Meet the owners
You and Eye is a family business. Often Dr. Bhend' s husband, James, will help with insurance eligibility checking, verification and filing. The kiddos: Brie, Carter and Jackson come in with dad too! As a family, we are all excited and committed to providing you and your family with a friendly and quality eye care experience.
Dr. Kristy Gehling Bhend
Dr. Bhend grew up South of Rochester on a farm in Grand Meadow, MN. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry with her Masters in Vision Science, in addition to her Optometry degree. She has a strong education in both the standard research-based and medical models of optometry. Dr. Bhend takes pride in giving patients thorough eye exams and explaining the meaning behind the science so that her patients can understand their eye health. Her experience with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition uniquely allows her to add an extra dimension of preventative wellness and nutritional health to her patients' care. When Dr. Bhend isn't practicing optometry she enjoys spending time with her family and horses or taking a family trip to Florida!
James Bhend grew up on a farm in LeRoy, MN. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Broad Area Agriculture. As the co-owner of You and Eye, he is in charge of business administration and has become our general handyman! James helped create the welcoming experience at You and Eye from the barn board design down to the scents used in the space, as well as the co-creator of the name “You and Eye”. When James isn't at the practice he is spending time with his family, fixing and building things or farming.