Hello! I’m Dr. Samantha Thompson, but I prefer to go by Dr. Sami. I was raised in Knoxville, IA, and I attended Central College where I was an athlete on  the women’s tennis team. I graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN with my doctorate in 2024. I am excited to return to my home state to serve the vision needs of my fellow Iowans

I loved helping others from a young age, so I decided to pursue a career in the medical field. I was drawn to optometry because I can work with patients of all ages. I enjoy that everyone’s visual needs are different and are changing throughout each stage of their life. My areas of interest in optometry include primary care, myopia control, binocular vision dysfunction, vision therapy, and the diagnosis and treatment of eye injuries, infections, and diseases.

In my free time, I can be found spending time with my fiancé, Peter, and our two pets, a cat (Buddy) and a dog (Bella). I also enjoy biking on Iowa’s many bike trails, playing tennis, pickleball, or sand volleyball, and many other outdoor activities. One of my goals is to someday visit all of America’s National Parks. Peter and I recently purchased a home in Johnston. We are excited to explore our neighborhood and become involved in our new community.

I am excited to begin forming personal connections with patients to learn how to best meet their visual needs. I look forward to getting to know each of you.

 

  

 

 DR. JOEL AARON WESTRUM, O.D. | Optometrist & Owner

Doctor Joel Westrum was born and raised on a farm near Stratford, Iowa. Joel attended the University of Iowa and graduated from InterAmerican University in San Juan Puerto Rico with a doctorate in Optometry in 2005. After graduating from optometry school, Joel returned to Iowa and worked for the Wolfe Clinic. Joel and his wife Karime opened Westrum Optometry in September of 2006.

Joel and Karime, along with their daughters, Helena, Rose, and Dorothy, enjoy living in the Gray’s Lake neighborhood. Both of their extended families live in central Iowa. Joel enjoys traveling and recently visited Haiti. There, he was able to provide much-needed eye care and donated glasses to the underserved Haitian population.

Joel takes great pride in serving his diverse patients in the East Village. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Joel welcomes persons of all backgrounds.

Education | University of Iowa / InterAmerican University College of Optometry
Externships | Wellish Eye Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada / Optic Gallery
Professional | American Optometric Association / Iowa Optometric Association /Wolfe Eye Clinic
Externships | Wellish Eye Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada / Optic Gallery
Professional | American Optometric Association / Iowa Optometric Association /Wolfe Eye Clinic

 DR. JESSE D. WESTRUM, O.D. | Optometrist

Dr. Jesse Westrum has been serving patients at Westrum Optometry since 2011. He has a bachelors degree from Emmaus Bible College. This was followed by his doctoral training at InterAmerican University School of Optometry. Jesse enjoys spending time with his family and friends and has a passion for the game of golf.

Education | Emmaus Bible College / InterAmerican University College of Optometry