Our team is composed of eye health professionals who are dedicated to our patients. We will do everything we can to ensure you have a pleasant visit every time. We will answer any questions you have and also make sure your concerns are taken care of. Our entire team is dedicated to education. We are constantly learning so that we can provide the highest quality care for your eyes. We want you to feel as confident in our staff as we are. We hope to foster this with every phone call and every conversation that you have with our staff. We are dedicated to always treating you with respect while helping you in any way you need.
Dr. Christie Russell-Villnow is a central MN native. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical science and chemistry from St. Cloud State University. Dr. Russell received her doctorate, with honors, from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. Further training was completed with the Veterans Medical Program, Indian Health Services, and with the Illinois Eye Institute (advanced pediatric care). Additional training was completed for vision rehabilitation and post-concussion / stroke rehabilitative therapy. She is an active member of the College of Visual Development and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She has served as a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Optometry – an honor and privilege in her field. She lives just outside of St. Joseph with her family. Dr. Russell has practiced in central MN since 2004 and enjoys the sense of community in St. Joseph.
We have a new therapy dog in our office. He is a 2 year old Shih Tzu mix named Benji. He's excited to meet you at your next appointment! Yes, he does only have one eye - which makes him perfect for an eye clinic. (We had Buddy, our previous office therapy dog, retired this past year. Buddy was in office for about 10 years. He turned 18 years old this past year.)
Dr. Christina Nguyen graduated with a bachelors degree from the University of Washington and received her Doctorate from Illinois College of Optometry. Additionally, she completed her post-doctoral residency program at the Illinois Eye Institute for Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision Disorders while mentoring students at the Illinois College of Optometry. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, painting and various arts and crafts projects too!