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.
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.
Erin graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 2014. After high school, she attended Stewarts School for her Cosmetology license along with her Associates in Business Management. Erin and her husband, Tyler, moved to Vermillion last January and have loved living here. In her free time she enjoys fishing with her husband, being outside with their dog, Chester & reading.
Morgan grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Agua Fria High School in 2016. She then went on to complete her Bachelors in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Simmons University in Boston, MA. While there, she also played 4 years of volleyball. She is now in the Vermillion area, and hopes to be starting a graduate program in physical therapy at USD. Fun Fact – Morgan is the niece of former staff member Tina Girard!
Madison is from Lennox, SD and graduated from Tea Area High School in 2018. She will be starting her third year at USD in the fall of 2020; majoring in Medical Biology and minoring in Psychology. Her inspiration is to attend medical school once graduated from USD to become a doctor. She is also a member of the Vermillion EMS. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends, family, and of course her dogs.
Taylor grew up in Sioux Falls and attended Lincoln High School. She has a background in Media and Journalism along with film history.
She and her husband live in Vermillion with two kids – Olliver and Grace Kelley, four cats, and four Emmy Awards. In her free time she enjoys reading about health and medicine, traveling, and helping her husband with their video production business. Fun Fact: One of her daughter’s godfathers is Mitchell Olson from Survivor Season 2: The Outback.
Gayle grew up in Vermillion and attended the University of South Dakota. Life and adventure took her to West River, SD for fifteen years! She returned to Vermillion in 2019 when her daughter came to USD.
Sydney is from Dell Rapids, SD and graduated from St.Mary in 2018. After high school, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science from the University of South Dakota. She previously worked as a student athletic trainer for USD’s football team during the 2021-2022 season. Sydney plans to begin Physician Assistant school in 2023 and hopes to work in emergency medicine or orthopedics. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her two dogs. Fun Fact: She has a twin brother who recently graduated from South Dakota State University.