Dr. Kirk Hearne + Staff

Dr. Kirk Hearne is originally from North Vernon, Indiana and graduated from Jennings County High School in 1986. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Indianapolis. He attended Indiana University receiving his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1995.

Dr. Hearne is a member of the AOA and IOA.  He is active in the community , service clubs and a member at First Baptist Church in North Vernon. He began practice in North Vernon in August 1995.  Dr. Hearne resides in North Vernon with his wife Kathy and son Lawson.





Staff Bios


Laramie Elston – Optician/Patient Care Coordinator
Laramie joined our staff in November of 2014.  Laramie is one of our patient care coordinators and has worked hard to become an optical consultant.  She was born and raised in Jennings County and is a 1995 graduate of Jennings County High School.  Laramie married Beau Elston in 2007.  She has three children: Kalynn, Maddix, and Marlee.  Laramie has a background in the healthcare field working as a dialysis technician for 9 years.  She enjoys attending church at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, spending time with her family and friends, and beach vacations with her children.  She enjoys working with the public and making sure everyone’s needs are met.




Chandra Hanson – Patient Experience Manager
Chandra grew up in Seymour, IN.  She graduated from Indiana University receiving an Associates Degree in Optometric Technology & Opticianry in 1995.  She is an AOA certified technician and an ABO certified optician.  She has been Dr. Hearne’s technician for over 22 years as well as coordinator for cataract/refractive surgery and low vision services.  She enjoys cooking, dancing, motorcycling, camping and spending time with friends and family.  She resides in Seymour with her husband Chris, and her nephew, Kelan.  She also has four stepchildren, Charles, Ryan, Tori and Tamara that also reside in Seymour.




Kim Lakins – Patient Care Coordinator
Kim is originally from Columbus, Indiana where she graduated from Columbus East in 1982.  After graduating, she attended IUPUC where she studied psychology.  She spent 20 years in customer service in the banking industry before coming to work for Dr. Hearne as a Patient Care Coordinator in 2007.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, beach vacations and meeting new people. Kim resides in Scipio, Indiana with husband Kenny and son Shane, who attends IUPUC.





Brittany Layman – Patient Care Coordinator
Brittany is a 2009 graduate of Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Indiana.  She went on to attend Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis for 2 years and then Indiana University of Bloomington for 2 years. During her two years at Indiana University, she received the degree of Associate of Science in Optometric Technology/Opticianry with High Distinction from the School of Optometry.   She received a certificate for outstanding accomplishments as the 2012-2013 Optician of the year, was recognized as a Founders Scholar in recognition of Sustained Academic Excellence at Indiana University, and was featured as Best of Class 2013 in Vision Monday Magazine.  She enjoys sporting events, being involved with her church and spending time with her family.  She was recently married to Kyle Layman and they reside in Butlerville with their dog Gunner. She is currently attending IUPUC to finish her degree in Elementary Education.


Carrie Robinette – Patient Care Coordinator
Carrie is one of our two newest employees.  She is also a lifelong resident of Jennings County.  Carrie graduated from Jennings County High School in 1993.  She is married to Jared Robinette.  Together, Jared and Carrie have three children: Kaylie, Kyle and Jaylan.  They live in the Scipio area.  Carrie came to HVC from Mainsource Bank.  She has a beautiful smile that you will be greeted with when you arrive at HVC.  From there, Carrie coordinates the information needed for your exam.  She also helps with filing some of our insurances and checking patients out when completed with their visit.  When she is not busy at work, she stays busy with her family and friends.  Carrie also is a sports mom and she loves supporting her kids in their activities.




Amy Walters – Optical Manager
Amy came to our office in August of 2015 with 15 years of experience in the optical fashion field.  Amy graduated from Jennings County High School in 1993 and has lived in Jennings County all of her life. She has two sons, Bryson and Zach, and enjoys spending time with them, as well as playing softball and other sports.  As an optician, Amy is eager to meet and work with our patients and assist them in selecting eyewear that best suits their needs.






Kristy Wienhorst – Optical Consultant
Kristy joined our staff in August of 2017.  She has been a stay at home mother to her two sons for the past five years.  Kristy previously worked for Dr. Coers in Columbus, Indiana.  She comes to us with 12 years of experience in the optical field.  She enjoys her boys’ sporting events, attending Graham Baptist Church, traveling and spending time with loved ones.







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