Our Doctor


Dr. Eric Von Holdt graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee with his Doctor of Optometry. He had a general optometry practice in the Grand Forks office of Bagan Strinden Vision before joining the team at Lake Region Eye Center. Dr. Eric offers patients a full range of professional eyecare services, including routine eye exams, contact lens fitting, cataract evaluation, glaucoma and macular degeneration diagnosis and treatment, along with LASIK consultations. A native of Bemidji, Minnesota, Dr. Eric now lives in the Alexandria area, and when not in the office, he loves spending time with his three children and enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and watching Minnesota Twins baseball, Fighting Sioux hockey, and Vikings football.

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.