Press release from Sara Krouse, Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dr. Michael Gorz, O.D. as he joins his parents, Drs. John and Sue Gorz, O.D. at Lakeshore Vision Center.

John’s dad, Arthur Gorz of Eagle River, moved to Algoma on a recommendation he received from a local man he met while serving as an optometrist in the Air Force. John and Sue met at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago (also attended by father Arthur and son Michael) and upon graduation returned to Algoma to continue the family practice. With the addition of Michael, this now third-generation practice was established in Algoma back in 1947. In 1987 they purchased a Kewaunee practice and continue to operate the two offices.

Dr. Michael graduated as valedictorian of his optometry class this past spring and wasted little time returning home. He anticipates “the ability to continue to offer great care to patients…and incorporate new technology into the practice as it becomes available.” He is looking forward to maintaining his network of friends that still reside in Algoma and hopes for a good winter for snowmobiling. John remarks that his son “has already demonstrated to us that he is a very skilled optometrist…and that he chose to return to work with us is gift. It is a gift to us personally to have him here, but we feel the patients we serve will be the true benefactors of his decision to return.”

In reflection on the changes of the practice over the years, John states “we are making technologies available to patients with state-of-the-art optometric services right in their own backyard. We have been here for 75 years and we have the interests of the communities we serve as a priority because we live here too. This has been a wonderful community to raise our family. In order to do that, it required the support of the communities we serve; that support is our favorite thing.”

Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sara Krouse believes “these second and third generation family businesses are a hallmark of our rural area. The quality of service and friendly nature is what sets these businesses apart. We look forward to Michael rejoining his community and upholding the tradition of Lakeshore Vision Center for the next generation.”

Lakeshore Vision Center is located at 1021 Jefferson Street, Algoma and 1217 Ellis Street, Kewaunee and available by phone at 920-487-2020.