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Personable, Experienced and Caring Optometrists

Our eye doctors practice a team approach, working with one another and our technicians to ensure you get the best eye care in the Grand Forks region. It goes deeper than eye exams and eyewear. Early disease detection, the latest advancements in the profession and leadership in the state and nation are all part of the package at Lifetime Vision. You’ll find our optometrists are warm, caring and passionate about what they do.

Meet the people who are going to be caring for your eyes, your vision and your health.

Dr. Jeff Yunker

Jeff founded Lifetime Vision to provide patients the best possible eye care, emergency eye care and vision correction. His education and training include:

Dr. Yunker founded Lifetime Vision Center to provide patients with his attentive, team approach to eye care and vision correction. His education and training includes:

  • Pre-Optometry studies, University of Wisconsin
  • B.S., Optometry, Indiana University
  • Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University
  • Ocular Disease Residency, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Medical Treatment of Diseases studies, Pacific University

Jeff also holds several certifications, and he’s involved in multiple professional organizations that allow him to provide patients with the latest insights and advances in eye care.

  • President, North Dakota State Board of Optometry, 2010-Present
  • Board of Directors, Association of Regulatory Board of Optometry (ARBO)
  • Appointed to the North Dakota State Board of Optometry 2005
  • National Board of Optometry Clinical Examiner
  • Committee Chair, Association Regulatory Board of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • North Dakota Optometric Association
  • Regional Leader, Professional Eye Care Associates of America
  • AOA Contact Lens Section
  • Clinical researcher for Bausch & Lomb and Johnson & Johnson
  • TLC Laser Vision Correction Affiliate
  • Certified in the Treatment and Management of Eye Diseases

Dr. Kari Torkelson

Kari’s priorities are ensuring each patient’s health, and the lifelong learning that allows her to deliver. Providing quality eye care in Lifetime Vision’s comfortable environment allows her to meet one-on-one with patients and improve their quality of life with better vision.

Kari’s education and training include:

  • University of Minnesota, Crookston
  • North Dakota State University
  • B.S., Indiana University
  • Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University

Her professional memberships, certifications and professional publications include:

  • American Optometric Association
  • North Dakota Optometric Association
  • AOA Contact Lens and Low Vision Sections
  • More than 120 hours in advanced professional courses on numerous topics, including treatment of eye diseases, contact lenses, low vision and pharmacology
  • Certified in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
  • Co-author of “Normal Tension Glaucoma and Central Corneal Thickness,” an article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Optometry

Dr. Susan Safratowich

Susan uses her strong clinical background and the latest technologies to develop a personalized eye care plan to maintain your eye health and long-term vision.

Her education and training includes:

  • Pre-Optometry studies, Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of South Dakota (graduated with honors)
  • Master of Science in Zoology, North Dakota State University (graduated with honors)
  • Doctor of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry (graduated Magna Cum Laude)
  • Clinical rotations at ICO, University of Chicago, VA Health System and Black Hills Regional Eye Institute with emphasis on primary care, ocular disease, pediatrics, binocular vision, low vision, and contact lenses. Received Honors in all rotations.

Susan has quality training in the latest, up to date technology and treatments, and her involvement in professional organizations keeps her current with new advances in eye care.

  • American Optometric Association
  • North Dakota Optometric Association
  • Certified in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
  • TLC Laser Vision Correction Affiliate

Susan has been a reviewer for the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education and a mentor in the Illinois College of Optometry ICOPro Mentorship program since 2015.

ICO honored Susan with its prestigious Lawrence P. Feigenbaum Clinical Optometry Memorial Award in 2009. The award recognizes the top clinician in the graduating class who demonstrated outstanding clinical performance. She also received the ICO Clinical Excellence Award for receiving honors in all her clinical rotations.

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