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 and his wife, Dr. Hannah Sipola, joined the practice in 2015.
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
Most insurances accepted.
Accepting new patients.
The Hibbing practice was founded in 1919 by Dr. William Larson, Sr. He was joined by his son, Dr. Larson, Jr. in 1948. Dr. Scott Mescher joined the practice in 1977, followed by Dr. Matt and Hannah Sipola in 2016.
Dr. Matt and Dr. Hannah Sipola represent fourth generation Optometrists 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 Iron Rangers, as though they were part of our extended family.
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. Dr. Mescher retired in 2016.
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 former Virginia City Councilor, 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. Dr. Don retired from regularly scheduled practice in 2015.
Dr. Matthew Sipola joined his father, Dr. Don Sipola in 2014 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 in Biology 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 VA in MI, John D. Dingell VA 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. Matt is the chairperson of the Eveleth-Virginia Airport Authority and enjoys his favorite past-time of fishing.
Matthew Sipola O.D., FAAO
Dr. Hannah Sipola grew up in North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry. 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 completed her year-long residency in Ocular Disease at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. Dr. Hannah is a member of the Minnesota and American Optometric Associations, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has completed her training in Advanced Competence in Medical Optometry. Hannah plays flute in the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra and enjoys ballroom dancing and playing tennis.