An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.
– Centers for Disease Control
Our Doctor Team
Inspiring Healthier Communities
Our Eye Doctors inspire healthier communities with the highest level of service. In the office and in our daily lives, we pursue excellence and integrity in all that we do.
Meet our doctors.
Dr. Mikaela Betka, FCOVD
Mikaela Betka, OD knows that patients have to see how much you care before they care how much you know. She lives by this mantra to help patients of all ages realize their best possible vision. Her quest is to help people of all ages improve their vision in order to do better in school, work, and in life. She’s an expert in visual issues and leads our Vision Therapy department. Dr. Betka wanted to return to her roots after receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree from Northeastern State University. Growing up on a small farm outside of Diller, NE, she suffered a small eye injury as a child and knew she wanted to be an optometrist ever since.
In her personal life, Dr. Betka enjoys spending time with her husband and their family dog, Samson.
Dr. Courtney Brightman
Courtney Brightman, OD is an optometrist that easily connects with her patients. She specializes in comprehensive exams and ocular disease treatment. She’s smart and personable, two great traits that make her patients feel confident in her care. She has been providing state-of-the-art optometric care for over 15 years in Lincoln, NE. A true leader, Dr. Courtney Brightman served as the President of the Southeast Optometric Society from 2005-2008. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association. She is also a Volunteer Optometrist for Clinic with a Heart.
Dr. Courtney Brightman is married to fellow optometrist Dr. Brian Brightman and lives in Lincoln, NE with their three children.
Dr. Brian Brightman
Brian Brightman, OD has been an EyeCare Specialties optometrist since 2005. His goal is to help you achieve your clearest and most comfortable vision. His specialties include comprehensive eye exams, ocular disease detection and treatment including Ocular Surface and Dry Eye, and helping patients find comfort with their vision. A member of both the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association, Dr. Brightman enjoys giving back to the community in many ways including offering Infant See® eye exams, free eye exams at Clinic with a Heart, and See to Learn® vision assessments.
Dr. Brightman managed to use his charismatic approach to persuade fellow optometrist Dr.Courtney Brightman to marry him, and together, they enjoy spending time with their three children.
Dr. Doug Harshman
Doug Harshman, OD has practiced optometry for more than 15 years. His patients have appreciated his honest and genuine approach to their eye care needs. He specializes in ocular disease including dry eye treatment, urgent care services, comprehensive family eye care, and specialty contact lens fittings. Originally from Nebraska City, Dr. Harshman also received recognition in the field of optometry while living in Washington state. He has lectured and is published on various topics regarding ocular disease.
Dr. Harshman is married to his wife Amy, and enjoys spending time with their two children, volunteer-coaching his children’s sports teams, assisting in the classroom at his children’s school, teaching Sunday School at New Covenant Community Church, and playing an occasional round of golf. He is also involved in local and international optometric mission work.
Dr. Tyler Lee
Tyler Lee, OD is originally from Doniphan, MO. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he obtained a degree in both Biology and Chemistry in 2013. He continued his education by earning a Doctorate in 2017 at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry. His externships rotations where at the Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut in Fairfield, CT, as well as the Kendall Eye Institute in Kendall, FL, where he received training in ocular disease.
Right after optometry school, he received an offer to practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Lee worked there for a little over a year before moving back to be closer to family and friends. He continued to practice in Lincoln for an additional six months before transitioning to Eyecare Specialties.
Dr. Lee knew from a young age that this was the career path he wanted to pursue. “There is no feeling like being able to help others with their visual concerns, as well as being able to build a long-term relationship with those very patients.” In his free time, Dr. Lee likes to travel, watch and play sports, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Dan Novak
Dan Novak, OD enjoys his job and loves being able to help a wide range of patients, from babies to their grandparents. He feels it is so important to help patients of all ages have their best possible vision. Dr. Novak is highly involved in leadership development programs and looks forward to giving back to the industry. He serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Nebraska Optometric Association and has completed the Young Leadership Program for the organization.
Dr. Novak says that with his growing family and growing practice, EyeCare Specialties is a great place to be. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their three young children. He is an avid golfer and volunteers with the Knights of Columbus, helping them with a variety of charitable causes.
Dr. Todd Pfeil
Since 2005, Todd Pfeil, OD has been providing both routine and comprehensive eye health exams at EyeCare Specialties. His expertise is in specialty contact lens fittings, including keratoconus and corneal refractive therapy. A member of both the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association, Dr. Pfeil’s career has taken him all over the world, seeing patients from many different walks of life. Through Shared Vision International and The Haitian Timoun Foundation, he regularly travels to Haiti to provide eye exams and eyewear to those in need.
Dr. Pfeil is married and enjoys running in half and full marathons with his wife when not chasing after their children.
Dr. Scott Reins
Scott Reins, OD has been putting his patients at ease with his easy-going manner and confidence since 1996. He specializes in comprehensive eye exams and ocular disease detection and treatment, including Dry Eye Disease. A member of both the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association, Dr. Reins is an active leader in the optometric industry, serving as the president of his State Association and was recognized as the 2014 Optometrist of the Year in Nebraska.
Involved both in and out of the clinic, Dr. Reins has volunteered his time with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program, and has been on Optometric Mission trips to Honduras.
Dr. Reins enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and traveling to various National Parks and other vacation spots. He enjoys golfing, playing old man basketball, and spending time on the water.
Dr. Michaela Sasse
Dr. Sasse enjoys providing comprehensive eyecare treatments to her patients and especially enjoys performing pediatric eye exams. Dr. Sasse was awarded the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy for her work with children and the treatment of developmental and acquired visual deficits. She is an active member of the Nebraska Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Dr. Sasse is an active member of her church and, in her spare time, she enjoys painting, traveling, and cheering on the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and Kansas City Chiefs football teams.
Dr. Steve Sandman
Since 1995, Steve Sandman, OD, has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for his patients and continually providing the latest optometric technologies with honest and compassionate care. He specializes in comprehensive eye exams, diagnosing and treating various ocular diseases including Dry Eye disease, and providing urgent eye care for those in need. Dr. Sandman has been dedicated to serving the Beatrice community. He serves on the Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center Board of Directors and the Beatrice Public Library Foundation. He is also a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
A true Nebraskan, Dr. Sandman loves to cheer on the Huskers. He also enjoys vacationing in the Ozarks and spending quality time together with his family.
Dr. Taylor Steger
Taylor Steger, OD has enjoyed helping his patients see their very best since 2014. After pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Indiana University. Following graduation, he had the opportunity to complete a hospital-based residency at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas gaining knowledge in primary care optometry and ocular disease. He also volunteers at Clinic With A Heart, providing eye care to underserved people of Lincoln. His goal as an optometrist is to help people of all ages maximize their visual potential and improve their quality of life.
Originally from North Platte, Dr. Steger now calls Lincoln home, living and practicing here since 2014. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Kim Tucker
Kim Tucker, OD joined EyeCare Specialties in 2000. A compassionate and talented optometrist, Dr. Tucker practices full-scope primary care optometry including post-operative care, pediatric optometry, and ocular disease detection and treatment. A graduate from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2000, Dr. Tucker has given back to the optometric community as a member of many industry associations and has taught ophthalmic and diagnostic procedures to future doctors. Dr. Tucker also serves on the board of the Lincoln Children’s Museum.
Dr. Tucker enjoys spending time with her husband Ron and their two children. They appreciate traveling and being outdoors.