Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Cascade Eye Center the leading provider of vision care products and services in Yakima.
Donald T. Shute, OD
Dr. Shute was born in Colville and spent his formative years in northeast Washington. His early interests included scouting, and he achieved Eagle Scout rank in junior high school. He was named top scholar-athlete his senior year at Seattle’s Garfield High School. Upon graduating from Occidental College in Los Angeles he taught high school for five years in East Los Angeles, then earned his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Redlands and taught for two years in Harrington, WA before returning to graduate school. Pacific University College of Optometry awarded him the Silver Medal Award for graduating at the top of his class, as well as the Irving Borish Award for best research project. He completed a residency at VA Medical Center in Newington, CT, and began practice in Yakima in 1985.
Dr. Shute is past president of the Yakima Valley Optometric Society and served as 2013-2014 President of Optometric Physicians of Washington, which named him Young Optometrist of the Year in 1994. He served on the Department of Health’s Board of Optometry in 1994-99. He is a past deacon of Westminster Presbyterian Church, is a member of the Yakima Country Club, and has been a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Yakima for 30 years. He married Deanne in 1973 and has two adult children. He enjoys golfing and travelling, and especially spending time with his granddaughter.
Although he practices all phases of optometry his special interests include neuro-optometric rehabilitation, vision therapy and geriatric vision issues including low vision and eye disease.
Michael C. Noble, OD
Dr. Noble grew up in Ephrata and Monroe, Washington. He attended Seattle Pacific University as an undergraduate, completed his graduate studies at Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon, and has practiced in Yakima since 1983.
Dr. Noble served two terms as president of the Yakima Valley Optometric Society, and has been a member of the Optometric Physicians of Washington for 33 years, serving on the Board of Trustees for three years and as President in 2008-2009. He has been a member of the American Optometric Association for 37 years and served on its Health Promotions Committee. In 2011 he was appointed by Governor Gregoire, and subsequently by Governor Inslee, to and currently serves on the Department of Health’s Board of Optometry. He is a member of the Yakima Lions Club and chaired its Childrens Vision Project for over 20 years. He is involved in his church and in community affairs. He married his college sweetheart, Cindy, has two adult daughters living in Western Washington, and loves spending time with his granddaughter.
Christopher J. Babin, OD
Dr. Babin grew up in Northern Maine and earned a Zoology degree from the University of Maine. He completed his graduate studies at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, and furthered his training with an additional Fellowship in Primary Care Optometry. Prior to moving to Yakima he was the Optometric Clinic Director for Indian Health Services in Belcourt, ND. He was a staff optometrist at Group Health Vision Center in Yakima for 11 years.
Dr. Babin is a past president of the Yakima Valley Optometric Society and a past Trustee for Optometric Physicians of Washington. He has been a member of the American Optometric Association for 28 years and has served as Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry since 1999. He is an adjunct instructor for the Heritage University Physician Assistant program and has been a diabetes educator for Memorial Hospital. Dr. Babin is a past president of Yakima Lions Club, serves on its Sight Committee, and was voted District Lion of the Year for 2015-16. He is also a member of the Yakima Elks Lodge. He is a Co-Founder and Board member for the Vision for Independence Center, a local non-profit clinic aiding people with limited vision. He is an avid golfer, and enjoys traveling and horticulture with his wife, Felicia.
Dr Babin’s practice includes all areas of optometry. He has special interest in low vision and ocular disease.
Kaleb A. Dieker, OD
Dr. Dieker was born and raised in Yakima, and graduated from West Valley High School. He attended Yakima Valley Community College and graduated from George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon with a degree in Systems and Structural Biology. He completed his graduate studies with honors at Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon before returning to Yakima to join Cascade Eye Center in 2016.
Dr. Dieker is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Optometric Physicians of Washington, and the Yakima Valley Optometric Society. He is an avid sports fan and a lifelong Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners supporter. He enjoys playing basketball, playing guitar, and keeping up with the latest movies to hit the theaters.
Dr. Dieker practices all aspects of optometry, with special interests in ocular disease and pediatric binocular vision.