Jacque Young began her medical education early in life. The daughter of Dr. Elwood (Jack) Young, a prominent optometrist, Dr. Young spent countless hours during her childhood helping her father's practice at the front desk, pre-testing patients and in the dispensing areas. The lessons she learned about maintaining and preserving vision have stayed with her throughout her career.
An Iowa native, Dr. Young graduated in the top of her class from Glenwood High School. She completed three years of pre-medical studies at the University of Iowa and in 1979 was accepted into the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Young was the first woman ever to be elected Student Government President at the college. During her studies, she was active in the Voluntary Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH) program, spending time at Indian reservations in Minnesota and in Mexico providing eye care to those in need.
Graduating with high honors in 1983, Dr. Young returned to Glenwood to practice with her father. Dr. Young and her father worked together until 1990, when he retired after 40 years of optometric service to the Glenwood area community.
Dr. Young is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Iowa Optometric Association. Dr. Young serves as a board member of Vision Care Direct, a group working to preserve independent optometry in local communities. With the help of the Kiwanis Club, she has provided free vision screenings to more than 2500 preschool and kindergarten children.
Dr. Young is very active in her community. She is a past-President of the Kiwanis Club of Glenwood and is a board member for the Glenwood Area Dollars for Scholars. Dr. Young has received the Chamber’s citizen of the year award and was named the Grand Marshall for the Homecoming Parade in 2009. In addition, she has served as chair of the Mills County Endowment Fund for four years.