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Dr. Darren Minnich has been in private practice since 1996. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University College. Preceding that, Dr. Minnich attended Anderson University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology & Business Administration. He received his certification from the National Board of Examiners for the Treatment & Management of Ocular Disease in 1996. Dr. Minnich established Nappanee Family Eyecare in 1999 as a result of buying Dr. Tom Tarman’s (Wakarusa) and Dr. Russell Bolyard’s (Nappanee) Optometry offices and merging them with a new beginning. Dr. Minnich states “I can’t say enough about the opportunity to take over two well esteemed doctors in their respective communities. I often think about Dr. Tarman and Dr. Bolyard and believe they would be proud of how we provide the many services in our office.”

Dr. Minnich is a 21 year member of the American Optometric Association and 18 year member of the Indiana Optometric Association. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, & President of the North Central Optometric Society. He also served as President of the Indiana Optometric Association after serving 7 years on the Board of Trustees for the IOA.  Dr. Minnich is only the third president from Elkhart County in the 117 year history of the IOA. In addition, he has served as President of the board for the Nappanee Boys & Girls Club, but currently serves as on the Board of Trustees for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County. He is a member of Rotary International and has served as chairman of community service for the Nappanee club. Dr. Minnich has been on mission trips to Haiti, Indian reservations in Arizona with Cross Eye Missions and to Mexico several times with Global Impact teams from Nappanee Missionary Church. He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 21 years and they have three children, Tyler, Drew, and Alea. He enjoys most sports, including basketball, golf, & running. He has ran many half-marathons and 3 Chicago Marathons.