About Alaska Eye Care Centers

Caring for Alaskan Family Eye Health since 1937. We want you to “see to live” and we know that your life’s visual needs are as unique as you are! We combine experience, advanced technology and a genuine attitude of caring to make your visit with us unmatched in the community.

With the help of our friendly, well trained staff, our eye health professionals, Dr’s Thanepohn, Reber, Lentfer, Falconer, Nolin, Ford and Cook, bring a new level of clinical care and customer service to all our patients. We strive daily to provide the ultimate comprehensive vision care, ranging from annual eye health exams to emergent medical treatment. We also offer a full service optical specializing in the latest specialty eyewear, a wide range of contact lenses that are well- suited for our Alaskan Arctic Desert environment, an on-site lab and two convenient locations.

Meet The Optometrists

Dr. Denise L. Thanepohn, O.D.
Dr. Thanepohn practices general optometry, specializing in pediatric vision care and geriatrics. She devotes special attention to optometric continuing education for opticians, nurses, and other health care professionals in the community.

Dr. Thanepohn is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. Prior to joining Alaska Eye Care Centers in 1981, she had extensive public health and general eye care experience while serving on the staff of a refugee camp in northern Thailand.

Dr. Patrick N. Reber, O.D.
Dr. Reber practices general optometry, with particular interest in contact lenses and sports vision. He was born in Texas and received both his undergraduate and O.D. degrees from the University of Houston. He is now an adjunct faculty member of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He also serves as clinical director of Special Olympics Opening Eyes - Alaska.

As part of his graduate education, Dr. Reber volunteered at the Shiprock Indian Health Service in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Dr. Sheryl A. Lentfer, O.D.
"Dr. Sheryl" practices general optometry and specializes in the treatment and management of ocular diseases. She also has clinical experience consulting patients of refractive surgery. She herself had Lasik surgery in the fall of 1997.

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, she graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1996, where she was involved with Head Start and inner-city home eye care programs. She joined the staff at Alaska Eye Care Centers in May of that same year.

James C Falconer Jr
Dr. "Jim Jr" is the newest Doctor to join Alaska Eye Care Center's professional staff. A recent graduate of the New England College of Optometry, he specializes in contact lenses, pediatric and geriatric optometry. Prior to practicing optometry, Dr Jim Jr completed a doctorate in biomedical imaging research at University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

Jim was born and grew up in Anchorage. His wife Kathy is a teacher, and they have two young children. He enjoys recreational sports including nordic and alpine skiing, soccer and tennis. He also likes computers and music.