Your vision is our focus

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.

Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examinations

Contact Lens fitting

Eye Disease Management

Urgent Care

Meet our doctors

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.

Jeff Peterson, OD

Dr. Jeff Peterson grew up in Northfield and graduated from NHS. His parents are still Northfield residents.He graduated from Michigan College of Optometry and has provided top-quality eye care in various settings over his 25 years in practice. He is excited to join River Valley Eye Professionals, returning to where his career in optometry began as an intern with Dr. O'Neill. Currently, Dr. Peterson and his wife, Mary, live in Prior Lake. They have four children and two grandchildren. He enjoys bicycling, hiking, geocaching, pickleball, disc golf, and nearly any board or card game. Dr. Peterson and his wife are also active attendees at Friendship Church in Prior Lake.

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 fiancé and two dogs. In addition to eye care, she also loves playing intramural volleyball, pickleball, traveling, crocheting, and taking her dogs for long walks.

Quality care at an affordable price

With our up-to-date equipment and technology, you should know that you are receiving top-tier care in the most thorough exam you have ever experienced!

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