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We Believe Life Is All About Your Vision

How clear is your vision? Our vision is clear:

Located in O'Neill, NE, Gutshall Kohle Pelster Eyecare is the leading provider of optometry services and vision care products in the region, and we want to help you achieve and maintain clear vision for years to come.


Healthy vision is our top priority and we are committed to helping you protect and preserve your eyesight through your lifetime.  We use advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction products and are committed to improving the quality of your life and vision.  We specialize in correction of myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia with single vision and multifocal glasses and contact lenses.


Your eye health is so much more than seeing 20/20 vision.  Our experienced eye doctors offer comprehensive vision exams for patients of all ages.  We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions, and problems including pink eye, foreign body care, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, ocular allergies, amblyopia and many others.


We invite you to visit our exceptional frame dispensary and choose from the latest in fashionable eyewear!  We offer a wide array of lens options and carry both affordable and high-end frames such as Tura, Flexon, Maui Jim, Oakley, Nike, Vera Bradley, COACH, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Fossil, Guess, Kate Spade and more!  Glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses - we have your eyes covered!

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Dr. C. Scott Gutshall


Dr. Gutshall grew up in the same town of O’Neill that he has practiced in for the past thirty years. He graduated from Wayne State College majoring in Biology in 1985. He lived in Chicago attending the Illinois College of Optometry and graduated in 1989. It the same optometry school that his father Stan had gone to twenty six years earlier.


Scott’s plan had always been to return to his father’s practice after graduation. Scott and his father practiced together for several years and outgrew their original location. Scott built a new office, at its current location in 1995.   Dr. Stan Gutshall began to contemplate retirement so Dr. Brad Blumenstock joined the practice in 1998. Scott and Brad practiced together for the next nineteen years. They added onto the building creating additional examination rooms in 2015. Dr. Blumenstock and his wife Georgia moved back to their hometown of Lincoln in 2017 and Dr. Jonna Kohle joined the practice.


Gutshall Kohle Pelster Eyecare continues to grow and serve even more patients. They are fortunate to have expanded services by adding another optometrist, Dr. Tessa Pelster, who joined the practice in January 2020.


Dr. Stan Gutshall opened the practice from scratch in 1964 and fifty-five years later it’s still serving patients of the northern Nebraska area from its base in O’Neill. We hope to be here serving patients in another fifty-five years.

Dr. Jonna Kohle


Dr. Kohle is a Holt County native and is proud to have returned to her roots.  She is a graduate of Atkinson West Holt High School, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Indiana University School of Optometry.  She completed a residency in Ocular Disease at the Kansas City Veteran's Hospital before returning to Nebraska to work, live and raise a family.  She is a long time member of the American Optometric Association, the Nebraska Optometric Association, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and was named 2015 Nebraska Young Optometrist of the Year.  Dr. Kohle enjoys providing care to patients of all ages and has a passion for providing compassionate progressive eyecare.


Dr. Kohle and her husband, Dan, have four young daughters and love being involved in community and regional activities.  Dr. Kohle stays busy as a member of the O'Neill Lions Club's sight committee, is involved in the Stuart Community Foundation Fund (an Affiliated Fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation), holds various roles within her church community and enjoys being involved with community development and youth coaching and leadership activities.

Dr. Tessa Pelster


Dr. Tessa Pelster joined the practice in January, 2020. Originally from southeast Nebraska, Dr. Pelster is married to Caleb Pelster, a local native of Elgin. She is enjoying being part of the community as they have made their home locally.  Dr. Pelster is a member of the O'Neill Lions Club's sight committee.  She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association.  Dr. Pelster provides a personalized approach to eyecare for patients of all ages. In addition to vision correction methods, she has extensive training in medical management of ocular disease.

Dr. Pelster completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014. She continued her doctorate education in Memphis, Tennessee at Southern College of Optometry where she graduated magna cum laude in 2018. Dr. Pelster stays current in her field by regularly attending advanced training courses. It is because of her dedication to continuing education that our patients will continue to receive the most modern and progressive vision care available.

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