When Jacob Bollman graduated from Yellow Medicine East in 2005, he knew that he would have to go away to college but always intended on coming back. Having gained a degree in Optometry, the 27-year-old has obtained foundational credentials needed to begin family life--and with the assistance of Granite Falls Eye Care's, Todd Trudel, Bollman looks ready for success.
"We came back and started talking to Todd because we wanted to be back in the area and Todd's been a great resource for us," said Bollman of himself and his wife, Emmy. "We like the area, we like the people. There's nothing better."
The son of Economart owners, Dave and Jodi, Jacob was born and raised in Granite Falls. In ninth grade he started dating fellow freshman, Emmy Lynner, the daughter of Pam and Jim of Clarkfield, and in 2009, following their schooling at Concordia, Moorhead, the pair was wed.
Earning a degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science, respectively, Emmy would accompany Jacob to Forest Grove, Oregon where her husband would go on to complete his schooling at the Pacific University College of Optometry.
Returning to the area this past May, the two have been living at the family farm in rural Clarkfield. There they have had their hands full raising their son, Thatcher, now 17 months old.They also have a golden retriever, Laney.
"We love it. We love the peacefulness of being out in the country," Bollman said.
Having known Trudel for years, the 23-year owner of Granite Falls Family Eyecare, was receptive to helping a fellow optometrist and community member get his feet wet.
"I've known Jake since he was really young and he comes from a great family, has always had a good work ethic and is just a nice young man," said Trudel. "I had availability a few days, and might be able to loop him in with another clinic. He's not only a good guy, he's a good doctor."
And for Bollman the feeling has been mutual, as Trudel has proved an exceedingly apt Optometrist.
"Todd's a great mentor," he said. "During a year of rotations I followed around four different optometrist and Todd is the smartest one I know. He's the most educated on things and I think the best thing I've learned from him is that you always have to keep the patient in mind––whether a big or small town you always have to do what's best for the patient. And he's just a great clinician. I learn more and more everyday.
At present, Bollman works at Trudel's Granite Falls office on Wednesdays and at his other office in Benson on Mondays. Otherwise he fills in on an as needed basis.
"Hopefully we stay in this area and, hopefully, with Todd. If we can get enough business to support both of us then that's how we'll do it," Bollman said. "For this year, we're going to see how it goes, but the best case scenario involves me working right here in Granite Falls.
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