Practice News

Welcome Megan Schlipf!

Welcome Megan Schlipf

May 2021

Megan will be starting her optometry internship at GEC beginning May 11, 2021.  She is a 4th year I.U. Optometry student from Kouts, Indiana.  Before beginning Optometry school, she attended Purdue University where she received her Bachelor of Science. When Megan is not learning everything about eyes, she enjoys playing spikeball and basketball, as well as boating and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

We look forward to getting to know her and having her at GEC.

Donation Drive


March 2021

Recently GEC employees brought in needed items for Combined Community Services of Kosciusko County.  The donation drive was a HUGE SUCCESS!  We are happy to know that these items will be distributed to families in our area who are in need of a helping hand.

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2021


March 17, 2021

Our patients bring out our smiling Irish eyes. 😊 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Quarterly Fire Drills


February 2021

This team is ready for anything! Today our Surgery Center staff participated in the quarterly fire drill. Stephanie got the fun job of pulling the fire alarm, while McKenzie practiced taking aim to extinguish the (imaginary) flames.

While our staff always enjoy every opportunity to come together, we take drills like these very seriously and perform them regularly to ensure your safety.

2021 Biggest Loser Contest


February 2021

It’s Biggest Loser time! Every year since 2016, our Grossnickle Eye Center team has held the Biggest Loser contest to drop extra lbs and promote wellness. It’s a great way to come together, and this year we have 21 participants! The contest lasts 12 weeks, with the last weigh-in on April 26th.  Each participant buys in to participate and GEC matches the “pot.” This prize money will go to our top 3 “biggest losers” and to our “Challenge Week” winner (highest percentage lost in 1 week). This year Nikki from Patient Accounts took on the role of Biggest Loser Coordinator. Here she performs a weigh-in for Dr. Christopher Knight.

What better way to beat the pandemic blues than to start the year off healthy!?

Annual CPR Training


January 2021

We’re happy to see our clinical staff come together yet again for our annual CPR training! Eye’s may be our specialty, but your safety will always be a number one priority.

Toys for Tots 2020

Toys for Tots 2020

December 2020

For our Doctors’ 2020 Christmas gift, the GEC staff donated money for the Toys-For-Tots fund so that children could have a joyous Christmas, even in the midst of the COVID pandemic.  The staff raised a total of $1,811.00 for this worthwhile cause.  Pictured is Dr. Chris Knight, Dr. Jon Mark, and Dr. Austin Lifferth accepting the check.

Dr. Matt Ralston Speaks at the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club

Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club 20200610

June 10, 2020

Big thanks to the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club for welcoming Dr. Ralstin to the recent program. We are always happy for a chance to spread cataract education, and we are honored to have visited the largest service club in Kosciusko County, which raises thousands of dollars annually for youth oriented activities.

Grossnickle Eye Center Gives to Boomerang Backpacks

boomerang backpacks

June 10, 2020

Grossnickle Eye Center recently gifted a $5,000 donation to Warsaw Community Schools’ Boomerang Backpack program.

While the program has been in WCS’s elementary schools for eight years, it was started in March 2008 in Kendallville under the guidance of founder Mark Cockroft. The program has a simple goal: feed hungry children on the weekends. The program initially started in one elementary school and now feeds over 3,700 students in 49 schools throughout northeast Indiana.

Boomerang Backpacks feeds hungry youth while educating high school students and encouraging community involvement.

Warsaw Community Schools hands out 493 backpacks each week. Grossnickle Eye Center’s gift of $5,000 will feed 48 children for 30 weeks in the WCS system.

Organizers of the program extended a “huge thank you to Grossnickle Eye Center. Without local donors like this, we could not do what we do!”

To donate, go to and designate Warsaw Community Schools.

This original article can be viewed on Times Union Online.

Grossnickle Eye Center Welcomes Student OD, Regan May

Indiana University SOO

June 8, 2020

Grossnickle Eye Center is partnering with Indiana University School of Optometry to host student ODs.

Regan May is a 4th year student at Indiana University School of Optometry. Regan grew up in Phillipsburg, Kansas, a small town in rural northwest Kansas. She attended Kansas State University and received a bachelors of science in Family Studies and Human Services. Her favorite optometry school memory was traveling to Jamaica with IU’s VOSH club where she worked with several of her classmates and professors to provide eye exams at the schools in Negril, Jamaica. Outside of optometry, Regan enjoys DIY projects, traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband and their dog.

Grossnickle Foundation Supports United Way and AFTD

February 26, 2020

The Grossnickle Foundation, a Donor Advised fund at the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, recently awarded their initial grants to support United Way of Kosciusko County and Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) for $4,110 and $2,518 respectively.

The Grossnickle Foundation was established with funds from Doctors Paul, Steve, and Bruce Grossnickle. The doctors believed in giving back to not only the communities that have supported them, but also to engage their employees. Grossnickle Eye Center employees recommend how the grants from the Grossnickle Foundation are awarded. All employees are encouraged to submit requests for funding of a local non-profit organization or a nonprofit supporting an ophthalmology related area.

Doctor Bruce and the late doctors Paul and Steve have always valued the importance of childhood literacy and have supported literacy programs each year through the Grossnickle Foundation. The Grossnickle Foundation and Grossnickle Eye Center employees strive to preserve the Grossnickle Doctors’ interests. The $4,110 grant recently awarded to United Way of Kosciusko County will be used to support the Imagination Library program, which provides all enrolled children with a new, age-appropriate book each month from birth until their fifth birthday at no cost to the children or their family.

AFTD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people affected by Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and drive research to a cure. The organization works to advance research, awareness, support, and education about this disease. Doctor Steve suffered from FTD, and when he passed away last August, the Grossnickle employees collectively donated $2,518 to AFTD in memory of Doctor Steve. The recent $2,518 grant from the Grossnickle Foundation was a match to the employee donation and was also given in Doctor Steve’s memory. The grant will specifically support the research toward diagnosis, treatment, and a cure for FTD.

Since 1968, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc. has helped donors achieve their charitable dreams. The Community Foundation is a public charity that grants about $3 million annually in the areas of education, health, arts and culture, recreation, civic projects, environment and human services. Gifts made to the Community Foundation are tax-deductible. For more information, call 574-267-1901 or visit 102 E. Market Street, Warsaw.


The Grossnickle Eye Center staff donated $2,518 to AFTD in memory of Dr.Steve Grossnickle. Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Austin Lifferth; Dr. Allison Pernic, Sue Hanson, Dr.Kevin Hickman, Dr. David Ryser, Janie Whitehead, Dr. Chris Knight, Dr. Jon Mark.


Darren Bickel of United Way (back left) accepted the $4,110 grant from theGrossnickle Foundation. Grossnickle Eye Center staff pictured left to right; Nikki Wiseman, AprilFleagle, Mesta Baker.

Early Detection of Ocular Melanoma Saves Elkhart Man's Vision

October 17, 2019


Dr. Allison Pernic as featured on WNDU 16 News Now.

Kosciusko Community Health Fair

August 3, 2019


Leader Dogs for the Blind - Sponsor a Puppy

December 2018

We're proud of our staff for coming together to support such an amazing cause! At our Christmas party, we raised $1900 for Leader Dogs for the Blind, which will help support puppies training to become guide dogs. Here is the puppy we sponsored.

Century-Leader Dog puppy

Feed My Starving Children Project

October 2018

GEC had a total of 50 people that helped…that is 100 hands…both big and little, all coming together to provide nourishment and hope to many hungry children around the world!

Those 100, big and little, GEC hands helped pack 135,432 meals, and those meals will feed 371 hungry children for one year!  What a difference we can make to others when we work together…”many hands make for light work”!

Interview with Dr. Austin Lifferth

October 2018

Interview from 10/6/2018 with Dr. Austin Lifferth as featured on Eye on Michiana.

Marshall County Council on Aging Presents...
Marshall County Senior Expo 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018
8am - 3pm

Plymouth High School
1 Big Red Drive, Plymouth


  • Free Admission
  • Free Refreshments
  • Free Entertainment
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Flu Shots
  • Free Expired Med Disposal
  • Hundreds of Door Prizes
  • Free Transportation for Seniors

Donations to Hurricane Victims

December 2017

At our recent Christmas party, the staff presented our doctors a gift on their behalf.  We collected $2,255.00 to be donated to the American Red Cross to assist those affected by the recent hurricanes.

In addition, during the last quarter of 2017,  $6,800 was donated from the Grossnickle Eye Center LASIK proceeds to help those who were affected by damaging hurricanes.


Donations to Needy Children

December 2017

Thanks to our generous GEC team for all of the donations of H.U.G.S. (Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Socks) that will be donated to Our Father’s House for distribution to needy children in the area during this Christmas season.


Aging Senior Health Fair

October 2017

Whitley County Council on Aging Senior Health Fair – Columbia City, Indiana