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 or has been 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 and President of the New Ulm Area Foundation, and Board Member of New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, New Ulm Basketball Association. Dr. Clark is also actively a member of Rotary-Springfield. Dr. Clark lives in New Ulm with his wife, and son who enjoy travelling and various sports.
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Dr. Rebecca Huisken
Dr. Huisken, native to southwestern Minnesota, joined the practice of Akre and Clark in 2007. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Dordt College (now Dordt University) in Sioux Center, Iowa, and her doctorate in optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Prior to moving to New Ulm, Dr. Huisken developed extensive clinical experience in Oklahoma and southern Minnesota. Dr. Huisken states, “I love getting to know people, and helping them see well enough to do their own favorite activities.”
She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association. Locally, she is active with her church and family and was previously on the Steering Committee for Network New Ulm Youth and the Leadership Team for HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Evolve).
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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, 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.
Currently, she is a member of the American Optometric Society and Minnesota Optometric Society. A small town native, she appreciates rural community and joys in seeing patient’s of all ages, from infants to elderly.
When Dr. Oie is not focusing on her career, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 young children, doing arts and crafts or spending time outside.
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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.
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.