Beth Kunkel, OD


Beth (Snyder) Kunkel grew up in Watertown, SD, and from a young age was interested in the human eye. Growing up there was constant discussion of the eye with her father Dr. Wayne Snyder, but she also has always had an overall interest in how the human body works.

Dr. Beth Kunkel received her BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. She then attended the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago.

Dr. Beth says, “I love working at Snyder Eye Clinic and Kunkel-Snyder Optometric because I get to work with my family. It is nice having my husband and father as colleagues. We all bring something a little different to the clinic, which makes it well rounded.”

Matt Kunkel, OD


Matt Kunkel, OD, was born and raised in the northern Iowa town of Algona. He attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in May 2003. He was accepted to and went on to attend the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago in the fall of 2003. In 2007, he received his Doctor of Optometry from ICO.

After graduation from ICO in 2007, Dr. Kunkel moved to Watertown, SD, married Dr. Beth (Snyder) Kunkel, and together they started Kunkel-Snyder Optometric. Dr. Kunkel practices full-scope optometry ranging from pediatric exams, to cataract evaluations, specialty contact lens fitting, and management of various eye diseases.

Outside of optometry, Matt enjoys playing golf, basketball, and spending time at his family’s lake home in southern Minnesota. Matt and Beth have two children.

Dr. Wayne E. Snyder

Snyder Eye Clinic

Dr Snyder became interested in ophthalmology while in high school. A small foreign body on the cornea needed to be removed by his doctor 60 miles away at midnight. After just several minutes at the doctor’s office, the pain was gone and his vision was back to normal. At that point, he knew that this is what he wanted to do with his life.

Dr. Snyder received his B.S. in chemistry from Northern State College and his M.D. from University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD. He then completed an internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and his ophthalmology residency at Truman Medical Center at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Dr. Snyder practiced in Aberdeen for five years before moving to Watertown in April of 1990. He has been at his present office since 1999.

Dr. Snyder was happy to welcome his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Beth Kunkel and Dr. Matt Kunkel into the newly formed Kunkel-Snyder Optometric in 2007. This allows our family of doctors to provide your family with comprehensive eyecare in a caring and convenient office setting.

“Our goal is to provide all of our patients with the very best care using the latest technology for examinations, visual tests, and surgical correction to obtain your greatest vision possible. We also strive to give each patient the time needed to answer questions and concerns they may have about their eye health.”

Dr. Snyder and his wife Gail have four daughters and three sons. They presently have 13 grandchildren and that number is expected to increase. “We truly love being Nana and Papa to our grandchildren and watching them grow up, as we did our children.”


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