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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.


 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.


 Lauren Evans, CPO

Lauren began working with our office in 2015. She graduated from Spring Arbor University and will soon be off to pursue her degree in Optometry.  In the meantime she is honing her skills with patient care.  Previously she has experience with optical in Jackson, as well as working in a winery and as an au Pair.   Since working for Gaylord Eye Care Center, Lauren has passed her Certified Paraoptometric Examination.

Lauren as also done mission work that has taken her to places like Nicaragua, Jamaica, Ireland and Scotland.  We are pleased to have LO as part of our staff, for however long we might have her and her passion for people is evident.


JanieJanie Amesbury

Janie joined Gaylord Eye Care Center, Inc. in 2010. While working primarily at our Eyes on Main and Gaylord Eye Care Center locations, she can occasionally be found working at Bellaire Eye Center. Her main job responsibility is to assist in the fitting of eyewear, she also trains new contact lens wearers on how to insert and remove contact lenses. She is also trained to perform testing prior to the patient seeing the doctor, including optical coherence tomography.

Janie lives in Boyne City and is married with two children and one grandchild.


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.