About Our Practice
Our doctors are knowledgeable, licensed and experienced to diagnose and/or treat the following eye conditions:
Our mission is to keep sight of what’s important. It shows in everything that we do. From your first contact with us to your appointment and your follow-up, we aim to make your eye care experience great. This is what drives us to provide you with the best care year after year!
Dr. Julie Thums
Dr. Julie Thums attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Med and Biology. She then graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry with her Doctorate of Optometry degree. Dr. Thums joined the HealthView Eye Care Center-Medford staff in July of 2004. She and her husband Pete enjoy living in Medford and are active in the community. They have three sons, Fischer, Stanley and Marty that keep them very busy outside of the office. Dr. Thums also enjoys cooking, flying and all things fitness.
Dr. Perry Arndt
Dr. Perry Arndt was born and raised in Medford and completed his undergraduate studies at the UW-River Falls. Dr. Arndt attended the Illinois College of Optometry where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree. He opened the practice over forty five years ago to meet the “eye health care” needs of Medford and the surrounding communities. Dr. Arndt and his wife Karen enjoy spending time with their three children and their families. They love their role of being grandparents to their nine grandchildren.
Dr. Betsy Berends
Dr. Betsy Berends was born and raised in Medford and attended the Medford Area Public Schools. Her undergraduate studies were done at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Dr. Berends attended the Illinois College of Optometry where she received her Doctorate of Optometry degree graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Berends has once again made Medford her home. She enjoys being part of the community and is the head coach for the Medford Senior High girls swim team. Outside of the office, she has a passion for baking and spoiling her niece and nephews.
Dr. Brian Puent
Dr. Brian Puent has been an optometrist for 13 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from UW Madison and his Masters and Doctor of Optometry from Ohio State University. Dr. Puent joined the HealthView Eye Care Center team of optometrists in 2016. His goals are to deliver an eye health examination individualized to the needs of each patient and to develop a long-term relationship with you and your family. Dr. Puent and his family currently live in the Wausau area where they enjoy the opportunities and quality of life Central Wisconsin has to offer.
Dr. Mathew Mergenthaler
Dr. Mathew Mergenthaler was born and raised near La Crosse, WI. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and attended the Illinois College of Optometry where he received his Doctorate of Optometry graduating with clinical distinction. His clinical passions include dry eye, glaucoma, visual complications after a concussion, and how conditions from other parts of the body can affect the eye. Dr. Mergenthaler enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, woodworking, and all things baseball. Outside of the clinic, you might find him in the woods, on the sand, or anywhere but the fairway at a golf course.
About Our Team
Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our opticians can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.