OUR OPTOMETRIC TEAM
We offer a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages - all with personalized attention and a smile. In our eye care practice, every patient is treated warmly. Individualized attention is the foundation of our care, to ensure that your eyes remain healthy. We're dedicated to optimizing your vision!
Meet Our Optometrists
Heartland Eye Care Centers provide innovative eye care services to patients from in and around Marshall, Canby, Slayton, and Dawson. We offer comprehensive eye health assessments, ocular disease diagnosis and treatment, contact lens evaluation and fitting, and prescriptions.
We welcome new patients and accept most major forms of insurance.
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 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 membership in the American Optometric Association, Minnesota Optometric Association, and Optometric Honor Society.
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 undergraduate 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.