Craig B. Kurtz, O.D.
Dr. Kurtz opened his first clinic in Hancock in December of 1974. About the same time, the first FDA approved soft contacts became available and, as a contact wearer himself, he found that part of his practice to be especially interesting. While fitting hard and soft lenses, he also did clinical research on the first rigid gas permeable contact lenses prior to FDA approval. As advances in lens material and design continue, he and his partners stay on the cutting edge of new technology. Their clinic maintains one of the largest contact lens inventories anywhere. It includes astigmatic, bifocal and extended wear soft lenses. They also have specialized contact lens samples for Keratoconus and other complex fits. "If you unexpectedly run out of contacts, we are almost always able to supply a temporary sample lens." says Dr. Kurtz. "Multipacks are inventoried for patients whose prescriptions are less than one year old."
Dr. Kurtz was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He was prescribed his first pair of glasses at age seven, which probably set the stage for his career as an optometrist. Academic performance and high test scores enabled him to enter Indiana University's school of Optometry at the age of twenty, earning his doctorate in optometry at twenty four. Always very active in the community, he is a past president of Houghton Rotary and currently serves on the Houghton City Council. His wife, Jeanne, and he have three grown children. For fun, Dr. Kurtz enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, windsurfing, mountain biking, rollerblading, kayaking and playing banjo in a local bluegrass band.