Meet Dr. Alison R. Tendler
Dr. Alison R. Tendler, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is the owner and creator of ART Vision and ARTisan Skin and Laser Center in Sioux Falls, SD. A skilled eye surgeon, Dr. Tendler specializes in cataract and vision correction procedures including lens implants, and refractive surgeries, along with oculoplastic treatments. Vision correction options are available for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Tendler is devoted to helping her patients see with clarity while feeling confident about their image. Having grown up in Clear Lake and Sioux Falls, Dr. Tendler is proud to call South Dakota home and takes great pride in providing superior eye care and aesthetic services to the greater Midwest.
EDUCATION and TRAINING
A South Dakota native, Dr. Tendler attended medical school at the University of South Dakota where she graduated with honors in medical physiology. Dr. Tendler then furthered her knowledge with a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota. Upon the completion of her residency, Dr. Tendler completed a rigorous corneal and anterior fellowship with Dr. Michael Belin of the Cornea Consultants of Albany at Albany Medical College in New York. Dr. Belin was instrumental in the development of laser vision correction and served as a core investigator for the VISX laser. She worked for 13 years as a partner at Vance Thompson Vision before pursuing her own artistic vision of helping people see the world better and see themselves better. Her extensive experience over the past years led her to become expertly skilled in the surgical management of cataracts, refractive surgery, eyelid procedures, and aesthetics.
Skills and Expertise
Specializing in the focusing elements of the eye, Dr. Tendler uses her knowledge to surgically address eye conditions that inhibit a patient’s ability to focus properly. By addressing nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, Dr. Tendler is able to help her patients see life with more clarity and often free from the maintenance struggles of contacts and glasses. In addition, Dr. Tendler is devoted to helping patients look and feel their best at ARTisan Skin and Laser Center, her privately owned MedSpa. Dr. Tendler currently utilizes outpatient noninvasive and invasive procedures for improved confidence, functionality, and appeal. These include surgical eyelid correction, Sciton® Halo and BBL (Broadband Light), BOTOX®, Juvéderm®, and medical-grade skin care.
Dr. Tendler has served as the television advertising spokeswoman for the eye medication known as Restasis®, one of the first medications used to treat ocular surface disease or dry eye. Having used the medication herself and her patients, she feels proud to have represented the product for over 8 years.
Other activities and organizations Dr. Tendler is honored to help represent are: board membership at Dakota Wesleyan University; Associate Professor for Sanford School of Medicine; SME (Sales and Marketing Executives), The City Blossom, and the Sioux Falls Chamber.
Hobbies and Personal Interests
In her spare time, Dr. Tendler loves to travel. After her first international trip to India for a 3-month service-learning project while in college, she developed a love for the hobby that has stuck with her through her years of medical school, residency, and practice. Now married, Dr. Tendler loves to travel to nontraditional vacation destinations with her husband, Paul. Dr. Tendler likes to say that while she does not have a favorite destination, she cannot help but to compare each spot to Fiji, which she describes to be one of the most beautiful places she has ever experienced. In addition to traveling, Dr. Tendler and Paul enjoy many outdoor activities with each other and their daughter, including long walks, cycling, hiking, and time at the lake. Her goal is to continue to tackle one bucket list location at a time, recently crossing off Patagonia, Egypt, and Ireland.
"She is as beautiful inside as she is outside. Great personality and sincerely cares about your condition. I didn't know she was on the Restasis commercial until I was at my appointment."
"Beauty inside and out - I saw Dr. Tendler to address my skin problems in here aesthetics department Artisan 57 inside the Vance Thompson Vision building. Not only was her esthetician Abby amazing to work with, when I spoke with Dr. Tendler about my acne concerns and scaring issues from an injury she took all of my concerns into account and came up with not only a treatment plan but follow care and long term skin care for me. The change to my skin has not only changed by outside beauty but also make my feel beautiful inside and out. I have now had multiple services with Dr. Tendler and her staff. Artisan 57 is a world class medial skin care spa!"
"Pleasant Surprises! - It's the things that I did not expect that I remember the most about my surgery experience (cataracts) with Dr. Tendler @ Vance Thompson Vision. I expected good vision outcomes and received those and then some! I did not expect every single person on her staff and surgery team (including Dr. Tendler) to welcome me with a smile on their face, in their eyes and in their voices. I did not expect to feel like I was the one and only person in the surgery center that day even though the reception area was almost full. I did not expect a great big teddy bear to hold my hand even if I WAS NOT scared - nor did I expect Dr. Tendler to come in after surgery and give me a REAL hug, smile and high five. What a pleasant surprise!"
"Every appointment went smoothly and efficiently. My surgery was great and I love the results."
"Very happy patient! - Dr. Tendler did a fantastic job in helping me accomplish my skin care goals! After my free skin evaluation we were able to sit down and talk. I didn't feel rushed and there was no pressure to buy anything. I've been back several times and my skin has never looked better!"
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