Having served our community since 1946, Helena Vision Center is dedicated to bringing you the best eye care services available. With knowledgeable doctors, caring staff, and state-of-the-art technology, we guarantee that you are in great hands. From eye health to fashionable eyewear, we have you covered.
Helena Vision Center was started by Dr. John C. Howard in 1946. Dr. Howard, affectionately known by “Jack” was joined by Dr. Diane Gray in August, 1978. In August of 1981, Dr. Gray’s husband, Dr. Bruce Coen, joined the practice. Dr. Howard retired in 1984 and theoffice moved across the street to its current location, Livery Square on Last Chance Gulch. Since 2010, Dr. Nicole Henriksen and Dr. Matthew Nottingham have joined the team at Helena Vision Center, focusing on ocular disease and pediatrics.
Dr. Nicole Henriksen
Dr. Nicole Henriksen was named Montana’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2014. She joined Helena Vision Center in 2010, specializing in pediatric care and ocular disease. Dr. Henriksen is the state clinical coordinator for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program. She is a member of the Montana and American Optometric Associations, and is an InfantSee provider, providing comprehensive exams to infants at no charge. Dr. Henriksen grew up on her family ranch in central South Dakota and attended Black Hills State University, where she played basketball for the Lady Yellowjackets. She graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, having received several awards for leadership and clinical excellence.
In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, running, and coaching basketball. She also enjoys traveling and has done mission work in Chile and Uganda. Dr. Henriksen enjoys living in and serving the Helena community.
Dr. Matthew Nottingham
Dr. Matthew Nottingham joined Helena Vision Center in 2013. He grew up in Helena, MT and graduated from Helena High School in 2003. He played basketball for the Montana Tech Orediggers and graduated with honors in biological sciences. During his career at Montana Tech, Dr. Nottingham received the Rick Shaw Memorial award. In May 2012, he graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry where he received the Southwest Contact Lens Scholarship. After graduation, Dr. Nottingham received additional training with a residency in ocular disease from the Huntington VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV.
In his spare time, Dr. Nottingham enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, exercising, and spending time with family. Dr. Nottingham is very excited about returning to his home state and providing the Helena community with excellent optometric care.
Dr. Bruce Coen
Dr. Coen is a native of Creston, Iowa. He attended Southwestern Community College in Creston, where he completed his undergraduate requirements. Dr. Coen received his doctorate degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1977. He began private practice in Chicago, Illinois and then Indianola, Iowa, prior to joining Helena Vision Center in 1981. Dr. Coen is a member of the Montana and American Optometric Associations. He has served as president of the Montana Optometric Association and was named Montana Optometrist of the Year in 1987.
Dr. Coen is an active member of the Helena Lions Club, the Capital City Optimist Club, and is a past member of the board of directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He enjoys hiking, golf, skiing and following local sporting events. Dr. Coen is married to Dr. Diane Gray and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Diane Gray
Dr. Diane Gray is very happy to be practicing optometry in her hometown of Helena. She graduated from Helena High School, attended undergraduate at Montana State University, and obtained her doctorate degree with honors at Illinois College of Optometry in 1978.Dr. Gray has been in practice at Helena Vision Center with her husband, Dr. Bruce Coen since 1981. For several years she was the only woman practicing optometry in the state. In 1997, she became the first woman to serve as president of the Montana Optometric Association. Dr. Gray is a member of both the Montana and American Optometric Associations. She enjoys all aspects of family eye care.
Dr. Gray is an active hiker, enjoying the local trails with her girl friends. She also enjoys downhill skiing, quilting, traveling, and reading. She and her husband have three grown children, all of whom live in Helena.