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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Lifetime Vision Center – Nebraska City a proud provider of vision care products and services in Nebraska City.

Our team pledges to:

  • Provide the highest quality comprehensive care with respect and compassion.
  • Educate our patients concerning every aspect of their vision and eye health needs.
  • Expand our own education and to remain at the technological forefront of our profession.
  • Develop and maintain a trusting relationship with each patient.
  • Practice in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

Our goal is to protect our patients’ Precious gift of sight with

“Excellence in Eye Care.

Paul Salansky, O.D.

Dr. Salansky is a member of, and a Past President of the Nebraska Optometric Association and is a member of the American Optometric Association and a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He is a past Nebraska Optometrist of the year and is an active member of the Nebraska City Rotary Club. Dr. Salansky is a deacon of his church, enjoys golfing and Husker Football. His wife Debbie is the Director of the Girl Scout’s Camp Catron and they have two daughters, Kate and Alexa, and a son, Ted.

Tessa Wellsandt, O.D.

Photo of Dr. Tessa WellsandtDr. Tessa Wellsandt, O.D. is a comprehensive optometrist who enjoys working with patients of all ages to achieve and maintain their best vision. She believes in a personalized approach to a patient’s eye care needs, whether it be a perfectly styled frame, prescription lenses to relieve digital eye strain, or a custom fitted contact lens. In addition to vision correction methods, Dr. Wellsandt has extensive training in medical optometry. As her patient, you can feel confident in receiving services for glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration management, dry eye therapies, diabetic monitoring, and emergency triage of eye injuries and infections. She currently co-manages with surgeons from Lincoln & Omaha and provides local follow-ups in Nebraska City or Auburn after cataract or LASIK surgeries.

Beyond the visual system, Dr. Wellsandt is trained to recognize a range of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, and neurological conditions. It was the realization of how much the eyes can reveal about the overall health of the body that initially inspired her to pursue a career in optometry. With a background in nutrition, she is passionate about disease prevention, and routinely communicates with other healthcare providers to co-manage her patients’ overall wellness.

Dr. Wellsandt joined Lifetime Vision Center as an associate in 2018 during the expansion of their patient care services to include a Nebraska City location. As a native of Otoe County, she is thrilled to return home with the latest training and technology to provide a fresh perspective to eyecare in the community. She is a member of the Nebraska Optometric Association, and is locally active in the Nebraska City Rotary Club. She is the Optometric Consultant for the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, and helps with vision screenings at Nebraska City Public Schools.

Dr. Tessa was a class valedictorian of the 2010 graduating class at Johnson-Brock High School. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014. She continued her doctorate education in Memphis, Tennessee at Southern College of Optometry where she graduated magna cum laude in 2018. Dr. Wellsandt stays current in her field by regularly attending advanced training courses. It is because of her dedication to continuing education that our patients will continue to receive the most modern and progressive vision care available.

Darren Wright, OD

Photo of Dr. WrightDr. Wright grew up in Millard, NE and graduated from Millard South High School in 1987. He attained a Bachelors degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1991 and his Doctorate from Illinois College of Optometry in 1995. Dr. Wright and his wife, Jodi, moved to Auburn that year and Dr. Wright joined Dr. John Crotty in practice as Dr. Pat Crotty retired. In addition to his primary practice in Auburn, Dr. Wright is also the Optometric Consultant to the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired and the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

Dr. Wright and Jodi met in college and have been married since 1993. Together, they have been blessed with 3 children: Megan, Nathan and Brandon. The family enjoys camping, hiking, biking, snow skiing, Husker football, hanging out in the backyard, and playing games. Dr. Wright can also be seen jogging late at night or tooling around town in his “old school” ’64 Corvette or his ’91 “baby Vette” Miata.

Dr. Wright enjoys the diversity that practicing in a small town allows. “In an area like ours, you can be looking in an infant’s eyes one minute, removing a piece of steel from someone’s cornea the next minute, and following up on an 80-year-old’s cataract surgery shortly after that”, says Dr. Wright. “There’s really no limit on the types of cases you see while taking care of the great people of our area.” Dr. Wright reports he especially enjoys working with children, the elderly, challenging contact lens cases, and surgical patients.

Dr. Wright is involved in many community and optometric organizations. He has been the president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the Auburn Rotary Club. Dr. Wright has been a member of the American Optometric Association and Nebraska Optometric Association for over 25 years and is currently the Immediate Past-President of the NOA and President of the North Central States Optometric Council. He has also been recognized as the NOA’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2004. Dr. Wright is currently serving on several boards and committees including the Good Samaritan Advisory Board, the Auburn Memorial Library Foundation Board, and Corporate Sponsorship Chairman for the Nemaha County Relay for Life. He has donated his time to care for Special Olympics Athletes at the Nebraska State Games.

Russell Crotty, O.D.

Photo of Dr. CrottyDr. Rusty Crotty graduated from Auburn High School in 2003. He attained his Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2007. He then continued his studies at Northeaster State University College of Optometry where he received his Doctorate in Optometry in 2013. Upon graduation he returned to Auburn and joined in practice with is father, John Crotty, O.D. and partner Darren Wright, O.D.

Dr. Rusty and his wife, Bobbie, have been married since 2011. Together they have a beautiful baby girl, Ari.

Dr. Rusty Crotty graduated Optometry School with Honors and served as his class’s president for all 4 years he attended. He received one of the most advanced clinical educations available thanks to Oklahoma’s well deserved reputation as one of the best clinical optometry schools in the country. Dr. Rusty is also a published author as his research project he completed during his education was recently published in the “Optometry and Vision Science” journal. He is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Nebraska Optometric Association (NOA). Dr. Rusty is also getting involved in the community by joining the Nemaha County Leadership Council, is serving as a board member on the Chamber of Commerce, and is a recent inductee to the Knights of Columbus. He also donates his time to care for Special Olympics Athletes at the Nebraska State Games.

Dr. Rusty’s interests are jogging with his dogs, playing golf, basketball and watching football. (He roots for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Detroit Lions). He enjoys participating in Voluntary Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) missions. Those missions have taken him to Peru and South America so far and he plans to go on many more missions with Bobbie. They also love camping, hiking, watching moves and spending time with their niece and nephews.

Dr. Rusty Crotty’s goals for the future include: To continue the tradition set in place by his father, and his grandfather, Dr. Patrick H. Crotty, before him. To build upon the foundation of “Excellence in Eye Care” and to provide a “Lifetime of Vision” for all our patients. To connect and give back to the community and surrounding area in which he was born and raised.