Emily Zinke, OD, is an optometrist at her family’s practice, Eyecare Professionals, in Hazen, Mandan, and Washburn, North Dakota. She grew up in Mandan, North Dakota, developing an interest in optometry while watching her father, John Helmers, OD, and uncle, James Helmers, OD, practice as optometrists for the community.
After graduating high school in Mandan, Dr. Zinke moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to attend North Dakota State University for her undergraduate education in nursing. She soon switched paths to pursue optometry, moving west to Forest Grove, Oregon, to attend Pacific University College of Optometry and graduated with honors in 2019.
She and her sister, Anna Helmers, OD, moved back to their hometown to practice at Eyecare Professionals at the same time. She takes a genuine interest in getting to know each of her eye care patients and in assessing and treating cases of dry eye disease.
When Dr. Zinke is away from the three Eyecare Professionals offices, she loves spending her time exploring the outdoors and adventuring with her husband, Grant, and their son, Nolan.