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Our Team

Meet the team of Claris Eye Care:

Dr. Carlson

Keith Carlson, MD, MMM, FACS

Twin Cities South Metro Cataract & LASIK Surgeon for Claris Eye Care

For over 25 years, thousands of patients have trusted Dr. Carlson with their eyes. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist, trained at the Mayo Clinic. He is one of the most highly experienced vision correction specialists in the Twin Cities area. Thousands of pairs of Minnesota eyes see better today because of his work.

Dr. Carlson holds a list of long certifications including advanced refractive cataract surgery with PanOptix® and TECNIS® multifocal IOL’s, IQ Vivity and IQ Toric® IOL’s utilizing femtosecond laser technology. He is also certified in LASIK, PRK, LASEK, Alcon WaveLight® Wavefront Optimized laser vision correction and VISX Custom Wavefront Laser Vision Correction. 

Education / Memberships / Awards

“The best part of my work is taking people from a place of fear and concern about their vision and upcoming surgery to a new place of joy and relief with their improved vision post-operation.”



Clinic Supervisor

Melissa is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant with over 19 years of experience, much of her focus being in the cataract and refractive specialties. She has worked with Dr. Carlson at the Allina Health clinics and the Phillips Eye Institute. Melissa has worked in both the clinical and surgical aspects of ophthalmology and understands the importance of having an experienced surgeon and eye team that you can trust. She is devoted, like the entire Claris team, to giving you the highest level of eye care and knowledge in a caring and comfortable environment.



Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Nichole is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant coming to us with over 13 years of experience. She has worked in both a small clinical setting as well as a large university and has always been involved in taking care of patients who have a wide variety of eye care needs. She has worked beside corneal, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, plastic and retinal specialists. That experience is a tremendous asset to Claris Eye Care and our patients.

Nichole knows how important it is to feel comfortable with your surgeon and eye care team. She has helped many pre and post-surgical patients and is always excited to see how patients’ lives can change with better vision. She is committed to giving you the best experience and highest level of care.



Front Office Coordinator

Rachel has been with Claris for 11 years. In those years she has come to appreciate the value of excellent customer service and teamwork. At Claris, she demonstrates compassionate care and dedication to excellence that greatly benefits our patients. Rachel received her degree in Child and Family Studies and Health Education from Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minnesota. She enjoys being outside, in all types of weather and spending time with her family.




Finance & Billing Specialist

Jennifer joined our team in 2018, as our Finance & Billing Specialist. She received her BA degree in Business Administration from UW-River Falls. Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience working in administrative, bookkeeping and customer service roles to the Claris team. She enjoys working in the background to help the clinic run smoothly overall, and also being a part of the front office team where she can get to know patients and help make each patients’ personal experience run smoothly.




Patient Care Coordinator

Molly is our patient care coordinator with over 11 years of experience in healthcare both administratively and clinically as a Medical Assistant. Having worked in both smaller and larger clinic settings, she appreciates the opportunity that Claris offers her to be able to get to know each of our patients and provide personal and exceptional service to each one of them.

Molly has a degree in Human Resources and Organizational Management so she understands how vital it is for our patients that our staff works as a team to provide high-quality eye care clinical and administrative services to create a comfortable experience at Claris.




Certified Ophthalmic Technician

Nancy is a Certified Ophthalmic Technician bringing 11 years of eye care experience to the Claris team. She has been a leader on her team in cataracts, refractive surgery, glaucoma, retina diseases and minor surgical procedures.

She loves getting to know patients and providing the education needed to make patients feel comfortable with their eye care. She appreciates the variety of services provided by Claris and is excited to share her knowledge of eye care, skincare and cosmetic treatments.

Nancy received her Ophthalmic Technician degree from St. Catherine’s University and is studying for her Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting (OSA) certification. Nancy’s professional and calm presence will provide you with the personal quality care you deserve at Claris.



Patient Care Coordinator

Emilie joins us with over 10 years of experience in various fields of healthcare. Her background in management, pharmacy and customer service tie in well to her patient care coordinator position here at Claris. She believes that a good outlook can positively affect outcomes and she looks forward to providing customer service with a smile!



Practice Development Specialist

Charlotte has over 11 years of patient care experience with Claris Eye Care. As a member since its founding, she knows the needs of a private office as it endeavors to bring compassionate, timely and collaborative care to its many patients. Experience in the front office and in the patient care coordinator position gives her a wide-ranging perspective to help Claris develop better ways to deliver outstanding eye care now and in the future.

Charlotte has a BA degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She enjoys reading and puzzle-solving. She volunteers at church and is a math tutor at a local elementary school.

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