Jennifer Samuel, O.D. is our most recent addition to Flagstaff Eye Care. Dr. Samuel grew up in the Maryland, D.C. area. She graduated from Andrews University in Michigan, with a B.S. in Zoology-Biomedical Option. Then, Dr. Samuel received her B.S. in Visual Science and Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry.
She moved to Kayenta, AZ on the Navajo Reservation to complete a primary care residency through Southern California College of Optometry. There she expanded her knowledge and received valuable experience in an area with a strong need for eye care. Dr. Samuel returned to the East Coast to practice Optometry in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She realized how much she missed the Southwest and its lifestyle after a year. She relocated back to Arizona and continued her career.
Dr. Samuel is an active member of the Arizona Optometric Association, Assistance League of Flagstaff Alpine Auxiliary, and served on the board of North Country Community HealthCare for 6 years. She is committed to her patients and values the relationships she has made with them. She believes in working hard and taking the time to enjoy hiking, biking/spinning and weight lifting on her free time. Jennifer and her husband, Dr. Nick Koshuta, have two energetic boys, Luke and Zachary, who help them to live life to the fullest.
Nicholas Koshuta, O.D. was born in Pennsylvania. He grew up in the small town of Hometown, PA, which is in the Coal Region of the eastern part of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Koshuta graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 with a B.S. in Biology / Physiology. He moved on to Philadelphia to attend Pennsylvania College of Optometry. While at PCO, Nicholas completed internships with Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boston, MA; Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, AK; and Hazleton Eye Center in Hazleton, PA.
After graduation in 2001, Dr. Koshuta went on to complete a residency in Primary Care Optometry with the New England College of Optometry while working at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Newington, CT. Following his residency, Nick moved to Whiteriver, AZ and worked for the White Mountain Apache Tribe through the Indian Health Services. While working with the IHS, Dr. Koshuta met Dr. Jennifer Samuel, who would later become his wife and future partner at Flagstaff Eye Care.
Nick left the Public Health Services and took a new job with Kokopelli Eye Care in Prescott to move closer to Jennifer. Prescott was closer, but not quite close enough. Dr. Jones found out about Dr. Koshuta’s dilemma and offered a solution. In February 2006, Nick became the owner of Flagstaff Eye Care. On June 25, 2006, Nick and Jennifer were married at the Forest Highlands in Flagstaff. Dr. Koshuta loves living in Flagstaff. He enjoys hiking, camping, biking and playing with his sons Luke and Zachary. He is an active member of the Flagstaff Sunrise Lions Club and is proud to serve the Flagstaff Community.
Tracy Crane, OD, began her career at Flagstaff Eye Care in September 2009 after working for the Indian Health Care on the Navajo Nation in Tsaile, Arizona, for 6 years and at Phoenix Indian Medical Center for 6 months until she started a family. She grew up all over the country and overseas as a military brat.
Most recently she made her 22nd move back to Flagstaff, Arizona, after spending 3 years in Muncie, Indiana, while her husband finished his family practice residency. Now that she has been back at Flagstaff Eye Care since April 2016, Tracy is continuing to provide compassionate and up-to-date eye care for her patients. Dr. Crane received her doctorate in Optometry from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2001 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology from Sterling College in Kansas.
She also completed a residency in Ocular Disease at the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Hospital through Houston School of Optometry in 2002. She is an active member of the Arizona Optometric Association. Tracy Crane and her husband Jesse, who is a physician at North Country Healthcare, have three sweet and active young girls, Esther, Juniper and Karis. As a family they pursue any adventure that includes running, mountain biking, camping, hiking, soccer, skiing or traveling.
They also continue the tradition of adopting dogs from the reservation and currently have a black terrier mix named Heidi. Dr. Crane loves to make all patients feel at ease in our laid back office.
Larry Richardson, O.D. was born in Springfield, MO, and has lived in Arizona for more than twenty years. Dr. Richardson spent twenty of those years with the Indian Health Service, first at Fort Defiance, AZ and finally in Tuba City, AZ.
During his time with the Indian Health Service, he served as the Chief Clinical Consultant for Optometry for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. Dr. Richardson received his doctorate in optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1991 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemistry form Missouri State University. He completed a residency in contact lenses and primary care from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Dr. Richardson is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and is a regular lecturer at meetings of the American Academy of Optometry and is also board certified by the American Board of Certified Medical Optometry.
Dr. Richardson and his wife Nancy have two children – Noah and Leah who are students at Northland Preparatory Academy. The Richardson family enjoys running, camping and skiing.