Meet our Staff

  • John
    Dr. John Mueller, O.D.
    Optometrist

    Dr. Mueller grew up in Manitowoc, WI and received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. He earned his Optometry Doctorate from the Michigan College of Optometry. He is a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Through graduate school, clinical rotations, and post-graduate work, he is experienced in:

    • Ocular disease 
    • Pre and post-operative exams
    • Binocular vision
    • Standard and specialty contacts
    • Pediatric eye care including infant exams and myopia control
    • Low Vision

    He and his wife, Rachel, moved to the Twin Cities following graduate school. They have two young boys and a Weimaraner named Max. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, running, reading, and watching sports.

  • Laura
    Laura

    I have been working as an optician for 32 years, 25 of which have been in optical management. I obtained my ABO certification in 1997, and I have been here at Vision Smith for almost 16 years now! I was born in California, but I have lived in Minnesota since I was six months old. For the past 25 years, I've lived in Big Lake, MN. Despite living my entire life here, I am still not a fan of winter weather! My husband and I have three adult children, one girl and two boys. I have three grandsons, and I'm looking forward to more grandchildren in the future! We have two dogs at home, a Sheltie and a mini Australian Shepard. We love taking them on walks down to the lake. Some of my favorite things to do are spending time with family and friends, being outside on my deck or at the beach when I can, and hiking on the North Shore.

  • Joe
    Joe

    I have an extensive background in optometry. I have worked in the optical field since 2011. In fact, Dr. Mueller and I briefly crossed paths shortly after the doctor got started out of optometry school. Luckily for both of us we have the opportunity to work together once again! I was hired as an optician shortly after Dr. Mueller took over the practice. It seems it was just meant to be. It is also very convenient as I live less than a mile away from the office.

    In my time away from work I live for:

    • Sports (Vikings, Gophers, Twins & Wild)
    • Riding my Harley
    • Jeeping with the top off
    • Eating out
    • Listening to and collecting vinyl records
    • Our two German Shepherds (Kota & Luna)
    • I also keep multiple saltwater fish tanks
    • I am also enrolled in classes pursuing a degree in business.

    I was blessed with two daughters. My oldest is in graduate school in St. Paul working to be a Chiropractor, and my youngest is in high school at Providence Academy in Plymouth. My lovely wife, Ann, is an elementary school principal in the area and is also a Commander in the US Navy. We as a family love to travel. Our favorite places we try to go to every year are Hawaii, Washington DC and San Diego, CA.

  • Rachel
    Rachel

    Dr. Mueller and I met in undergraduate school at Marquette University in 2010 and married in 2014. Since then, we've grown our family to include our two sweet toddler boys and our Weimaraner, Max!

    I have been a registered nurse in the NICU for the past seven years. Recently, I have been primarily home caring for our boys while also working a few times a month at the hospital. When I'm not with our boys or my patients, I can be found working on the many Vision Smith “behind-the-scenes” tasks or at the front desk when extra help is needed!

    In my spare time, I love to experience the world through our boys' eyes by exploring new places and activities with them. Being a mom is one of the greatest joys of my life. I also love spending time with my family and my friends, working on my scrapbooking or quilting, and being outdoors.

With almost 50 years experience in the optical industry, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service,
& will work with you to find the frame styles and lens options that will work specifically best for you.

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Hours of Operation

Monday

9:00 am

5:00 pm

Tuesday

11:00 am

7:00 pm

Wednesday

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Thursday

11:00 am

7:00 pm

Friday

7:00 am

2:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am

2:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Closed

Monday
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am 7:00 pm
Wednesday
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Thursday
11:00 am 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am 2:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am 2:00 pm
Sunday
Closed Closed