Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Opens New Optometry Clinic
TOPPENISH – “We use our vision for so much, often we take it for granted until something happens,” Dr. Stephanie Cooper said.
Cooper is the optometrist at Toppenish Medical Dental Clinic’s new optometry clinic.
Adding optometry services for patients of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) in Toppenish is another way YVFWC is caring for the whole patient.
“Adding optometry is a more comprehensive way to care for our patients,” Cooper added. “Eye care is very important to our every-day lives. In our medical clinic, we treat patients with diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. These are all conditions that also affect the eyes.”
YVFWC’s first-ever optometry clinic opened late spring at the Toppenish Medical-Dental Clinic in Toppenish.
The optometric facility is a 2,000 square foot clinic, with four exam rooms, one optometrist and an optician.
“We’re starting with one optometrist, but there will be room to grow,” Senior Director of Regional Operations, Kelly Duncan said.
Cooper earned her Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. She completed her clinical training at Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, Arizona.
Currently the optometry clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to existing patients of the Toppenish Medical-Dental clinic. Services include regular vision checkups as well as treating additional ailments affecting a patient’s eyes. The optometry clinic also has an optician on staff, who helps select frames and lenses that best fit the patient.
“We are thrilled to offer this service to our community,” Cooper added.
About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.com