Back row from left: Peter Strand, Michelle Weber, Michaela Elliot, Teri Krutsinger, Sherri McFarren, Missy Sossa, Katie Seltstedt, Jenny Berg
From row from left: Marti Christopherson, Dr. Thom, Teri Doschadis
Dr. Thom has a friendly and highly qualified staff to meet all of your eyecare needs.
Our staff is here to assist you with any questions you have including questions related to your care or insurance coverage. Please feel free to contact our office at anytime with your questions:
Toll Free: 1-877-255-2745
You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our trained staff professionals will get back to you. Please be sure to include your name, email address and telephone number so that we may contact you as soon as possible.
Sherri McFarren, COA
Sherri has worked for Dr. Thom since 2000 as an Ophthalmic Technician. Her husband and 4 children currently live in West Fargo. She enjoys spending time with her family and attending her children’s sporting events and spending time at the lake cabin.
Peter Strand, COA
Peter Strand was born in Moorhead, Minnesota and has lived in the FM Area growing up. He graduated from Fargo South High School in 1982. He then went into the United States Air Force in 1985 and Retired in 2005. He has been an Optometry technician since 1991. His hobbies are shooting pool and he loves all sporting events and concerts. His favorite teams are the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild and North Dakota State University.
Michelle started working for Dr. Thom in 2005 as an Ophthalmic Technician. She joined us with over 3 years of prior experience at MeritCare’s eye department. She currently lives in Fargo with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially at the lake.
Katie Selstedt, COA
Katie has worked for Dr. Thom since 2007 as a Ophthalmic Technician. She grew up in and currently resides near Colfax, ND. In her free time she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and their 2 children.
Marti Christopherson has worked in our office since 2012 as our Front Desk Receptionist. Before joining us, she had worked as a Medical Assistant at the Barnesville Area Clinic. She is currently maintaining a Certified Nursing Assistant position while working full time at our office.
She lives in Barnesville, MN with her husband and 3 children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the lake.
Vicki Osland, ABO
Vicki joined our clinic in 2013 as an Ophthalmic technician and Receptionist. She is a Certified ABO Optician with over 5 years experience in the eye field. She enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the NDSU Bison football team.
“About the Eye Care Team”
Know Who is Taking Care of Your Eyes
When you go to “get your eyes checked,” there are a variety of eye care providers you might see. Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians all play an important role in providing eye care services to consumers. However, each group has different levels of training and expertise; you should be sure you are seeing the right provider for your condition or treatment.
An Ophthalmologist-Eye M.D.- is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eyecare, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to the diagnosis and treatment-medically and surgically-of eye infections, injuries and diseases, including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Many Ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.
An Eye M.D. receives a minimum of 12 years of education, which typically includes four years of college, four years of medical school, one or more years of general clinical training and three or more years in a hospital-based eye residency program, often followed by one or more years of subspecialty fellowship.
Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.
An Optometrist receives a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and is licensed to practice optometry, not medicine. The practice of optometry traditionally involves examining the eye for the purpose of prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, screening vision to detect certain eye abnormatlities, and prescribing medication for certain eye diseases. An Optometrist has a minimum of seven years of post high school trainng, consisting of three to four years of college and four years in an optometric college.