Doctor and Staff
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.
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 take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Alaska and Hawaii are both on my bucket list! Then I'll be able to say I've visited all 50 states!
What is one of your hidden talents? I love to paint. Acrylic on canvas is what I've done so far and I'd like to explore watercolor painting too. So far I've done 3 works for my home and hope to someday have enough pieces to put on an art show at McCulley Optix Gallery!
What historical figure, alive or dead, wears the best glasses? Sally Jessy Raphael - those huge glasses were just like my 1st pair in 1990!
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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 take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? The United Kingdom and Ireland are high on my list. To me, the weather sounds awesome (a little cool, slightly rainy) and I love the history the area has to offer. To hunker down in a pub and have a pint with the locals sounds like a dream come true!
What is one of your hidden talents? Cleaning Bathrooms. I have no idea why I enjoy it so much, but I love a super clean bathroom. I joke about maximizing people's flex spending at the end of the year, but I am really good at it! Tell me how much is left, and I will help you find the best vision solutions!
What historical figure, alive or dead, wears the best glasses? Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The sunglasses she wore as Holly Golightly worked great then, and would work great for anyone now!
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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 take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Bora Bora. My husband and I would love to go to Bora Bora and stay in a bungalow over the water. It looks so beautiful and peaceful, and the perfect place to get away.
What is one of your hidden talents? Cooking and baking. I love to find and try new recipes.
What historical figure, alive or dead, wears the best glasses? Jackie Kennedy, I've always loved pictures of Jackie Kennedy in her iconic "Jackie O" sunglasses. She was such a beautiful, classy woman and I love when women come in asking for "Jackie O" sunglasses
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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 take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would love to travel to New Zealand and Australia! I have a friend who lives in NZ, who I would love to visit, and it is just so beautiful there! They live a simpler life in New Zealand, it seems to be a special place. And, if I'm in New Zealand, I may as well visit Australia, right? I'd be able to say I've been "down under", and also see what vegemite really is!
What is one of your hidden talents? Not many people know that I do Raindrop Technique for people. It is a light touch massage done with essential oil.
What historical figure, alive or dead, wears the best glasses? I've always thought George Burns rocked his round plastic frames! I don't think he'd have been recognized without them. I'm excited to see that round frames are making a comeback, they definitely make a statement!
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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 take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Rome, Italy...the history and architecture intrigue me and I find it fascinating.
What is one of your hidden talents? Playing the piano in my down time.
What historical figure, alive or dead, wears the best glasses? Ben Franklin....it doesn't get any better than that!
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Mary joined McCulley Optix Gallery in February of 2018. She is our newest optician and brings with her a background in fashion and customer service. She loves how glasses not only help people see clearly, but also help people make a fashion statement. She recently moved from Minneapolis to Fargo and is getting to know the Fargo community. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, going for walks with her family, and watching good movies.
If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would love to go to Germany. It would be interesting to visit Berlin, but I would also like to stay in a castle on the German countryside.
What is one of your hidden talents? I’m really good at making lasagna. I made it for Christmas this year and it was a big hit, which is great because I’m a terrible cook otherwise.
What historical figure, alive or dead, wears the best glasses? Albert Einstein. Every genius needs a great pair of glasses.
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