Dr. Ruthven was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mi, where he attended Catholic Central High School. He went on to study at Ferris State University and then received his doctorate from the Michigan College of Optometry.
He completed clinical rotations at Duane Waters Hospital, Henry Ford Health System, Mercy Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center, and Wyoming VA Health Care Center.
Before joining Hartland Eyecare, he spent several years in an ophthalmology practice where he was able to manage ocular disease, pre and post-operative care, fit specialty contact lenses, and help develop a dry eye clinic. Through these rotations and work experiences, he has been able to learn from some of the top doctors in the state.