About

Glen D. Nydam, O.D.

Dr. Nydam was raised in Platte, South Dakota. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. He is a 1996 honors graduate of Southern California College of Optometry where he was awarded the Frank A. Brazelton Award for clinical excellence. Dr. Nydam has completed ocular disease, contact lens, and low vision internships at the Optometric Center of Los Angeles; Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii; the Santa Monica Center for the Partially Sighted; and Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, California.

Dr. Nydam attended optometry school through a scholarship with the U.S. Army. During his four years of military service, he served as Chief of Optometry Services in Shape, Belgium and Tuzla, Bosnia. He also served as staff optometrist at Ft. Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Missouri. In June of 2000, he joined the Mabee Eye Clinic.

Dr. Nydam is board certified in Optometry by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and is an active member on the American Optometric Association, and the South Dakota Optometric Association. Dr. Nydam and his wife, Jill, have four children, Kendra, Braeden, Reegan and Addison. His interests include hunting, travel, music and his family.

Ray T. Birkenkamp, M.D.

Dr. Ray Birkenkamp is originally from Litchfield, Illinois. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois, and graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the St. Louis University of Medicine. Dr. Birkenkamp has practiced general ophthalmology since 1983. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Dr. Birkenkamp is a recipient of the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award for continuing education and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Continuing Education Award. Dr. Birkenkamp and his wife, Kris, have two daughters Kate and Dena. His interests include hiking, camping, bicycling, and music.

Gregg A. Bleeker, O.D.

Dr. Bleeker was born in Brookings, South Dakota, while his father attended SDSU, and was raised in Pipestone, Minnesota. He graduated with honors from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. In 1979, Dr. Bleeker enrolled at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois and graduated as valedictorian of his 1983 optometry class. He was able to attend optometry school by accepting a United States Air Force Health Professional Scholarship. Upon completion of optometry school, Dr. Bleeker served as an optometrist and Captain with the USAF for a 3 year tour of active duty at Malmstrom Air Force Hospital near Great Falls, Montana. In October of 1986, he moved to Mitchell to join the Mabee Eye Clinic. Dr. Bleeker is a Board Certified Optometrist and is fully certified to prescribe eye medications. He is an active member of the SD Optometric Society and the American Optometric Association. He is married to Janet (Crockett) and has two children, Adam and Ellie. His interests are water skiing, boating, downhill skiing, running and music.