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.

Dr. Ashley Hill

Dr. AShley Hill grew up in Slayton, Minnesota and is excited to return to the area. She attended the University of South Dakota for her under graduate education, majoring in medical biology. After completing three years of undergraduate studies, Dr. Hill received early admission into Indian University School of Optometry where she graduated with a Doctorate of Optometry in May 2019. Her training at Indiana University included internships at Eye Surgeons of Indiana and Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Hill is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, and the Minnesota Optometric Association. In her downtime, Dr. Hill enjoys boating, hiking, and spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.