About Us

About Our Practice

Eyecare Center of St. James is pleased to offer a wide range of optometric services, eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Our staff is happy to help however we can.

Our mission is quality eye care and personal attention to our patients. It shows in everything that we do. From your first contact with us to your appointment and your follow-up, we aim to make your eye care experience great. This is what drives us to provide you with the best care year after year!

Contact us any time to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

Dr. Timothy Pinke, Optometrist

Dr. Timothy Pinke was born and raised in Valley City, North Dakota. He attended Valley City State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Science as well as his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Dr. Pinke also completed training in Primary Care Optometry at the Oak Harbor Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, Washington.

Dr. Pinke began practicing optometry in St. James, MN, in 1992. He enjoys practicing primary eye care optometry which includes treatment and management of eye disease, glasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery consultations. He works to educate his patients on their individual visual function and that “vision is much more than 20/20”. Dr. Pinke is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Minnesota Optometric Association, the South Central Optometric Society, and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society.

When he is away from the office, Dr. Pinke enjoys spending time with his 3 adult children. Austin (and Abby) Pinke, Kyle and Noah. Dr. Pinke enjoys following sporting events, coaching baseball and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Steven Jeppson, Optometrist

Dr. Steven Jeppson was born in Fergus Falls, MN, raised in the Wendell, MN, area, and graduated from Elbow Lake. MN, High School. After graduating from Waldorf College, attending Concordia College in Moorhead. MN, Dr. Jeppson earned his BSVS degree as well as his doctorate degree 111 optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry Dr. Jeppson was employed in the Moorhead. MN/Fargo, ND, area for two years, prior to starting his own optometric practice in Madelia. MN, in 1980. In 1985. Dr. Jeppson purchased the practice of Dr. Wm Gosche. and in 2008 merged practices with Dr. Tim Pinke. Dr. Jeppson is a member of the American and Minnesota Optometric Associations and also the South-Central Optometric Society.

Other Activities Include:

  • St. James Area Foundation – Board Member
  • First Lutheran Church – Member (former President) and Praise Singers member
  • St. James Sertoma Club – Member (former President)
  • St. James Chamber of Commerce – Member
  • St. James Schools – District 840 Foundation (former President)
  • St. James EDA -Board Member

Dr Jeppson has lived in St. James with his wife, Julie, since 1985. They have 2 adult children: Kara (Dustin) Anderson, RNP-C, employed at Mayo Clinic Health System -St. James. MN. and Lance (Stacia) Jeppson. employed at Pioneer Bank, Mankato MN.

In his spare time, Dr. Jeppson enjoys biking, running. boating, watching Gopher sporting events. and most of all. playing with and watching his five grandchildren: Daevon, Kallin. and Alek Anderson. Christian Jeppson and Emilia Jeppson.

Dr. Bikholz

Dr. Emily Birkholz, Ophthalmologist

Emily S. (Anderson) Birkholz is a native of St James and alumni of Minnesota State University, Mankato where she played basketball for the Mavericks. She earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor society for being top in her class. She completed a 1 year internship at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa, one of the top programs in the country, where she received the PJ Leinfelder Research Award and Resident Teaching Award. She joined Ophthalmology Associates in 2011. She is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

She specializes in Cataract Surgery including Multifocal and Toric intraocular lenses, Laser Refractive Surgery (All-Laser wave front guided LASIK, and PRK), medical retina including laser and intraocular injections for macular degeneration and diabetes, glaucoma management, as well as functional and cosmetic eyelid surgery. In her spare time she enjoys being a wife and mother, coaching youth volleyball and basketball, fishing, boating, traveling, running and golf.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology: Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN; 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry: Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN;2002
  • MD: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN; 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Transitional Internship: Gundersen Luthern Hospital, LaCrosse, Wisconsin; 2008
  • Ophthalmology Residency: University of Iowa, Iowa City; 2011
  • Resident Teaching Award
  • P.J. Leinfelder Research Award

Board Certification

2012, American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Associations

American Academy of Ophthalmology, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, Minnesota Medical Association, Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology, Blue Earth County Medical Society, International Society of Refractive Surgery, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Areas of Practice

  • Cataract Surgery – Including Multifocal and Toric IOLs
  • LASIK Refractive Surgery – Including Intralase LASIK, Custom Treatments, PRK
  • Glaucoma Exams and Treatment
  • Diabetic and Macular Degeneration Evaluations and Treament – Including Intravitreal Injections
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • General Eye Surgery and Examinations

Dr. Birkholz and staff provides outreach services at the Eyecare Center of St. James.

Dr. Gavin

Dr. Todd Gavin, Ophthalmologist

Dr. Todd Gavin graduated from St. Clair High School, received a B.S. degree in Biology from MSU, medical education at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree. He has been board certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1994 and has served the St. James area since 1993.

Dr. Gavin provides outreach services at the Eyecare Center of St. James.

Dr. Gavin

Dr. Haedt

Dr. Haedt recently moved back to his hometown of Madelia after serving 20 years as an Army Optometrist. He graduated from Madelia HS, did undergrad at MN-Duluth and Optometry school in St. Louis. Dr. Haedt has been married to Madelia native Dianna (Miller) Haedt for 25 years and they have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

About Our Team

Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our opticians can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.

Sheila Kilmer

Sheila started her career in 2009 & joined our team in 2011. She started out working at the front desk and has worked her way into learning many jobs around the office, such as showing patients frames and helping them pick the perfect pair. She orders contacts, vitamins, office supplies, meets with frame reps, helps run the website, helps with visual fields & optical coherence tomography (OCT). In 2020, she took a course and received her Office Manager Certification. She likes building personal relationships with patients, it is one of the many reasons she loves her job. She is slightly obsessed with glasses and won’t reveal how many pairs she owns!

Sheila and her husband, Keith live in Madelia and have 2 grown children. Outside of work she enjoys camping, drag races, spending time laughing with friends and family and her fur babies.

Jayne Romsdahl

Jayne Romsdahl has been in Optical for 20 years; she has been a Certified Paraoptometric Technician since 2017. She gained her training while working and completing courses through the Minnesota Optometric Association. In her spare time she is an avid NE Corn husker fan and loves to read.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley grew up in St.James and joined our team in 2016. She has various roles within the office so it’s likely you’ll connect with her no matter what your reason for visiting is.

Ashley specializes in contact lens fittings, educating first time wearers how to properly care for their lenses. She also performs visual field testings and optical coherence tomography tests. With her experience in customer service, she is valued for her patience and her adaptability to assist patients with any concerns that might arise.

When away from the office, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors with her family camping, hiking, motocross racing, snowmobiling, sightseeing and traveling. She also enjoys binge watching the newest Netflix series or snuggling up with her two English Springer Spaniels. Ashley would like to welcome you and your family to our office.

Allison Wolle

Allison Wolle was born and raised on a farm about 10 miles outside of St. James, MN. She graduated high school from St. James in 2019. After high school she decided to Attend Minnesota State University, Mankato to major in Elementary Education. She Plans to graduate from there in the Fall of 2022.

Allison joined our team at the Eyecare Center of St. James in the summer of 2021. She is currently working part time at the front desk so she is able to balance work  And school. Allison will greet patients, take pre-tests, answer phone calls, schedule Appointments, receive payments and many more jobs.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends, ride hoses,  Babysit, go to the lake, and binge watch TV series on Netflix and Hulu

Carol

Carol is our most current hire. She comes to us with over twenty years of experience in retail and working personally one on one with the public.

Carol will be greeting you as you enter the Eyecare Center. She gathers your information for your visit with our doctors, schedules appointments, performs, pre-tests, and processes payments. She looks forward to learning more about the ins and outs of the insurance world.

Carol grew up in Lamberton. She has been a member of the St. James community since the early 1980s. She loves to spend time with her family, which includes three adult children and their partners, four grandsons, six siblings, and their families. You might find her walking by the lake or reading a book or doing a variety of crafts.