Doctors and Staff
Our Doctors at Downtown and Crosstown
Dr. Mary Ann Zastrow completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Biology. After graduating from UW-Madison, she attended the New England College of Optometry in Boston and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree. Her training included rotations at Boston Children’s Hospital, Veteran Affairs Hospital in Boston, and a Special Populations rotation that included Diabetic and Low Vision Specialties where she earned clinical honors. After earning her Doctorate degree, Dr. Zastrow knew that she wanted to move back and practice in her home state. Although Dr. Zastrow and her husband Ben found it hard to leave their beloved Red Sox, being close to family and friends was always a priority. Benjamin was the first to join the Downtown Eyes Minneapolis hustle and bustle after he attained his MBA at the Carlson School of Management. He currently works at Zelle LLP. Dr. Zastrow owns two private practices in the Twin Cities area and enjoys the daily challenges and rewards that come with running a small business. Dr. Zastrow also enjoys every second of family time she gets with her daughter Zoe and son’s Jack and Harrison.
Dr. Susie Hemann graduated with honors earning her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. She received a merit of clinical excellence for achieving honors marks at all her externship rotations specializing in primary care, specialty contact lenses, low vision, advanced disease care, pediatrics, and surgical co-management at eye clinics and hospitals around the country. After graduation, Dr. Hemann went on to complete a residency with a focus on ocular disease and primary eye care at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, IL where she managed and treated patients with a wide array of eye diseases including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and emergency eye care. Although Chicago will always be her “Second City,” she moved back to her home state of Minnesota after residency and has been serving the Twin Cities metro ever since!
Dr. Hemann grew up in Rochester, MN and was a competitive figure skater from childhood through college. She completed her undergraduate education at Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health. In her free time, Susie likes finding new local eateries and breweries, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Twins, Wild, and Vikes! She also loves to spend time with her family, friends, and wonderful husband Mark.
Dr. Kevin Rodda obtained his optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2018 and began his career in private practice immediately following graduation. Dr. Rodda, a native of Northeast Ohio, graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 2011 and spent three years living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio prior to attending optometry school. Dr. Rodda was very active as an optometry student, serving as class treasurer, a student blogger for the college, and as Student Council president. Additionally, Dr. Rodda received the Dr. Lyle Aloysius John Gassman Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the graduate who best exemplifies Dr. Gassman’s humanitarian characteristics, leadership qualities, and service to others. Dr. Rodda was also honored with membership in Beta Sigma Kappa honor fraternity recognizing academic achievement in optometry school.
Dr. Rodda lives in south Minneapolis and was raised a Twins fan in the heart of Cleveland Indians territory. An avid baseball fan, Dr. Rodda has been to 20 different current baseball stadiums and 27 different stadiums overall when including former stadiums. He hopes to someday make it to all 30 current stadiums. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the cities, catching Twins games, and checking out breweries.
Dr. Rodda is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association.
Our Doctors and Staff at Downtown
Dr. Robert Toomey is a graduate of The Pennsylvania College of Optometry and has been in private practice in Downtown Eyes Minneapolis for over 30 years. A long time member of the Minnesota Optometric Association Association, he has served on various committees. He was appointed to the Minnesota Board of Examiners in Optometry by the governor and served as president. He sees patients on a part time basis and has embraced the new technologies integrated into the practice by Dr. Zastrow.
Dr. Chad Legois is a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Dr. Legois attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, where he graduated cum laude with his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2005. Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Legois moved to Minneapolis where he has since worked in varied avenues of optometry including general optometry, refractive surgery, diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, and contact lens examinations. In his free time, Dr. Legois likes to stay physically active, see live music, collect vinyl records, read, cook, and partake in the amazing Minneapolis/St. Paul restaurant scene.
Katelyn completed her certificate as a Paraoptometric Assistant in 2015. She has been in the optometry world as a billing representative and Paraoptometric assistant for over 8 years. She has since been Downtown Eyes‘ office manager for the past 3 years. Katelyn loves the downtown atmosphere and also loves to keep our office organized and running smoothly! She hopes to continue to help build our office and our trust with our Downtown Eyes patients. In her free time she enjoys playing with and being a mother to two young boys.
Ariel started out in retail for 9 years. She became an optician in 2016, specializing in fashion and matching the perfect frame to your own unique personality. Ariel double majored in Human Development and Family Science and Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from North Dakota State University. Growing up in Minnesota, she has been part of the downtown community for many years. She even was a professional dancer, cheering for the Minnesota Timberwolves. When not working she typically is relaxing at home with her two cats.
Amber has been an optician for about three years. She loves styling patients in new frames to look and feel their best and most confident. Amber is deeply passionate about helping others see correctly. She is supportive of patients who want multiple pairs of glasses, since her own collection has reached over 10 pairs! When Amber isn’t checking out the most current eye wear style trends, she is checking out the newest breweries in her home neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis, shopping, or checking out a new coffee shop.
Victoria has been in the eye biz since 2008. She’s our insurance go to gal. Victoria loves helping our patients in all things insurance. She adores her seven kids and husband, jazz and dancing, exploring new places, and her Cuban coffee.
Maridith graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness. She started working in the eye-world after graduating, and hasn’t ‘looked’ back since! She has been an Ophthalmic Technician since 2014, ranging in experience in LASIK, Cataract Surgery, and Primary care. Maridith likes to stay active by golfing, hiking, camping, crafting, cooking, traveling, and checking out new trendy spots in the metro.
Megan has been an optician for over 2 years. She started out working in social work and in retail. Megan has combined her passion for helping others and making people look and feel great, by assisting in finding the perfect pair of glasses! While not working she is going to concerts, spending time with her family, and travelling.
Our Doctors and Staff at Crosstown
Having worked in fashion since she was a teenager, Cynthia specializes in finding the perfect frames to match your personal style. As a lens guru, she takes great pride in matching your new frame with the perfect lenses to enhance your lifestyle. When not helping a patient find the latest and greatest in eyewear, Cynthia can be found enjoying the excitement of horse racing at Canterbury or relaxing at home surrounded by her kitties.
This optical gal has been an Optician for 6 years, focusing on a fun and easy experience for each patient while pinpointing fashion taste. In her spare time you can catch Alli chasing after 2 toddlers or scarfing down nachos from Houlihan’s. Since joining the Downtown Eyes Crosstown ’s team she has come to love the bright, upbeat vibe the clinic has to offer and can’t wait to SEE you!
Brittany has worked as an Ophthalmic Technician since 2017. She is fantastic with our patients and has amazing attention to detail, both at work and in her other passion, photography. When not at work you will find her enjoying time off with her dog, Kona, or traveling to an exciting destination.