Meet our Doctors

Dr. Ralph De Haan

Dr. Ralph De Haan is the self-proclaimed “tallest and grayest” of the doctors at EyeCare Partners. He carries the gray as a badge of honor for the years of blessings he has been to fortunate to encounter, both in his career and his personal life. Dr. De Haan married his high school sweetheart Lu Anne after three years of college in 1978. They both graduated from Calvin College in 1979, and Dr. De Haan began optometry school in 1981. That same year, they were blessed with the birth of their first son, Matthew. By 1984, they had welcomed a second son Derek. Dr. De Haan graduated from the Illinois School of Optometry in 1985, and then joined Dr. Vander Leest in Pella to begin his career with EyeCare Partners. In 1989, God graciously gave them their daughter, Annaleyza, through the gift of international adoption. The family continues to grow with 6 wonderful grandchildren so far!

Dr. De Haan has been an integral part of EyeCare Partners since joining the practice in 1985. Through the years he has greatly enjoyed the variety of patients he has been able to assist here in the Pella area, and feels very fortunate to have found such remarkable partners and staff to work with. He is particularly grateful to both Dr. Vander Leest and the Pella Lion’s Club for introducing him to VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) early on in his career. Through this effort, he has been able to participate in several volunteer eye care trips around the world, often taking a family member along to enjoy the experience with him. He believes that God has instilled in him the dream to serve as much as possible, and envisions becoming even more involved with longer trips to Kenya and Haiti in the years to come. This dream seems even more attainable as EyeCare Partners continues to grow, and Dr. De Haan is very thankful for each patient who trusts us with their eye health and good vision!