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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Fireside Eye Care the leading provider of vision care products and services in Benld and the surrounding area.


Dr. Heddinghaus received a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science/Pre-Optometry from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, in 1993. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1999. Dr. Heddinghaus is a Board Certified Optometrist, a member of the American Optometric Association, Illinois Optometric Association, and Vision Source. Dr. Heddinghaus received the Coal County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award in 2006 and the 2004 Macoupin County Board of Health Outstanding Individual of the Year Award. She has been a Director and Vice-president of the Partnership for Educational Excellence since 2001 and has severed as a Past-President and Secretary for the Gillespie/Benld Rotary since 1999. Dr. Heddinghaus enjoys running and biking. She completed the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, and several MS 150 bike rides. Dr. Heddinghaus is married and she has two children.



Dr. Claud Snowden received his Pre-Optometry degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree, Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. 1974. Dr. Snowden’s memberships include the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. He is also active in several civic organizations including the Lions Club and the Rotary Club. Dr. Snowden’s favorite pastime, with his wife Pat along, is spending time with his grandkids and attending their many activities.