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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.


Kevin M. Brown, OD

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

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

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.


Lauren

Lauren is a senior at USD. She is from Aberdeen, SD and graduated from high school there.


Heather

Heather is from Centerville, SD where she graduated high school. She attended Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, SD with a degree in medical secretary. Here at Prairie Eye Clinic, she handles all the billing and insurance. Heather lives in Centerville with her family.


Stephanie

Stephanie lives in Vermillion with her fiance and their pets.


Kathy

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

Kierrah is a junior at USD from Sioux City, IA. She is majoring in Health Sciences and plans to attend optometry school.


Karlie

Karlie is a graduate student at USD from Eureka, SD. She is currently pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in Health Service. Upon graduation, she plans to attend medical school.


Melanie