The doctors at the Eye Care Center are providers of primary eye care services. All of our doctors of optometry are certified in the treatment and management of eye disease with medication. This means our doctors treat most non-surgical eye conditions. Whether it is glaucoma, an eye infection, a foreign object lodged in the eye, ocular allergies or simply a preventative eye exam, you can trust the treatment of your eye condition to the doctors at the Eye Care Center.
Should you have an eye condition that requires the services of a doctor with highly specialized skills, the Eye Care Center doctors maintain a close working relationship with fellowship trained ophthalmologists. We can help you find the right professional in all sub-specialty areas.
Dr. Richter has been with the Eye Care Center since 1983 and was a partner for 35 years until December 2020. A native of Mitchell, SD, Dr. Richter received his BS degree from Augustana College and his Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.
Mitchell H. Albers, OD joined the Eye Care Center professional staff in 2001 and became a partner in the practice in 2002. Originally from Bismarck, ND, Dr. Albers received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1999 from Pacific University in Oregon. While in optometry school, he was a member of the Beta-Sigma-Kappa optometric honor society for academic excellence.
Dr. McCarty joined the Eye Care Center team of doctors in 2003 and became a partner in the practice in 2015. She is a native of the Twin Cities. She received her bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University and her Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. Dr. McCarty was vice-president of her class at PCO, graduated as a member of the Gold Key International Honor Society, and received honors for clinical excellence.
Dr. Alvarado joined the Eye Care Center team in 2018. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and received her Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry. After graduation from optometry school in 2016, she completed an optometric residency at Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A. in Minneapolis where she received further training in cornea, refractive surgery, glaucoma, and surgical co-management.
Dr. Megan Haresdin joined the Eye Care Center team in 2022. She attended the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities for her undergraduate education and earned her Bachelor's degree while also being an active member of the University of Minnesota Marching Band. She went on to complete her optometric education at The Ohio State University and graduated in 2021 with her Doctor of Optometry degree.
Dr. Samuel Beers joined the Eye Care Center in 2023. He received his bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine from The Master’s College and went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in 2020. Dr. Beers’ clinical interests include comprehensive exams and contact lenses, as well as the treatment and co-management of ocular conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
Rachael Barker, OD joined the Eye Care Center team in 2023. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Boston University and received her Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating magna cum laude in 2014 with honors in all of her clinical coursework. After optometry school Dr. Barker went on to a residency program specializing in pediatric eye care and vision therapy. She has had the opportunity to work in both private practice and academic settings.