Dr. Mike Korthals
Mike Korthals O.D. was born and raised in Boyden, Iowa. He is a graduate of Westmar University in LeMars, IA where he majored in Biology. During his time at Westmar, Dr Korthals played basketball and tennis. He attended the prestigious Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and Doctor of Optometry. He has been practicing in Mason City since earning his doctorate in 1999. He specializes in all forms of ocular disease, and difficult contact lens fits, including bifocals. He also a volunteer provider for Infantsee which provides free eye exams to any infant 6-12 months old.
Dr. Korthals is a past President of the Iowa Optometric Association and is the curent Secretary/Treasurer of the Heart of america Contact Lens Society. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association and Ocular Nutrition Society. He has been the IOA Coordinator of the Lions Glaucomamobile, and is currently sitting on the panel of the local Head Start Health Advisory Council. He loves to spend time with his wife and kids. He is currently volunteer coaching both of his kids traveling basketball teams. During his free time, Dr Korthals, loves to golf, go to as many Hawkeye football games as possible, and spend time outside.
Dr. Jill Pownell
Jill (Sandbakken) Pownell, O.D. is originally from Wilmot, SD and attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD majoring in Biology. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree, graduating with Distinction, from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. Throughout her training, she gained valuable experience in the areas of contact lenses, pediatrics, low vision and ocular disease. Dr. Pownell also received a GP Clinical Excellence Award for her experience in contact lenses. Dr. Pownell joined our practice in June 2009.
Dr. Pownell is a member of the Iowa Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the Contact Lens & Cornea Section and the Optometric Nutrition Society. She is also an InfantSee provider, which provides free eye exams for infants between the ages of 6 and 12 months. Dr. Pownell is active in the Mason City area and is a member of the Mason City Jaycees. Dr. Pownell loves to spend time with her husband Chris and daughter Nora, as well as spending time outdoors walking their dog Bandit, camping, hiking and playing tennis.
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