Welcome to Dr. Nate Optometrist! Here is a little bit about us.
Dr. Nate Otte
Dr. Nate graduated 1st in his class from the Indiana University School of Optometry in 2008. As an Adjunct Faculty clinician in the pediatric department at IU, he is particularly interested children's vision needs, providing free InfantSEE exams on infants, and performing vision screenings at local schools, daycares, and churches.
Dr. Nate grew up just outside of Seymour near Cortland. He remains an active member of the community through involvement with the Jackson County United Way, Seymour Multisport Club, and Crossfit Seymour. When he isn't working or coaching, Dr. Nate is training for endurance events and triathlon, with a 50 mile trail run and 6 Ironman finishes under his belt.
Melissa has over 10 years of experience in human resources management and customer service. Her favorite part of working for Dr. Nate’s office is being able to help patients feel welcome and assisting them with their eyewear needs.
Melissa recently moved to Seymour from Southern California with her husband and 3 sons. She loves exploring Indiana and spending time with her family.
Lauren is originally from Ohio but moved to Seymour at the age of 5. She earned an Associate's Degree in Business Administration and studied medical billing and coding. With 12 years of experience in various aspects of customer service, Lauren will do her best to make sure you enjoy your visit.
Lauren's favorite part of Dr. Nate's office is working with children. When she is not at the office, you will find her abserved in a good book or spending time with her family
Claire grew up in Seymour and recently began her journey at Indiana University School of Optometry. She will graduate in May of 2019! Claire is an alumni of the University of Indianapolis. During her time there, she had the opportunity to shadow and work for an optometrist in Indianapolis.
Claire is busy in Bloomington with school, but is excited to share her new skills with you as her schedule allows!
Rebecca has worked in the optometric field in Kentucky for over 7 years and is now a certified paraoptometric technician. She is also certified in medical billing and coding. Whatever your vision needs may be, she'll help get them taken care of with a smile!
Rebecca grew up in Trimble County Kentucky. She just moved to Seymour last year with her husband and family--they love it here! Rebecca has two daughters. In her spare time she volunteers 70 hours a month, successfully staying involved in her new community.
The sculpture in front of the office has unique history. It was created by a local metal artist, Nate Montgomery, in 2002. Before it was completed, his neighbor, Mike Hall, bought it as a gift for his wife, Ruth. It sat under a tree in the Hall's yard for 10 years, until Ruth moved away and left it to Dr. Nate, who kept it on his parent's barnyard. When Dr. Nate decided to open his practice in 2013, a colleague suggested he use it as the logo. The years of weather left the sculpture rusty and full of holes, but with the help of Jeff Fugett, Kenny Browning, Nate McKinney, and Dr. Nate's dad, Paul Otte, the sculpture was restored in the fall of 2013. It's painted Allis Chalmers orange, the tractor brand of choice for Dr. Nate's dad. It was installed at the office on March 30, 2014.