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Dr. Michael Hutton
Dr. Hutton is a life-long resident of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Berwick, he played football and basketball for the Bulldogs. He graduated from Albright College in 1977 with an undergraduate degree in Biology and then received his doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now called Salus University) in 1981.
In October 1981, Dr. Hutton moved to Lewistown to purchase the practice of the late Dr. Luther Rhodes. That same year, he married his wife, Patti. They have two children of their own and were foster parents for ten years. They also have two grandchildren.
Dr. Hutton is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Society, Mid-Counties Optometric Society and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. Since 1990, he has been traveling to Haiti to do missionary work in a rural eye clinic. He often takes a group of optometry students along from the Illinois College of Optometry.
Outside of the office, Dr. Hutton enjoys archery hunting, travel and following Pennsylvania's sports teams.
Dr. Justin Beamer
Dr. Beamer grew up in Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County. He graduated from Tyrone High School in 1994 and then received a B.S. in Biology from Messiah College in 1998. After his college graduation, Dr. Beamer spent several years working with Rev. Dr. Stephen Gallaher and Salt ‘n Light Youth Ministries, based in Mechanicsburg.
He received his doctor of optometry degree in 2005 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, now called Salus University. He has been working in Lewistown with Dr. Hutton ever since.
Dr. Beamer is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Society, and Mid-Counties Optometric Society.
Dr. Beamer’s wife, Steph, works as a nurse practitioner in women’s health. They have three sons and enjoy watching college and professional football. Dr. Beamer also likes fishing, muzzleloader hunting, and running in his spare time.
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The staff plays a crucial role in helping the doctors provide quality eye care and service to every patient. Our front desk personnel are mainly in charge of handling phone calls, scheduling appointments and juggling the many facets of billing and insurances. Our technicians also have a number of responsibilities, including performing the pre-exam work-up, doing specialized testing, and training individuals on contact lens use. In addition, they work in our optical area – helping patients select their frame and lens designs, adjusting and repairing glasses, and ordering glasses and contact lens materials.
All of our staff members do tasks too numerous to mention to help our office run smoothly. The doctors truly appreciate their hard work and dedication! Back to Top
OUR OFFICE HISTORY
Greater Vision Eye Associates, LLC had its roots when Dr. Hutton moved to Lewistown and purchased the optometry practice of the late Dr. Luther Rhodes in 1981. At the time, the office was located on North Main Street, in the building that now houses Clear Concepts Counseling Services. As the practice grew and Dr. Hutton became busier, it became evident that more space was needed.
Construction was started at 19 West Third Street in 1990, and on March 4th, 1991 the first patients were seen in the new location. Not only did the new building offer more space, but it was also completely handicap accessible.
Except for a short period of time, Dr. Hutton worked without an associate. A chance meeting in 2000 changed that. While Dr. Beamer was working with Salt 'n Light Youth Ministries, he met Dr. Hutton's son, Aaron, at Belleville Mennonite School. At that time, Dr. Beamer was preparing to enter optometry school and he was interested to learn that Aaron's dad was a local optometrist. When Dr. Beamer was required to work as a summer intern after his first year of optometry school, he contacted Dr. Hutton, who gladly agreed to serve as his mentor during this time.
Dr. Beamer later returned to Dr. Hutton's office for a five month externship during his third year of schooling. In fact, Dr. Beamer lived with the Hutton family during this time! Upon graduation, Dr. Beamer agreed to join Dr. Hutton's practice.
On July 1, 2007, Dr. Hutton and Dr. Beamer became partners as they formed Greater Vision Eye Associates, LLC.
Although many things have changed since Dr. Hutton first came to Lewistown, the practice's commitment to quality eye care and services has remained the same.
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