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In 1971, Dr. Joseph Slapnicher, a graduate of New England College of Optometry, moved to Hibbing Minnesota with his wife, Betsy. He practiced general Optometry as an associate of Dr. Robert Kuhl.

In 1975, Dr. Slapnicher purchased a small practice in Hastings, Minnesota from Dr. Robert McDunn. Over a relatively short time, he successfully established Rivertown Eye Clinic as a provider of general optometry, specializing in children’s vision and contact lenses.

Dr. Slapnicher's family has been the focus of his life away from work. He has coached his sons’ traveling basketball and HYAA teams. His hobbies are golf, woodworking, walking and reading. 

In June 2004, he built a more efficient, state-of-the-art technological eye care center located at 1011 North Frontage Road in Hastings and renamed his practice Rivertown Eye Center. In this new setting, Dr. Slapnicher continues to practice primary care optometry, specializing in contact lenses. He is a member and in good standing with the American Optometric Assoiation (AOA) and the Minnesota Optometric Association (MOA)