Meet Our Team

Dr. Stephen Simpson

Dr. Stephen Simpson grew up in Evansville and graduated from Harrison High School in 1988. He received his Biology degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 1992 and his Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996. After graduation, Dr. Simpson joined Dr. Gregg and Dr. Emhuff at their westside practice. Steve and his wife Lori have four children: Ashley, Adam, Logan and Tyler. They enjoy traveling, watching their kids play sports and spending time as a family.

Dr. Allyson Bigham

Dr. Allyson Bigham received her bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in 1999 and her Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry in 2003. She started with Westside Family Eyecare immediately after graduation and has enjoyed establishing relationships with partners, staff and loyal patients. She is married to Clay Bigham, also an optometrist in Evansville. Together, they have five children who attend school on the west side of Evansville. They are active in sports, attend First Christian Church of Evansville and enjoy camping.

Dr. Melanie (Behrend) Happe

Dr. Melanie Happe was born and raised in Evansville. She attended both undergraduate and graduate school at Indiana University Bloomington. She graduated with her bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 2009 and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2015. She joined Westside Family Eyecare in 2015. Dr. Happe was recently married, so you may know her as Dr. Behrend!

Dr. Brooke Kruman

Dr. Brooke Kruman was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University in 2015 and went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry Degree from the Arizona College of Optometry in 2019. She is also the mother of two active and playful boys: Harry and Rockwell. Dr. Kruman and her husband, Dr. Bryce Kruman, recently relocated to Evansville from Arizona. Together they enjoy visiting the Oregon Coast, playing outside with their boys, hiking, and completing house projects together.

Awesome place with a family style of care. This is the first place you should go for any eye care needs. I have had issues that needed urgent attention that they squeezed me in - sometimes when there was only one doctor working that day. I have had several eye doctors in the last few years and they are the best. I would recommend them to anyone.


I had the best experience at West Side Family Eyecare! Dr. Simpson was very thorough during the eye exam and contact lens exam. The girls are absolutely the best! They took the time to help me decide on the best glasses possible. Thank you Dr. Simpson and staff for all your help!


I saw Dr. Bigham today after about 40 years between optometrist visits. I received exceptional care, and the doctor and staff were sensitive to my age and needs. I would highly recommend your next eyecare visit be to Dr. Bigham.


Family Eyecare

+1 812 423 5000
2417 W Franklin St, Evansville, IN 47712