About Us

Meet the Doctors, Therapists and Staff of The Vision Therapy Center 

Meet the staff of The Vision Therapy Center

This is a unique set of individuals that share a common trait:  All are driven to help improve the vision of their patients. 

It’s a drive that comes from experience.  Each can tell you countless stories of how their work here has dramatically improved the lives of their patients and families.  Each has felt the joy of watching a child transform from a resistant reader to a happy student.  And everyday, each of them uses that passion and commitment to help you and your children.

Our Doctors: Experts in Developmental Optometry

Dr. Kellye Knueppel

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When you meet Dr. Kellye Knueppel, you quickly understand her level of commitment to her patients, and her expertise in the field of vision therapy. Since opening The Vision Therapy Center in 1995, she has dedicated herself to helping adults and children overcome their visual problems.

When Dr. Knueppel first studied vision therapy during her training as an optometrist, she realized that this was more than simply a specialty. After seeing the tremendous improvement vision therapy made in the lives of children, she committed herself to helping patients young and old overcome the relatively unknown effects of poor vision, often referred to as the “hidden disability”.

Dr. Knueppel is a developmental optometrist specializing in vision related learning problems, sports vision and rehabilitative optometry. She is board certified in vision development as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Dr. Knueppel was named the Optometrist of the Year in 2006 by the Wisconsin Optometric Association. She is the Clinical Director in Wisconsin for the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program. Because of her expertise in vision development in special needs populations, Dr. Knueppel has been asked to participate in the Opening Eyes Program at Special Olympics World Games in China, Japan, Ireland, Alaska and Idaho over the past several years.

Dr. Knueppel completed a residency in vision therapy at the State University of New York State College of Optometry after graduating from the Southern California College of Optometry. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Knueppel is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Optometric Extension Program, the American Optometric Association Sports Vision Section, the Wisconsin Optometric Association, and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Knueppel frequently lectures around the United States to general and developmental optometrists on vision therapy, therapeutic lens prescribing, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and vision therapy practice management.

 

Dr. Brandon Begotka

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Dr. Begotka received his undergraduate degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and graduated with honors from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. He is board certified in vision development as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Wisconsin Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation. He served for 7 years on the Wisconsin Optometric Association board of directors, was named the 2012 Young Optometrist of the Year and currently serves on the board of directors for the Vision Leads Foundation and OEPF Great Lakes Congress.  

He also shares Dr. Knueppel’s relentless drive to stay at the forefront of developments in the field.  He travels extensively to conferences throughout the country, meeting and sharing insights with other top optometrists.

Dr. Begotka is married and has two children. He is an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Troy. He also enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, fishing, hunting, boating, shooting trap and sporting clays and playing guitar in the all-optometrist cover band 3 Degree Shed.


Dr. Heather Motisi

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Dr. Motisi attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, graduating with a major in biomedical science, and received her optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in vision development as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and is currently a member of the Wisconsin Optometric Association, as well as the American Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program.

As the daughter of a local primary care optometrist, Dr. Motisi grew up immersed in optometry and has found her niche in working with patients who have vision-related learning issues. She loves working with children and enjoys the excitement and challenge each day in the office brings. She has had the pleasure in attending extensive courses in vision therapy since graduating from optometry school and continues to further her education by attending conferences and collaborating with other optometrists.

In her spare time, Dr. Motisi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, staying active and spoiling her dog, Lexi.

 

Our Vision Therapists

Brian DelFosse

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What brought you to The Vision Therapy Center?
I like working with families.

What’s your favorite part about being a therapist?
Not only working with families, but seeing the amazing changes that can occur with the patients. I especially enjoy seeing the dramatic changes in the kids.

What has amazed you about vision therapy?
I’m amazed by how much a family this staff is, and how much everyone cares about their patients.

Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite Book: I have many. I love science-fiction (fantasy). My favorite authors are Terry Brooks and Piers Anthony.
Hobbies: Fly fishing, regular fishing, golf, landscaping, fly tying, woodworking, and reading.
Family: Two daughters. Cat: Ringo.
My favorite thing to do: Being outside and playing with my kids.

 

Our Support Staff

Kim Jelinske – Office Manager

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What brought you to The Vision Therapy Center?
My oldest son was struggling in school. I heard a friend talking about this program she was doing with her son and how it was helping him. We talked about it and when I told her I’d already had his eye’s checked, she convinced me that this was different. I am glad she did. We came in and started therapy. It was like a new world for us. We always knew how smart he was, now he was able to show us in school, in sports, and in his everyday life. Shortly after he started therapy, I talked with Dr. Knueppel and told her how angry I was that no one had suggested this to us earlier. She asked if I wanted to help spread the word about vision therapy and I jumped on board.

What's your favorite part about being the office manager?
I get to work with most of the families and see how the therapy is improving their lives. I often get to go to school visits for patients and it is great to see how eager the teachers are to help their students.

What has amazed you about vision therapy?
I have been here ten years and, at first, I kept waiting for people to tell me that they had really tried and that it didn’t work. Well, I’m still waiting. When people really commit to the program and do the work required to improve their vision, they are not disappointed. My favorite memory was of an adult patient who had never seen anything in 3D – Her world was relatively flat. She worked very hard in therapy and one day I found her crying in the lobby. I asked what was wrong, and she told me they were tears of joy, that she had just seen depth for the first time. I will never forget that day. Or the hundreds of other days talking to patients of all ages who could now do things that were impossible before – get a 100 on a spelling test, memorize all the state capitals, read for more than five minutes at a time, hit a baseball, and so much more.Favorite Movie:Maltese Falcon

Favorite Book: Too many to choose from; anything by Edgar Allen Poe, Catch 22, Sherlock Holmes.
Hobbies: I have a lot! I love any king of knitting, crocheting, needlework, etc. I love to cook and garden. My husband is hoping that soon I will love golf!
Family: I have been happily married for over 25 years and we have three beautiful sons. Two are in college and one is in high school.
My favorite thing to do: Spend time with my family and friends, anywhere, but especially at our cottage.

 

Renee – Administrative Assistant

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What brought you to The Vision Therapy Center?
The chance to work the Front Desk and interact with people.

What’s your favorite part about your job?
Everything, each day is a different schedule and it keeps us going!!

Favorite Movie: Sound of Music
Favorite Book: Laura Ingalls Wilder series
Hobbies: Motorcycling, camping, crafts
Family: Sons Brad and Dillon
My favorite thing to do: Watch hockey, is there any other sport?

 

Shannon – Administrative Assistant

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What brought you to The Vision Therapy Center?
I’ve always wanted a career in the healthcare field. When I found out what The Vision Therapy Center did, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.

What’s your favorite part about your job?
With patients coming in on a weekly basis, you really get to know some of the families. You hear their struggles and heartaches throughout therapy. As therapy starts coming to an end, you all off a sudden start hearing them talk about their success and gratitude towards vision therapy. I’m very happy and proud to be part of a team that can make such a difference in one's life.

Favorite Movie: Grease
Favorite Book: I’m a big fan of children’s books. Goodnight moon is by far, the best.
Hobbies: I have a cabin in the north woods. We love to ATV, walk the trails by the river and go boating.
Family: Husband Dan and 1 daughter.

 

Claudia – Administrative Assistant

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What brought you to The Vision Therapy Center?
I enjoy helping people.

What’s your favorite part about your job?
Getting to know the families and work with children.

Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind
Favorite Book: Stories My Grandfather Told Me.
Hobbies: Yoga, Tennis, piano, reading.
Family: Husband Paul and Son Luke.
My favorite thing to do: Read outdoors on a beautiful day.
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