Dr. Rob Currence
I fully appreciate the beauty of eyes and vision, and in them I see God’s handiwork. I enjoy serving and educating my patients through the profession of Optometry. I was born in a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina and grew up on the other side of those mountains in Knoxville, Tennessee. After studying two years at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1979 I graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in History. I have lived in a variety of locations since then, including an island on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. I received my degree in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1991. I was my class president for 4 years and received clinical honors. My first exposure to Montana was the summer of 1990 when I completed a rotation at the Indian Health Service hospital at the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. My family and I moved to Billings in 1996.
Beartooth Vision Center was established in 2004 and moved to its present location in November, 2008. Dr. Mettler joined us in 2014. We practice comprehensive private practice optometry, including extensive contact lens work, treatment of eye infections, allergies, foreign body removal, cataract and refractive surgery co-management, fitting specialty contact lenses, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, as well as annual eye examinations for the entire family.
I will always root for the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Volunteers. As the holder of one share of Green Bay Packer stock I am officially an NFL owner – along with 456,000 of my closest Packer friends, of course.
Dr. Mikel Mettler
I have always been fascinated with the eye, and had dreamed of becoming an optometrist since the age of eight when I received my first pair of eyeglasses. I grew up in southwestern North Dakota. After getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, I moved south to St. Louis, MO. I graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, College of Optometry in May of 2014 with honors. As a very active member of my class, I served as my class president for the last two years of optometry school, and was an active member of several organizations, including the American Optometric Student Association, Beta Sigma Kappa, the American Academy of Optometry, and the Colleges of Optometry and Vision Develop net. I am currently a member of the American Optometric Association, the Academy of Optometry, and the Montana Optometric Association. I thoroughly enjoy practicing comprehensive optometry, with special interests in contact lenses, pediatric vision, and treatment and management of ocular disease. I frequently visited Montana as a child, and had always hoped to get the chance to live in the great state of Montana. I have many family members in the state and I’ve enjoyed being closer to them. My husband, Michael, and I moved to Billings in the spring of 2014 and we are looking forward to establishing Billings as our home.