Our Staff

  • Dr.
    Bridget Forstrom
    Owner/Optometrist

    Dr. Bridget Forstrom is originally from Fairmont, MN. She graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Biology in 2003 and received her doctorate degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2007.

    Dr. Forstrom sees patients in all aspects of Optometry but particularly enjoys working with contact lens patients, including multifocal contact lenses. She has an article published in the Clinical and Surgical Journal of Ophthalmology on Pterygium management and has practiced optometry in southern Minnesota for the past 12 years.  Dr. Forstrom also keeps herself busy by teaching Anatomy and Physiology online for a community college in northwest Iowa.

    Dr. Forstrom lives in Mankato with her son Collin and daughters Sidney and Brooklyn. When she isn’t working,  Dr. Forstrom enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, going to water parks with her kids and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Scott & Gina Olson
    Owners/Office Managers

    Scott Olson: I have been involved in the eye care industry for over 30 years.  I have enjoyed every minute of that time and the many patients I have had the privilege to serve. I want you to enjoy your eyewear purchase experience.  My goal is that you leave complete satisfied. We don't just claim to “put patients first”, we really mean it.  We are always looking for new and different ways to improve your optical experience in any way we can, whether it’s frame adjustments, helping you find that perfect look in frame selections or providing you with the latest in lens options.  You will not find a better combination of quality and value anywhere!

    Gina Olson: I have been working together with my husband, Scott, in the eye care business for over 30 years.  Learning from the best, Dr. Gary A. Olson (Scott's dad), started my eye care career.  The priority in day-to-day operation was customer service and treating everyone who came in our office as the 'neighbor' they were.  We continue to promote this high quality of eye care today at Olson Optical.  

    Over the years, I have been involved in many aspects of the office, but my favorite service by far is assisting patients with their frame selections! I truly feel satisfaction when we choose that 'perfect' frame to enhance each person.  Part of getting new frames, along with improved vision, is the excitement and confidence it gives patients.  To be part of this component is very rewarding.  In addition to frame selections, I will be the smiling face you see when you stop in the office or the voice you hear on the telephone.  I look forward to being of service to you. 

  • Kim Peterson
    Optician

    I joined the Olson Optical team January 2021 with 11 years of optical experience.  I have a passion for sharing my love and knowledge for eyewear with patients.  I especially love working with children, sharing in their excitement picking out new glasses.   I received my CPO certification in 2017.   I enjoy attending educational classes to learn about the latest trends, technology and products available in the optical industry.   

    In 2019 I traveled with VOSH MN to Port Antonio Jamaica on a mission trip.  I assisted with providing eye exams and distributing donated glasses to over 850 patients who otherwise wouldn’t have received desperately needed eyecare.  It was a very rewarding experience and I look forward to participating in more mission trips in the future.   

    I live on a farm in the LaSalle area with my husband and our 3 children (Kaden, Lorelai & Miranda).   We keep busy chasing the kids to various activities, enjoying time together as a family, traveling and attending concerts.  I am always taking pictures capturing moments and memories to share with family and friends.   

  • Mara Martinez
    Receptionist/Scheduler

    I joined the amazing team here at Olson Optical in the beginning June 2021. I’ve enjoyed meeting all of our patients and welcoming so many new patients! I am one of the many friendly voices you will hear answer the phone when you call us to set an appointment or to answer any of your questions. I was born and raised right here in STJ.

    Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 beautiful children (Eliseo and Isabella) that keep me on my toes and an amazing husband (Johan) who is my rock! We enjoy going to family gatherings, having movie nights, going on walks, and having grill-out's while playing some family volleyball! I also love listening to music, and reading a good book with a side of hot chocolate!

Contact Us

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LOCATION

302 1st Ave S, Saint James, MN 56081

Hours of Operation

Call for doctor availability

Monday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed