Meet the Optometrists

  • Steven Miller,

    Dr. Miller grew up in Hartington, Nebraska, and graduated from Hartington Cedar Catholic High School.  He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology and Biology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1994.

    Since then, Dr. Miller has practiced at Authier Miller Pape Eyecare Consultants.  He is a current member of the Nebraska Optometric Association as well as the American Optometric Association.  He has served multiple terms on the Nebraska Optometric Association’s Board of Directors and has held many leadership positions including a term as President in 2011. He continues to serve on various committees for the Nebraska and American Optometric Associations.  He served several years as an advisory board member for one of the leading electronic medical records companies. He was also appointed to serve as a test moderator for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

    He was honored with the Nebraska Optometric Association’s “Young Optometrist of the Year Award” as well as the Presidential Citation for his volunteer work for the Nebraska Optometric Association.

    In 2011, he demonstrated his commitment of lifelong learning by achieving the status being certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry as a Board Certified Optometrist.

    Dr. Miller is involved with many community projects and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Norfolk Area United Way.  He also is a member of the Norfolk Lion’s Club and Knights of Columbus.  He has been elected to multiple terms on the Pastoral Council for his church.

    He was recognized as one of the “Twenty Under 40,” a Norfolk Daily News recognition program for the area’s best and brightest local and area residents under 40 years of age.  Dr. Miller has performed many public speaking engagements in his community and for the State of Nebraska.

    Dr. Miller enjoys Primary Care Optometry, with emphasis on ocular pathology and surgical consultation.  

    He and his wife, Janell, have four children: Amy, Matt, Abby, and Morgan.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his children, and at sporting events, golfing, boating, and traveling with his family.

  • Jeffrey Pape,

    Jeff grew up in Gothenburg, Nebraska, and moved to Grand Island during his junior year of high school. He attended Doane College before being accepted to the University of Houston where he received his bachelor degree. In 1997, following externships at Ehrling Berquist Hospital and the Omaha Eye Institute, Jeff graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry with his Doctor of Optometry degree.

    In June of 1997, Jeff and his wife Stephanie moved to Norfolk. He joined the practice of Rick Authier and Steve Miller. Stephanie began teaching at Columbus Scotus High School until the year 2000 when she joined the staff at Lutheran High Northeast where she taught German and History for 10 years.

    Jeff and Stephanie have two sons and enjoy many activities together, including YMCA sports, golf and spending time at the pool. They are also members of Our Savior Lutheran Church where they are involved with a number of church programs. Jeff has held numerous positions in the Nebraska Optometric Association and served as President in 2008. He currently serves on the Lutheran Hospital Association Board for Faith Regional Health Services and is on the Nebraska Board of Optometry.

  • Courtney Goetsch,

    Courtney Goetsch graduated from Norfolk Senior High School.  She attended undergraduate school at Northeast Community College pursuing a degree in Criminal Psychology.  She changed her major to Pre-Optometry and attended Wayne State College receiving a B.S. in Life Sciences and Biology.  She attended Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon.  As a student, she had the honor of representing the students of Pacific University College of Optometry as the American Optometric Student Association’s (AOSA) Trustee.  She later served as the secretary for the executive council of the National AOSA board of trustees and as the National Liaison for the Infants and Children’s Vision Coalition.  At Pacific, she also served as the student representative for Pacific’s Academic and Professional Standards Committee, and as the local liaison for both the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.  She was a student member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee, Amigos, and Beta Sigma Kappa.  While attending Pacific University, she received the AcuVue Eye Health Advisor Student Citizenship Scholarship, the Heart of America Contact Lens Society’s Student Scholarship, Howard Freedman Scholarship for excellence in the fields of strabismus and binocular vision, and the Pacific University College of Optometry President’s Award.

    Courtney Goetsch, O.D., has served as the Northeast Nebraska Optometric Association President, is currently a member of the Nebraska Optometric Association, Norfolk Kiwanis, and a board member for the Norfolk YMCA.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hosting bible studies, hiking, and running.

  • Jenny Furstenau,

    Dr. Jenny Furstenau grew up in Bennington, NE and graduated from Bennington High School in 1998. She then attended Midland Lutheran College. She graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry. In 2006, she received her Doctor of Optometry degree from University of Missouri, St. Louis College of Optometry.

    Jenny joined Authier Miller Pape Eyecare in July 2006, following the retirement of Dr. Rick Authier. She currently travels to the satellite clinic located in Pierce. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and Nebraska Optometric Association. 

    Jenny is a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, where she is active in both the Sunday school and Bible school programs. 

    She and her husband, Cory, have three sons, Dylan,Tyler and Lane.  Cory is involved in farming on their family farm outside of Neligh. Jenny enjoys many activities with her family including golfing and traveling and keeping up with the boys' activities.

  • Chris Rupp,

    Dr. Chris Rupp grew up in Grand Island NE, where he spent summers working construction with his dad and spent time on his family’s farm in Curtis NE. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Doane he attended Indiana University School of Optometry.   In 2009 Chris achieved his Doctor of Optometry and moved back to “the good life” in Nebraska.  He has spent the last 5 years practicing in Lincoln NE where he met his wife Michelle.  Michelle is a farm girl from Iowa who feels right at home on the gravel roads of northeast Nebraska. She works as a senior account manager for SimplyWell.  Together they have a love for the outdoors, (Hunting fishing boating camping playing with their dogs (labs) Cooper and Kona. Chris enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and friends and always has a project going on around the house.  Chris and Michelle look forward to getting involved in the community, meeting new friends, and raising a family here in Norfolk.  Most importantly Chris Looks forward to providing the area with top notch eyecare for years to come.

  • John Goertz,

    Dr. Goertz has over 20 years’ extensive experience and specializes in the pre- and post-operative management of refractive Lasik and Cataract surgery.

    Dr.  Goertz received his Bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry in Houston, Texas.  He completed a residency in Hospital-Based Optometry at Baltimore/Fort Howard Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Baltimore, Maryland.  

  • Rick Authier,
    - Founder/Retired

    Dr. Authier was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and attended Sioux City schools with summers spent on the family farm in Jefferson, South Dakota. He graduated from Sioux City Central High School, known as the 'Castle on the Hill,' now listed on the National Registry of Historical Buildings.

    After finishing 4 years of college in architecture, Dr. Authier was accepted into optometry school and graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, in June of 1963.

    He worked briefly in Beatrice and Omaha before coming to Norfolk in November 1967. In 1968, he began several years service in Rotary Club, hosting exchange Rotarians from England and India. He served as District Advancement Chairman and District Camping Chairman of Diamond Dick District Boy Scouts of America. In 2001, he received a plaque commemorating 25 years membership in the Nebraska Optometric Association. Dr. Authier retired from the practice in 2006 and is currently enjoying playing golf.

    Dr. Authier and his wife, Sandy, have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  Dr. Authier passed away in 2017.


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