By Jan Rahn
“Just switching seats” is how Drs. Eric and Tori Gengenbach refer to their acquisition of First Insight Eyecare LLC from Dr. Tim Meyer—who they emphasize is NOT retiring.
The Gengenbachs took ownership of three First Insight practice sites from Dr. Meyer on Jan. 1, but are still tying up loose ends with paperwork.
“We are still trying to get our feet on the ground as new business owners with signing papers,” said Eric.
“Behind the scenes we are running to catch up, but nothing should change in regard to our patient care.”
As a 2001 Grant High School graduate, Eric said he and wife Tori, who grew up in Bixby, Okla., had an ultimate goal of purchasing or building a private practice of their own. When they graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis they were unsure of just how long that might take.
With the possibility in the back of their minds, the Gengenbachs returned to Perkins County and joined the staff at First Insight in the summer of 2009.
“Over the last year and a half, it became more apparent that this was a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved,” said Eric.
Continuing to involve Meyer in day-to-day operations is a piece of that equation. He will be just as busy as ever and accept appointments in all three offices.
The Gengenbachs will continue to rely on him not only for patient care but also with assistance in business decisions as a board member of their limited liability company.
Patients who affectionately refer to them at Dr. E and Dr. T are offered state-of-the art equipment.
They use an ocular coherence tomographer which is an instrument that can take 3-D ultrasound scans of the retina, macula, and optic nerve.
This machine measures tissue thickness down to the nearest micron (red blood cells are eight microns thick, a strand of hair is 20-180 microns in diameter).
This pinpoint accuracy allows them to diagnose and treat diseases before they develop, as well as monitor change over time.
Another instrument used daily in their practice is the 3-D high-definition retinal camera.
With this machine they capture images of the retina, macula, optic nerve, and even external photos of the cornea, eyelids and eyelashes.
The photographs are then compared annually to monitor progress and change from year to year.
Recently, First Insight’s Latisse patients have been reaping the benefits of their eyelash zoom to document their improved lash growth and health.
Finally, they are highly anticipating the arrival of their newest instrument, the Sanet Vision Integrator (SVI).
This state-of-the-art instrument has a touch-screen monitor and utilizes over 100 different therapy programs.
Dr. Tori is excited to begin implementing the SVI with her everyday therapy sessions as well as sports vision.
Dr. Tori is currently specializing in vision therapy, but still enjoys general optometric practice.
Dr. Eric practices in general optometry with particular interest in ocular disease; i.e. glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension.
“And let’s face it, Dr. Meyer is a specialist in all optometric fields!” said Eric.
The couple has a daughter, Olivia, who will be 15 months old in a couple of weeks.
Perkins County is fortunate to be the recipient of these two highly educated Oklahoma State University graduates who have lived in locations such as Memphis, Jacksonville, and Washington D.C. during their internships and externships.
Office personnel in First Insight’s three locations include:
• Grant: Bev Styskal, office manager; Monica Poppe, vision therapist; Deb Mosel, optometric technician; and Joya Neville, optometric technician. The Grant office is open Monday through Friday.
• Ogallala: Wanda Armstrong, front office, and Reba Gies, optometric technician. Their office is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
• Imperial: Cindy Trejo, optometric technician, and Michelle Schilke, front office. Office hours in Imperial are Monday through Thursday.