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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Bellaire Eye Center the leading provider of vision care products and services in Bellaire.


Dr. PeterAll photos provided by A & M Photography of Gaylord, MI

Peter Oppermann, O. D.

Grayling High School graduate with honors.

Bachelors of Vision Science: 1995 Ferris State University with honors.

Doctorate 1998 Michigan College of Optometry with honors.

Dr. Oppermann specializes in the eye health examination of patients of all ages, including the management of complicated eye disease as well as recommendation of all forms of eye wear.

He is the father of two childen, enjoys downhill skiing, hunting, boating, fishing and various other outdoor activities.

Dr. Oppermann is an active member of the Rotary Club of Gaylord, the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He also serves as an Administrator for Vision Source of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.


Nathan Slezak, O.D.

Bachelor of Science: 2006 Central Michigan University.

Doctorate of Optometry 2010 with Highest Distinction, Michigan College of Optometry

Dr. Slezak specializes in eye health examinations for patients of all ages, including complicated eye diseases. He also recommends all forms of eye wear.

Dr. Slezak is a assistant football coach for the Gaylord St. Mary Snowbirds. His professional associations include the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.


Lindsey Wynkoop, O.D.

Lindsey Wynkoop, O.D. received her bachelor’s degree in Vision Science from Ferris State University and her doctorate at the Michigan College of Optometry.

She moved to the Fiji Islands in 2012 to pursue a position in educating and training general doctors and nurses from all over the Pacific Island at the Pacific Eye Institute.

Dr. Wynkoop provides comprehensive eye care services including: primary ocular health assessment, glaucoma management, ocular surface disease, pre/post-operative surgical care, and specialty contact lens fitting.

Dr. Wynkoop returned to Michigan in 2017 to join our practice, she is married and has a child.

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 Johanna Mauk, O.D.Johanna Mauk

Undergraduate: Northwestern Michigan College, Bachelor of Science: Ferris State University.

Doctorate of Optometry: Michigan College of Optomety

Dr. Mauk has experience in primary eye care, as well as ocular disease and contact lenses.  She also has pediatric and low vision experience.

Married to Jeff, Dr. Mauk enjoys spending time with family and her Boston Terriers, Iris and Max, trying new recipes and riding both her road and mountain bike.


Dr. MeadRonald Mead, O.D.

Undergraduate: Central Michigan University, Ferris State University

Doctor of Optometry: Ferris State College of Optometry

Married to Lori, childen: Jason, Kristin, Cameron and Trevor.

Dr. Mead’s professional associations include the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He serves as a Vision Source Adminstrator for Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Hobbies include: Golf, computer.


Dr. RobertRobert Slezak, O.D.

Bachelor of Science in Education, 1975 Central Michigan University.

Graduate work in Biology 1976-1980.

Doctorate 1985 (FSU) Michigan College of Optometry – Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Dr. Bob Slezak semi-retired in May 2016 but will be filling in on an as needed basis.

Dr. Slezak specializes in eye health examinations for patients of all ages, including complicated eye diseases. He also recommends all forms of eye wear.

He is married to Mary, has two sons, Ryan and Nathan, and a growing number of grandchildren. He is an avid fly fisherman and golfer. He taught high school for 6 years before becoming an optometrist.

Dr. Slezak is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Gaylord. His professional associations include the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He serves as an Administrator for Vision Source of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.


TerriTerri Miles

Terri has been employed at Bellaire Eye Center since 1993. She has had considerable on the job training, as well participating in numerous educationals. Terri combines her experience as an optician with the everyday maintenance of the our Bellaire location. In addition to assisting individuals in choosing the eye wear that best meets their visual needs, Terri also handles insurance billing, reception duties.

Terri lives in Bellaire with her husband and has a son. She has a passion for animals and often has multiple dogs, cats and horses. In her spare time Terri is busy with AKC shows and training horses in two different disciplines of riding. She enjoys gardening and being outdoors.


KK new (457x640)Kami Knopp, CPOA

Kami began working for Bellaire Eye Center / Gaylord Eye Care Center / Eyes on Main in 1991. She is a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant and the Office Coordinator.

Kami is the office manager for Gaylord Eye Care Center and  works in all three of our offices. Kami does billing and front desk duties, as well as assisting with frame selections and repairs. She also instructs patients on how to insert and remove contact lenses, as well as working directly with our contact lens representatives and companies to make sure that we are up to date on the latest trends in contact lens materials and trends.

Kami has extensive training on all levels of preliminary testing, including slit lamp evaluation of contact lenses, topography, optical coherence tomography and retinal photography. She also does intra-ocular pressures, corneal measurements, visual fields and visual acuities.

She is married with three children. She enjoys reading and bowling.

 


 Mariah McLeod

Mariah joined the Gaylord Eye Care Center team with an extensive background in the ophthalmology. She also has worked as a nursing assistant. She is also an EMT.  We are pleased to have her with us.  She specializes in patient care prior to seeing the doctor and has training in special testing.

Mariah is a hometown girl.  Born and raised in Gaylord.  In her relaxation time Mariah loves to camp, enjoys fishing and helping out with community, especially Wings over Northern Michigan Airshow every year.

She and her husband have one little kiddo and a big dog!


Casey StinsonCasey Stinson

We proudly stole Casey from Helen’s Hallmark because of her bubbly personality and mad skills! Casey joined our staff in 2016 to begin her career as a paraoptometric. Her customer service skills and smile make for a winning combination.

Casey is a GHS graduate and has one child. In her spare time she likes to read and bake.


MeLissa Olson, CPOA

MeLissa began working for Gaylord Eye Care Center in 1991 and is the Manager for Gaylord Eye Care Center, Bellaire Eye Center and Eyes on Main. She is a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant. MeLissa serves as the Vision Source Representative Facilitator for Northern Michigan and the Upper Penninsula.

MeLissa has many years experience in insurance billing and coding, as well as administrative responsibilities.  She represents our offices at many health fairs and senior citizen clinics around the area.

MeLissa is married with 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She likes to spend her spare time as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society with Relay For Life and as a Road to Recovery driver, and has been a mentor through the Lunch Buddy program for BB/BS of Otsego County. She is also a former member of the Great Lakes Division training team and is the State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Action Network (ACS CAN). She also enjoys spending time with family, reading, scrapbooking and genealogy.