Meet the KFE Family

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Dr. Jarod Kastl:

Dr. Jarod Kastl grew up in Butler County, Nebraska on a farm and completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  He then graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 2003. A couple years later he moved to Norfolk, where he served as the Optometrist at Shopko Eyecare for 14 years.  He and his wife, Laura, have been blessed with five children. His family is very important to him and yours is too! He is very excited for this opportunity to continue serving his patients at Kastl Family Eyecare.

Sonya Boettcher:

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Sonya has been serving patients as an optician with Dr. Kastl since 2005.  She is certified by the American Board of Optometry.  Norfolk is her hometown and she has lived here most of her life.  She has three wonderful children and two grandchildren.  Sonya is very active in the Boy Scouts of America serving at several different levels in both a pack and troop levels with kids from Kindergarten to Seniors in High School.  She loves to camp and attends various other community activities.

Michelle Planer:

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Michelle Planer has been an optician since 2008 . She is originally from Grand Island, Nebraska where she received her American Board of Opticianry Certification. She moved to the Norfolk area in 2017 after meeting her husband Eric. Michelle and Eric live in Pierce. They, and their three children, love to spend time together golfing, playing in the backyard and grilling food!! She loves helping our patients choose stylish frames that fit their lifestyle and that they will love. She is knowledgeable in all lens styles and is happy to guide you through choosing the best product for you!!

Christopher Garder:


Christopher Garder has been a resident of Norfolk his entire life. He graduated from the Norfolk Public High School in 2010 and started attending Wayne State College the same year. He graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in teaching. He has been working in a customer service position for a little over a year and a half. He is more than happy to set up appointments or answer any questions that anyone has to the best of his ability.

Brad Herian:


Brad has lived in Norfolk his entire life with Lynn, his wife since 1987. He has 2 daughters, Gina and Joy, along with 2 granddaughters, Carly and Kate. He has worked in the optical trade since 1995. Providing every patient the best experience with their eye care, is what Brad enjoys most. Brad’s experience, talents and professionalism is a wonderful addition to our team. Welcome to Kastl Family Eyecare Brad!