Optometry Residency Faculty
You’ll work alongside experienced optometrists and ophthalmologists who are invested in your learning needs, professional goals and personal well-being.
Our distinguished faculty of board-certified optometrists and ophthalmologists are the core of our residency program. We leverage our vast professional experience and medical interests to provide dynamic learning opportunities that emphasize state-of-the-art technology while exposing you to complex patient cases. We’re passionate about teaching and eager for learners – like you – who want to learn how to provide the best possible vision care to patients.
Kristen Reierson, OD, FAAO, program director
Kristen is a board-certified optometrist and 2015-16 alumnus of Gundersen’s Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys helping residents solve complex ocular disease cases. She also fits specialty contact lenses and provides acquired brain injury vision care.
Kristen grew up in Northeast Iowa and attended the University of Iowa for her undergraduate education. She graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2015. She has been with Gundersen since she her residency in 2015-16 and stepped into the role of director of the residency program in 2020.
Outside of the clinic, you’ll find Kristen hiking, snow shoeing, in her garden or spending time with family.
Marie Heath, MBA
Residency program administrator
Anna Bedwell, OD, FAAO
Director of Residencies, Indiana University School of Optometry
- Suzanne Falkenberry, MD, department head, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Medical Retina
- David Nash, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmology
- Ramunas Rolius, MD, Cornea & External Diseases, LASIK & Laser Vision Correction Surgery
- Kristie Shappell, MD, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Medical Retina
- Jordon Thompson, MD, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Medical Retina
- Steven Whitford, MD, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Medical Retina
Call La Crosse Home
We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.
Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.
Prioritizing Your Wellness
As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.