Dr. Gradowski has been in practice for over 40 years in Omaha. Born & raised in the metro, Dr. Gradowski attended Creighton Prep High School & Creighton University, before moving to Memphis, TN to complete his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in 1979. He has been a member of Creighton’s Athletic Medicine Staff and Clinical Instructor at Creighton University School of Medicine, for nearly 25 years. A Past President of the Nebraska Optometric Association & Heart of America Contact Lens Society, Dr. Gradowski continues to be involved in the latest treatments and procedures in eye care, including serving on advisory panels & conducting clinical trials on innovative, cutting edge technology. He enjoys family, friends and spending time on the golf course whenever possible!
Dr. Heidi Lichtenberg grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biology. While she was at UNO, she also worked at our practice as optical manager. She went on to earn her doctorate from the Indiana University School of Optometry, graduating with Highest Honors, and has since been practicing at Eye Care West. During her education, she received extensive experience in all aspects of primary eye care at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida and UNMC in Omaha, Nebraska; including cataracts, eye diseases/infections, diabetic eye care, specialty contact lenses, and pediatric eye care. Dr. Lichtenberg enjoys treating patients of all ages and believes in educating her patients so they are more knowledgeable about the things they can do now to help prevent various eye diseases/conditions.
Dr. Lichtenberg is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association. She has served on the Board of Directors for the NOA. She was recognized as the NOA Young Optometrist of the year in 2016. She is currently on the Creighton Medical Staff for Creighton Bluejay Athletics and The College World Series. Dr. Lichtenberg is also a Clinical Instructor at the Creighton University School of Medicine.
Most of all, Dr. Lichtenberg enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids; whether it be traveling, spending time outdoors, or going to a Nebraska football game, Creighton athletic event, or KC Royals baseball game.
Dr. Tammy Richert grew up on a farm near Gresham, Nebraska. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, earning a degree in biology. She then earned her doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon graduation she returned to Nebraska where she married her husband Kelly, who was serving in the US Air Force. Dr. Richert has practiced optometry in Hawaii, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia and Belgium. When her husband retired from active duty they moved the family back to Omaha. Dr. Richert and her husband have been married 21 years and have two boys. In her spare time Dr. Richert enjoys watching her kids’ ball games, listening to music and watching cooking shows. She is an avid Husker fan and Royals fan.
Dr. Katherine Schmidt grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated with honors in her hometown at UNL with an undergraduate degree in biology. She went on to the New England College of Optometry to earn her Doctorate of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts and stayed in the area for a residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Eye Care at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Schmidt and her husband then moved to Denver, Colorado where she practiced for three years before moving back to Nebraska to be closer to family. She is happy to be home!
Dr. Schmidt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and strives to uphold the highest standards of care. She is also a member of the American and Nebraska Optometric Associations. Dr. Schmidt enjoys taking her dog to the park, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places.
We are proud to be the official Eye Care Professionals for the Creighton University Athletics and the College World Series held every year in Omaha!