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. Keith joined the Eye Care Center team in 2014. Originally from Sherwood, ND, he received a degree in Biology from Minot State University in 2004 and his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in 2008. At graduation he was awarded the Dean's Award, the highest honor in his optometry class.
Dr. Herde joined the Eye Care Center team in 2012. Originally from La Crosse, WI, she graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College and received her Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry. While in school, Dr. Herde was a member of the Beta-Sigma-Kappa optometric honor society for academic excellence and graduated top ten in her class. During her final year of optometry school, Dr. Herde was privileged to participate in a six-month clinical rotation at the nation’s top eye hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida where she obtained extensive ocular disease training. She is also a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.
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. McDevitt joined the Eye Care Center team of doctors in 2020. She is a native of Ankeny, Iowa and grew up vacationing in Minnesota. She received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University and her Doctor of Optometry from University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. McDevitt was president of her school's private practice club at UHCO and graduated as a member of the Gold Key International Honor Society.
Dr. Ruesch joined the Eye Care Center team in 2021. She is originally from Medford, WI. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a degree in Chemistry and went on to attend The Ohio State University College of Optometry where she graduated with honors in 2015.
Dr. Kraupa founded the Eye Care Center in 1977 and retired in December 2020. During his career, Dr. Kraupa was active in his profession and community, serving as past president of the Minnesota Optometric Association, past president of his local Rotary Club and past chairman of the Managed Care Committee of the American Optometric Association.