Meet Our Staff

Jane & Dave

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Dave & Jane Thelen

Dave and Jane, husband and wife, are the owners of Select Eyecare, with over 50 years of combined optical experience. They offer expert eye care and an extensive selection of eyewear and personalized customer service.

After attending Anoka Technical College and graduating with a degree in Optical Technology, Dave gained experience working in labs and eventually opened his own wholesale optical lab, The-Len’s Co. In 1996, Dave purchased the first Select Eyecare location in Monticello, MN. Jane and Dave met performing in a local community theatre production and eventually worked together. Dave assumed with Jane’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education, stated “since you are good with music you would be good with numbers”.  Jane enter the family business and has had success in managing the three locations. They soon opened additional locations in both Anoka and Coon Rapids. Each location continues to provide personalized service that you can’t find at discount giants and major chains, yet still offer highly competitive prices along with quality and fashion.

Dave and Jane continue to have a passion for the performing arts, spending time with their adult children Nathan, Becca, and Erica, as well as biking and walking their dog Charlie.

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Lynette Catapano, OD

Small town Minnesota farmgirl!

Dr. Catapano received her Bachelor’s Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN and her Doctorate Degree in Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry.

Practicing since 1989, Dr. Catapano is committed to providing the highest quality of vision care for you and your family.

Dr. Catapano resides in Otsego with her husband, Sam and has been blessed with two children and three grandchildren.  She spends her free time running marathons and keeping up with the grandkids.



Jean Layman, OD

Dr. Jean L Layman is an Optometrist. She graduated with honors from Illinois College of Optometry At Chicago. Having more than 38 years of experience, she is more than qualified to care for you and your family’s eye care needs.

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Sydney Lenner

How long have you been in the optical business?: 10 years. 

What hobbies do you have?: I love listening to live music, traveling, and camping!

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?: My Grandpa 

What is an interesting fact most people do not know about you?: I lived in Maryland as a child. 

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Jacquie Mathius

What do you like about working at Select Eyecare?: The best part is being part of the community and getting to know our customers. we get to learn peoples unique needs and know what products best serve them.

What is a fun fact about you?:  I have a very keen sense of smell that sometimes is a good thing and sometimes not! 

What do you enjoy doing when not working?: taking road trips and discovering new places, camping, and hanging out with my family and friends! 

What is a pet peeve of yours?: Slow drivers in the left lane!

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Alli Oberlander

What is your background in optical?: I have been in the world of Optics since 2018 and part of the Select Eyecare family since 2021

What do you like about working at Select Eyecare?: I love getting to meet new faces and catching up with the old ones too! 

Favorite thing to do when not working?:  Traveling, spending time with my fur bababies, and finding new hobbies. 

What is a pet peeve you have?: Definitely being interrupted while talking. 


Nathan Thelen

What is your background? : I have a bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from Concordia College – Moorhead and North Dakota State University. I am new to the optical world, but have been around it my whole life with my parents owning the business. 

What is your favorite Starbucks drink?: My go to is anything iced, usually a shaken espresso or iced coffe. 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?:  BIKE! 





Bree Vrchota

How long have you been in the optical business?: I ust started, but have a lot of customer service experience.

What hobbies do you have?: Spending time with my kids and family.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?: My aunt.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?: A polar bear.

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Carla Weiderhold

Describe your role at Select Eyecare:  hmmm, jack of all trades master of none.  

Favorite thing to do when not working:  Travel!   Adventures and Exploring any place and anywhere.

Words to Live By:  Always have an attitude of gratitude.

Favorite Movie:  Anything Marvel

Favorite Food:  Is WINE a food?


We value our patients’ experience. See for yourself, the great success our patients have experienced here at Select Eyecare.

Reviews From Our Patients


  • I’ve been going here for years. I love how the staff are behind the desk. They are so helpful friendly. My daughter has been doing a contact lens class to put them in and the lady is so nice. She really does her job great and likes it. I’m so pleased with the service. And the doctor is very nice has well. She explains everything about the appointment when you are there

    Eric P
  • Professional place to get eyewear. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely the place to get your eyes taken care of.

    Aaron B
  • Okay , this is the BEST place ever, they actually listen to you, they are honestly trying to help you out. Friendly and professional. Not in a rush. The Dr, is very cool, answers every question doesn’t talk down to ya. Great place ! ❤️ I will be back and I will tell my friends to check it out too.

    Pamela S
  • Very helpful, very professional! Definitely will go back and recommend to my friends. Love my glasses and sunglasses. Great experience!

    Debbie P


  • An outstanding experience all around. Consice friendly doctor and Jane has an excellent variety of frames to choose from. Very helpful and kind, and also a real pro at fitting and adjusting glasses. We are lucky to have such a great place in our own backyard.

    Stacy C
  • Dr. Emerson was fast, efficient and polite. The whole staff was the same way and my experience was great for my first time there.

    Jeremy N
  • Our entire family of four have yearly eye exams & purchase all of our glasses & sunglasses for several years now & we highly recommend them!

    We enjoy supporting small businesses that offer excellent customer service and great products, so
    5 stars from our family goes to Marsh Optical of Anoka for providing this!

    Danelle S
  • Excellent service. Jane was very helpful in picking out frames with me. She also pointed out the benefits of my med plan. The exam went quick and easy.

    Tom O

Coon Rapids

  • Both Select Eye Care in Coon Rapids and Anoka have provided me with excellent service and value over the years. Their attention to detail and recommendations are always appreciated. I highly recommend that you seek out either store for your eye care needs. You will be taken care of in a professional manner that is difficult to find in most optical clinics today.

    Eric W
  • I feel so well taken care of here, I adore Dave and every eye doctor I’ve seen there. They’ve been super fast and helpful getting my glasses and contacts ready for me. The donuts are also pretty convenient 🙂

    Meridith G
  • Great prices, the owner is very smart and friendly. I have been a customer for 5 years and he has always gone out of his way to make sure his customers get the best service. Highly recommend this small business!

    Alice J
  • Dave is very experienced in his business and takes care of his patients.

    Scott H
  • The owner is always super helpful and friendly! I have never been disappointed in the service or the eyeglasses/contact lenses that I have received!

    Anatoly L
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