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Welcome To Drs. Akre & Clark Family Eye Health Care

Drs. Akre & Clark Family Eye Health Care is a full-service eyecare center serving the greater New Ulm community since 1950 when Dr. Wyllis Akre began the practice. From the onset, staying on the forefront of technological advancements in eye diagnostics, frames and lenses innovations, contact lenses and surgical techniques has been an ongoing commitment–this commitment not only provides our patients with options for ultimate vision but with the early detection of eye disease, quality of life can be greatly improved. Every member of our staff is board certified, experienced and dedicated to our mission of offering our patients the finest eye health care available.

Our Mission Statement

Our health care team is committed to providing our patients with unsurpassed comprehensive eyecare.

We will provide personalized care, demonstrate sincere concern, and present meaningful education to each patient in order to enhance their quality of life.

We pledge the highest ethical standards and continued education to remain at the technological forefront of our profession.

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Our Team


Dr. Gene Clark

Dr. Clark, originally from central Montana, joined Drs Akre and Simpson in 2003 before he became partner and the name was changed. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

He received his doctor of optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he received the David J. Kerko award for his exemplary clinical and academic knowledge in the field of low vision…

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Dr. Rebecca Huisken

Dr. Huisken, native to Southwestern MN, joined the practice of Akre and Clark in 2007. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and her doctorate of optometry from Pacific University College of Optometryin Forest Grove, Oregon.
Prior to moving to New Ulm, Dr. Huisken developed extensive clinical experience in Oklahoma and southern Minnesota. Dr. Huisken states, “I’ve joined a terrific, progressive eyecare team and our patients are wonderful…

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Dr. Taylor Oie

Dr. Oie, originally from Lake Crystal, graduated from University of Northwestern St. Paul with a Bachelors in Biology. She received her doctor of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, graduating with the highest distinction. During Optometry school, Dr. Oie was a member of the American Optometric Society, Michigan Optometric Society, Minnesota Optometric Society, Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, and the student representative for the class of 2017.

She also pursued her passion to volunteer through mission trips to Mexico and Guyana, providing eye care to the underprivileged…

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Dr. John Gutfleisch

Dr. John Gutfleisch Dr. Gutfleisch grew up in Waseca. Received a degree in biology and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston in Houston Texas. He joined his father , Milton Gutfleisch, in practice in 1974, being a 3rd generation optometrist in the family. He recently sold the practice to Akre/ Clark planning to work part-time seeing existing patients. Professionally Dr. Gutfleisch has been a lifelong member of the American Optometric Association and Minnesota Optometric Association. In 1981 he became an associated member of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development and in 1982 a Charter member of the AOA Contact Lens Section. Over the years he was active and served on the board for the Waseca Jaycees, the Waseca Chamber of Commerce and Jobs plus. He was also past board member and President of the Waseca Rotary Club.

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Dr. Brittany Fox

Dr. Fox is originally from Blue Earth, MN. She graduated summa cum laude with a major in Biology from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry when She graduated summa cum laude in 2016.
Prior to starting with Drs. Akre and Clark, Dr. Fox developed her extensive clinical experience in Cleveland VA, Pediatrics at Illinois College of Optometry, the Cornea and CL Institute of MN, and working at private practice in southern MN.
Currently, she is a member of the American Optometric Society and the Minnesota Optometric Society. She is also a member of the Lion’s club and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

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New Patients

We understand that your first visit to the eye doctor can feel overwhelming and we try to accommodate all new patients with a comfortable and organized facility.

Our staff has taken the steps to prepare you for the first appointment by providing a full spectrum of the services we offer and the option to complete our new patient form prior to your visit. Our goal is to cover everything you need with a full and efficient assessment, but without waiting to see the doctor.

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