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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Lifetime Eye Care of Kasson a proud provider of vision care products and services in Kasson.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Anderson

Bachelor of Science Degree, South Dakota State University

Doctor of Optometry Degree, Indiana University School of Optometry

Dr. Jeffrey Anderson received his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Indiana University in 1995 and his Bachelor of Science Degree from South Dakota State University in 1991. Dr. Anderson practiced in Watertown, South Dakota before joining Family Eye Care Center in 1998 and Lifetime Eye Care in 2004 . Dr. Anderson is certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. He has served as president of Southeast Minnesota Optometric Society, is a member of both the American Optometry Association and Minnesota Optometric Association. Children’s vision is very important to him as he is a member of the American Foundation for Vision Awareness (AFVA) which stresses how important yearly eye exams are to children. Dr. Anderson had three months refraction surgery training and is certified and trained for pre and post operative care. Corneal Refractive Therapy certification was presented to Dr. Anderson in 2003.

Lifetime Eye Care is truly family orientated as his wife Teresa is in charge of accounting. They are blessed to have three children, Aleesha, Grace, and Noah.

Dr. Courtney Sivertson

Dr.-CourtneyBachelor Degree, North Dakota State University

Doctor of Optometry Degree, Illinois College of Optometry

Dr. Courtney Sivertson grew up in a rural community near Moorhead, MN and received his bachelors degree from North Dakota State University where he graduated summa cum laude. He then received his optometric education at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he received the honor of being named the valedictorian of his graduating class. During his time there he interned at several clinics in the Chicago area including the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Sivertson is trained and licensed in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease as well as vision disorders. He has practiced in Salt Lake City, Utah, but is happy to return to his home state of Minnesota. Dr. Sivertson enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Andrea, and their two boys Spencer and Andrew and their daughters Amalia and Olivia.

Dr. Dessie Mason

Dr DessieBachelor of Science Degree, University of South Dakota

Doctor of Optometry Degree, Pacific University College of Optometry

Dr. Dessie Mason grew up in Pierre, South Dakota and received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences from the University of South Dakota.  She graduated with her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry.  Dr. Mason completed one of her clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea while working under Dr. Leonid Skorin.  Dr. Mason has also traveled to Nicaragua with AMIGOS Eye Care Missions where the group was able to screen over 750 individuals for ocular disease, refractive error and systemic health.  Dr. Dessie Mason enjoys time with her husband, Joseph and children, Myla and Max.

Dr. Christine A. Leska

Dr LeskaBachelor of Arts Degree, St. Mary’s College (now St. Mary’s University of Minnesota)

Doctor of Optometry Degree, Indiana University School of Optometry

Board Certification, Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry

Dr. Christine Leska was born in Mankato, MN and grew up in south Minneapolis. She majored in biology and allied health at St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN and was awarded her professional degree at Indiana University School of Optometry in 1980. Dr. Leska returned to Minnesota and practiced a few years in Byron, Dodge Center, Austin, Rochester and Owatonna, and joined Kasson Optometric Center in 1986. In 1990, she purchased the Kasson practice and it flourished to eventually become Kasson Eye Care P.A.. She sold the practice to Dr. Jeff Anderson and Dr. Courtney Sivertson in December 2020 and continues to see patients there today.

Dr. Leska is a member and past president of the SouthEast Minnesota Optometric Society. She is also a member and past treasurer of the Minnesota Optometric Association, and is a member of the American Optometric Association. She was honored to be named the 1996 Minnesota Optometrist of the Year by her colleagues. Dr. Leska is also a past president of the Kasson Chamber of Commerce, and with her husband, Paul, has been an active Friend of the Kasson Library.

She and Paul have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Her personal interests include gardening, beekeeping, and enjoying country living.

Dr. Hannah Wagenknecht

Bachelor of Science Degree, Concordia University St. Paul

Doctor of Optometry Degree, Indiana University School of Optometry

Dr. Hannah Wagenknecht grew up in southern Illinois, near St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Hannah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry. Dr. Hannah completed her clinical rotations in Indianapolis, Indiana, Louisville. Kentucky, Omaha, Nebraska and Bethel, Alaska. Her professional interests include primary care optometry, seeing patients of all ages, contact lenses and ocular disease. Dr. Hannah lives in Stewartville with her husband Nick, they are looking forward to welcoming their first child in 2023.



Dr. Aleesha Anderson

Bachelor of Science Degree, South Dakota State University

Doctor of Optometry Degree, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University

Dr. Aleesha Anderson grew up in Austin, Minnesota and is a graduate of Austin High School Class of 2016.  Dr. Anderson received her Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Human Biology graduating summa cum laude from South Dakota State University.  She graduated from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and had the honor of receiving the Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal Award and also receiving the highest GPA of the Class of 2023.  Dr. Anderson’s clinical rotations were all in the state of Michigan, including time at Oscar J. Johnson VA Center, Andersen Eye Associates and Mt. Pleasant Optics.  Dr. Anderson enjoys watching Minnesota sports and spending time with her family and dog.