Slingsby & Wright Eye Care
Slingsby & Wright Eye Care

Where to Find Us:

Slingsby & Wright Eye Care
240 Minnesota Street
Rapid City, SD 57701


Phone: 605-719-9499


Visit our other websites:

Wright Vision Center

Your Eyes Only Optical

J. Geoffrey Slingsby, M.D.

Dr. Slingsby is a retinal specialist and an ophthalmologist with subspecialty expertise in retinal, macular and vitreous disorders. He earned his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his postgraduate residency in ophthalmology at the University of Colorado, followed by retinal/vitreous fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology.

As native South Dakotans, he and his wife, Jackie, appreciate the quality of life the Black Hills offers. They have two sons–Jason and Taylor. Dr. Slingsby actively enjoys flying and family activities.

Paul L. Wright, M.D.

Dr. Wright is a corneal specialist and one of the first 75 surgeons in the world authorized to do IntraLASIK all laser LASIK procedures. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University of Chicago and completed his post graduate residency in ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma and the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City. Dr. Wright is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.


In 1993, Dr. Wright was honored for his contributions to the field of eye care by being inducted into the South Dakota hall of Fame.


Dr. Wright grew up near Vale, South Dakota and currently resides in Hermosa, South Dakota with his wife, Lana. They have raised three children; Maria, Laurel and Lee.

Dr. Wright is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys fishing, hunting and gardening.

Christopher S. Huot, M.D.

Dr. Huot is a board certified opththalmologist with special interests in the treatment of cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and oculoplastics (disorders of the eyelids).  He offers advanced no-stitch cataract surgery with premium lens implantation to help reduce the need for glasses in his patients.


He was raised in Rapid City and graduated locally from Stevens High School.  His undergraduate education began at SDSM&T before transferring to the University of Minnesota where he completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering.  He returned to South Dakota for medical school earning his medical degree at USD.  His training concluded with residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he was honored with the position of chief resident.  Following residency, he had a thriving private practice in Colorado for seven years before returning to his hometown of Rapid City in 2015.  With a family name well known in the local medical community for decades, he is the third "Dr. Huot" to have practiced medicine in Rapid City along with his father and brother.


Growing up in the beautiful Black Hills, Dr. Huot developed a love for the outdoors.  He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, camping and hiking with his wife and three children-Samantha, Andrew and Aidan.

Cris Mathews, P.A.-C.

Cris A Mathews has over 25 years of experience in the field of Ophthalmology working in Rapid City, South Dakota.

She received her nursing degree from the Rapid City (South Dakota) School of Nursing and furthered her education by completing the Physician Assistant Program at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. Cris is licensed with the South Dakota Board of Nursing, South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners and the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

Cris and her husband, Steve (Schelske), reside in Rapid City. She enjoys gardening and china painting.

Terry Wolthuis, O.D.

Dr. Wolthuis specializes in Ophthalmic and Refractive clinic care. His previous experience includes a private optometric practice in Rapid City and an outreach clinic at the Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Hospital in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Dr. Wolthuis graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He furthered his education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Science and a Doctor of Optometry degree, both from the Illinois College of Optometry.

Dr. Wolthuis and his wife, Kelly, enjoy family time with their two young children, Grant and Abby. He also finds time for golfing, hunting and fly-fishing.

Renae Welke, O.D.

Dr. Welke received her Doctorate of Optometry in 2011 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. She was awarded Clinical and Academic Honors and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society. After graduation Dr. Welke completed a Primary Care Residency Program at Salus University. She is currently a member of the American Optometric Association and the South Dakota Optometric Association.

Dr. Welke’s optometric interests include primary and medical eye care for diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, contact lenses, vision therapy, ocular disease, and ocular emergencies.

Dr. Welke and her daughter, Kinsy, are lifelong residents of the area and were excited to return to the Black Hills area.  Dr. Welke provides full scope optometric eye care and is currently accepting new patients of all ages.

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