Dr. Richard H. Benninger, MD
Dr. Benninger has been providing high-quality eye care to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area for more than 35 years. Here at Richard H Benninger MD PC, all of our doctors perform thorough eye examinations and advanced testing as well as prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Bachelor of Science 1962-1966
University of Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI 1970-1971
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 1972-1976
Dr. Heidi Gordon, O. D.
Dr. Gordon graduated with distinction from Michigan College of Optometry in 2001. Her internships included Duane L. Waters Hospital, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, and Eaton Rapids Optometry. She completed undergraduate studies at Ferris State University. Dr. Gordon’s clinical interests are in primary care and contact lenses. She is certified to use pharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat eye disease.
She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and playing the piano. She attends St. Roberts of Newminster Catholic Church. She currently lives in the Cascade area with her husband, Dan, and their two children.
Dr. Gordon is now accepting new patients. Call Michigan Street Optical at 616.459.3713 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Sarah K. Hansen, OD
Professional: Michigan College of Optometry Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI August 2007–May 2011
Undergraduate: Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI August 2003-May 2011
Doctor of Optometry, Highest Distinction Michigan College of Optometry (GPA: 3.81, May 2011)
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, Cum Laude; Minor in Chemistry, Business, Grand Valley State University (GPA 3.75, May 2007)
CPR/AED of the Professional Rescuer (Rockford Ambulance, June 2011 – June 2013)
Synergeyes A Certification (June 2011)
Ortho-Keratology Certification (Paragon CRT, August 2009)
Injectable Certification (Michigan College of Optometry, August 2009)
Shalise - Technician, ABO
Kelly - Optician, ABO
Kelly is an ABO certified optician and had 20+ years of experience. She has worked for Dr. Benninger since 2016 as an optician. Kelly has a unique ability to relate to patients, getting to know them and making them feel comfortable while in the office. Her contagious personality is something that Michigan Street Optical values as she is great at helping patients choose the best frames for their personality. In her free time, Kelly enjoys cooking, spending the day at the beach, and hanging out with her family and their dog, Jager.
Erin - Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
Erin is a certified Medical Administrative Assistant. She first began working for Dr. Benninger May of 2011. Erin is also a licensed cosmetologist, independent consultant for Perfectly Posh, wife and mother of 2 daughters age 6 and 9. Erin enjoys reading and spending time with her family, gardening and camping.
Emily - Medical Administrative Assistant
Emily has been a medical administrative assistant for Dr. Benninger for the last 3 ½ years. Recently she has been trained as an ophthalmic technician. Emily is great at multi-tasking and has the ability to retain information easily, which makes her a great asset to our team. In her spare time Emily likes spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing with her husband. She also enjoys playing softball and volleyball as well as photography.
Christa - Optician, ABO
Christa is an ABO certified optician and has over 10 years of experience. She started working for Dr. Benninger as an ophthalmic technician and an optician since 2013. Her education from Indiana University School of Optometry has equipped her with a unique set of skills that make her a valuable asset to Michigan Street Optical. Christa has an eye for fashion which she uses to assist her patients in choosing frames that are best suited for their style and personality. When she is not working, Christa loves spending quality time with her husband, family and friends. She also enjoys traveling with her husband before they start a family of their own.
Tom - Practice Manager
Tom has over 20 years of experience in the optometric/optical field. In addition to being the practice manager, Tom is also a licensed optician. He takes pride in helping our patients select their eyewear, as well as fitting contacts and office-wide troubleshooting. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his horse and travelling.