River Valley Eye Professionals has been serving Northfield and the surrounding communities since the 1920s. We have a proud history of providing comprehensive eye and vision care. Our 6,000 square-foot facility provides for state-of-the-art eye care — from routine procedures to urgent care. Whether you get something in your eye, have pink eye, glaucoma or just need new glasses or contact lenses, we are here to solve your vision and eye health problems.
After March 21st, 2024, Dr. Michelle Muench will no longer be seeing patients out of our office.
This change has resulted from Northfield Hospital & Clinic's (NH+C) difficult decision to discontinue ophthalmology services, as reimbursement from insurance, especially Medicare, does not cover the cost of providing the care that NH+C has offered.
We're grateful for Dr. Muench's dedication to our community and her patients and are happy to say that we will continue our collaboration with her at her new location.
Please call our office at 507-645-9202 or see the official announcement on the Northfield Hospital & Clinic's website for further details.
Nathan P. Heilman, OD
Dr. Heilman received his degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. While he enjoys all facets of eye care, Dr. Heilman is particularly interested in the management of eye diseases like dry eye and glaucoma. In addition, he enjoys the fitting of specialty contact lenses. Prior to joining River Valley Eye Professionals, Dr. Heilman practiced in Northampton, Massachusetts. He also served our country proudly as an officer in the United States Navy. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Minnesota Optometric Association. In his free time, Dr. Heilman enjoys spending time with his family, the occasional round of golf, and regular workouts at the gym.
Michelle J. Muench, MD
Dr. Muench is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern. Dr. Muench is a native of Northfield; she is a graduate of Northfield High School and earned her undergraduate degree at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her eye practice includes cataract and lens implant surgery as well as eyelid surgery.
Garet Miliner, OD
Dr. Miliner is originally from Apple Valley, where her parents still live today, and graduated from Apple Valley High School. She attended South Dakota State University where she received a scholarship to play Division 1 volleyball and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor in Science degree. Dr. Miliner is a recent graduate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis and is now living in Faribault with her husband and three dogs. In addition to eye care, she also loves playing intramural volleyball, pickleball, traveling, crocheting, and taking her dogs for long walks.
A native Minnesotan, Dr. Amunrud grew up in North Branch, MN and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science. She went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she graduated with high honors. Prior to joining River Valley Eye Professionals, Dr. Amunrud has developed extensive clinical experience fitting specialty contact lenses and treating a wide array of ocular diseases. Dr. Amunrud is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association. In her spare time, Dr. Amunrud enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
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