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Meet the Optometrists

Clark Blackwood, O.D.

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Dr. Blackwood received his Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Blackwood also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pacific University.
Following graduation Dr. Blackwood served in the Army being stationed 1 year with the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and 3 years in Frankfurt, Germany with the 10th General Dispensary. Throughout his career in Optometry, Dr. Blackwood has served the Colorado Optometric Association in numerous positions including President from 1988-1989.
Dr. Blackwood co-authored the Manual of Esotropia Therapy with Colorado Vision Consultants. He has also served on the Advisory Board for Clear Vision Laser centers and is listed in the 1994-1995 Who's Who for Executives. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado Optometric Association in 2004.

Dr. Blackwood's wife Lois taught at Central Elementary. He has two married daughters, the oldest having graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 and the youngest from Baylor University in 2003.
He enjoys travel, snow skiing, water skiing, playing golf (sometimes) and bridge.


Larry Forrest, O.D.

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Since graduating in 1972 and spending the next four years as an optometrist in the US Army, Dr. Forrest has been in private practice with Dr. Clark Blackwood in Longmont Colorado.
He is a member in good standing in the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association where he has served as a trustee, the legislative chairman, president elect, president, and past president.

Dr. Forrest was awarded Optometrist of the Year by his peers and has served as a board member of the Southwest Council of Optometry's annual conference representing Colorado in Dallas Texas for six years.

In this capacity it was his responsibility to help with the education committee for this annual meeting. He has also served as Chair of the Ethics and Values committee for the American Optometric Association.

He is certified to the highest level that the law allows in the practice of optometry and co-authored the Manual of Esotropia Therapy with Colorado Vision Consultants.

One of his passions is fitting scleral contact lenses for very special visual conditions like keratoconus, ectasia, post keratoplasty (corneal transplants), scarred corneas and other vision threatening conditions. To date, he has fit over 500 eyes in these lenses!

He has been married to Mary since 1971 and his two married daughters (Kristi Cripe and Heather Spahn) and his five granddaughters are the love of his life.

Dr. Forrest is a member and past deacon of Calvary Church in Longmont and he enjoys tennis, skiing, and jogging. He has also climbed Long's Peak over 10 times!


Gina Marangoni Gabriel, O.D, M.S.

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Dr. Gabriel graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2004. During her time in optometry school, she worked as a vision therapist, was President of the OSU chapter of the American Optometric Student Association, and served as vice-president of Students Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH). SVOSH allowed her the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and El Salvador to deliver eye care to underprivileged communities. She graduated with several awards, including The Lyle Gassman Memorial Award, awarded to the optometry graduate who exemplifies humanitarianism, leadership and service. She also received The Binocular Vision and Pediatrics Clinical Excellence Award.

After graduation, Dr. Gabriel completed a combined Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Residency and Master's degree program at Ohio State. During this time, She worked in a pediatric and binocular vision (eye-teaming) specialty clinic helping children and adults with amblyopia, eye turns (lazy eye), vergence / accommodative / and tracking problems, and those with special needs such as intellectually disabled patients. Her Master's degree research involved analyzing the focusing mechanism of three- to twelve-month-old infants. She was a masked examiner for the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) and the Study of Eyes and Attention Deficit (SEAD).

Dr. Gabriel was honored to receive The Terrance Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award, which is awarded to the top two pediatric residents in the country each year.

Dr. Gina Gabriel joined Eagle Vision and Eye clinic in 2006. She is the Director of Vision Therapy and does InfantSEE exams as part of the American Optometric Association program. In 2009 she received the Key Person of the Year award from the Colorado Optometric Association.

In 2014, Dr. Gabriel became Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO). Dr. Gabriel passed a rigorous Board Certification Examination that earned her the title of Diplomate, American Board of Optometry. Only about 3,000 optometrists in the country have achieved this certification.

Dr. Gabriel lives in Louisville with her husband, Dr. Christopher Gabriel, who is a senior organic chemist at Miyota Development Center of America in Longmont. When she's not at work, she enjoys caring for her twins (a girl and a boy), playing with her dog, hiking, and riding her bike.


Rachel Potter, O.D.

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Dr. Potter graduated with distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon in 2007. She received the Optometry Deans Scholarship and Brim Health Professions Scholarship awards, and was awarded membership of National Honors Society and Beta Sigma Kappa.

During Optometry school she served as an officer for AMIGOS Eye Care-(VOSH) Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. She traveled with VOSH to Ecuador to deliver eye care to underprivileged communities. Dr. Potter also served as a class officer of her Optometric class.

Dr. Potter grew up in Delta, a small town on the western slope of Colorado, and was one of the Valedictorians of her High School. She made the Dean’s list and graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado with a degree in Biochemistry and minor in Chemistry.

Dr. Potter cares for patients of all ages including children. Her specialties include surgical co-management (including LASIK), contact lenses, and treating eye problems such as glaucoma, allergies, and dry eye. She is a member of both the American Optometric Association, and the Colorado Optometric Association. She enjoys volunteering on committees for the Colorado Optometric Association, various health fairs, and in the community.

Dr. Potter lives in Erie with her husband, who is an Architect in Longmont, and children. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, tennis, snow and water skiing, running, volleyball, and traveling.


Jaclyn Wray, O.D.

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Dr. Wray earned her Doctorate in Optometry degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. During her time in California, she interned at a wide variety of clinics throughout the state and at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.

She served as the Academic Vice President of the School of Optometry student body, Secretary of the optometric honor society Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK), and Volunteer Coordinator of the preschool screening program Prevent Blindness.

Dr. Wray volunteered at a free clinic in Nicaragua with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity to bring eye care to the underserved. In addition, she spent a summer conducting research through a National Eye Institute grant and was a teaching assistant in the ophthalmic optics laboratory.

Upon graduation, Dr. Wray received the BSK Silver Medal Award, the highest academic honor in her class. She was also awarded the VSP Excellence in Primary Care Award, the Low Vision Clinic Award, and the U.C. Berkeley Optometry Leadership and Service Scholarship. Dr. Wray grew up in central Nebraska and prior to attending optometry school she graduated with High Distinction in Mathematics and Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Wray is married to Curtis Wray, who is a chemist at HP Inc. in Fort Collins, and they have a young daughter. Their family loves being in Colorado and all the hiking, biking, and recreation that this area has to offer. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.


Anthony Bistodeau, O.D.

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Dr. Bistodeau was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. He then graduated with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry in 2013.

During his time in optometry school, Dr. Bistodeau completed several internships, including: a contact lens specialty clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, the VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, and a refractive surgery center in Denver, Colorado. Aside from the valuable experience that he gained, it was during this time that he fell in love with Colorado and all that the area has to offer.

After graduation, Dr. Bistodeau spent four years working as an associate doctor in a full-scope, primary care practice in Oregon. Working side-by-side with fellow optometrists and ophthalmologists, he devoted much of his time to caring for the long-established patient base from the surrounding communities.

Dr. Bistodeau enjoys many aspects of his profession, but he is extremely passionate about fitting contact lenses, as well as diagnosing and managing glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes. He is nationally certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Colorado Optometric Association, and BSK International Optometric Honor Society.

Outside of caring for his patients, Dr. Bistodeau enjoys attending sporting events, running, hiking, experimenting with cooking, and traveling. He is always looking for recommendations for his next big trip, so feel free to offer suggestions!