About Our Doctors

Daniel R. Whipple, MD

Dr. Whipple is a native Hoosier who grew up on the northwest side of Indianapolis, where he graduated from Pike High School. He attended Indiana University, graduating with highest distinction with a double major in biology and chemistry. While at Indiana, he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Dr. Whipple received his M.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1988. He completed a year of general medical training at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis before completing his specialty training in ophthalmology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Whipple opened his practice in Avon in July, 1992.

Dr. Whipple is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is an active member of the AAO, ASCRS, and the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Whipple served on the board of directors of the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology from 1997-2008, the board of directors of Prevent Blindness Indiana from 2006-2009, and the Hibbeln Surgery Center board from 2001-2009. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Hendricks County Community Foundation where he has served since 2005, serving as board President in 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Whipple is also part of the teaching faculty within the department of Ophthalmology at the IU School of Medicine where he regularly taught cataract surgery from 1996-2001. He currently is a clinical instructor of Ophthalmology at the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Whipple’s wife, Libby Givan Whipple, grew up in Plainfield and is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. Dan and Libby have four children, Jack, Katie, Joe and Mark. Libby and Katie share a love for art and their work adorns our waiting room. Jack, Joe, and Mark enjoy golfing with their dad. They live in Avon and are members of Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby.


Elise H. Smith, OD

Dr. Elise Smith grew up and still lives in Plainfield. After graduating from Plainfield High School she attended Indiana University for undergraduate training prior to entering the distinguished Indiana University School of Optometry where she received her degree in 1997. Her four years of optometric training included internships in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Fort Knox, and Louisville.

Dr. Elise Smith is Board Certified by the International Association of Board of Examiners in Optometry. She joined the Whipple Eye Center Staff in 1998.


Robert A. McPike, OD

Dr. Robert McPike grew up in Avon where he excelled in baseball and academics, graduating with honors from Avon High School in 2008. He then attended DePauw University, where he was a 4-year starter in baseball. At DePauw, Dr. McPike earned a bachelor's degree as a biochemistry major and was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a national horor society for athletes that excel in the classroom.

Dr. McPike subsequently studied optometry and received his O.D. degree from Indiana University. He has a particular interest in the treatment and management of ocular disease, which led him to pursue optometric rotations at sites that gave him vast clinical exposure to ocular disease and pre- and post-operative eye care. At Indiana, Dr. McPike was elected to Beta Sigma Kappa, an international optometric honor society.


Daniel H. Spitzberg, MD

Dr. Spitzberg received his M.D. degree from IU School of Medicine. He Completed his residency and Uveitis Fellowship at IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the AAO, ASCRS, ISMA, American Uveitis Society, and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Spitzberg has been in private practice since 1972 and grew his practice to multiple locations in and around Indianapolis. He is a Consulting Staff Member, Ophthalmology, Veterans Administration Hospital since 1972. He has been presenter at 2012 Health Care Bill Lecture, 2012 and 2013 Indiana American Diabetes Association/Diabetic Eye Diseases as well as 2012 National Public Radio Show on Macular Degeneration.

He brings expertise in all aspects of Ophthalmology, including the latest techniques for cataract surgery including "no stitch" and "small incision" surgery and now "femtosecond" cataract surgery Dr. Spitzberg also performs the latest Laser Surgery for macular degeneration, diabetes mellitus, and histoplasmisis.