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Our Optometrists

We want your experience at Central Illinois Family Eyecare to be both comfortable and productive. Our optometrists make a point of constantly updating themselves on the latest in optometric technology. The State of Illinois requires all optometrists to undergo 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years and all our eye doctors meet, if not exceed, these requirements.
Our staff goes above and beyond to ensure your eye exam is as comprehensive as possible. We truly believe our optometrists offer the best value eye exam you will find. You will find that our staffs in both Peoria and Bloomingotn eye doctor offices are always eager to help.

Dr. Dennis M. Brtva OD

Dr. Dennis Brtva attended Illinois State University before entering the Illinois College of Optometry. He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science degree and a Doctor of Optometry degree. Dr. Brtva has been practicing in Bloomington, IL since 1991 and in Peoria, IL since 1994. He is a member of the Bloomington Regional Optometric Society, the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Brtva is a past president of the Bloomington Regional Optometric Society and served as President of the Illinois Optometric Association in 2010. Dr. Brtva is a leading Peoria eye doctor. Dr. Brtva has extensive experience in the evaluation and fitting of specialty or "hard to fit" contact lenses. He has had the opportunity to test many new contact lens designs before they've reached the market. Dr. Brtva is certified in the evaluation and management of Corneal Refractive Therapy contact lenses. He is committed to providing the highest quality of care and products to his patients. Dr. Brtva resides in Bloomington, IL.

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Dr. Christopher J. Wetzler OD

Dr. Christopher Wetzler joined Peoria Eye Professionals in July 2001.  He is licensed to practice optometry in all areas, from glasses and contacts, the diagnosis and monitoring of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease, and the treatment of many eye diseases, including dry eye, eye infections, and glaucoma.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Illinois Optometric Association, Illinois Valley Optometric Society, and the Tomb and Key Honor Fraternity, which recognizes those who have achieved excellence in Optometric studies and have been found to possess the character and leadership befitting a practitioner of the profession of Optometry.  He has received rigorous education and training at:

  • Bachelor of Science – Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.  1995
  • Doctorate of Optometry (Cum Laude) – Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago.  2001
  • Internship:  Illinois Eye Institute, Chicago, Illinois – Prescribing glasses; diagnosis and management of eye diseases; contact lens training including soft lenses, rigid lenses, contact lenses for astigmatism, bifocal contact lenses, and contact lenses for irregular corneas; pediatrics; and low vision.  1999-2001
  • Internship:  Midwest Eye Professionals, Palos Heights, Illinois – Diagnosis and management of eye diseases.  2000
  • Internship:  Battle Creek V.A. Medical Center, Battle Creek, Michigan – Prescribing glasses; diagnosis and management of eye diseases.  2001
Dr. Wetzler was born and raised in Peoria and is a 1991 graduate of Richwoods High School.  Dr. Wetzler had wanted to become an eye doctor ever since he was prescribed his first pair of glasses in second grade.  Today, he is a leading Peoria eye doctor. He is an avid fan of auto racing, football, and basketball.  He resides in Eureka with his wife and three children.

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Dr. Ashley Foster OD

Dr. Ashley Foster joined Bloomington Eye Professionals in July 2019.  Dr. Foster attended Eastern Illinois University where she graduated with University Honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2015.  She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry (Cum Laude) in 2019, also earning clinical honors for patient care at WJB Dorn VAMC in Columbia, SC and Visionary Eye Care Professionals in Chicago, IL. She is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. She practices all aspects of optometry including glasses, contacts, ocular health management, and pre- and post-operative care.

Dr. Foster was born and raised in Charleston, IL. She now resides in Bloomington, IL with her fiancé. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, going to the movies, and watching football – Go Chicago Bears!


Dr. Tyson J. Herrmann OD

Dr. Hermann graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Bradley University in  Peoria, IL in 1998. In 2003, he earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. There he was an honor student receiving awards for clinical assistance and practice management.

Dr. Tyson J. Herrmann has provided eye care in Central Illinois since 2003.  Dr. Herrmann is a therapeutically licensed optometrist.  He brings experience in treating a full spectrum of patients, ranging from pediatric to geriatric populations.  He provides primary eye care examinations with treatment and management of ocular diseases including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye syndrome; pre- and post-operative care; comprehesive contact lens services including both rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses for extended wear, color enhancement, presbyopia, astigmatism, dry eyes, and keratoconus.


American Optometric Association

Illinois Optometric Association

Central Illinois IOA Society

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness

Official Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry

Great news! 

Our offices are now reopened!

The Doctors & staff of both offices have been working hard to put in place safeguards that will keep our patients and staff, healthy and safe. Not only will we be adhering to strict disinfection protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are a few other temporary protocols that we would like to make you aware of:

The safety of our patients and staff is by far the most important thing on our minds as we reopen, and we apologize in advance for any and all inconveniences that this COVID-19 Pandemic period may have caused you and your family.

If you have any questions email our Peoria Office Manager at or our Bloomington Office Manager at

We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

The Doctors & Staff of Peoria Eye Professionals