Our Brazos Valley Optometrists specialize in understanding how the human eye really works. They also understand how conditions and diseases can affect your vision – which we do not always have obvious symptoms. Our doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old. They understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses. Your optometrists, Dr. Simpson and Dr. Whelan take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Dr. Soltys was born in a small town in Southern Illinois. Growing up he was an accomplished student athlete with a passion for sports. He played varsity soccer his first two years of high school but gave it up to focus on baseball his junior and senior year. After high school Dr. Soltys attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where he earned top honors, including being placed on the Dean’s List while attaining his Bachelors of Biology with Medical Specialization. It was early in college when he decided that Optometry school was in his future. After graduation he attended the University of Missouri, where he was selected as student teaching assistant for Ocular Anatomy his third year and completed five clinical externships in his fourth year including two with the Air Force. He graduated Doctorate of Optometry with Honors in 1992 and also became a member of the prestigious Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Society. He currently resides in NW Austin with Norma, his lovely wife of ten years and Brandi his German Shorthaired Pointer. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his Sundays digging for arrowheads, playing golf, fishing or watching his Cleveland Browns take the field.
Dr. Kevan Whelan is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He swam and played water polo growing up, which led him to his undergrad at the University of Redlands. After getting a B.S. in Psychology, Dr. Whelan obtained his optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. At ICO, he became part of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and was the Director of the intramural sports program. During his fourth year, he completed his externships at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, the VA Hospital in Boston and the pediatric vision therapy focused San Diego Center for Vision Care.
After graduating Dr. Whelan elected to do a residency in primary care, which he completed at the San Diego VA Hospital. He enjoys playing racquetball, surfing, hiking and also enjoying a good movie. He is an avid sports fan and is loyal to his Detroit sports teams. Since moving to College Station Dr. Whelan has thoroughly enjoyed attending Aggie’s football and basketball games, even though he is a die hard University of Michigan fan.