Eye clinics in Spring Valley,
Preston under new ownership
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 6:10 AM
Rochester and Austin eye doctors Courtney Sivertson and Jeffrey Anderson are on sight, no matter how you frame it.
The Spring Valley and Preston Eye Clinics are now under new ownership. Doctors Jeffrey Anderson and Courtney Sivertson are pleased to be able to help area residents see better. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
"We have had an office together in Rochester since 2007, and we knew Dr. Gordon, we knew that he was thinking of selling and heading toward retirement, so at the middle to the end of 2013, we contacted him and talked about his offices in Spring Valley and Preston. We both like working in small towns, and we thought this would fit in real nice with what we're doing in Rochester," said Sivertson, new co-proprietor of the Spring Valley and Preston Eye Clinics, formerly owned by Dr. Michael W. Gordon of Rochester.
"We really hope people think of us and our offices in Preston and Spring Valley as their hometown eye doctors and clinics, where they can get eye care, contacts, glasses, deal with glaucoma, macular degeneration, the place to go to take care of any and all things to do with their eyes," said Sivertson.
Sivertson grew up in Glyndon, Minn., near Moorhead, and graduated from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School, going on to obtain a bachelor's degree at North Dakota State University in 2002. He then attended the Illinois College of Optometry, earning his certification in diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and vision correction, graduating as valedictorian of his class in 2006.
He shared that his interest in eyes was piqued by a "kind of fascination with the mix of math that comes with getting patients the correct eyeglasses and the biology of the diseases that go on with the eye...the fascination that the eye relays things to the brain and that you can see things around you.
"It's something people care about but quite often take for granted that those things function...to be able to make the eye work well. When I finished school, I was looking for different practice opportunities, and I came across a couple people looking for a partner in their practices, and by word of mouth from a friend, I learned that one of those was Dr. Anderson."
Anderson, who has had an office in Austin for the past 16 years, received his degree in optometry from Indiana University in 1995 and his bachelor of science degree from South Dakota State University in 1991, being certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. He is a past president of the Southeast Minnesota Optometric Society and is also a member of the American Foundation for Vision Awareness, an organization involved in children's vision and development.
"I love people, I love working with healthcare, and to me, eyes are more important parts of the body, so it's a good part to take care of," he said. "I grew up in a small town, love working with people, and I'm very interested in eye healthcare, like treating glaucoma and other diseases."
Gordon will continue to work at the clinics until he chooses to fully retire, and the new doctors are pleased to have retained the existing office staff to help patients and eyeglass customers with their choices. Anderson and Sivertson have so many people to meet and assist that they have no plans to make major changes to the practice.
"As we go along, we might tweak and modernize it a bit, do a little more with contact lenses because they've come a long way...that's one thing we might do to expand the practice," said Sivertson. "Overall, the offices have been run fairly well the way they are, and there's not a lot of things that need to be fixed."
After work, Sivertson enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, Andrea, and their four children, and also likes "rooting for the Vikings through thick and thin" and listening to and playing music.
Anderson's time outside work finds him with his wife, Teresa, and their three children, or running, hunting, and spectating local and professional Minnesota sports teams.
The Spring Valley Eye Clinic is located at 214 N. Broadway, Spring Valley, and is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Appointments can be made by calling (507) 346-7555.
The Preston Eye Clinic is at 108 St. Anthony St., Preston, is open Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon, and Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (507) 765-3839.