Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 5, 2012

WHO WE ARE PROFILE: Dr. Brett Weddell


THE GOSHEN NEWS

— Brett Weddell, 35, is an optometrist at Wellington and Weddell Eye Care in downtown Goshen. He is also viewed as an up-and-comer in community issues and politics. He made a respectable run for Goshen City Council in 2011, but was defeated by longtime District 5 incumbent Everett Thomas. Weddell and his wife, Robin, have two children,  Lleyton and Merrill, who are in first grade and kindergarten, respectively at Waterford Elementary School.

Weddell has participated in eye glass mission trips to both Mexico and the Dominican Republic for the past eight years and enjoys woodworking at the Goshen Woodworker’s Guild.



Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Goshen on south Main Street where my parents still reside. My family lives in Martin Manor subdivision, a short walk from where I grew up, in a house my father built for us.



What schools did you attend?

I attended Waterford Elementary School, Towncrest Junior High and Goshen High School, graduating in 1994 (the same schools my father attended and the same schools my children currently, and will attend in the future). I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1998 with a B.S. in optometry and in 2001 with a Doctor of Optometry degree.  



What is your fondest memory

of Goshen?


My fondest memories of the community involve the countless miles I spent on my bike riding around town to different summer athletic programs, riding with friends, or riding with my family. These are the exact same things my children are now doing, which I hope will leave the same lasting memories for them as well.



Describe the

essence of Goshen

in your eyes


The essence of our community revolves around its willingness to give and help one another. Whether it is a local church organization, a local service club, a local business or just an individual, there never seems to be a shortage of people willing to help.



What about Goshen would you like

to see changed or improved?


I would like to see improved access and ease of recycling.



What is this community’s

best kept secret?


It is hardly a secret anymore, but downtown Goshen and the surrounding small businesses. Now everyone wants to be a part of what is going on. The fact that we have long established businesses with new start up business thriving next to one another is very exciting to see and be a part of.



What has this community meant

to you over the years?


The community as a whole means everything to my family. It is where our parents grew up and decided to raise their families. It is where my wife and I decided to return to after college to raise our family. It is where we hope our children will decide to start their families as well. The community has so much to offer everyone from all different walks of life.