Our Doctor


Dr. Eric Von Holdt graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee with his Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Eric has been a part of Lake Region Eye Center since moving to the area in 2011. He has worked as our full-time and solo practitioner ever since and has continued to grow the practice each year. In February of 2020, he decided to purchase the practice. He is committed to providing the best eye care to his patients while providing a warm and friendly environment with the latest technology for his patients to experience. Dr. Eric offers patients a full range of professional eye care services, including routine eye exams, contact lens fittings, cataract pre- and post-operative care, glaucoma and macular degeneration diagnosis and treatment, along with acute eye care. A native of Bemidji, Dr. Eric enjoys spending time out on the lake and enjoying the outdoors. When not in the office, his three kids keep him very busy with activities. He is a University of North Dakota alum and enjoys UND hockey and is a big MN Vikings fan. Dr. Eric is a member of the Minnesota and American Optometric Association and is active in the vibrant and growing community of Alexandria.

Optical Staff


Kristin is a graduate of Jefferson High School. She worked for 12 years as an optician before joining Lake Region Eye Center to manage the optical lab. Outside the office, she can be found spending time with her husband, Ted, and their two children, Haylee and Emily. Her family enjoys hockey, volleyball, basketball, and softball.


Carla graduated from Northwood Institute in Midland, MI with a marketing management degree and worked for nine years in retail management before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Since then, she began her career in optometry and enjoys helping patients with a variety of optical needs.

Outside of work, Carla is most happy spending time with her family. She also enjoys walking, boating, and traveling.

Administrative Staff


Gwen Thoennes is a native and lifelong resident of Douglas County. She attended Jefferson High School and went on to graduate from Alexandria Technical and Community College with a degree in Office Administration. She has over twenty years of experience working in office administration and management and has been the heart of the Lake Region Eye team for over ten years.

When she is not working at Lake Region, she helps her husband on their farm in Millerville, where she drives tractor and feeds and cares for the animals. She also takes great pride in the upkeep of her beautifully restored farm house. If she had free time, she said that she would enjoy traveling to visit her daughters, spoiling her eight adorable grandchildren, and going to the lake.


DeAnn Runge is native to the Alexandria area and graduated from Jefferson High School. After graduation, she attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN earning her Bachelor,s Degree in Business. She held several summer jobs doing office work, before joining Lake Region Eye Center in 2004. As part of Lake Region Eye, DeAnn performs administrative duties, including bookkeeping and payroll.

When she is not working, DeAnn loves to get outside whenever she can. She particularly enjoys the summer months. She has a cat and a beautiful service dog that impresses everyone with his delightfulness and remarkable abilities whenever he comes around.