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.

Dr. Clark clinical experience includes the VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, and private practice in Golden, Colorado, and Jamestown, North Dakota.

Professionally Dr. Clark is a member of the American Optometric Association, American Diabetes Association, Nation Glaucoma Society and Minnesota Optometric Association.

Locally Dr. Clark has served as a Board Member of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce as well as both President and Board member of the New Ulm Basketball Association. Dr. Clark lives in New Ulm with his wife, and son who enjoy travelling and various sports.


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.”

She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association. Locally, she is on the Steering Committee for Network New Ulm Youth and the Leadership Team for HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Evolve).


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.

When Dr. Oie is not focusing on her career, she enjoys arts and crafts. She also loves spending time outdoors walking and biking with her husband and son.


Dr. Steve Akre

Dr. Akre, originally from New Ulm, attended the University of Minnesota and received his Doctorate of Optometry degree fromSouthern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1975. Upon his graduation, he joined Drs. Akre & Simpson, the optometric practice that his father, Dr. Wyllis Akre began in New Ulm in 1950. Dr. Akre retired from full time patient care in 2015 after 40 years of developing and advancing our practice to the areas largest most progressive eyecare practices. His commitments to comprehensive patient care, meaningful education, and drive to remain and the technological forefronts of optometry are practices that are instilled in all the doctors who work for Drs. Akre and Clark today.

Dr. Akre is still a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association. He was a founding member of the contact lens section of the American Optometric Association. Locally, Dr. Akre has served as president of the Sertoma Club, the Izaak Walton League, and the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce.