The Virginia Optometry practice was founded in 1930 by Dr. I. E. MacDonald. As a former patient of his, Dr. Les Sipola joined his practice in 1952 and were known as MacDonald and Sipola, Optometrists. Dr. Les Sipola's son, Dr. Don Sipola, joined the practice in 1973. Dr. Don Sipola's son, Dr. Matthew Sipola, joined the family practice in 2014.
Dr. Matthew Sipola represents the third generation Sipola and the fourth generation Optometrist to staff the longest continuously operating eye clinic in Northern Minnesota. We have prided ourselves on excellence in eyecare and have cared for multiple generations of "Rangers," as though they were part of our extended family.
Matthew Sipola O.D., FAAO
Dr. Matthew Sipola has recently joined his father, Dr. Don Sipola, and is the third generation Sipola and fourth generation Optometrist to work in the practice. Dr. Matt was born and raised in Virginia, MN. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He achieved his Doctor of Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where he was awarded the clinical excellence award for outstanding clinical performance. His rotations included Mid Florida Eye Clinic in The Villages, FL, Battle Creek VAMC in MI, John D. Dingell VAMC in Detroit, MI, and the pediatrics and contact lens clinic at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, IL. Dr. Matt then completed a year-long residency in Ocular Disease at a Veterans Medical Center in Michigan. Dr. Matt is board-certified in General Optometry and is Board Certified in Medical Optometry, one of only a handful in Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Matt is thrilled that his wife, Dr. Hannah joined the family practice.
Dr. Don Sipola joined his father, Dr. Les Sipola, in 1973 after graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. Dr. Don specializes in ocular disease, refractive surgery solutions, and low vision services. In 2003, Dr. Don was awarded the Minnesota Optometrist of the year. He is a current member of the MN State Board of Optometry and a past president of the Minnesota Optometric Association. Dr. Don is also very involved in the community. He is a Virginia City Councilor, chairman of the Personnel Committee, president of the Virginia Community and Lakes Committee, heat maintenance man at his church, former landscaping contractor, and a former restaurateur. He is also a past winner of the Volunteer Award for the Laurentian Chamber - Virginia Community Foundation. He is excited to be working with his son, Dr. Matt, and his daughter-in-law, Dr. Hannah.
Dr. Scott Mescher, an Iowa native graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1974. He then joined a group practice in the Quad Cities where he met his wife Claudia, now a retired elementary school principal. But the northwoods called and he has been in private practice in Hibbing since 1977. Dr. Scott was chosen by the Jaycees as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans in 1985 and was voted Titan of Taconite in Hibbing in 2013 for his many community involvements which include president of Hibbing United Way and past board chair for the Hibbing hospital. Dr. Mescher has continued to update the longest established optometric practice in Hibbing, is a member of the Minnesota and American Optometric Associations and has taken many eye care missions to the third world. Besides his loving wife, he has been blessed with three wonderful kids that have become productive members of society, wonderful staff and patients and a belief that no matter what happens, someone up there is looking out for us. As Dr. Mescher reduces his practice hours he is proud to be part of a team of terrific young doctors who have decided to make their home on the Iron Range.
Eye Clinic North
413 Chestnut St
Virginia, MN 55792
Eye Clinic North
2016 1st Avenue
Hibbing, MN 55746
Eye Clinic West
405 N 57th Ave West
Duluth, MN 55807
Dr. Hannah Sipola has recently joined her husband, Dr. Matt, and her father-in-law, Dr. Don in practice. She grew up in North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Hannah completed clinical rotations at Davis Eye Associates in Winston-Salem, NC, University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology in Lexington, KY, and the Hickory VA Outpatient Clinic in Hickory, NC. She compled her Ocular Disease residency at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. Dr. Hannah is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is board-eligible for Board Certification in Medical Optometry.
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