Dr. Melinda Kennel

At Prairie EyeCare Center, our staff is friendly and professional. Our commitment is to provide exceptional customer service to all of our Broken Bow patients. We take pride in our personalized care and strive to spend the necessary time with each patient to ensure a comfortable experience.

Our Broken Bow optometry professionals are passionate about providing high-quality care to our family of patients. We focus on providing comprehensive eye exams, a large selection of fashionable eyewear, and the best possible vision care. Come in today to meet our Broken Bow staff and make an appointment.

Dr. Melinda Kennel
Dr. Melinda K (Wells) Kennel was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska. After graduating from high school in 1994, she attended Hastings College majored in Music and Pre-Optometry and then transferred to Wayne State College to focus her studies on Pre-Optometry.

She was a member of the Chi Omega Psi sorority and Delta Lambda Delta honorary science fraternity. In 1998, she was accepted into Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science in Ocular Science in 1998, and graduated with her Doctor of Optometry degree in May of 2002.

Dr. Kennel joined the Army in April of 2000 and served as a Captain in the Army until June of 2006. She was recently promoted to Major in the US Army Reserves. Dr. Kennel served as the Chief of Optometry at Ft. Leavenworth then as the Doctor in Charge at The Eye Doctors in Marysville, Kansas. Dr. Kennel joined Dr. Sanger in August of 2008. She has worked extensively in Laser vision correction and focuses her practice on pediatrics and contact lenses. Dr. Kennel is certified in Vision Therapy and has educational presentations about the advantages of Vision Therapy.

Dr. Kennel is a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion, Lions Club, Nebraska Optometric Association, and PTA. She has two girls, Teagan and Quinlyn. She enjoys camping, fishing, sewing, and hiking with her family.

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