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.
All photos provided by A & M Photography of Gaylord, MI
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.
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.
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 pediatrics, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and corneal disease. He currently fits most of our specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Slezak enjoys coaching athletics, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and 3 kids.
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.
Robert 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.
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.
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!
Shasta (Buzzell) Kraus was raised in small-town Gladwin, MI. After high school, she worked at The Medicine Shoppe as a technician and then as a podiatric medical assistant for Dr. Jeffrey Stone D.P.M until 2015. Shasta and her husband Mark (caveman) moved north with their 4 beautiful daughters where she has assisted with coaching basketball and being her kids number 1 fan. As a family, they enjoy boating, fishing, and off-road adventures. Shasta and Mark, when not busy running the girls everywhere, enjoy riding their motorcycle with their Scooter Trash family, target practice on the range, and any spur of the moment adventures.
Shasta started working at both Gaylord Eye Care Center and Bellaire Eye Center in 2018.