About Our Practice

Budget Optical is pleased to offer a wide range of optometric services, eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Our staff is happy to help however we can.

Experience the Unexpected Difference

From your first contact with us to your appointment and your follow-up, we aim to make your eye care experience great. This is what drives us to provide the best care year after year!

Contact us any time to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

About Our Team

Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our opticians can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.

Learn more about our team here!

Our Optometrists

Dr. M. Scott Ellender, Optometrist

Dr. Scott Ellender

Dr. Scott Ellender received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1990 from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he was born and raised. Following in his father’s footsteps, he attended University of Houston College of Optometry where he received his Doctorate in Optometry in 1995. He then practiced Optometry in Ft. Worth, TX for 6 years, where he developed a special interest in Specialty Contact Lenses and Lasik Co-Management. In December 2001, he and his wife purchased Budget Optical in Rapid City, South Dakota where they currently practice together. Dr. Scott also participates in the Vision USA and Infantsee programs.

Growing up in Louisiana, Dr. Scott began hunting, fishing, golfing, and enjoying the out of doors at a young age. He has continued these activities in beautiful South Dakota, and has discovered South Dakota’s biggest assetits people.

Dr. Elizabeth Ellender, Optometrist

Dr. Elizabeth Ellender

Dr. Elizabeth Ellender is a native South Dakotan, born and raised in Winner, South Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD in 1991 and then attended University of Houston College of Optometry where she graduated in 1995. After completing her Doctorate, she practiced Optometry in Ft. Worth, TX for 6 years where she developed a special interest in Pediatric Optometry. In December 2001, she and her husband returned to South Dakota after purchasing Budget Optical in Rapid City. Dr. Elizabeth also participates in the Vision USA and Infantsee programs.

Dr. Elizabeth enjoys running, working with horses, snow skiing, camping, hiking, and spending time with her three young children.

Dr. Brad Moriarty, Optometrist

Dr. Brad Moriarty

Dr. Moriarty earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1986 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. In 1990, he the graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove OR. After graduation Dr. Moriarty worked in an eye surgery practice in California before starting private practice here in Rapid City in 1991. Dr. Moriarty is a member of the American Optometric Association, South Dakota Optometric Society, Black Hills Optometric Society and Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity. He also participates in the Vision USA and Infantsee programs.

Dr. Moriarty enjoys spending time with his family hiking, biking, kayaking and coaching soccer. He is also a Retired Army National Guard LT Colonel.

Our Opticians

Mrs. Cindy Adkins, Optician

Mrs. Cindy Adkins, Optician

Cindy joined our staff in March of 2011, Cindy enjoys working with our patients,assists with preliminary tests such as visual field testing and intraocular pressures. She also assists patients with selecting frames and lenses for eyeglasses and instructs new contact lens wearers on how to wear and care for their contact lenses.

Cindy also assists in the lab making glasses.

Mrs. Jen Leui, Optician

Mrs. Jen Leui, Optician

Jen joined our staff in 2010. She enjoys assisting our patients with preliminary testing and selecting frames and lenses for their eyeglasses. Jen also instructs new contact lens wearers on how to wear and care for their contact lenses and assists in the lab making glasses.

Ms. Sarina Louis, Optician

Ms. Sarina Louis, Optician

Sarina has been with our office since March of 2014. She first started working in the optometry field in Arizona in 2013. She now assists patients with preliminary testing such as visual fields and intraocular pressures. Sarina also assists patients with selecting frames and lenses for eyeglasses and instructs new contact lens wearers on how to wear and care for their contact lenses.