Meet the experienced and friendly doctors who make Family Vision Center the leading provider of vision care products and services in La Crosse.
Richard L. Foss, O.D.
In practice since 1974, Dr. Foss excels in providing superior eye and vision care to the Coulee Region.
Dr. Foss was named “Optometrist of the Year” in Wisconsin in 2005 by the Wisconsin Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. This award is presented to only one outstanding doctor each year. The award recognizes the doctor’s exceptional service to optometry, dedication to the visual welfare of the public and service to the community.
Attending primary and secondary school in Wisconsin Dells, he then attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for three years between 1964 and 1967. In 1968 and ’69, he served in the United States Army, which included a one-year tour in Vietnam.
In 1970, Dr. Foss and his wife Marilyn were married and when she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in nursing, he started optometry school at Illinois College of Optometry.
Their son Mark was born in 1973, and Dr. Foss graduated in 1974. They moved to La Crosse and started a private practice in August of 1974. Their daughter Ann was born in 1976. Ann graduated from the University of Alabama in 2003 with a Doctorate in Optometry, and joined the practice in July 2004.
In 1976, Dr. Foss purchased Dr. Ashworth’s practice when he passed away. The practice has evolved in many ways since it was started in 1974. Some changes include the addition of diagnostic and therapeutic drugs, delegation of several procedures, computers in both office management and patient care, and vision therapy. Currently Dr. Foss supports refractive surgery (Lasik) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and continues to implement the latest in contact lenses, lenses, and other technology supporting individuals visual needs.
Dr. Foss is active in Lion’s International, VOSH (Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity) and in his church. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and wood working, including the building of custom wood furniture.
Ann M. Wonderling, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., Diplomat, American Board of Optometry
Residency trained in Pediatric Optometry, Dr. Wonderling joined the optometric practice of her father, Dr. Richard Foss, on July 12, 2004.
Dr. Wonderling was elected to be the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA) beginning in 2018. Dr. Wonderling has held various positions on the WOA Board since 2004. The WOA is a nonprofit affiliation of licensed doctors of optometry and associated businesses dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the vision welfare of the people of Wisconsin. The vision of the WOA is to be the recognized authority on vision and eye health care in Wisconsin while serving as the primary advocate for the profession of optometry throughout the state
In January of 2014, Dr. Wonderling became a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry. By becoming an ABO Diplomate, Dr. Wonderling voluntarily demonstrated her knowledge, skills, abilities and commitment to lifelong learning for the benefit of her patients. By attaining American Board of Optometry Board Certification and enrolling in the Maintenance of Certification program, Diplomates declare their lifelong commitment to quality patient care.
Dr. Wonderling was named “Young Optometrist of the Year” in Wisconsin in 2007 by the Wisconsin Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. This award is presented to one outstanding doctor each year that has been in practice for less than ten years. The award recognizes the doctor’s exceptional service to optometry, dedication to the visual welfare of the public and service to the community.
One of only four optometrists in the state of Wisconsin who have completed a residency in vision therapy and pediatric optometry, and one of only seven optometrists in Wisconsin to be a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Dr. Wonderling sees patients at Family Vision Center for routine eye and vision exams and owns Vision Therapy Academy.
Vision Therapy Academy is an externship site for fourth-year optometry students to gain hands on experience and increase their knowledge of vision therapy and pediatric optometry. Participating students come from the Illinois College of Optometry, UAB School of Optometry, or St. Louis College of Optometry.
Dr. Wonderling obtained her BS at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO). In 2003, she received her Doctorate of Optometry. While attending UABSO, she received the Boyd Eskridge Clinical Excellence Award, which is chosen by the faculty to honor the student who excelled in all subspecialties of optometry. Her rotations included the Veteran’s Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, nursing homes, the office of Dr. Sharon Snider (one of Alabama’s leading pediatric vision specialists), and the pediatric, contact lens, ocular disease, low vision and primary care clinics at UABSCO.
In 2003–2004 Dr. Wonderling was selected to be the pediatric resident at UAB. The residency included seeing patients at the Newborn Follow-Up Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary clinic caring for low birth weight babies. She also cared for patients at the Sparks Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary facility that cares for patients with academic and developmental delays. Dr. Wonderling examined patients at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and the Helen Keller School. She also saw patients at the Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, and at the office of one of the leading pediatric ophthalmologists in the Southeast. Dr. Wonderling also enjoyed spending time in the occupational therapy department at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Dr. Wonderling was a masked examiner for ATS3 and ATS5 and was involved in several research projects at UABSO. She enjoyed being the supervising doctor for the vision therapy department for fourth year optometry interns working with adults and children with binocular vision problems.
Dr. Wonderling has volunteered her time and expertise providing eye care at the Special Olympics, the Cahaba Valley Health Initiative, and Camp Seale Harris for children with diabetes. She has enjoyed mission trips with VOSH (Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity) to Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Wonderling is also a volunteer of Walker’s Point Community Clinic in Milwaukee and at the Rich Coaty Memorial Eye Clinic in La Crosse.
Currently, she is accepting new patients at Family Vision Center—doing both routine eye and vision exams and pediatric eye and vision exams. She also sees patients on a referral basis at Vision Therapy Academy.
Jessica C. Puls, O.D.
Dr. Puls became a permanent member of Family Vision Center in July of 2014. She is passionate about the opportunity to provide excellent, comprehensive eye care in the area. Dr. Puls completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Central Missouri, summa cum laude, and graduated with honors on the Dean’s List from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. She intends to employ her educational and work experience in optometry and to utilize her professional skills while providing greater patient care. She plans on emphasizing in ocular disease and pediatric optometry.
Dr. Puls completed externships at Family Vision Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO as well as at the St. Louis VA. As a student, she was President of Gold Key international UMSL chapter, historian for the UMSL AOSA, secretary of student optometric government association while being student members in COVD, WOA, AOA and MOA. Dr. Puls was also a student volunteer for the VOSH program and was a member of BSK honor society. She was a teacher’s assistant for clinic, office assistant for UMSL College of Optometry Admissions, and a student ambassador throughout optometry school. Dr. Puls has volunteered at Special Olympics Opening Eyes, for school vision screenings, and has given her time to conduct Lion’s Club examinations.
Her husband, Dr. Dan Puls, was raised in La Crosse/Onalaska area, where she relocated from Missouri to begin practicing optometry. With her spare time, Dr. Puls enjoys painting, exercising, movies, reading, shopping, and going to Packers’ games. Dr. Puls is excited to meet all new and established patients at Family Vision Center.
Dustin A. Cherney, O.D.
Dr. Cherney is a long time resident of the La Crosse area. Before optometry, Dr. Cherney worked as a registered nurse in private practice. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Viterbo University in 2008 and Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2015. Dr. Cherney is a member of the American Optometric Association and the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea section. Dr. Cherney joined Family Vision Center in 2016. He enjoys caring for the visual and ocular health needs of all ages, with special interest in ocular disease and specialty contact lenses.