Dr. Joseph D. Czinder, O.D.
Under graduate degree, B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University, Graduate degree O.D. from Illinois College of Optometry. Diagnostic Pharmacology Agents and Therapeutic Pharmacology Agents Certified.
Past president of Michigan Optometric Association, a past president Big Rapids Lions Club, recipient of the Michigan Optometric Association Key Man Award, Big Rapids Lions Club Outstanding President Award, Mecosta County Area Businessman of The Year Award, Mecosta County Selective Service Board member. Dr. Czinder has been in private practice of Optometry for over 40 years in Big Rapids and member of the Michigan Optometric Association for 46 years.
Dr. Nicholas S. Czinder O.D.
B.S.B.A. in Human Resource Management and a Marketing Minor from Central Michigan University in May 2005. Graduate from the Michigan College of Optometry in May 2013. Diagnostic Pharmacology agents and Therapeutic Pharmacology agents certified. Member of the Michigan Optometric Private Practice Association, American Optometric Association, Past Student Liaison of AOA-PAC at the Michigan College of Optometry, Past Vice President of the Michigan Optometric Student Private Practice Association, Officer of the Big Rapids Elks Lodge #974, Member of the Big Rapids JAYCEES. Dr. Czinder also volunteers yearly at the Special Olympics in Mount Pleasant Michigan providing vision screening for the athletes.
Melissa Krager, Optician
Melissa is an American Board of Opticianry certified optician with 20 plus years of experience. She prides herself in connecting with patients and enjoys working with the public. She has experience in all aspects of supporting an optical practice and serves our office with a smile. Melissa enjoys outdoor sports including walking, biking, and swimming. When she’s not outdoors or spending time with her family, she often volunteers in supporting her church.
Patricia Bennett, Ophthalmic Technician
Patricia has been an Ophthalmic Technician for 36 years. She attended Monroe Community College as well as Optometric/Ophthalmic/Optician courses nationwide. She is JCAPHO Certified as a COA. She has held a position of Director of an Eye Clinic and Low Vision Clinic. She has served on the Executive Board of The National Association of Vision Professionals. Patricia is also a Vision Consultant for the State of Michigan and was actively involved in United Way for 10 years.
Kay Achterhof, Optometric Assistant
Since 1990, Kay has enjoyed using her expertise in contact lens dispensing, instrument proficiency, and is able to provide patient's with the newest information on options for frames and lenses. Her knowledge allows patients to secure the best eye-wear choices suitable for their lifestyle.