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Our Patient Care Coordinators will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs.


Denise Gibson, B.S., C.O.V.T.

Director of Vision Therapy, Operations Manager

Denise joined Highline in August of 1985 shortly after moving from Southern California to Colorado. Her background in teaching made her a great fit for the practice’s expanding Vision Therapy program. From the beginning she enjoyed connecting with patients, their families, and staff members. She also enjoyed the opportunity to become a lifelong learner.  As she soon discovered, there is always more to know or a new way to put your knowledge to work. She partnered with other staff members to develop the current Vision and Learning Screening that Highline provides to countless individuals. Her organizational expertise has been instrumental in the development of the extensive Home Therapy Program that complements Highline's in-office vision therapy.

“I find the most rewarding part of my position at Highline Center for Vision Performance comes from those moments when I know I am giving a patient or a family hope that they have not found elsewhere.  This includes explaining the process, testing, consulting, and answering countless questions.  I want to be sure every Vision Therapy patient has all the necessary tools to be successful!”

In her free time Denise enjoys spending time with her large extended family that includes 9 grandchildren.  She also loves to garden, quilt, and try new recipes.  She enjoys spending time outdoors exploring our beautiful state of Colorado!


Nancy Stevens, B.A., C.O.V.T.

Educator, Vision Therapist

Nancy’s career as a member of the Highline Team has spanned nearly 40 years. As a Title One reading teacher she became aware of the importance of good visual skills. She was led to behavioral optometry when her son was struggling with reading for no apparent reason. Little did she know that passing a vision screening in school or at the pediatrician had nothing to do with the skills necessary for reading. After completing his course of vision therapy, she was amazed at what a stellar reader he had become! The entire experience was life altering by relieving stress for him and his family.

“Vision therapy changed my career path and has given me a life of purpose and incredible joy. I am an educator teaching parents and students how visual skills and learning are totally connected. To see the transformations of the patients as they develop new confidence and reach their potential has given me my life’s mission beyond my imagination. A day at Highline fills my heart and soul. I will be forever grateful for the gift of knowledge the doctors have given me to impact the lives of our patients.”

Outside of Highline, Nancy enjoys travel with her husband of 53 years and daily walks with their pup, Mc Duff. She feels truly blessed to have her children and grandchildren living in the area.


Stefanie Ohrns, B.A., C.O.V.T.

Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Therapist

Stefanie graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010 where she received a BA in Psychology and an Elementary Education License. She has worked as a vision therapist since 2007 and became certified from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2012. Recently, Stefanie was the first vision therapist to be published in the Journal of Optometric Phototherapy with her article “5280 Color Fields”. In 2019, Stefanie was awarded the Pararoptometric of the Year. Currently, she serves as Paraoptometric Program Speaker Co-Chair for The Colorado Vision Summit Committee, where she has spoken at conferences in 2011, 2016, and 2019. Stefanie is a member of the College of Syntonics and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She has volunteered with Special Olympics and Von’s Vision.

“I enjoy working with patients with binocular dysfunction, amblyopia, strabismus, pushing athletes to their peak performance, however, my passion is traumatic brain injury. I get joy from restoring hope through vision therapy.  My greatest reward is when patients say, thank you for giving me my life back.”

In her spare time Stefanie enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending Broncos games.


Nicole Ferreyros, B.S., C.O.V.T.

Vision Therapist

Nicole journeyed into the field of eye care in 2005. From a young age Nicole was intrigued by the eyes and fascinated by how the visual system worked. She started her career in optometry as a receptionist. She quickly fell in love with the field and within a year became an optician. While continuing to work, Nicole was also going to school to obtain her bachelor’s degree from MSU Denver. In 2012, Nicole received her baccalaureate in Chemistry. Soon after graduation, the world of Vision Therapy was introduced to her and Nicole instantly knew this field was a perfect fit for her. In order to follow her dream of becoming a vision therapist, Nicole moved from Denver to Houston to start working toward her Certification in Vision Therapy. In 2019, Nicole achieved this goal and became a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist. She has since moved back home to Denver in order to be closer to her family. She joined the staff of Highline Center for Vision Performance in January of 2020.

“I love seeing the impact vision therapy can make on a patient’s personality and life. Working at Highline has rewarded me with the opportunity to work one on one with my patients from start to finish. I love being able to develop lasting relationships with the patients and their families and watch their transformations!”

In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time spoiling her two nephews, hiking with her rescue dog, Tobi, practicing yoga and rock climbing.


Michele Haase

Patient Care Coordinator

Michele joined the team at Highline Center for Vision Performance in 2009. She is one of the smiling faces that will greet you at the front desk or answer your phone calls. Over the years she has worked on perfecting her skills at this first point of contact. Her daily goal is to make sure each patient’s experience is informative, enjoyable, and flawless.  Michele has several children that have been through the vision program. She has witnessed firsthand how positively impacting it can be.

“I love working with a team that makes such a wonderful difference in the lives of our patients and their families.”

When not at the office Michele loves living in the country and taking care of the many animals on her ranch. Horses, chickens, ducks, and her turkey make her life fun. She also loves hiking and enjoying everything beautiful Colorado has to offer.


Tracy Downing, B.S.

Patient Care Coordinator

Tracy is a patient care coordinator for Highline Center for Vision Performance and also supports the staff of Highline Vision Center.  She joined the Highline team in 2017.  Tracy is a military veteran having served 4 years in the U.S. Navy and 17 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Before coming to Highline, she spent many years working in a memory care facility assisting our aging generation. Tracy holds a Bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration.

“It is especially rewarding to be a part of a team that is passionate about creating positive change in the lives of so many individuals.”

Tracy likes walking her 5 dogs whenever she has free time.  It is extra special when one of her daughters joins her. She also enjoys jogging or doing yoga in the morning before the craziness of the day begins. For Tracy, a great Saturday night is one spent at the Pepsi Center watching her Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team!


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