Optometrist and Owner
I grew up on a farm in Southwestern MN and graduated from Windom High School. After picking rocks, walking beans and feeding cattle for 18 years, I attended the University of MN for undergraduate studies and after several grueling years of school received a Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University in 1993. I then served the Southern suburbs while on staff at Park Nicollet Clinic in Burnsville for 17 years before opening Complete Family Eyecare in 2010 with my wife Jennifer.
I have been married to Jennifer since 2003 and we have two daughters, Abigail and Isabelle (a.k.a. “Nitro and Glycerin”). When not chasing the maniac children, I like to frequent Lake Vermillion for golfing, water sports and searching for the impossible Muskie. I also serve on the Congregational Council for Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. During the Flood of 2014, it was my privilege to be the founder and administrator of the Prior Lake Flood 2014 Facebook page which assisted the lake shore community during those difficult days.
Manager and Owner
Jennifer was born in Virginia MN and graduated from Apple Valley (Valley Girl) High School. Jennifer is a graduate of Methodist School of Radiology and continues her radiology career part time at Methodist Hospital in addition to managing Complete Family Eyecare (as well as raising two children – three if you include Dr. Steve).
Jennifer has been the driving force behind Complete Family Eyecare since its inception. When in the clinic (she claims 3 days per week?), she can usually be found in her back office dungeon doing battle with insurance companies. If not in her office or at Methodist, she can be found hauling Nitro and Glycerine to endless activities and taking care of the Reinders household. In her 15 minutes of free time per week, Jennifer enjoys gardening and real life TV.
ABO Certified Optician
Chantel serves in the critical role of “Director of First Impressions.” She commands the front desk and is the face behind the friendly voice on our scheduling line. Chantel is originally from Eagle Lake, Minnesota. We were very fortunate to rescue Chantel from the corporate optical world and bring her on staff in 2012. Besides taking excellent care of patients and countless office tasks, Chantel also assists Jennifer with the insurance battle. All this while putting up with Dr Steve’s foolishness on a daily basis.
In her spare time Chantel enjoys fishing and the outdoors. Her and her boyfriend Gilbert have a lake property where most of their weekends are spent .
Intern “Eye Doctor to be”
In an attempt to be an educational clinic with some degree of seriousness, we are pleased to have interns from St. Catherine’s University rotate through our office. Our most recent intern (victim) is Alley Poquette who comes to us with a degree in Biology looking to get away from the microscope and into the eyeball world. She is currently applying to Midwestern College of Optometry and with a little luck and a nice letter of recommendation from Dr. Steve, she will begin her second four years of massive studying and gigantic student loans in the fall of 2014.
Besides her devotion to art and science of Optometry, Alley enjoys waterskiing and is obsessed with the 1990’s boy band “Hanson.” Easiest letter of recommendation I have ever written.
You can’t have a family owned and operated clinic without the mother-in-law being involved. Jennifer’s mother Kathy is originally from Babbit, MN and has two daughters and four grandchildren – all girls. Kathy has been in nursing for over 30 years working in the world of Ears, Nose and Throat – ironically very close to the eyes. Kathy reluctantly assists Jennifer with the insurance battle (take 3 people) when not in clinic.
Kathy and her husband of 35 years spend their spare time at their cabin on Lake Vermillion. They are also instrumental in helping Jennifer and Dr. Steve contain Nitro and Glycerin.
Thanks for taking the time for reading our Biographies. Hope you enjoyed the humor – it will only be better when you visit our clinic.
We believe that video is a great medium in which to communicate to our patients and potential patients. You get to know who we are in a way more powerful than words or pictures alone. On our YouTube channel, you’ll find dozens of videos that aim to educate and help you get to know us a little better,
Contrary to popular belief, we are not professional video presenters, and we’re not planning on quitting our day jobs anytime soon.
During our last video shoot, our awesome video guy put together some of the outtakes. We hope you enjoy this as much as everyone else!
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