Whipple Eye Center
We are always available to talk with you and address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us during normal business hours through our office phone number or e-mail address. After hours, you may contact us through our answering service.
Our Mission is to provide quality eye care utilizing the latest technological advances within an atmosphere of personalized care.
Our sentiment towards patient care can be summed up in the Patch Adams quote, "You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you will win, no matter what the outcome."
We are open to serve you, answer questions or schedule an appointment during the following hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. Please let us know immediately if you are unable to honor your time commitment to your doctor. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment, and appreciate your cooperation. Please note that a $50 fee may be assessed for missing a scheduled appointment without contacting us to reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time of service. As a service to our patients, we will bill insurance companies for services. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.
It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget! We offer a variety of payment options to meet your needs. Our office accepts payments by cash, checks, and Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. If you have any questions about financing or payment, ask us! We will thoroughly explain your choices and work hard to accommodate your needs.
If your insurance covers treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Insurance policies vary, so we will review your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action. Once treatment has started, we will file your claims.
To help us with your insurance filing, please complete the insurance questions on our questionnaire. Please remember that insurance is a benefit for you or your child. If, during the course of treatment, your benefits change, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges.
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.