Area residents have a host of quality options when it comes to eye care in Waconia.
They can visit Dr. Heather Tuttle, owner and optometrist at Precision Eye Care, or the crew at Lakeview Clinic, which includes Dr. Audrey Fox and Dr. Tracy Jackson. A passion for science and the hometown feel is what has drawn these talented doctors to the area and the community is what keeps them here.
Dr. Heather Tuttle
Precision Eye Care
For Dr. Heather Tuttle, her passion for eye care began in the third grade when she failed the vision portion of her school screening.
“I didn’t realize I couldn’t see well until I tried on my first pair of glasses and realized that I could see so much detail like the leaves on the trees instead of just a green blob,” she recalled.
However, she hated her glasses and her optometrist let her get contacts before entering the fifth grade. Combined with her love for science and helping others, Tuttle’s optometrist inspired her to pursue the career.
“I have always enjoyed science and knew I always wanted to do something in the medical field,” she said. “My optometrist actually told me what a great profession it was and highly recommended it, so that’s what I had wanted to do since I was 17 years old was to make people’s lives better by helping them see.”
Originally from Mitchell, S.D., Tuttle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology, with a chemistry minor, from South Dakota State University before attending the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullterton, Calif. She graduated magna cum laude with her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2007 before her clinical rotations took her to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, San Diego Naval Medical Center, and the Omaha Eye & Laser Institute.
With the lifelong dream of owning her own practice, Tuttle started Precision Eye Care about one and a half years ago. She was with the practice every step of the way, even helping to design the space.
“I always wanted to have my own practice and my own business where I could control my interactions with patients and spend quality time with them to meet all of their vision and health needs,” she said. “I started out with an empty space and now have a beautiful practice to work in with a wonderful and caring staff.”
Tuttle is very proud and thankful to be able to work and live in a community like Waconia, which she said reminds her of her hometown.
“There is such a great sense of community,” she said. “The people here are so genuinely nice and caring. I enjoy spending time with my wonderful patients and getting to know them and their families.”
It’s truly her love of people that brought Tuttle to where she is today with her practice.
“I strive to improve every day in life whether in my personal or my professional life. I am constantly working to improve my practice and improve patient care by adding new products, new technology, and new staff to meet our growing demand,” she said. “I love helping people and it brings me a lot of joy to see them happy and improve their lives.”
When she’s not working, Tuttle stays plenty busy with her husband of six years, Jason, and their two dogs, Jameson and Bailey. She enjoys golfing at Island View, playing on a softball team in Chaska, trying out new restaurants, home improvement projects, cheering for the Vikings, and dominating her fantasy football league.
Tuttle is also a member of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce, the American Optometric Association, the Minnesota Optometric Association, and the Metro Optometric Society.
Precision Eye Care is located at 753 Marketplace Drive in Waconia and can be reached by phone at (952) 442-2015 or online at www.precisioneyecaremn.com.
Dr. Tracy Jackson
Optometrist at Lakeview Clinic
This December, Dr. Tracy Jackson will celebrate her 10th anniversary with Lakeview Clinic in Waconia.
Having grown up in Lester Prairie, Jackson attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., after high school to earn her undergraduate degree and went on to the Ohio State University of Optometry. She practiced in Indiana for 10 years before moving back to Lester Prairie in 2003.
Being close to her family is one reason Jackson chose to return to Minnesota and the close professional relationships with other physicians at Lakeview Clinic was another.
“At Lakeview, the emphasis is on the medical side of the eye exam and we’re able to do that since we’re so tied to their physicians,” she said.
Optometry seemed like the perfect fit for Jackson, who loves the cleanliness of the profession and the freedom it provides her to raise her children, now ages 10 and 13.
“I love the sciences,” she said. “It provides very good options as a mother that I could take time off to have children.”
With two growing children, how does Jackson balance family and work life?
“I’ll tell you when I figure that out,” she joked. “My husband helps out a lot.”
Jackson spends most of her free time with her family, and also enjoys golfing. She is also a member of the Lester Prairie Parents for Education, teaches Sunday School, and is a Cub Scout leader and soccer coach.
Lakeview Clinic is located at 424 State Highway 5 West in Waconia and can be reached at (952) 442-4461 or online at www.lakeviewclinic.com/waconia.
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