COVID-19 Policy/Procedures – We are currently open for normal business hours, and we are currently taking appointments for all services. Every patient is required to wear a mask while in the building at all times. This is required for any and all services. We are taking every step necessary to ensure the health and safety of our patients and our staff.

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Doctors & Staff

“At Vision Concepts, we strive to provide quality eyecare in a comfortable, professional atmosphere. 
Our friendly and educated staff will assist you with all your needs.”


Dr. Steven Schoemer

Dr. Schoemer is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in New York, and received his Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry.  In 1983, while at Ft. Campbell, KY he held the position of Captain of the US Army, and was an Adjunct Professor in 1986 for Indiana and Southern Colleges of Optometry.  There, Dr. Schoemer was head of the 4th year optometry externship program.  He has been practicing optometry in Springfield since 1987.  Here at Vision Concepts, he specializes in primary care optometry, contact lenses, surgical co-management, and the treatment of ocular injuries and diseases.  He is a current member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Optometric Association, President of the Robertson County Habitat for Humanity, and is past President of the Springifeld Lions Club.  He has also participated in vision mission trips to Haiti.  In his spare time, Dr. Schoemer enjoys bike riding and spending time with his wife.


Dr. Sarah Baldwin

Dr. Baldwin attended Western Kentucky University and completed her undergraduate work in 1999. While at Western, she was a member of the research team in the Neuroscience Laboratory. She participated in research seminar in molecular neurobiology, and was involved in presenting a case study at the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Conference (ARVO). In 2003, Dr. Baldwin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern College of Optometry. She completed externships at LaPointe Health Clinic at Ft. Campbell, KY and Sites Vision Clinic in Clarksville, TN. Here at Vision Concepts, Dr. Baldwin specializes in primary care optometry, contact lenses, surgical co-management, and the treatment of ocular infections and diseases. She is a current member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and Vision Source. In her spare time, Dr. Baldwin enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.


William Gates, M.D. – Visiting Ophthalmogist

Dr. William Gates, a native of Louisiana, attended Louisiana State University Medical School and completed his residency in opthalmology at Medical College of Georgia.
In 1993, he joined Summit Eye Associates and is active on the staff at Summit Surgery Center, Summit Medical Center, Northcrest Medical Center in Springfiled, TN and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Gates has been recognized by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for his research and clinical applications of soft, flexible silicone cataract instruments. Other clinical interest include laser vision correction and vision correcting cataract lens implants, most recently the toric lens implant for astigmatism and the RESTORE implant for near vision problems.


Our Staff

Lori Hamaker – Office Manager

Tammy Elliott – Assistant Office Manager

Sandra Herron – Optician

Patty Haga – Optometric Technician

Michelle Thomas – Optometric Technician

Janet Myers – Patient History Intake

Renee Anderson – Billing Clerk

Scarlet Bryant – Frame Stylist

Melissa Braswell – Receptionist

L.J. Brewer – Accounts Receivable