Meet the Doctor
Dr. Kosterman was born and raised in a small town, in northern Wisconsin, with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Reading a book in elementary school about the Matanuska pioneers traveling the Alcan planted the seed of his dream of coming to Alaska. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from St John's University in Minnesota, joined the US Army as a counselor, and was sent to Germany, and later to California. Two of his three children were born in Germany. After graduating "with Honors" from Optometry school in Oregon, he moved back to Wisconsin briefly, and then joined the US Air Force, which at first sentenced him to serve a three-year term in California, but finally stationed him at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska. A dream come true! When threatened with reassignment to Oklahoma, he resigned his Air Force commission and has been happily providing eye care to Alaskans for more than 15 years. Once in a while, he gets out to fish, hike, camp and hunt.
Dr. Kosterman has worked in the practices of several other doctors, operated the AAFES optometry clinic on Elmendorf AFB for several years, but grew weary of being rushed to satisfy the corporate push for "productivity" at the expense of quality. He now divides his practice time between Peters Creek Vision Center and the new Sam's Club on Muldoon, and takes as much time with each patient as they need. His son is in the Air Force serving in Korea. Three of his children live in Wasilla and Eagle River with his ELEVEN grand-children.
Dr. Kosterman's area of special interest is learning-related vision problems in children. Many young patients receive not only a very thorough vision exam, a free toy and a free pair of sunglasses, but a prescription for specific eye exercises that address "weak" areas in their visual systems. Dr. Kosterman informs parents that there is an "Epidemic" of "functional" vision problems in children (many brought on by too much TV and video games), and that these problems can limit a child's academic and career potential. He says, "I can make a person happy by giving them clear vision through attractive eye glasses or contact lenses, but if I can catch and correct a vision problem in a young child, I can potentially change a life."
Listen to Dr. Kosterman's interview on Spotlight Radio