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Dr. Melissa McCulley

Dr. Melissa McCulley

Dr. Melissa McCulley is president and owner of McCulley Optix Gallery, a premier eye care clinic and boutique optical in south Fargo.  Established in 2006, Dr. McCulley fulfilled her dream of bringing beautiful eyewear to the community.  She compassionately cares for her patients and treats both vision and eye disorders.

Dr. McCulley was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota.    She graduated cum laude from Boston College with a degree in Spanish and a concentration in pre-medical course work. She received her doctorate in optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she graduated with honors.  Dr. McCulley practiced optometry for several years at the University of Minnesota, Department of Ophthalmology, before returning home to open her own practice.

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Dr. McCulley loves being involved in her community by serving on local non-profit boards and chairing various charity events.  Dr. McCulley has taken international trips to provide eye care and eyewear to needy populations in Chimbote, Peru, and Santa Ana, Costa Rica. She looks forward to continuing these missions abroad and developing programs for the local area.

Dr. McCulley is married to her husband, Rial Stedman, and they have two daughters, Molly (age 4) and Claire (age 2).  In her free time Dr. McCulley enjoys spending time at the lake with her family and friends and traveling. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? X-ray vision, of course! ;)

What is your favorite holiday, and why? I love Christmas because I love the decorations, the holiday treats and mostly planning out and buying special gifts for my family. It’s such a cozy time of year! Christmas has taken on a whole new meaning since having 2 little girls- now everything is PINK and GLITTERY!

What celebrity wears the best glasses? Johnny Depp because he’s been rocking the “round” frame for so long, proving that it never goes out of style! He isn’t afraid to wear bold eyewear and I love that!

To contact Dr. McCulley via email: drmcculley@optixgallery.com


Jenna Gilbertson

Jenna Gilbertson

Jenna joined the McCulley Optix Gallery team in February of 2011. Jenna is our Office Manager and Pediatric Expert. She loves to help kids find glasses that they, and their parents, will love! Jenna also works with our Vision Therapy program as a Vision Therapist. Jenna is certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE.) Jenna lives in Detroit Lakes, and enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to concerts, and knitting.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I want the ability to think of a place in my mind, blink my eyes, and be there! I feel like I spend a crazy amount of time traveling to where I want to be!

What is your favorite holiday, and why? I LOVE Thanksgiving. Good food, parade, pie, and no stress of present buying!

What celebrity wears the best glasses? Lady Gaga. She is not afraid to step out of the box with fashion anyway, and has rocked some great Sunglasses from Jimmy Choo, Lafont, and Dior!

To contact Jenna via email: jenna@optixgallery.com


Holly Hixson
Holly Hixson

Holly joined McCulley Optix Gallery in January of 2013. Holly is our Frame Fitting Expert. She wants everyone to have the perfect frame for their face and have the adjustment be exact. Holly loves it when someone’s glasses are so comfortable they forget they are wearing them! Holly grew up in the Fargo area, and enjoys spending time with her family and baking.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? If I could have any superpower, I would want the power to travel time. I would love to be able to go back in time and experience different time periods, or see people from the past. It would also be fun to travel into the future to see what life will be like in the years ahead.

What is your favorite holiday, and why? My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the season of Christmas and spending time with family.

What celebrity wears the best glasses? James Bond! Daniel Craig wears Tom Ford sunglasses in the newest James Bond film, and they look amazing on him!

To contact Holly via email: holly@optixgallery.com


Teri Krutsinger
Teri Krutsinger

Teri joined McCulley Optix Gallery in August of 2015. She brings with her more than 25 years of experience in the optical field, and loves to help choose the perfect frame and lens just for you! Teri is a Minnesota girl, who has recently moved to Fargo. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, along with reading, flower gardening, and knitting.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I would love to have the superpower of being in more than one place at one time. With parents and adult children, all living in different towns as myself and husband, I cannot be everyplace I'd like to be at certain times. It would be so much fun to go to the game with my husband and a movie with girlfriends, all at the same time! Just think... I could experience twice as much in this lifetime!

What is your favorite holiday, and why? Easter is my favorite holiday! For me, it starts out with Good Friday church service, which we leave in silence and darkness. Easter Sunday service is quite the opposite, with flowers, music, and light. Everyone is dressed for spring, even though we often still have snow on the ground. It is a happy and joyful time to spend with family, as well. And, of course, it is so much fun watching the little ones search for Easter eggs!

What celebrity wears the best glasses? I think Brad Pitt wears Tom Ford Eyewear very well! The line is classy, and edgy, and it is one of my favorites that we carry at McCulley Optix Gallery. And Brad Pitt is pretty easy to look at, too, especially in his Tom Ford suns!

To contact Teri via email: teri@optixgallery.com


Beth Stinson
Beth Stinson

Beth joined McCulley Optix Gallery in June of 2017. She brings 17 years of experience in the optical field and loves to watch the excitement in a child when they experience the ability to make out the fine details for the very first time. Beth and her husband recently moved to Fargo from Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, running half-marathons, learning to cook and spending time with her family and friends.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I don’t know if it’s truly a superpower, but I would love the ability to snap my fingers and be anywhere I want. With family scattered over the US it would be nice to have dinner with them and then return home without the aid of an airplane or automobile.

What is your favorite holiday, and why? My favorite holiday is New Year’s Day. It’s a time for reflection & remembrance over the past year and yet new beginnings and excitement for what the coming year will bring.

What celebrity wears the best glasses? I would have to say Jennifer Aniston. She is one classy lady that can sport any designer style.

To contact Beth via email: beth@optixgallery.com


Somer Bucholz
Somer Bucholz

Somer is the Student Intern at McCulley Optix Gallery. She is a student at NDSU majoring in biology. She is planning to attend Optometry School after NDSU. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, and spending time with family and friends at the lake.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? If I could have any superpower I would want to have the ability to manipulate time. Sometime I wish I could have the power to fast forward time, but in other instances I wish I could slow time down, and potentially stop it, in order to enjoy and cherish certain moments longer.

What is your favorite holiday, and why? My favorite holiday is the Fourth of July because my family always has this huge party at our cabin on Lake Melissa! I love soaking up the sun on the water, playing some beach volleyball, enjoying a delicious summer meal with everyone, and finishing the night off watching the fireworks show across the lake.

What celebrity wears the best glasses? Jennifer Aniston. She has such great style, and even has a Tom Ford frame named for her!

To Contact Somer via email: somer@optixgallery.com


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