Who We Are
Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Kesti and the entire staff at InSight EyeCare are thankful for the opportunity to take part in your family’s eye care needs. We recognize you have a choice for your eye care needs and are committed to exceeding all your expectations.
About Our Mission at InSight EyeCare:
To respect the unique and individual needs of each of our patients while providing the utmost quality of care, with state-of-the-art technology for their life-long eye health and vision care.
To strive to remain knowledgeable of all aspects of our profession though continuing education and training.
To share our knowledge with our patients and to assist them in understanding their eye health conditions, their visual needs, and the products that allow them the very best vision.
To support a team effort of caring, trustworthy, ethical service for all of our patients, to maintain confidentiality without compromise, and to improve our patients’ quality of life.
About Our Team
Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our practice can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.
Learn more about our team here!
Kelly Kesti, OD
Dr. Kelly Kesti, a native of the Copper Country, earned her undergraduate degrees in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University. She graduated from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, earning her Doctorate of Optometry in May 2010.
Internships during her 4th year included the Garrett Eye Centers in Iron Mountain and Escanaba, MI, Duane Waters Hospital in Jackson, MI, which is part of the State Prison of Southern Michigan, and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Shortly after graduating, Dr. Kesti began practicing in Green Bay and Appleton, Wisconsin. She began practicing at InSight EyeCare in October 2011. Dr. Kesti practices full-scope optometry including therapeutic treatment of disease, foreign body removal, glaucoma treatment, refractive analysis, contact lens services, and diabetic eye examinations.
Dr. Kesti is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Michigan Optometric Association.
Dr. Kesti married her husband, Steve, in August 2011. In her time away from the office, Dr. Kesti enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, running, and biking.
Donald W. Mitchell, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Mitchell practices full scope optometry including therapeutic treatment of disease, foreign body removal, glaucoma treatment, refractive analysis, contact lens services, and diabetic eye examinations. Specialty services include Low Vision Services, Vision Therapy, Sports Vision Therapy, and Refractive Surgery Co-management with Lou Probst, MD at TLC Laser Eye Center in Madison, Wisconsin and Michael Vrabec, MD at Valley Eye Associates in Appleton, WI. Dr. Mitchell also has co-management relationships with other specialty surgeons with expertise in refractive surgery with implants or InTacs. Cataract assessment and co-management is also a routine service provided, as well as many specialty co-management efforts with the Green Bay Eye Clinic.
Dr. Mitchell has routinely done volunteer work with the Michigan Commission for the Blind in assessment of low vision patients. He has also volunteered as a team member of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section with the International Special Olympics World Games. This involved sports vision screenings on athletes from around the globe at the World Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota, New Haven, Connecticut, and also in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Mitchell regards his volunteer work with the Special Olympics as some of the most challenging and most rewarding work of his career.
Dr. Mitchell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. This distinction is one that comes with plenty of effort. Fellows of the Academy of Optometry must prepare case study works, submit them for review, attend continuing education, and pass an oral examination conducted by the leaders in the field of Optometry.
Dr. Mitchell is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association the Upper Peninsula Optometric Physicians Society, the Great Lakes Independent Eye Care Network, and the Upper Peninsula Independent Eye Care Network. Locally he is a member of the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and remains an active member of the Calumet Lions Club, formerly holding the President’s position and an extended commitment as treasurer. He currently remains on the Board of Directors.
After doing undergraduate work at Wayne State University, Dr. Donald Mitchell continued his graduate work at Ferris State University, College of Optometry (currently named the Michigan College of Optometry). Graduating with honors, Dr. Mitchell continued in post-graduate work at The Lighthouse in New York, New York. The Lighthouse is a world-renowned facility which focuses on the visually impaired (low vision patients) and training doctors to address their needs. Fresh out of his post-graduate education, Dr. Mitchell established his solo practice in September 1990 in Laurium, Michigan. He re-established the northern-most optometric practice in the state of Michigan!
In November 1997, the practice was relocated to Calumet, Michigan, in the Station Shops Mini-mall and took on the new name of “InSight EyeCare”. The practice had grown out of its original facility and had to find greater square footage to accommodate the flow of patients and to make room for newer and more advanced ophthalmic equipment. The relocation allowed for an increase in square footage of over 30%. InSight EyeCare made another move in June 2013 to a new office adjoining the Louie’s Fresh Market on Highway 41 in Calumet. With 50% more additional space, the new location allows the doctors and staff at InSight Eyecare to continue providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art eye care. The new location features an expanded dispensary and frame selection, two additional exam rooms, a room for demonstrating and fitting specialty low vision devices, space for sophisticated ophthalmic testing equipment, and an increased capacity reception area with playroom.
Dr. Mitchell has also been active on the national level in the area of independent eye care providers, trying to keep them a viable part of eye care delivery in the marketplace. He is the immediate past President of the National Coalition of Eye Care Independent Professional Associations.
Certifications for Donald W. Mitchell, OD, FAAO:
Certified for Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry. Certified for Diagnostic Pharmaceutical use and Therapeutic Pharmaceutical use. Hospital privileged at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital since 1993.
Sarah is a Certified Paraoptometric and she has been with us since May of 2017. Her duties include working in the dispensary, running special testing as we as performing preliminary eye examination. She graduated from Calumet High School in 2013 and resides in Calumet.
Cydne Mitchell is our office bookkeeper. She grew up downstate in Farmington Hills, Michigan and received an Associates Degree from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. She and Dr. Mitchell and two sons moved to Laurium in 1990 to start the optometric practice in Laurium. Their sons both graduated from Calumet High School; Aaron currently resides in Seattle, Washington and Brandon is currently a full time student at the University of Michigan. Cydne enjoys walking, bicycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, boating and spending time outdoors.
Front Office Manager and Receptionist
Amanda is our Front Office Manager and Receptionist. She assists in the optical lab, as well as performing automated visual fields for patients. She has been with InSight EyeCare since 2002 and enjoys working with people and the great staff. Amanda resides in Calumet with her husband Ken and their four children.
Greg is an Optometric Technician and has been with us since February 2019. His duties include performing special testing as well as preliminary eye exams. He graduated from Calumet High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan Technological University. In his spare time he enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with his family.
Kayla is an optometric technician and has been at InSight EyeCare since August 2020. Her duties include working in the optical dispensary and performing specialized testing. She is a graduate of Calumet High School and has a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. She resides in Calumet with her husband and two children.
Loviisa is an Optometric Technician and she has been with InSight EyeCare since October of 2019. Her duties include working in the optical dispensary as well as performing special testing. She graduated from Calumet High School in 2018 and currently resides in Calumet.
Olivia is an optometric technician and has been with InSight EyeCare since May 2020. Her duties include performing preliminary eye examinations along with specialized testing. She graduated from Calumet High School in 2020 and plans on furthering her education in Optometry at Ferris State University.