Vision Health Center Continues Loras Streak

Vision Health Center, P.C. in Dubuque has been working with Loras students for over 30 years. The students get exposed to a busy medical-based optometry clinic as well as the business aspect of running a practice.

L to R: Karsen Hise (’19), Jacqueline Peterson (’21), Dr. Steve Sloan (’79), Savannah Bahls (’20), and Zachary Ney (’20).

The program started initially in a shadow format that could transform into an intern opportunity. Dr. Steven Sloan (’78), Loras Board of Regents, credits Loras for how well these students are prepared.

“These students are not only bright and well-focused they are amazingly sensitive to the needs and the concerns of those around them,” Dr. Sloan said. “This combination of strong analytic thinking and empathy will carry them to achievements beyond their expectations.”

Dr Sloan is proud of the fact that all the students who shadowed or interned with him, which now exceeds well over 30 in number, have all been accepted into professional schools, including medical, podiatry, pharmacy and of course, optometry.

He will often tell new students “You can’t break my string – we are batting a thousand!”

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).