Carrie Rengers

New Andover optometry clinic to open

Via Christi Clinic may be closing its Andover optometry clinic this month, but optometrist Ashley Ralston won’t be leaving Andover.

She’s joining Drs. Todd & Giannetti EyeCare, which has clinics in Augusta and Valley Center.

“We will be opening a location here in Andover,” Ralston says.

The office will be in about 1,800 square feet at a building at 308 E. Central.

Ralston says she hopes to begin seeing patients on Aug. 15.

“That’s our tentative starting date.”

There will be exam rooms and an optical department.

Last week, Have You Heard? reported that Via Christi is ending its optometry services this summer.

July 29 is Ralston’s last day with Via Christi.

At the new clinic, she says she’ll join as an employee for a year and, depending on how it goes, have an opportunity to be a partner after that.

“I’ve been here for 17 years,” Ralston says of practicing in Andover.

“My intent is to hopefully keep the majority of my patients coming back for their eye care with me.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers