our doctors

Dr. Beth Bruening, M.D.

Dr. Beth Bruening specializes in no-stitch cataract surgery, a same day procedure that replaces the cloudy cataract lens with a clear intraocular lens implant. She has been performing cataract surgery for nearly 25 years, longer than any ophthalmologist in Siouxland. Board-certified in comprehensive ophthalmology; she also has extensive experience in treating patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and all eye disorders. She preforms LASIK surgery the most. Dr. Bruening has been recognized as a Top 10 Surgeon in the U.S. by Sightpath Medical in 2009, 2010, 2012.

A native of Crofton Neb., Dr. Bruening earned her bachelor’s degree in 1983 followed by her medical degree in 1987 from the University of Nebraska. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at Texas Tech University Health and Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas and relocated to Sioux City to open her practice in 1991. Dr. Bruening joined the Woodbury Medical Society and was elected president by her peers in 1998. She later became president of the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology. She was selected to participate in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program in 2004-2005 and then served on the academy’s board and PAC from 2005 to 2008. She also served on the board of directors and several committees of the Iowa Medical Society.

Dr. Bruening and her husband, Steve, have two sons.


Dr. Thomas G. Pratt, O.D.

Dr. Tom Pratt has seen optometry patients at Bruening Eye Specialists since 2008. Dr. Pratt grew up in Cherokee, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in distributive studies with minors in chemistry, biology and business. At Iowa State he was also a four-year letterman in track and a state champion pole vaulter!

Dr. Pratt received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1985 and completed a summer residency in Chicago working with patients with glaucoma, diabetes and retinal diseases. After working in the Quad Cities, he moved to Sioux City in 1987 and began working in area optometry offices before joining Bruening Eye Specialists.

Dr. Pratt and his wife, Laura, have three adult children.