married to David Blank, an Emergency Physician at St. Francis Hospital, and has four school-aged children, all boys. Her activities and interests are many and varied, but they center around building her family and community.