Dr. Rob Currence
I fully appreciate the beauty of eyes and vision, and in them I see God’s handiwork. I enjoy serving and educating my patients through the profession of Optometry. I was born in a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina and grew up on the other side of those mountains in Knoxville, Tennessee. After studying two years at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1979 I graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in History. I have lived in a variety of locations since then, including an island on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. I received my degree in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1991. I was my class president for 4 years and received clinical honors. My first exposure to Montana was the summer of 1990 when I completed a rotation at the Indian Health Service hospital at the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. My family and I moved to Billings in 1996.
Beartooth Vision Center was established in 2004 and moved to its present location in November, 2008. Dr. Mettler came to us in 2014 and Dr. Shoults joined us in 2019. We collaborate together to practice comprehensive private practice optometry, including extensive contact lens work, treatment of eye infections, allergies, foreign body removal, cataract and refractive surgery co-management, fitting specialty contact lenses, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, as well as annual eye examinations for the entire family.
I will always root for the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Volunteers. As the holder of one share of Green Bay Packer stock I am officially an NFL owner – along with 456,000 of my closest Packer friends, of course.
Dr. Mikel Mettler
I have always been fascinated with the eye, and had dreamed of becoming an optometrist since the age of eight when I received my first pair of eyeglasses. I grew up in southwestern North Dakota. After getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, I moved south to St. Louis, MO. I graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, College of Optometry in May of 2014 with honors. As a very active member of my class, I served as my class president for the last two years of optometry school, and was an active member of several organizations, including the American Optometric Student Association, Beta Sigma Kappa, the American Academy of Optometry, and the Colleges of Optometry and Vision Develop net. I am currently a member of the American Optometric Association, the Academy of Optometry, and the Montana Optometric Association. I thoroughly enjoy practicing comprehensive optometry, with special interests in contact lenses, pediatric vision, and treatment and management of ocular disease. I frequently visited Montana as a child, and had always hoped to get the chance to live in the great state of Montana. I have many family members in the state and I’ve enjoyed being closer to them. My husband, Michael, and I moved to Billings in the spring of 2014 and we are looking forward to establishing Billings as our home.
Dr. Stephanie Shoults
I knew I wanted to be an optometrist from the time I was in 8th grade. It always fascinated me that this tiny little organ enabled me to see and interact with this beautiful world around me. I couldn’t imagine being unable to experience this vibrant world we live in because of poor vision. This desire to preserve vision became the driving force behind my many years of schooling.
I grew up in the beautiful state of New Hampshire a majority of my life but lived for a time out of the country on a tiny island in the Pacific. After receiving my Bachelor’s in Biology from Butler University, I went on to complete my Doctorate of Optometry in 2019 from The Ohio State College of Optometry. During my time at Ohio State I was very involved in the student government and student ambassadors programs serving as Vice President in both respectively. I was voted into the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society by my peers, an award reserved for upperclassmen who demonstrate outstanding leadership and service to their class and profession. I was also a very active member in the American Optometric Student Association serving as a board member for two years, the American Academy of Optometry, as well as the contact lens advancement society. As a member of the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, I was able to serve on a medical mission trip to Jamaica while in school. Following my graduation in 2019 I served on another medical trip in Campeche Mexico along side the nonprofit organization OneSight. I’m currently a member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry and the Montana Optometric Association.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and have a keen interest in specialty contact lens fittings as well as the treatment and management of ocular disease and binocular vision disorders.
Being active and traveling are fundamentals in my life. When I’m not working, you can find me at the gym, exploring, or planning my next adventure. I’ve always been an avid hiker and snowboarder and I am very excited to explore all Montana has to offer.