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OD Residency - Optometric Residency at Minnesota Eye Consultants

We are a consultative surgical ophthalmology practice offering one-year optometric residencies with an emphasis in Anterior Segment Ocular Disease and Glaucoma. The Minnesota Eye Consultants Optometry Residency was established in 1994 and has trained 25 residents to date.

About the OD Residency Program:

The goal of this residency is to help a new optometrist gain vast knowledge and experience in ocular disease with a special focus on anterior segment disease and perioperative care as well as urgent eye care. The resident will become a well-rounded optometrist with terrific marketability, especially in OD/MD and private practice settings. 

Our program is 53-54 weeks, with a one-two week overlap with an outgoing resident at the start of the year. We will have two optometry residents this year that will have separate schedules, but are able to work synergistically together. Expected weekly hours of attendance will be about 42 on average. 

A day in the Life of an OD Resident:

40-45% of clinic time is spent in mentored clinics working alongside our distinguished cornea and glaucoma surgeons, our optometry team (dry eye and specialty contact lenses), and occasionally with our oculoplastics specialists. Residents will work with patients on their own within these clinics alongside a mentor (not a “shadowing” clinic).

  • At the beginning of the year, residents will also shadow in the operating room 1-2 half days with each surgeon.
  • 40-45% of clinic time is spent in an autonomous clinic. Residents are the doctors seeing their own patients. They do not have to report directly to an attending after each patient, however, another provider will be working in the same clinic should questions or issues arise. These clinic visits will include urgent, postoperative, glaucoma, cornea, broad-spectrum ocular disease, and comprehensive care.
  • There is an optional opportunity for some specialty contact lens fitting within the resident’s clinic.
  • 15% of the weekly experience is devoted to “research time”. This is spent on a research project(s) assigned by our research chair, Dr. Sherman Reeves. This time can also be spent on preparing presentations, papers, and completing charting.
  • On-call: 30% of primary on-call coverage for the year (every third week). This means the resident is the primary contact person during non-business hours (weekday evenings and weekends) while they are on-call. Call shifts span from either Monday-Thursday or Friday-Sunday. There is always a “back-up” call contact which is either our cornea or glaucoma ophthalmology fellow. On weeks the resident is scheduled for on-call, he/she will also be scheduled to see 1 Day Post Op exams on Saturday mornings. Our team will try to be as flexible as possible with the call schedule.
  • Residents will spend time at 4 different clinic locations: Blaine, Minnetonka, Bloomington, and Woodbury.
  • 12-Month Commitment, July – July
  • Compensation with Malpractice Insurance
  • Stipend to attend meeting registration and licensing fees
  • Work alongside our renowned clinical researchers *OD Residents have the opportunity to complete their own research project and have opportunities for publication if desired.
  • 15 days PTO
  • Present at 1-2 Illinois College of Optometry Resident Grand Rounds dates
  • Attend and present (poster or case presentation) at annual AAO meeting
  • Quarterly Minnesota Eye Consultants Journal Clubs
  • Quarterly Twin Cities OD Residents Journal Clubs

All applications are through the online ORMatch System (  The applicant must, prior to matriculation, have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and must be eligible for licensure in Minnesota.  All applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, religion or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. 

The program coordinator, Dr. Mark Buboltz is the primary contact and will email candidates.

Residency interview dates are to be determined and posted on the ORMatch website. For questions about our residency program, please contact Alyse Page, Fellowship Coordinator, at [email protected].

Chad Christenson, OD

Jason Jedlicka, OD

Diane Houtman, OD

Scott G. Hauswirth, OD

Mary Jo Femrite, OD

Tina McCarty, OD

Brian Snyder, OD

Tanya (Sadler) Erntson, OD

Ahmad M. Fahmy, OD *

Benjamin J. Fogal, OD *

Sandy Vang, OD

Mona M. Fahmy, OD *

Noumia Cloutier-Gill, OD *

Jacob Kozisek, OD

Jaclyn Morin, OD

Tommy Lee Elton, OD

Katherine Montealegre, OD

Mitch J. Ibach, OD

Mark R. Buboltz, OD *

Kasie Mix, OD

Alicia Alvarado, OD

Michael D. Scheidt, OD

Emmalee A. Toldo, OD

Shelby K. Anderson, OD

Julia A. Osowski, OD

Lorin C. Larson, OD *
Samantha W. Lee, OD

Nicole Bergman, O.D.*
Jacob Jenness, O.D.

* MEC Residents currently practicing with Minnesota Eye.

Karina Sandeen, O.D.

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Karina Sandeen, O.D.

Neda Tahvilian, O.D.

2023-2024 Optometric Resident
Neda Tahvilian, O.D.

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Serving Our Community

Minnesota Eye Consultants is proud to offer patients convenient access to eye care across the Twin Cities. We have 5 locations, each with an onsite ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

11091 Ulysses St NE
Clinic: Suite 300
ASC: Suite 400
Blaine, Minnesota 55434
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 310
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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10709 Wayzata Blvd
ASC: Suite 100
Laser Procedures: Suite 120
Clinic: Suite 200
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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9801 Dupont Ave S
ASC: Suite 100
Laser Procedures: Suite 120
Clinic: Suite 200
Bloomington, MN 55431
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7125 Tamarack Rd
Clinic: Suite 100
ASC: Suite 200
Laser Procedures: Suite 250
Woodbury, MN 55125
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