Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Prairie Eye Clinic the leading provider of vision care products and services in Vermillion.
Cynthia Johnson, OD
Dr. Johnson was born and raised on a farm 6 miles west of Hurley, SD. She is a graduate of Hurley HS then Augustana College in Sioux Falls before attending the University of Houston College of Optometry. In 1983, she graduated Gold Key Honor Society from UHCO. She and her husband, Dr. Kevin Brown, have been in their private optometric practice since 1983 in Vermillion. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Optometric Association, the South Dakota Optometric Society, and Vermillion Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Johnson is an Academic Associate Professor for the Physician Assistant studies program, School of Health Sciences, at the University of South Dakota.
Dr. Brown was born in Auburn, NE, and remains a Husker fan to this day. He is a graduate of Auburn HS and then attended Kearney State College in Kearney, NE, before attending the University of Houston College of Optometry. He received both his BS from the University of Houston and Doctor of Optometry (OD) from UHCO in 1983. He and his wife, Dr. Cindy Johnson, have been in their private optometric practice since 1983 in Vermillion. Dr. Brown is a member of the American Optometric Association, the South Dakota Optometric Society, and Vermillion Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Brown is an Academic Associate Professor for the Physician Assistant studies program, School of Health Sciences, at the University of South Dakota.
Amanda was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated from North High School in 2005 and served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 2004-2010. Amanda then moved to Elk Point in 2010 with her husband Cody, son, Ashton, and daughter, Alexis. Amanda is our Clinic Manager.
Kelsey is from Yankton, SD and graduated from Yankton High School in 2010. She then attended the University of South Dakota where she received her degree in Psychology. Kelsey lives in Vermillion, SD. She serves as our optical manager.
Heather is from Centerville, SD where she graduated high school. She attended Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, SD, and graduated with a degree in the medical secretary field. Here at Prairie Eye Clinic, she handles all the billing and insurance. Heather lives in Centerville with her family.
Kathy lives in Elk Point with her husband and children. She was born in Ecuador and raised in Des Moines, IA. Kathy has an Associate’s degree in Applied Health and Science and a bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Purdue Global University. Kathy enjoys living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Kierrah is in her fourth year at USD after coming here from Sioux City, IA. She is majoring in Health Sciences and plans to attend optometry school. She transferred to USD from the University of Iowa in the fall of 2018. She has earned a spot on the Dean’s list, and is involved with the Coyote Crazies student organization and the National Society of Leadership and Success. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Stripes.
Karlie is a graduate student at USD from Eureka, SD. She has her undergraduate in medical biology & psychology as an honors student. She is currently pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in Health Service. Upon graduation, she plans to attend medical school. Karlie has repeatedly earned a spot on the Dean’s list, and she is involved on campus in various clubs and organizations including: Study Abroad Ambassadors, HEAL, and SERVE. Her honors thesis focusing on preventative care in rural areas based on her primary research in the Baden-Wurtenburg region in Germany & SE South Dakota published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutical & Medical Research. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends & family, traveling and loving on her Saint Bernard pup, Theo.
Kelly lives in Vermillion, but is originally from Nebraska. She graduated high school in 2016 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology through Liberty University’s online program in December of 2019.
Tracy grew up in Sioux Center, IA and graduated Sioux Center High School. She then earned her degree in Graphic Design from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. She is the proud mama of two boys – Silas and Tobin – and is loving life in Vermillion with her husband, Brandon and their German Shepherd puppy, Cleo. She likes to spend her free time fishing or gardening, and soaking up all the fun that life offers!