At Northern Minnesota Eye Care, we understand how important your sight is for everyone’s overall quality of life — kids in school, families enjoying the outdoors, and older adults who deserve to enjoy their retirement to the fullest.
We believe that you deserve to see the beauty of the world and you deserve to keep your sight as long as possible to continue doing the things that you enjoy. We understand that your eye sight is just one part of your overall well-being, which is why we take the time to give you a full medical examination, not just a prescription for corrective lenses. Because we want to treat our patients like family, we have been part of the Northern Minnesota community and have been taking care of patients here since 1979.
Dr. Sasha Narayan grew up in Caledon, Ontario. She attended undergraduate school in Hamilton, Ontario where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Narayan earned her Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. She did her externships in Lantana, FL, White River Junction, VT, Chicago, IL and in New Orleans, LA where she completed her optometric education.
Dr. Narayan is an active member of the Moose Lake Kiwanis Club. She enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.
Dr. Christopher McDowell is from Olivia, Minnesota where his dad was an elementary principal and his mother was a public health nurse. He attended St. Cloud State where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science. From there he attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he earned his Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) degree. He completed his optometric education with externships in Gainesville, FL, Chicago, IL, Anchorage, AL, and finally Southport, CT.
Dr. McDowell enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Ashley Hamblin grew up in Onamia, Minnesota. She attended undergraduate school in River Falls, Wisconsin where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She did her externships at the Cass Lake Indian Health Service in Cass Lake, MN and PineCone Vision Center in Sartell, MN where she completed her optometric education.
Dr. Hamblin enjoys travelling, hiking, fishing, hunting and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Wandling is a board-certified ophthalmologist that specializes in no stitch and refractive cataract surgery. He also has interest in glaucoma, retina, oculoplastic, and other eye disorders. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina then moved to Rochester, MN in kindergarten. Dr. Wandling attended the University of Iowa earning both a BA in mathematics and a BS in Biology. He stayed at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and graduated with research distinction after research fellowships studying LASIK, PRK, and corneal transplantation. Dr. Wandling completed his Internal medicine internship at the University of Iowa-Des Moines then his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining North Suburban Eye Specialists, Dr. Wandling performed thousands of eye surgeries and was on staff at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Wandling and his wife Lara raise their two young children in St. Paul. They enjoy traveling, cycling, skiing, and learning to cook new cuisine.
Asia is from Moose Lake and joined Northern Minnesota Eye Care in 2017 as the Practice Administrator. She earned a BA and MA in Health Information Management with a concentration in Health Care Administration from the College of St. Scholastica.
She has worked in a variety of health care settings in addition to Optometry including: large health systems, critical access hospitals, long-term care, and behavioral health. Asia enjoys the fact that she can use her diverse health care background to help advance the practice in providing high quality services.
She is also proud to be able to serve the community she grew up in. Asia is married and has three children and three step children. She enjoys traveling, reading, and attending her children’s events.
Cindy has been with the practice since 2012. The thing that she enjoys the most about her job is seeing people from the community and getting to use technology that other eye facilities don’t have.
Every day is never the same; you never know what the day will bring. Cindy loves to spend time with her husband and two sons – Osten and Harvey. She also loves baking and spending time with friends and extended family.
Maryn started with Northern Minnesota Eye Care in February of 2012. Her favorite part about her job is interacting with patients and utilizing all of the advanced technology the practice has to offer. Maryn became CPO certified in February of 2016.
She loves spending time with her family. Maryn has two sons who are the joy of her life. She enjoys trips to the family cabin, running and spending time with friends.
Brittany has been a technician at Northern Minnesota Eye Care since 2013. Brittany enjoys interacting with patients and using all the advanced equipment and technology.
She also enjoys learning something new from the doctors about eyes every day.”Who knew eyes were so interesting.”.
Brittany has a husband Branden, and three kids- Landen, Hazel, and Amelia. Some of her hobbies include: fishing, 5 k’s, walks, playing in the park with her kids, camping, bonfires, cooking, making, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jessica stared with the practice in 2014. Her favorite part about her job is meeting new people and learning all about the health of your eyes.
Jessica loves to take her family to their cabin at Lake Kabetogama. She also enjoys fishing, reading, watching her kids play sports, and spending time with her entire family.
Sara joined Northern Minnesota Eye Care in June 2017. She enjoys using our high end medical equipment and learning more about the eye and their complexity.
In her free time, Sara enjoys hiking with her dog, Kendall, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with her friends and family.
Cari enjoys seeing and interacting with patients day to day, she love learning all about the eyes and eye health.
In her spare time Cari enjoys spending time with her husband, kids and my pet dog, She also has an interest for outdoor activities, hunting and fishing.
Cacey started with the practice in the summer of 2018. She is the most excited about learning the different styles of frames people like and the anatomy of the eye.
Cacey enjoys spending her free time (when she isn’t planning the Finlayson 4th of July). She likes spending time with her husband and their hunting dogs, fishing, and gardening.
Matthew has been working at Northern Minnesota Eye Care since the end of 2017.
Matthew works a few hours a week and loves the people he works with.
Matthew enjoys going to Kiwanis with his dad, he loves music and helps with the worship at his church, he is a basketball fan, and enjoys going to the Wellness Center.
Rachel started here in Fall 2018, she started off as a receptionist and then she started to enjoy other aspects of the Eye field such as Insurance to Teching with the Doctors.
Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter taking care of their farm. She enjoys riding horses, drawing, hunting, fishing, remodeling her farm and most of all doing it all with her family.
We are part of the Northern Minnesota community and have been taking care of patients here since 1979. We are still independently (and locally) owned so that we can treat patients in their best interest, not recommend whatever is best for a corporation’s bottom line.