Meet Dr. Tendler

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As a South Dakota native, I attended medical school at the University of South Dakota where I graduated with honors in medical physiology. I continued my training, pursuing a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota.

From there, I took on a rigorous corneal and anterior fellowship with Dr. Michael Belin of the Cornea Consultants of Albany at Albany Medical College in New York. Dr. Belin was instrumental in the development of laser vision correction and served as a core investigator for the VISX laser.

I was a partner at Vance Thompson Vision for 13 years before pursuing my own artistic vision of helping people see the world better and see themselves better. I am also a Fellow of the World College of Refractive Surgery and Visual Sciences.

My extensive experience has led me to become highly skilled in the surgical management of cataracts, refractive surgery, eyelid procedures, and aesthetics.

Extracurricular Involvement

I served as the television advertising spokeswoman for Restasis®, one of the first medications used to treat ocular surface disease or dry eye. Having used the medication myself and with my patients, I was proud to have represented the brand for over 8 years.

Other activities and organizations I am honored to help represent are: board membership at Dakota Wesleyan University; World College of Refractive Surgery and Visual Sciences, Associate Professor for Sanford School of Medicine; SME (Sales and Marketing Executives), The City Blossom, and the Sioux Falls Chamber.

Hobbies & Personal Interests

In my spare time, I love to travel. After my first international trip to India for a 3-month service-learning project while in college, I developed a love for the hobby that has stuck with me through my years of medical school, residency, and practice.

Now married, I enjoy traveling to nontraditional destinations with my husband, Paul. While I do not have a favorite destination, I cannot help but to compare each spot to Fiji, which is one of the most beautiful places I have ever experienced.

In addition to traveling, Paul and I enjoy many outdoor activities with each other and our daughter, including long walks, cycling, hiking, and time at the lake. My goal is to continue to tackle one bucket list location at a time, recently crossing off Patagonia, Egypt, and Ireland.

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