Where We Began, Where We Are Going
In 1978, Dr. Rick Bunger established Family Eyecare Center in Grand Island. The practice has been widely regarded as a leader in optometry in central Nebraska ever since. The clinic has grown into a very successful independent optometric practice. This success has occurred by word-of-mouth referrals and is largely the result of a constant drive for excellence in patient service and satisfaction.
Since Dr. Bunger started his practice at corner of 4th and Eddy Street, many changes have been made. In 1981, Bunger joined with Dr. Mark Stines to expand the practice. While both doctors had a practice in Grand Island, Dr. Stines also brought his practice in St. Paul. Together, Drs. Bunger and Stines created one of the most successful practices in central Nebraska. They practiced together for nearly 30 years.
In 2005, Dr. Chad Hudnall joined Family Eyecare Center and in 2006 became an owner of the practice. Dr. Hudnall is a native of Grand Island. The firm also added Spex Eyewear to further enhance the patient experience. As Dr. Bunger transitioned into retirement, Dr. Stephanie Grabowksi joined Family Eyecare Center as an associate in 2011. In early 2014, a new location was opened in St. Paul to better serve the community. In 2015, Dr. Lynda Conner joined the practice as an associate doctor. In 2016 Dr. Josh Conner joined the practice as one of our owners. Dr. Josh Conner is a native of Grand Island. In 2021, Dr. Alec Waters joined our practice and is also a native of Grand Island. We now have five doctors serving patients in our Grand Island and St. Paul locations.
The goal of Family Eyecare Center is to provide your family with eye care needs for life. Our team of optometrists and dedicated staff work to earn the patient’s trust through investment in the very latest technology for clinical eye care, continuing medical education, exclusive eyeglass frames from unique designers, 24 hour on-call service, caring and committed staff, and an on-site optical lab. We will continue to strive for excellence, and are constantly searching for the best in technology, training, and products to make your eye care the best in central Nebraska.
We want to continue as a leader in optometric eyecare, with an eye toward the future, we will continue to invest in our practice, so that our patients will have state of the art eyecare in a state of the art facility. At Family Eyecare Center and Spex Eyewear, our passion is your eye fitness and fashion.