Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Sisson-Boyer Eyecare the leading provider of vision care products and services in Newport.
W. Reynolds Sisson, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Sisson received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1973. He has practiced independent optometry in Newport since September 1973. He was awarded fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 1980. Additionally, he is a member and past president of the Central Pennsylvania Optometric Society and a member of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is a two-time recipient of the Central Pennsylvania Optometric Society “Optometrist of the Year”. Each year since 1982, Dr. Sisson has received the “American Optometric Association Optometric Recognition Award” for maintaining over 50 hours of optometric continuing education. He has served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association’s Motorists Vision Committee. Dr. Sisson practices general, primary-care optometry with special interests in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases as well as children’s behavioral vision care. He has been the only vision care practioner to become a certified field sobriety instructor by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and he has served as a prosecution expert witness at D.U.I. trials throughout the state. Dr. Sisson has lived in Newport with his wife, Donna, since 1973. They have a daughter, Nicole and a toy poodle named Zoey. The Sissons’ welcomed their second grandson in 2012!
Kimberly Frantz Boyer, O.D.
Dr. Boyer joined the practice in November 2004 and became a partner at Sisson-Boyer Eyecare in 2009. She is very proud of the new office at 300 Bretz Court. Dr. Boyer provides family vision care with an interest in contact lenses, occupational lenses, and ocular disease. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Millersville University in 1997, graduating with cum laude honors. Dr. Boyer attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and gained her doctorate in Optometry in 2000. She then traveled west to fulfill a one-year primary-care optometry residency at the Crownpoint Indian Hospital on the Navajo Reservation in rural northwest New Mexico. Following a year in private practice in Santa Fe, Dr. Boyer returned to Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Central Pennsylvania Optometric Society “Young Optometrist of the Year Award” in 2004 and the “Optometrist of the Year Award” in 2013. Dr. Boyer is a past President of the Central Pennsylvania Optometry Society, and she continues to be very involved in her local and state professional organization, serving as a committee member. She and husband, Jamie and daughter, Lizzie reside in Blain. She loves living in beautiful Perry County, enjoys gardening and raising their small herd of beef cattle, goats and chickens.
Jeffrey Scott Walter, O.D.
Dr. Walter joined the office in September 2012. He provides primary vision care with a special interest in ocular disease and contact lenses. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2003. Dr. Walter then attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, during which time he interned at Sisson-Boyer Eyecare. Upon completion of his doctorate in Optometry in 2008, Dr. Walter practiced primary care optometry in Memphis, Tennessee for the next four years. Dr. Walter resides in Marysville with his wife, Julie.
Prajay Patel, O.D.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Prajay Patel has joined Sisson-Boyer Eyecare. Dr. Patel graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s degree in Biotechnology. In May 2014, Dr. Patel graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, obtaining his Doctor of Optometry degree. Following graduation, he completed his residency at the Wilmington VA Hospital. He has worked in an ophthalmology practice in York, Pa. since then.
The focus of his hospital-based training was diagnosing and managing eye diseases. Dr. Patel practices a full range of eye care services such as glaucoma management, diabetic eye exams, primary eye care, and specializing in dry eye treatment.
Dr. Patel resides in Mechanicsburg with his wife. In his spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He loves playing tennis, watching football, and reading.
We want to welcome him to Perry County!
Kristi Kocher, Office Manager
Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Kristi. Joining the team as office manager in August 2015, she is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007 from Central Penn College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She currently lives in Watts Township with her husband, Shawn and their handsome little boy, both of whom she loves dearly. She enjoys spending time with her family, going on vacations, and giving back to the community.
Sue Kauffman, Optometric Technician
Sue has worked in our office since 2000 as an Optometric Assistant. She is involved with patient pre-testing, visual fields testing, eye wear dispensing and contact lens training. She also manages our office during evening hours. She and her husband, Ron, a warehouse product distributor, are avid Penn State football fans. They are both active in the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Sue enjoys gardening, hiking, swimming, baking, canning and spending time with friends.
Deb Shumaker, Optometric Technician
Deb joined our team in 2020 and is our lead technician, she does preliminary tests, prepping each patient to see one of our Optometrists. Deb is born and raised in Perry County, she enjoys being outdoors and spoils us with her delicious baked goods.
Sherry Pyle, Optical Technician
Sherry joined our team in 2013. She assists patients with choosing eyewear in our dispensary and also assists with pre-testing. Sherry lives in Millerstown with her husband, Tom. She enjoys softball, the beach and all 13 of her grandchildren.
Summerlee Gessner, ABO Certified Optician
Originally from Selinsgrove, Summerlee now lives in Millerstown with her husband and young son. She became ABO Certified in 2009 and has worked in the optical industry since 2007. She has strong optical roots, stemming from her father’s career as an optician! She will help to expertly fit your eyeglasses and is also involved in our lens fabrication lab.
Ashley Jayne, Front Desk Specialist
Ashley joined our team in May of 2018 as a Front Desk Specialist. She’s involved with helping run the Front desk, such as checking in and out, scheduling patients, fielding phone calls, and helping pre-test patients as needed! Born and raised in Perry County she grew up in Landisburg, and after attending Shippensburg University moved back home. She is happily living in Loysville with her wonderful boyfriend, Brad and two beautiful girls! She enjoys spending time racing, reading, and spending as much time with her family and friends that she can!
Morgan Hassinger, Front Desk Specialist
Morgan started working at Sisson-Boyer Eyecare in 2020. She works at check-in and also assists with clinical testing, running visual fields and retinal scans, and pre-test. She has experience working in healthcare and prides herself at giving excellent customer service. She enjoys the outdoors in Juniata County where she lives.
Melissa Miller, Billing Specialist
Melissa joined our team in 2018. She works in the billing office. She lives in New Bloomfield with her husband Keith and their rescued Shar-Pei. She enjoys traveling, kayaking, fairy gardening and hiking with her dog.