Q+A with Dr. Alli Hoppert, OD, FAAO

Hi all! So we thought our customers should get to know our new optometrist. Not only is she super easy on the eyes, but she's got an interesting background, too! We asked her a few questions for our customers in this Q+A:
Where are you from?
I consider Milwaukee, WI “back home,” but I’ve lived all over the greater Milwaukee Metropolitan area for most of my life.
Where did you go to school?
I went to undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon for Optometry School. I completed my residency training in Primary Care Optometry in a Hospital Based Setting with the Southern California College of Optometry, the Department of Health and Human Services and Indian Health Services at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.
How long have you been in the eye care field?
I have been working in optical since 1998. I graduated from Optometry school in 2011.
What do you do during an eye exam?
During a comprehensive eye exam I do three things:
  • I maximize your vision for both your job and your hobbies by ensuring your vision is as clear as possible at all working distances.
  • I ensure your eyes are healthy, both on the inside and out: I test for everything from dry eye and allergies, to macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma in addition to other medical conditions that affect the eyes.
  • I ensure your eyes are working well together as a team and that you are not at risk for any eye strain especially while reading or working on digital devices.
How often should you get your eyes checked?
It depends….Children should get their first comprehensive eye exam at the age of 6 months to 1 year (this is not the same as a well-baby check). If no glasses are needed, they should be examined by an eye doctor again at age 3 and at age 5 to ensure their vision is developing normally, that their eyes are healthy, and that their eyes are working together properly as a team before they head off to school and begin more difficult tasks like reading.  If glasses or contact lenses are prescribed at any time, children and teens should be seen by their eye doctor yearly. Adults age 18 to 60 with a glasses or contact lens prescription should be seen yearly for their annual eye exam. If no glasses or contact lens prescriptions are needed and there are no eye health concerns, then adults should be seen by their eye doctor every other year to monitor the health of the eyes and to assess for risk of eye strain. Adults over 61 should be seen every year for a comprehensive dilated eye exam regardless of whether or not they need glasses or contacts. This is because there are several medical conditions that can affect the eye which occur more frequently in this age group, and many of these conditions are painless and have no symptoms in their early stages.
Do you take insurance?
Why don’t you take insurance?
I believe in quality care and that the patient’s needs be put first, plain and simple. Therefore I operate on a concierge medical model so I don’t take vision or medical insurance. This model allows me to spend my time where it should be – with my patients. During each comprehensive eye exam I spend approximately 45 minutes to an hour to ensure every patient’s visual needs have been met, to allow more time for patient education and to make sure my patient’s questions have been answered. Despite not taking any vision or medical insurance, I offer flat rates with competitive pricing for my services and accept cash payment, and all forms of credit cards at the time of service. For patients who do have insurance, I am happy to give them an itemized receipt with the appropriate codes to submit to their vision or medical insurance at their discretion.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have two pugs that have me wrapped around their little paws: Maximus, and his partner in crime, Titus.
Do you sell contact lenses?  
Absolutely. I offer all of the mainstream soft contact lens brands in my office, and once a patient has been fit with the lenses and the prescription has been finalized, all of my patients will have the opportunity to order their contact lenses online through our website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – hassle free.
What are your hobbies?
When I’m not hanging with my pugs, I love to host barbecues, cook elaborate meals, go wine tasting, and travel – especially random road trips to northern AZ.  I’m avidly into HIIT training at my gym and I’m learning to golf (at least, attempting to learn!)
What do you love about Phoenix?
I love the sunshine and I love the desert. Having grown up with the cold and snow, every day I wake up and take the time to be thankful to live in such a beautiful, warm, sunny place…even in the summer.

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