A New Member of Dr. Graebe’s Team


A New Member of Dr. Graebe’s Team

When the topic of Vision Therapy was introduced in optometry school, something clicked for Dr. Rebecca Swartzentruber, the newest optometrist at Dr. Rick Graebe’s Family Eyecare Associates office in Versailles.

“The science of it made sense to me,” she said about Vision Therapy, a kind of physical therapy for the eyes, brain and body.

“Something clicked in my brain. It didn’t click for everybody, and I knew this was something I wanted to pursue.”

So as a fourth-year optometry student serving a clinical rotation at UK, Dr. Swartzentruber visited Dr. Graebe’s office to observe his practice.

“I was very excited to enter the Vision Therapy world and excited to meet Dr. Graebe, who has an open mind about how to treat patients,” she said.

“What sets his clinic apart is his holistic approach to treatment.”

Fast forward five years and Dr. Swartzentruber is now a member of Dr. Graebe’s team.

“This is a wonderful place to work,” said Dr. Swartzentruber, who joined the practice in May.

“I’m happy to be in an office where visual performance is at the heart of the practice.”

She’s also happy to be in Central Kentucky. Raised in Ohio, she graduated from Centre College in 2006 and Illinois College of Optometry in 2011.

She has worked in Kentucky since graduation and lives in Lexington with her husband, Michael, the minister at South Elkhorn Christian Church. Dr. Swartzentruber is active in the life of the church and hosts a young adult fellowship group.

Coming from a family of educators, Dr. Swartzentruber has a heart for working with children – another reason that Dr. Graebe’s office is an ideal fit.

In the Children’s Vision and Learning Center portion of the practice, Dr. Swartzentruber works with students who are struggling in school.

“We see children who come to us with unanswered questions about why they are struggling,” she said.

“Often, it’s because their eyes are not working together as a team, or their visual system is not processing information correctly.”

Vision Therapy addresses those issues, and the walls of Dr. Graebe’s office are lined with testimonials from countless families whose children have been helped by Vision Therapy.

Now there is another doctor in the practice to help patients succeed.

Dr. Rick Graebe
Family Eyecare Associates &
Children’s Vision and Learning Center
105 Crossfield Drive, Versailles
myfamilyvision.com • 859-879-3665