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Our Doctors

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Emily A. Coles, OD

Optometrist/Owner

Dr. Emily Coles is the owner and operator of Big Rapids Family Eyecare. Dr. Coles is a graduate of Big Rapids High School (2000), Michigan Technological University (2004), and the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State (2008). Having grown up in Big Rapids, Dr. Coles is community-driven, serving in leadership roles within the Riverview Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, Ferris State University Alumni Board, and Michigan College of Optometry Alumni Board.

Active member in the American Optometric Association, Michigan Optometric Association, West Michigan Optometric Association, Downtown Business Association of Big Rapids, Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce, Spectrum Health PSAC (Patient and Family Advisory Council), and is DPA and TPA certified.

Dr. Coles is excited to accept new patients of all ages, specializing in contact lens fitting, young children’s exams, and diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

Personally, Dr. Coles is married and the mother of three boys Carson, Reid, and Ari. She enjoys exercising, spending time with family, and cheering on local sports teams.

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Dr. Alex Messner

Optometrist

Dr. Messner is originally from Hutchingson, Minnesota, and received his undergraduate degree from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN.  He graduated from Ferris State University in the spring of 2023, completing his optometric doctorate.  When he's not caring for his patients, Dr. Messner loves cycling, playing tennis, and trying out new cooking recipes. 

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