About Us

About Us

Southwest Eye Care began in Chaska in August 2005. Doctors Amy Freed, Chris Freed, and Chad Dockter joined a partnership and opened their first practice in Chaska. The doctors work with all age groups and pay close attention to individual eye care needs. Southwest Eye Care has a wide variety of eyewear that is fashion-forward, sophisticated and fun. With our one-on-one service, patients of all ages will have success in choosing their next pair of eyewear.


The year 2007 was a time of growth and excitement for Southwest Eye Care. Doctors Freed, Freed and Dockter expanded their practice into Glencoe; transitioning Family Eye Center to Southwest Eye Care. A month later the Norwood Young America practice was added to the family.


Again in 2012-2013, Southwest Eye Care experienced more growth. In December, Southwest Eye Care expanded into Minnetonka and opened a 4th practice along I 394 and I 494. Dr. Robert Swanson joined the practice in October 2013 and sees patients in the Norwood Young America clinic.


In August of 2014, Southwest Eye Care and Crow River merged practices and welcomed Dr. Scott Glaser as the 4th owner and an additional location in Hutchinson. At the end of December 2014, we welcomed Dr. Jeff McGuire’s patients and the residents of Belle Plaine to our newest clinic on Enterprise Drive in Belle Plaine.


In the spring of 2015, Gerry’s Vision joined our Glencoe practice along with the owner, Heidi Klockmann, and optician, Jane Duesterhoeft.  Shortly after, we welcomed our 7th and 8th clinics in Watertown (formerly Carver Eye Care) and Mound (formerly Westonka Vision).  Dr. Bernie Rottach and his experienced Westonka staff became part of the Southwest Eye Care family.


The doctors’ vision has not changed. These multiple locations provide patients with top-notch service and the convenience of less travel. Our doctors continue to offer comprehensive eye examinations. They are extremely knowledgeable in treating and diagnosing eye diseases with the most up-to-date technology for their patients. In addition to this, they enjoy supporting the communities by participating in local organizations and events.