Dr. Jack Seitz came to Vernal and was employed by Daynes Optical in Oct of 1960. He purchased the practice in the mid-60s. The office was located on the west side of the Hotel Vernal building for several years. In the late 60s a new building was built at 185 North Vernal Ave. Dr. Seitz sold the practice to his two sons in the early 90s, Dr. Gordon, Dr. Neldon and his son in-law Tod Tesar. Dr. Jack worked for them until 2002.
Dr. Jack became active in the community when moving to Vernal. He was a member of the Lions Club, served as president and many other offices. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving as President 1963-64. He has served on many committees and boards, as chairman of the Western Park Planning Committee, Ashley Valley Hospital Board, Bicentennial Committee, Northeastern Counseling Board, Ashley Valley Sewer Board.
He also served on the Uintah School board four years, Vernal City Council eight years and in the Utah house of Representatives ten years.
GORDON A. SEITZ, O.D.
Dr. Gordon Seitz was born and raised in Vernal Utah to Jack and Mildred Seitz. He graduated from Uintah High School then attended the University of Utah where he studied pre-optometry. Dr. Seitz graduated with a Bachelor’s in Visual Science from Southern California College of Optometry in 1987, then graduated with his Doctorate in 1989. He interned at Chinle Indian Health Hospital and the Los Angeles VA Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Seitz is a Co-owner of Seitz Eye Care Inc. since 1992, and has worked there since 1989 with his father who started the practice in 1960.
Dr. Seitz has been a member of the American Optometric Association since 1985 and a member of the Utah Optometric Association since 1989. He served as a board member from 1997 to 1999. He has been a Scoutmaster, Chairman of the Board of Vernal City Planning and Zoning, Special Olympics Coach, and a youth sports Coach. He has also participated in multiple humanitarian vision trips to Mexico and Guatemala. Dr. Seitz is married to Jill Smith and the father of 3 sons and 1 daughter.
NELDON S. SEITZ, O.D.
Dr. Neldon Seitz was born and raised in Vernal Utah. He graduated from Uintah High School then attended Southern Utah University from 1986 to 1988 with a major in Spanish. He graduated from Southern California College of Optometry with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Optics in 1989, then went on to receive his Doctorate from Southern California College of Optometry in 1992.
He did a residency at Tuscaloosa Veterans Affair Medical Center from July 1992 to June 1993. He has been part owner of Seitz Eye Care Inc. since 1993. He also received Utah’s Young Optometrist of the year, and serves on the Hospital Privileges Staff at Ashley Regional Medical Center. Dr. Seitz was a board member of Vernal City Planning Commission from January 1997 to December 1998. He volunteered for Utah Volunteer Optometrist for Humanity, Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America from July 1999 to February 2001 and Board member for the Intermountain Natural History Association from 2001 to 2004. He is married to Dawna Nielsen and am the father of six children. Dr. Seitz is fluent in Spanish.
BRET J. BUTTERFIELD, O.D.
Dr. Butterfield was born and raised in Riverton Utah. He graduated from Riverton High School in 2004. He then received his Associates degree in science from Salt Lake Community College and then attended Utah State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Butterfield graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctorate in Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 2014. He Interned at Child & Family Eye Care center where they focus on children’s vision and vision therapy and at the Salt Lake City VA. He has been working at Seitz Eye Care since July 2014. His interests are in primary eye care, vision therapy, sports vision, contact lenses, and pediatric eye care. Dr. Butterfield is married to BreeAnn Howell and has two boys and one daughter.
TOD S.TESAR, AMERICAN BOARD CERTIFIED OPTICIAN/MANAGING BUSINESS PARTNER
Tod moved to Vernal in 1979 after graduating from Southern Calif. College of Optometry as a Optometric Technician. He later passed the ABOC examination to become a Certified Dispensing Optician. He has also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree form Duquesne University. Tod became Co- owner of Seitz Eye Care, Inc in 1992.
Tod has been active in various community organizations including, The Vernal Chamber of Commerce, Uintah County Recreation Board, Uintah School District Board and Tri-County Health Board. He is married to Cathy S. Tesar, they have three children, nine grand children and one great grandson.
JULIE BIGLER, ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
Julie has been working at Seitz Eye Care for 25+ years. She loves working here and the people she works with. Helping our patients out is one of her priorities. She is married and has 5 children and 14 Grandchildren. Julie loves spending time with my family, especially her grandchildren, going to their activities, and just doing anything with family.
LAURIE LINSCHOTEN, OPTICIAN
Laurie is married to Jim Linschoten and has 3 sons, along with 6 grandchildren. She loves to read books, go on walks, knit anything, as well as crochet and sew. She has been working at Seitz Eye Care for 21+ great years. Laurie loves getting to know our patients and our past and present staff members and calls all of them her friends.
KAY BASTIAN, OPTICIAN
Kay is married to Devin Bastian and has two wonderful sons. She enjoys reading, sewing and running. Kay has been working at Seitz Eye Care for 11+ years now, and loves working with the staff and doctors that are here.
VICI RUPPE, OPTICIAN
Vici is married to Glen Ruppe and has 4 awesome kids. She owns a 25 acre farm and loves to go camping, fishing & family time. Vici has been working at Seitz Eye Care for 2+ years and enjoys it a lot.
JENNY NEAL, SECRETARY/ASSISTANT/CONTACT LENSES SPECIALIST
Jenny is married and has 2 children and 3 step children. Her & her husband are empty nesters and our children are all grown up and moved out. She loves to do anything outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing, Riding horses, etc. Jenny has worked at Seitz Eye Care for 3+ years, but has over 21 years of experience in the eye care industry. She thoroughly enjoys working in this industry.
KIM NEVILLS, SECRETARY/ASSISTANT
Kim has 2 boys, Wyatt & Tucker. She enjoys outdoor events such as fishing, hunting, horseback riding, & golfing. Kim has worked at Seitz Eye Care for 4+ years.
KARYN LARIS, SECRETARY/ASSISTANT
Karyn is married and has 6 kids. Her family time is her favorite time. She loves to spend time with her family. Karyn has worked at Seitz Eye Care for 1+ years and has enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the experiences here.
CAROLYN MANN, SECRETARY/ASSISTANT
Carolyn is married and has an amazing husband, 2 daughters and, 5 grandchildren. She loves to travel and especially loves to go to the mountains and camp. Carolyn hasn’t worked at Seitz Eye Care very long, less than 1 year, but really enjoys it.
JILL S. SEITZ, SECRETARY/ASSISTANT
Jill is married to Dr. Gordon Seitz, and has 5 amazing children, but no grandchildren yet. She graduated from BYU with a BFA. She loves to spend time with her family. She also likes art and design projects. Jill has worked at Seitz Eye Care for 9+ years and really enjoys the experiences that she has here.
CATHY TESAR, DIRECTOR OF INSURANCE SERVICES
Cathy started working with Her Dad, Dr. Jack Seitz, when She was in High school. She attended Snow College for one year and later graduated from South Calif. College of Optometry as an Optomteric Technician in 1979. Earning Her AA Degree in Applied Science. Cathy loves being with Her family, taking family trips and practicing photography. She is married to Tod Tesar and has three children, nine grand children and one great grand son.