Story By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography By Kacy Meinecke
Jennifer Burgoyne Dechant sees her career as challenging, fun, technical and rewarding. Being able to deliver both ophthalmology and cosmetic services through her own practice – in a city of which she’s a self-professed fan – makes it even better.
“Restoring people’s sight is literally one of the greatest things you can do for someone,” says Burgoyne Dechant, a board-certified ophthalmologist. “What is so fun and rewarding – and this is the surgeon within me – is the ability to fix things for people. It really feels good to say ‘I can do this for you,’ and then do it and see people happy.”
Burgoyne Dechant opened ICT Eye, offering traditional and medically necessary eye health services, in 2015. She recently created Beautiful Eyes to differentiate the part of her practice that includes cosmetic surgery, injections and fillers, and skin care.
It was a sort of natural progression to own her own practice after working in a variety of settings, ranging from a single specialty office to a hospital, says Burgoyne Dechant who earned her medical degree in 1994 from Indiana University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency. She pursued additional medical training with a fellowship at Eye Surgeons of Indiana that she completed in 1999.
“I had to own that desire and just go do it,” she says about making her entrepreneurial leap. “To be honest, I hired good people to help me do this. It’s kind of a myth that you have to know everything. What you have to do is surround yourself with really good people who you trust and then work together as a team to run a practice.”
Part of that team includes her husband, Dennis Dechant, a CPA with Kansas roots, as well. The couple – avid movie buffs who love the outdoors – has five children ages 16 to 22 between them, with three of them attending Kansas colleges.
A third-generation doctor, medicine is sort of her family’s business. And when it comes to Wichita and Kansas, the Andover High School graduate has deep ties there, too. She attended the University of Kansas for her bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
“I really am a Wichita fan,” Burgoyne Dechant says, noting she returned to the area after living several years in the Indianapolis area. That’s why she used the city’s airport code to create the catchy ICT Eye business name and based the practice’s logo off the Wichita flag.
“I wanted it to be a nod to Wichita.”