Dr. Flandro grew up in Pocatello and initially graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in business administration. After working for a couple of years in a corporation he was motivated to pursue his longstanding interest in the eye and a desire to work for himself. He realized that optometry would allow him to reach this goal. He returned to Idaho State University to take the required science classes and graduated with a second degree in zoology. He attended optometry school at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. After graduation he worked in a specialty contact lens clinic in Chicago for 3 years. He returned to Pocatello to take over the office of Dr. Leath Robbins, who was retiring. Dr. Flandro is now in his 37th year of practice as an optometrist.
Dr. Flandro has been active and has held many offices in the Idaho Optometric Physicians Association and was president in 2000. He was named optometrist of the year in 2010 by his fellow Idaho Optometric Physicians. He was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Optometry for a 6 year term by Governor Dirk Kempthorne. He was the Idaho Keyperson Coordinator for the American Optometric Association for 17 years and responsible to travel annually to Washington D.C. and meet with Idaho's two senators and two representatives to discuss national vision care issues and issues relating to the optometric profession. In 2016 he was presented the Idaho Optometric Physicians Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of involvement and service to the optometry profession in Idaho.
Dr. Flandro was on the board of directors for the Idaho Network for Children. He has been a member of the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Pocatello Rotary Club and the Pocatello Sunrise Lions Club. As a Lions Club member he provided eye exams and glasses to Pocatello residents who otherwise could not afford eye care services.
Dr. Flandro has one daughter, Megan, who recently graduated from Idaho State University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Outside the office, he enjoys golf, biking, fly fishing and exploring the great Idaho outdoors.
We want to wish Dr. Flandro the best in retirement. We can't thank him enough for his over 30 years of excellent eye care to the Pocatello Community. Good luck in your future adventures and we hope those blue sky days on the golf course are plentiful.