Kim took over her family’s business in September 2007. Kim’s honest desire to be the best at what she does is what sets her and Van Optical apart.
The Van Tuinen family has been a large part of the eye industry since well before Kim’s birth. Her Grandfather owned an optical laboratory in the 1940’s and now over half a century later, his family is still focused on providing Toledo’s eyes the care and attention they deserve.
Kim’s father, Lou, opened Van Optical in 1974, following tradition, Kim went to work with her father in 1984 as an apprentice optician. She became a licensed optician in 1987 and licensed in contact lenses in 1993.
With over a decade of optician experience, Kim left Van Optical and Toledo in 1995 to pursue a larger career. She took positions managing DOC Optical. General Manager at Lens Crafters & Assistant Manager with EB Brown. Kim has also worked in private practices for multiple optometrists and laser/cataract surgeons. She spent approximately four years traveling the U.S. living on both the East and West coasts, learning more about the industry throughout the country.
In 2002, Kim returned to Toledo and returned to Van Optical in 2005. After reuniting many she’d worked with at Van previously, Kim purchased Van Optical in 2007. Her honesty, personality and charms are apparent at every visit to the Monroe Street store.
Kim spends her extra time with her daughter Averie, and step-sons Kyle & Grant.
Following family tradition and having a wonderful time, Kim invites you to come see the Van Optical difference for yourself!