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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Carthage Vision Clinic the leading provider of vision care products and services in Carthage.

Dr. GragoryDr. Gregory J. Goetzinger

Dr. Greg Goetzinger attended Missouri State University for his undergraduate studies. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree (with honors) from the University of Missouri-St.Louis College of Optometry in 1993. He completed his Residency in 1994. Upon completion of his Residency he entered the U.S. Army as a Captain and was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany where he worked at the U.S. Army Hospital.

Greg has served on numerous community boards and is very active in community programs. He participated on the Carthage Chamber of Commerce board for 5 years and served as Chairman of the board in 2002. He has also served as a board member of the Carthage Rotary Club and has served on the Innovative Industries board. Dr. Goetzinger is an active professional, as he belongs to the Southwest Missouri Optometric Society, Missouri Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. Dr. Goetzinger has held the position of Trustee on the MOA Board of Trustees and has also held the position of President of the S.W. Optometric Society.

Dr. Goetzinger has just completed serving as Immediate Past-President for the Missouri Optometric Association during 2009. This is a political association formed to help advance and protect eye care for the citizens of Missouri. He also serves as an Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, an organization that assures competency of all new optometrists.

Dr. Goetzinger’s family includes his wife, Cara, and two daughters, Natalie and Madeleine. Cara is a teacher in the Carthage R-9 school district. Greg enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and sports.

Dr. Goetzinger enjoys the art of optometry and the ability to treat and heal people’s visual problems. He has a large glaucoma and surgical (cataracts, and LASIK eye surgery) patient population.




Bernadette is our office manager. She started working in our office in February 1999 as an ophthalmic technician, and has been our lead technician since. She began her career as an ophthalmic technician in the U.S. Army for 5 years before starting in my practice. Bernadette is a highly qualified and precise technician. She helps our current technicians  by performing pre-testing, secondary testing and teaching contact lens care. She also serves as our LASIK coordinator and arranges all surgery and specialty referrals. She has had LASIK vision correction and can answer any of your questions.

Bernadette is also an active professional. She has a degree in psychology and has served as President and Immediate Past President of the Missouri Optometric Association Para-Optometrics Board. Bernadette also has received the Para of the Year award from the MOA.

In Bernadette’s spare time she enjoys spending time cooking, reading and loves to travel.


Carie is our optician and laboratory technician. She is an ABO certified optician and has been helping people see better for 20 years. She cares how someone looks in their new eyewear and loves the dramatic changes she can make in their “spectacle makeover”. She is very knowledgable in the latest lens materials and coatings which can often transform a patient’s look as much as the new fashion frame, itself. Carie is a joy to work with and brings a little “sunshine” to our office.

When Carie is not at work, she spends time with her family and friends. She is a Kansas City Chiefs fan and loves football. She is also active in her church and sings in the choir.



Taryn moved to Carthage in 2000 when she married her husband.  She is our head ophthalmic technician and works with all of our frame representatives to make sure our frame selection is always up to date.  She is very friendly and outgoing and has become an extremely valuable part of our team.  She has five children and two grandchildren.  In her spare time she enjoys going to their many activities and sporting events.  She also enjoys reading and watching movies.


Jacqueline is a native of Carthage with lots of family in the area. She is one of our ophthalmic technicians and specializes in contact lens teaching. She performs pre-testing and secondary testing. She received her CNA while finishing her senior year of high school.  She is a quick learner and always has a smile on her face which makes her a valuable asset to the office.


Athen is from the Joplin area and lives in Webb City.  She is trained to be proficient in all areas of the office especially the optical department.  She performs pre-testing, secondary testing and teaches contact lens care. She is a full time student at Missouri Southern State University studying for her Occupational Therapy degree.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping and has a passion for the beach.


Christie has lived in Carthage since 1991 and graduated from CHS in 1997. She is married and they have one daughter.  She is very active in her church and loves spending time with friends and family. We call Christie our first impressions coordinator because being our receptionist she is the first and last person you see in the office.  She is full of energy, always smiling, and guaranteed to brighten your day.