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.