QMG Optometrists (left to right) Dr. Kelly Sharpe and Dr. Heidi Haisley

On Veterans Day, we want to express our deep appreciation for the invaluable service provided by our local Veterans. To mark this occasion, we spoke with two of our optometrists at Quincy Medical Group (QMG) — Dr. Kelly Sharpe and Dr. Heidi Haisley — to discuss their care for local Veterans.

Dr. Sharpe, in addition to her work at the QMG Eye & Vision Institute, also sees patients at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Here, she has the privilege of tending to the eye health and vision needs of our local service members.

Reflecting on her experiences, Dr. Sharpe shared, “I find it a unique privilege to care for Veterans and to address the eye health and vision needs of our local service members.”

Her dedication to Veterans extends beyond individual care. Dr. Sharpe collaborates closely with their support systems to ensure her patients receive the best possible care.

“The most rewarding moments have been when I get to work with the Veterans and their families together, all contributing to the improved management of the Veteran’s eye health,” she said.

Dr. Haisley brings a distinct perspective to her work with Veterans. Prior to joining QMG, she played a crucial role in setting up a new optometry clinic at the outpatient facility for the VA in Quincy. Since joining QMG in June of 2022, she has had the privilege of caring for Veterans in her current practice.

Working with Veterans holds a special place in Dr. Haisley’s heart. She expressed, “Veterans are some of my favorite patients to work with. Being able to give back and provide them with high-quality eye care is an honor, considering the service they’ve already provided to the rest of us.”

A memorable experience for Dr. Haisley was the deep connection she formed with a local Veteran. Initially, he sought care exclusively outside the area, but eventually chose to entrust her with his care locally.

“One of the best moments I have had with working with Veterans is the personal relationships I’ve been able to create,” she said. “It was very special to me that he allowed me to be a part of his healthcare team.”

Dr. Sharpe and Dr. Haisley address common eye health concerns such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration — conditions that resonate with both civilian and Veteran patients alike.

The trust extended by the Veterans they care for deeply touches both Dr. Sharpe and Dr. Haisley. They recognize the sacrifices made by the Veterans they serve and feel honored to provide them with care.

Dr. Sharpe shared her heartfelt gratitude to Veterans, “Thank you to both you and your family for the sacrifices you have made to ensure the safety of my family. Your service is appreciated today and every day.”

Dr. Haisley echoes this sentiment, extending her message to our Veterans: “Thank you! I am so grateful for your sacrifices and contributions to our country and local community.”