West St. Paul: 651-457-2020
Stillwater: 651-439-4265

Welcome to Dakota Eye Care Associates

Our doctors have over 100 years of combined experience with our staff we have provided complete eye care for residents throughout Minnesota. Dr's Hennen, Vogelpohl, Flockencier, and Hochhalter are acutely aware of the irreplaceable role good vision plays in your quality of life. Therefore, we are continually updating our office with the latest diagnostic equipment and staying at the forefront of the optometric profession. We provide complete vision care to help you preserve and protect your eyesight.

West St. Paul Hours

  • Monday
  • 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday
  • 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday
  • 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday
  • 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday
  • 7:30am - 5:30pm*
  • Saturday
  • Closed
  • Sunday
  • Closed

*Closed from Noon - 1pm for staff development meetings
Stillwater Hours

  • Monday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday
  • Closed
  • Sunday
  • Closed

Dr. Vogelpohl’s Retirement Announcement

Dr. Vogelpohl Retiring imageIt is with very mixed emotions that Dakota Eye Care Associates wishes the happiest of retirements to our co-founder, Dr. Thomas Vogelpohl!  We are excited for Dr. Vogelpohl to move onto his next endeavors, but are sad to see such an integral part of our team move on. He will be missed by his fellow doctors, staff and patients alike.  Below is a letter Dr. Vogelpohl has written to you, his patients…

To My Patients,

After 40 years of practicing optometry, I have decided the time to retire is upon me.

It has been my pleasure to serve as your personal optometrist over these many years.  It has been an honor and a privilege that you have bestowed upon me to be entrusted with your eye care.  For that opportunity, I am most grateful.  I will continue to value and will greatly miss the relationships and friendships developed over the past 40 years.

I leave Dakota Eye Care Associates knowing the commitment I had to your visual well being and your eye health will continue.  I am confident in the skills of Dr. Mark Hennen, Dr. Matthew Hennen, Dr. Laura Flockencier, Dr. Rachel Hennen and Dr. Nicole Schmiedt and would not hesitate to see any one of them.

I sincerely thank you all for allowing me to care for you and your families and for giving me the gift of a fulfilling professional career.  I end my career in anticipation of the new adventures and opportunities that come with retirement. 

With My Warmest Regards,

Thomas A. Vogelpohl, OD

We will miss you Dr. Vogelpohl, and as you would always say… onward and upward!”

Jeanie’s Retirement Announcement

Please join us in wishing Jeanie McPherson a happy retirement! Jeanie worked at Dakota Eye Care for 33 wonderful years. She began working with Dr. Mark Hennen in 1987 after he purchased Dr. Dueberry’s clinic in South St. Paul. Talk about dedication! She is more than an employee, she is part of the Hennen family and will be incredibly missed by all. We wish she could stay, but we suppose it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you for everything Jeanie! Dakota Eye Care won’t be the same without you!

Dakota Eye Care is excited to add Dr. Nicole Schmiedt to our team!

Dr. Nicole Schmiedt grew up in South Sioux City, NE and obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After completing her undergraduate education, she was determined to provide the great state of Minnesota with high quality eye care. She went on to receive her Doctorate from Indiana University School of Optometry where she graduated in the Bicentennial Class of 2020 as the Salutatorian, With Highest Honors. Her clinical education at Indiana led her to train
at state-of-the-art eye care facilities across the U.S. She received training in ocular disease, surgical co- management, minor surgical and laser procedures, specialty contact lenses, and vision rehabilitation.

Dr. Schmiedt believes in providing excellent eye care for all ages and all levels of vision. Her professional interests include low vision assessments, vision rehabilitation, and neurorehabilitation. She is excited to bring these services to the community, and to continue advancing in this field by becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

When she is not in the office, Dr. Schmiedt enjoys gardening and cooking, listening to live music, and exploring Minnesota’s hiking trails and state parks.

Dakota Eye Care Associates Celebrates 20 Years!

We would like to start by thanking all of our past and present patients for entrusting us with your vision and healthcare needs. There are many options when choosing an eye care provider and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be your provider over the past 20 years. More importantly, we enjoy having you as part of our family.

We’ve grown significantly over the years but still take pride in providing unique care taylored to each individual. Much of the personalized service we provide can be attributed our fantastic staff, many of whom have been here since the beginning. We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work. Dakota Eye Care wouldn’t be able to provide the highest quality of care without your expertise.

It has been a pleasure to serve our patients and the surrounding community over the past 20 years. We continue to strive to be at the forefront of eye care and look forward to providing continued care for the next 20 years and beyond!

co-founders Dr. Mark Hennen and Dr. Thomas Vogelpohl at Dakota Eye Care Associates “Grand Opening” in January of 1999
co-founders Dr. Mark Hennen and Dr. Thomas Vogelpohl at Dakota Eye Care Associates “Grand Opening” in January of 1999
Friendly. State of the art equipment for up to date testing. No long waiting...pretty awesome and knowledgeable staff from front desk to eye specialists
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We are happy to be back seeing routine eye care! When you come in for your next appointment you will see we have made several changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the following:

1)  The number of patients we see in a day is reduced.  Both the number of available exam appointments and optical encounters will be kept to a minimum to allow for appropriate social distancing and limit the number of patients in our clinic at any given time.

2) When you arrive for your appointment, we will have you fill out a COVID questionnaire and we will screen everyone’s temperature upon arrival. If you have a mask of your own, please bring it along to your appointment.  Otherwise, we will provide a mask if you do not already have one. It will be required that you wear a mask for the entirety of your visit within the clinic. 

3) We will continue curbside dispenses contact lens and eye vitamins.  If you need to pick up any of these items, please call our front desk and a staff member will bring them directly to your car.

4) We require that patients arrive for their exams alone.  Patients can only be accompanied by one other person if they are either a) a minor or b) have mental/physical disabilities.  Again, any patient or caretaker entering the building must wear a mask.  Any accompanied person will be screened for temperature as well.

5) In addition, all of our staff and doctors will have their temperature checked prior to beginning their work day.  All staff will have proper PPE compliant with new regulations.  Although it may seem impersonal, we at Dakota Eye Care are working and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of both our staff and patients.  Our new policies in regards to social distancing, clinic hygiene, etc. will be posted for you to review.

We have spent the several weeks ensuring we're in compliance with every CDC hygiene guideline for safety of our doctors, staff and patients.  We are excited to get back to work, but in the safest environment possible.  If you have any questions on our new protocols, do not hesitate to ask.  We hope to see you soon and please stay safe!