Member Profile- Matt Bauer

Member Profile - Dr. Matthew Bauer

Member Profile - Let's get to know Dr. Matthew Bauer

The Strategic planning group decided at their event last fall it would be fun to periodically have Member profiles in our newsletter so that members could learn more about each other.  Our first profile is Past President Dr. Matthew Bauer.

Where do you currently practice?
Open Cities Health Center

Where are you from originally?
Apple Valley, MN

What school did you graduate from (undergraduate and optometry)?
St. John's University and NECO

What are your hobbies?
Running, Construction projects around the house, Playing with my 3 kids, hiking/spending time outdoors, Gardening, and really any activity I can be physically active

Describe your local community involvement?
Both my wife and I try to be politically active attending fundraisers or hosting events for legislators. I'm a part of MN Doctors for Health Equity that tries to raise awareness of health disparities among Minnesotans. I'm a member of ISAIAH which is a faith-based organization that advocates for social justice issues and works together across many different religious beliefs.

Tell us about your family and pets?
I have an amazing wife of 14 years. We have 3 daughters that are 8, 5, and 2 years old. Our Dog is Lola and she's about 12 years old now. At the beginning of the pandemic, we also started to raise chickens in our backyard. We now have 3 chickens named Midnight, Spotty, and Ruby.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association?
There's an African proverb that says "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." I think that proverb is a perfect explanation for why I'm an MOA and AOA member. There's only so much that we can all do alone. When you have a group of people all working together; there's no limit on what we can do for our communities, our patients, and our profession.

What do you like best about the profession of optometry?
I love the relationships with patients and colleagues. I thrive on those connections and they always drive me to be a better person/doctor.

Describe your favorite memory from your optometric career.
Early on in my career I had an immigrant family come to see me from Nepal. The 16-year-old daughter's parents we told that her daughter had a learning disability. Her father though told me several times that he knew his daughter was smart even though she did poorly in school. It was her first-ever eye exam and she was a high hyperope of about a +8.00 in each eye. Immediately her vision improved significantly and over time she was able to eventually read nearly all the 20/25 line and she successfully finished high school about a year. Many of her family members were in tears when I told them that I believed that their daughter was smart too and that it likely was a vision problem that led to her having so many difficulties. It really shows the power of what we are able to do for our patients and what an impact we can have on their lives.

Please list any articles you have written or lectures you have provided to educate others on eye care.
Lemus, J and Bauer, M. Anterior Scleritis. Minnesota Academy of Optometry/Minnesota Optometric Association Annual Meeting Poster Session. Feb 2020.
Sousa, Z and Bauer, M. Ocular Myasthenia Gravis. Minnesota Academy of Optometry/Minnesota Optometric Association Annual Meeting Poster Session. Feb 2020
Plummer, C. and Bauer, M. Recurrent Pterygia. Minnesota Academy of Optometry/Minnesota Optomertic Association Annual Meeting Poster Session. Feb 2020
Phachu, G, Bauer, M and Schara, J. Chronic Anterior Uveitis. Minnesota Academy of Optometry/Minnesota Optometric Association Annual Meeting Poster Session. Feb 2020.

February 8, 2021