The Chu Vision Institute Staff

Our Surgeon


Dr Chu Photo 300X300Founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center. Recognized international leader in refractive and cataract surgery.  He is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist who's focused on changing lives (yours included). 

Learn More about Y. Ralph Chu, M.D.

Our Optometrists


Chu Vision is the embodiment of Dr. Ralph Chu’s passion for providing an unforgettable patient experience while furthering the practice of ophthalmology. Learn more about the people committed to living out his mission—to preserve and improve vision.

HeckmanJ_300 X 300Dr. Heckman has experience in full-scope patient care with a special interest in the management of ocular diseases, pre- and post-op care of cataract and refractive surgeries. She has participated as a sub-investigator in over 20 clinical trials at Chu Vision Institute, and lectures locally and nationally. 

Learn More about Jessica Heckman, O.D.

Dr. Marc Harrie2Dr. Harrie has experience in full-scope patient care with a special interest in the management of ocular diseases, cataract pre- and post-operative care, and refractive surgery. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry.

Learn More about Marc Harrie, O.D.

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Dr. Thurmes is a native Minnesotan who completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. From there she moved down to Chicago, IL where she received her Doctorate of Optometry, with honors, from the Illinois College of Optometry.

Learn More about Amanda Thurmes, O.D.