The History of LAKES Eye Clinic
Dr. Femrite, originally from Cold Spring, returned to central Minnesota in 2001 following a completed eye care residency in Minneapolis. Dr. Femrite opened LAKES Eye Clinic in May 2006. Since, the clinic has expanded both staff and services to meet the needs of central MN. We continually add new optometric equipment to meet current standards of care and “shop” the optical world to bring you the most up to date optical selections available. In 2019 we expanded our clinic space, moving “down the hall” but remaining in the Cold Spring Business Center. Our space increased 3x to serve your needs more efficiently!
LAKES Eye Clinic provides comprehensive eye examinations and eye health assessment for all ages. We have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease including dry eye, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. We offer surgical co management of LASIK and cataract surgery and urgent care services.
Our new optical provides a relaxed, open and fresh space to shop traditional and trendy eyewear.
Our knowledgeable staff research optical products and manufacturers to bring you the most up to date eyeglasses and spectacle lens selection available.
LAKES Eye clinic continually adds new optometric equipment and technology to meet the most current standards of care.
Currently we utilize:
- Fundus Photography
- Automated Perimetry
- Ocular Coherence Tomography
- Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA)
- Refraction by Digital Phoropter
Dr. Mary Jo Femrite
Dr. Femrite is a Cold Spring native and past ROCORI graduate. Dr. Femrite attended Moorhead State University with a degree in Biology/Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed a graduate optometric residency in cornea and refractive surgery, external disease and glaucoma, with Minnesota Eye Consultants, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Femrite opened LAKES Eye Clinic in 2006 to serve the needs of the Cold Spring area. Dr. Femrite currently resides in the Cold Spring community with her husband and two children. When not at LAKES Eye Clinic, she can be found at ROCORI sporting events, volunteering at her local church or participating in community events, such as the business showcase and Hometown Pride Days. She enjoys traveling, spending time at the lake, gardening and reading.
Shannon Evans, Optometric assistant, was born and raised in Cold Spring and currently resides in Richmond with her husband Jeff and 2 dogs, Jasper and Jasmine After graduating from ROCORI High School, she enrolled in the optometric assistant program and received her COA, Certified Optometric Assistant, certification. Shannon has experience in all aspects of the optical field, including optician, technician and management. She continues her education through attending lectures and courses through the Minnesota Para Optometric association and Vision Expo meetings. In addition, Shannon is a certified lens specialist with Shamir manufacturing. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping and motorcycling.
Michelle Schreifels, Optometric assistant, is originally from Cold Spring and a ROCORI graduate. Michelle joined us from a long background in the dental and retail industry. Since joining LAKES Eye Clinic, she has taken numerous classes and instruction from professionals in the field of opticial, including lens manufacturing specialists and frame manufactures. She attended and graduated from Walman’s University, a detailed series of courses designed for the optician. Michelle looks forward to continuing her optical education both at LAKES Eye Clinic and at state and national meetings. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and photography.
Kristine Krebs, Optometric assistant, hails from Avon MN, living currently in the Cold Spring community. Kristine has been educated in the field of opticianry from Walman’s University, graduating from the program. In addition, she has been involved in numerous educational seminars and lectures from professionals in the field, including frame and lens manufacturing. Kristine continues to learn the field of optician and is excited to expand her knowledge through both state and national meetings. In her free time, Kristine enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time by the lake with family and friends.
Heather Wacha, Optometric assistant, has been part of the LAKES Eye Clinic family for 1 year. She has previous experience and training in the health care field and is excited to transition into caring for the eyes of our community. She attended and graduated from Walman Dispensing Academy in the winter of 2020. In her free time, Heather enjoys camping, trail riding and spending time with her family and two dogs.