Meet the Staff

At Herman Eye Center, our staff is friendly and professional. Our commitment is to provide exceptional customer service to all of our patients. We take pride in our personalized care and strive to spend the necessary time with each patient to ensure a comfortable experience.

Our optometry professionals are passionate about providing high-quality care to our family of patients. We focus on providing comprehensive eye exams, a large selection of fashionable eyewear, and the best possible vision care. Come in today to meet our Hurricane staff and make an appointment.

  • Dr. James W. Herman

    A West Virginia native, Dr. Herman completed the pre-Optometry program with honors at Marshall University in 1982. Then in 1986 he received the Doctor of Optometry degree, Summa Cum Laude from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He returned to West Virginia and in 1986 opened Herman Eye Center. Since that time he has twice served as president of the West Virginia Optometric Association and also as president of the Professional Eyecare Network of West Virginia. For 2014/2015 he served as President of the Southern Council of Optometrists, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Herman has several times been selected 'Best in the Tristate' for eye doctors in our area and has received the honor of being selected one of 'America's Top Optometrists' by the Consumer Research Council of America. In 2012 he was recognized as 'Optometrist of the Year' by the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians and in 2018 was honored with the first 'Dr. John E. Casto Leadership Award'. In 2019 the governor appointed Dr. Herman to serve on the state Board of Optometry.  Dr. Herman is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the Americian Board of Optometry and lives in Winfield with his wife Kim. They are most proud of their four daughters.

  • Dr.
    Shawn Sammons

    Dr. Shawn Sammons, a proud native of southern West Virginia, embodies the true spirit of an exceptional optometrist. With deep roots in his community, he graduated from Matewan High School before earning his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Honors from Marshall University. Driven by his passion for helping others, Dr. Sammons pursued his Doctorate in Optometry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Following graduation, he practiced in Williamson, WV until July of 2019 and began seeing patients at Herman Eye Center in September 2019 where he currently practices full-scope optometry.  

    Dr. Sammons' unwavering dedication to his profession is evident through his active involvement in American Optometric Association and the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians (WVAOP). He served on the WVAOP executive board from 2016 to 2024 and served as President of the Association from May 2022 to May 2023. He was awarded the WVAOP Young OD of the Year in 2019, and currently serves on the Indiana University School of Optometry Alumni Board.

    When not in the office, Dr. Sammons serves as an optometrist in the WV Air National Guard in Charleston. He enjoys playing golf, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with his family. Shawn is happily married to his wife, Laura, and they have one son and two cats.

  • Dr.
    Julie Huleis

    Dr. Huleis is a new resident of our beautiful state and began seeing patients at our office in November 2022. She finished her undergraduate at the University of Maryland and then received her Doctor of Optometry Degree with honors from Kentucky College of Optometry in 2020. She was a member of many organizations during her time there and served as the president of the Cornea and Contact Lens society and was a Lion Tamer for the Pikeville Lions Club. She is currently a member of American Optometric Association and the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians. 

  • Kimberly
    Kim has been an optician in Putnam County since 1983. She lives in Teays Valley with her husband and four daughters. When not working, she enjoys golf and traveling.
  • Jeanette
    Jeanette is a life long resident of Putnam County and is married with one child. Jeanette has been with Herman Eye Center for over 23 years. She retired briefly in early 2015 but soon began to miss her patients, friends, and co-workers. Jeanette rejoined our staff later that year.
  • April F

    Introducing April, an exceptional ophthalmic technician with an impressive career of almost two decades in the field of eye care. Since 2010, she has been an invaluable member of the Herman Eye Center, demonstrating unwavering dedication and expertise. April's commitment to professional excellence is evident through her certifications and extensive experience. She holds a certification in refractometry by Marco Technologies and is a certified paraoptometric status granted by the American Optometric Association. With her wealth of experience and genuine care for others, April is an indispensable asset to the Herman Eye Center and the patients she serves.

    While April's professional accomplishments are impressive, her love for her family is equally remarkable. She is a proud mother of seven children and adores her granddaughter, who brings immense joy to her life. April cherishes every moment spent with her granddaughter and takes pleasure in creating unforgettable adventures together. One of her favorite activities is embarking on thrilling journeys in her Jeep, embracing the freedom and excitement of the open road. 

  • Amanda S

    Amanda, our cheerful and vibrant receptionist at Herman Eye Center. Amanda joined our team in 2019 and quickly became everyone favorite co-worker. With her smile she effortlessly brightens up the atmosphere and brings joy to everyone around her. Her infectious laughter and warm personality create a welcoming environment for both staff and patients alike. Amanda is  dedicated to addressing patients' concerns with a deep understanding and compassionate care; she goes above and beyond to ensure that each patient leaves with a smile on their face and their questions answered.

    Amanda's passion for life extends beyond her workplace. She is a music enthusiast, always thrilled to attend concerts and immerse herself in the magic of live performances. Additionally, she loves adventure and enjoys embarking on exciting road trips and exploring new destinations. She is also a loving mother to two sons. 

  • Kay
    Kay joined Herman Eye Center in 2012 and specializes in appointment scheduling and insurance billing.
  • Michelle B

    Meet Michelle, our phenomenal optician with a passion for frames selection. With 12 years of experience in the optical industry, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. Her ABO certification showcases her commitment to excellence in her field. Michelle's exceptional skills shine brightest when working with children and troubleshooting complex optical problems.

    She is an avid Disney enthusiast, finding joy and inspiration in the magical world of Disney. Additionally, Michelle actively participates in her church and serves as a coach for a youth league cheer team. She lives in Culloden with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters. 

  • Delaney G

    Meet Delaney, our tenacious ophthalmic technician who joined our team in September 2022, she has brought her passion for eye care to enhance our patients' experiences. With three years in the field, Delaney has been meticulously honing her skills while constantly pushing the boundaries of her knowledge. She enjoys working with children and capturing the unique and intricate details of individuals' eyes through retinal photography. Her sweet demeanor helps patients feel at ease and confident in her abilities. 

    Originally from Columbus, Delaney made an exciting decision by moving to Huntington and joining us. She shares her home with a lovable dog and a mischievous cat, who bring joy and companionship to her daily routine. Delaney enjoys life's simple pleasures, like refreshing naps, exploring the great outdoors, and immersing herself in the captivating world of video games. 

  • Kirstein S

    Meet our stylish and enthusiastic newest optician, Kirstein. She is a vibrant addition to our eyecare team. Kirstein discovered her passion for the eyecare field in February 2023, and since then, her enthusiasm kept growing. With an eye for trends, she guides our patients towards eyewear options that enhance their unique features and reflect their personal style. Kirstein's bubbly personality and eagerness to learn make her a valuable member to our team. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she approaches each day with a positive mindset, ready to tackle the day’s challenge. 

    In her personal life, Kirstein’s love for shopping helps her in discovering new trends earning her self-proclaimed shopaholic title. She lives in Scot Depot with her fiancé and their beloved cat, Nova. Her love for sandy shores and warm weather leads her to choose them as her vacation spots every time. 

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  • "My whole experience was great. The entire staff was beyond friendly, helpful, and professional. Not to mention, the building itself was clean, spacious, and well kept. I recently switched to Herman Eye Center last year and I'm SO glad I did. Everyone just seemed so happy and cheerful!"
    Courtney, Scott Depot
  • "Dr. Herman was very knowledgeable and professional; the very best (excellent) in explaining his findings and corrective procedure. His office staff were very personable and helpful. Wish I had found them many, many years ago,, but I'm in excellent hands now and feel very comfortable about my future there."
    Jacqueline, Hurricane
  • "hello, i was a new patient , and i really enjoyed the family feeling you get when you are there. my doctor and staff are awesome, and they want to help you in any way they can.
    i would tell everyone i can how wonderful the company is. THANK YOU"
    Shawna, Winfield
  • "Great experience! I have been going to Dr. Herman for 7 years now. He is a great doctor. He is very friendly and takes the time to get to know his patents."
    Megan, Hamlin
  • "I am always impressed when they welcome me by name as I walk in the door, treat me like I am the only person in the room, move me swiftly from test to test and then am greeted with a smile and professional handshake by Dr. Travis. I walk away knowing that I have received an excellent exam and confident with the prescription. I have referred several people to Herman because they are the best I have ever experienced in the industry and I like to pass good news along to my friends."
    Brenda, Scott Depot
  • "Best optometrist in the valley. The staff are exceptional. I highly recommend and give them five stars"
    Timothy, Hurricane
  • "The staff is always very professional & pleasant. Dr. Herman has been very helpful throughout my years of being his patient. I would not consider seeing anyone else for my vision care. Every visit is a pleasure"
  • "Staff is always courteous and helpful"
    Peyton, Webster Springs
  • "Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Herman was great! He actually took the time to talk and get to know me. A great first time experience at Herman Eye Center!"
    Angela, Hurricane
  • "I love the fact that dr herman took the time to talk to me and get to know me. That's how all doctor should be. Definitely will see him again"
    Jonathan, Scott Depot
  • "I just love Dr Travis and he is always professional with me and all my eye care needs."
    Sherry, from Leon