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Published on October 24, 2017

Esteemed optometrist retires from Gundersen Tomah Eye Clinic

Just mention the name of optometrist David Larsen, OD, in the community and you'll quickly learn that he was an outstanding eye doctor, respected by his patients and colleagues.

David Larsen, OD

For nearly three decades, Tomah area residents came to know and trust Dr. Larsen for all of their vision needs. He joined the Gundersen Tomah Eye Clinic in December 1990 and is retiring from practice Nov. 9.

"Dr. Larsen is a stellar clinician and a stickler for details. He is a strong advocate for his patients. He will be missed by all of us for his keen insights and astute referrals," says fellow Gundersen optometrist and friend John Sterling, OD.

When Dr. Larsen started his career at Gundersen, he was one of three regional optometrists on staff. Fast forward 27 years, and he is now one of 25 optometrists serving more than a dozen Gundersen Health System eye clinics throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

"Dr. Sterling was a great influence on me and encouraged me to join Gundersen," notes Dr. Larsen. "I liked what I learned about Gundersen Clinic and Dr. Sterling was, and still is, a great Wisconsin optometrist who helped our profession to get to the level that it is now. I thank him for taking a chance on me when I was hired and for his foresight on the future growth of our department."

Throughout his tenure, Dr. Larsen was voted Young Optometrist of the Year (1998) by the Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA). He served several years on the WOA Board of Directors, worked closely with the Wisconsin Paraoptometric Association to advance their profession and was a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Larsen is proud of his practice and profession—and he certainly should be.

"What stands out for me is the phenomenal care that Dr. Larsen has given our patients. His attention to detail and diagnostic skills are unsurpassed," says dispensing optician Mary Messmer, ABOC, who worked alongside Dr. Larsen for 21 years.

"I remember when a patient of Dr. Larsen's came in late in the day having complications from cataract surgery. Dr. Larsen worked with the patient after the clinic closed for the day to lower the pressure and relieve the pain. The patient and family were forever grateful," shares Diane Kincannon, patient liaison at Gundersen Tomah Eye Clinic.

Though Dr. Larsen will miss his patients, and colleagues who have become like family, he looks forward to retirement. "My wife, Lynne, and I enjoy traveling. I look forward to going out and enjoying life while I am still healthy and able to be active."

"Dr. Larsen has been a wonderful colleague and friend. His commitment to the care of his patients and staff is to be commended. Dr. Larsen will be sadly missed but I know that he will not be a stranger. I wish him and his wife, Lynne, nothing but the best and wish them safe travel adventures," says Tina Flick, clinical manager of Gundersen Optometry-Tomah.

Dr. Larsen's patients will be in the skilled hands of Amy Atherton, OD, Gundersen Tomah Eye Clinic's new optometrist. Dr. Atherton provides primary eye care, treatment and management of ocular disease, contact lenses care and more.

Retirement open house for Dr. Larsen
Gundersen Health System congratulates David Larsen, OD, on his retirement, after 27 years of practice at the Gundersen Eye Clinic in Tomah. A retirement open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ground Round, 201 Helen Walton Drive, Ste. 1, Tomah. All are welcome to stop by to honor his contributions and wish him well.

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