Dr. Kristin Gurholt
Kristin Gurholt, O.D. joined our practice from Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Gurholt will be providing vision care along with Dr.Walker at the Eye Center of Brookings. Dr. Gurholt has over 20 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular conditions. She previously owned and managed Boulder Vision Center until selling it in 2016. Dr. Gurholt then became a preferred practitioner for Veterans Affairs disability examinations until moving to Brookings in March 2019. She enjoys listening to patients and coming up with solutions, but takes a preventive approach to eye care as well.
Undergradate Education: Bismarck State College and University of North Dakota
Graduate Education: Pacific University College of Optometry, Oregon
Hobbies: Loves the outdoors, hiking, cooking, and sewing.
Dr. Douglas Walker
Dr. Walker received his doctorate from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1999, after having served his externships at Carl Albert Indian Health Facility in Ada Oklahoma, Portland Vision Centers and in Gold Beach, Oregon with Dr. John Rush. Dr. Walker has been very active with various optometric associations and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Oregon, Washington & Montana Optometric Physicians Associations, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Dr. Walker is currently serving on the Oregon Board of Optometry after being appointed by Oregon Govenor, Kate Brown. He is the 1999 recipient of the Oregon Optometric Association Student of the Year, the 2005 recipient of the “Oregon Young OD of the Year”, and the 2018 “Oregon OD of the Year” in addition to numerous other awards and honors. Dr. Walker is President of the South Western Oregon Optometric Society and served as the 2010-2011 President of the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association.
He is also a past chairman for the Brookings/Harbor Chamber of Commerce (2009-2010), past President fo the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor (2010-2011) and director of the Curry Health Foundation (2005-2008) . Dr. Walker provides additional expertise to the Eye Centers of Gold Beach and Brookings in the co-management of Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma. Dr. Walker resides in Brookings with his wife Lana and their two children, Zack and Abby.
Blake Fausett, MD
Dr. Fausett has always enjoyed working with his hands and figuring out how things work. During residency, he found that his passion for repairing and understanding was best suited for a career in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face and eyes. He finds that meticulous attention to detail, while still focusing on the broad view, produces the best functional and cosmetic results.
Dr. Fausett graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residency at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan. He then completed a two year fellowship with the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Nerad at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. Dr. Fausett has the skills and expertise needed to treat adults and children with various oculofacial conditions.
Dr. Fausett is a very talented surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of droopy eyelids, eyelid malposition, tearing disorders, eyelid and orbital tumors, orbital fractures and eyelid reconstruction. He is an expert in oculofacial cosmetic surgery and performs upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, face lifts and brow lifts. He also offers non-surgical treatments of cosmetic facial concerns using lasers, chemical peels, neurotoxins and fillers.
Richard Neahring, MD, FACS
Specializing primarily in cataract surgery, laser surgery, refractive surgery and aging-related conditions of the eye, Dr. Richard Neahring is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. After earning his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago) in 1989, he completed an Internal Medicine internship and Ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa. In addition, he completed fellowships in Neuro-ophthalmology and clinical Neuro-electrophysiology at Iowa.
Before leaving academics in 1998 to establish his surgical practice at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons, Dr. Neahring also served for two years as a Clinical Fellow Associate in both the departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Neahring served as president of Marion-Polk Medical Society 2004-2006.
Colee is our Technician for the Eye Center of Brookings.