Our Doctors

At Heartland Eyecare Centers, you will find an experienced and helpful team of eye care professionals dedicated to meeting your eye health needs. We recognize you have a choice for your eye care professional and thank you for choosing us to care for your family’s vision needs. We invite you to refer your friends and family to our eye care office.

Dr. J.D. Ries

Dr. JD Ries graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in biology. He continued his education at Pacific University College of Optometry and earned his Doctorate of Optometry in 1996. Dr. JD is a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and has served as president of the Southwest Minnesota Optometric Society.

He began working at Heartland Eyecare Center in 1998, and took over ownership in 2001 with his wife, Dr. Renae Ries. Dr. JD enjoys all outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, and playing sports with his family.

Dr. Renae Ries

Dr. Renae Ries completed her undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota in 1992. She then attended Pacific University College of Optometry and obtained her Doctorate of Optometry in 1996. Her training at Pacific University included an internship at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida.

Dr. Renae started working at Heartland Eyecare Center in 1998 and became a co-owner with her husband, Dr. JD Ries, in 2001. She has been active in the optometric profession, including a membership in the American Optometric Association, Minnesota Optometric Association, and Optometric Honor Society.