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Bureau of Professional Licensure

Iowa Board of Optometry

About Staff & Board

Board Staff

The Iowa Board of Optometry is staffed by both a Board Executive and a Secretary in the Bureau of Professional Licensure, Iowa Department of Public Health. Legal services are provided by the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

Contact Information:
Iowa Board of Optometry
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Bldg., 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone (515) 281-4287
FAX (515) 281-3121

Office Hours:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays

Board Members

The Board is made up of five members licensed to practice optometry and two members who are not licensed to practice optometry and who shall represent the general public.

Board Members:

  • serve three-year terms (unless filling an unexpired term),
  • appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate,
  • serve no more than nine years (three full terms).

Iowa Board of Optometry
Includes the 2012 New or Reappointed Members

  • Dr. Richard Jacobson, OD - 2015 (1)
  • Dr. Barbara Washburn, OD - 2015 (3)
  • Dr. Thomas A Hayden, OD - 2016 (1)
  • Dr. Scott Ihrke, OD - 2017 (2)
  • Dr. Michael Portz, OD - 2017 (2)
  • Tamie Stahl - 2016 (1) Public Member
  • Jacqueline Pullen - 2017 (1) Public Member