Doctors Kohake, Deutscher and Hefner P.A.

Doctors Kohake, Deutscher and Hefner P.A.

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  Doctors Kohake, Deutscher and Hefner P.A.


Dr. Cecil B. Kohake retired from Drs. Kohake, Deutscher & Hefner at the end of 2011. He was raised in Topeka and graduated from Washburn University and from Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Kohake is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Kansas Optometric Association, and was a charter member of the contact lens section and the sports vision section of the AOA. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Currently, Dr. Kohake actively volunteers with Remote Area Medical (RAM) and the Big Brother Big Sister program in Topeka. 

Dr. Chris Deutscher assumed the presidency of Kohake, Deutscher & Hefner in 2010 when Dr. Cecil Kohake retired. Dr. Deutscher grew up in Clay Center, Kan. and graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 with a B.S. degree in life science. During his optometric education at the University of Houston, he received training at the VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho and Mann/Berkley Eye Center in Houston, Texas before receiving his doctorate in 1996. Dr. Deutscher is a resident staff consultant to the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association and Kansas Optometric Association. Dr. Deutscher and his wife Brandy have two sons, Blake and Cale. 

Dr. Bill Hefner has been in practice with Drs. Kohake, Deutscher & Hefner since July 1997. Dr. Hefner spent most of his life in Topeka and the surrounding area, graduating from Topeka West High School and the University of Kansas prior to moving to Oregon for optometry school. A 1996 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry, Dr. Hefner continued his commitment to education as a teaching fellow while completing his Master of Education degree, also from Pacific University in 1997. Upon completion of his studies, Dr. Hefner relocated to Topeka, joining Kohake, Deutscher & Hefner staff and the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard. Dr. Hefner has held various leadership positions at the state and national level in the profession of optometry and is currently the commander of the 190th Medical Group, Forbes Field Air National Guard. Dr. Hefner is married to Dawn and together they have three children, Justin, Chloe, and Luke.

Dr. Charlie Rottinghaus attended Kansas State University and graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in food science and industry. He proceeded to study optometry at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian. Dr. Rottinghaus's formal training included clinical rotations at Kohake, Deutscher & Hefner, the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, and the Cornea/Contact Lens Center for Clinical Excellence in Chicago. He is currently the Kansas Optometric Association (KOA) Northeast Kansas Zone president and a member of the American Optometric Association. The was a member of the 2010 Leadership KOA class.

The practice, which began in 1917, has had several name changes through the years but has maintained a downtown office near 6th and Quincy, and an office in West Topeka at 21st and Crest.