Meet Our Optometrists
Dr. Derin Van Loon
Dr. Van Loon graduated with his Doctorate in Optometry from The Ohio State University in 1997. He has been seeing patients at Blustin Optical Center in Duluth and Two Harbors since graduating, ultimately purchasing the practice in 2005. He is dedicated to patient care and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure his patients' ocular health. Dr. Derin is a Hermantown native and a military veteran, a submariner who served on a nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine for six years, and then served two years in the Naval Reserve. He is proud to have served his country and is now equally happy to serve his community.
Dr. Derek Michaelis
Dr. Derek grew up in Willmar, MN and vacationed in Duluth during the summer. He joined the Blustin Optical team as an optometric technician while he was at UMD, returning to work with Dr. Van Loon during optometry college breaks.
He received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2015, and was conferred his Doctorate of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA in May of 2019.
Dr. Derek has experience in multiple patient populations including primary care optometry, pediatrics, low vision and vision therapy. He
is excited to offer complete contact lens services, including multifocal/bifocal lenses, ortho-K/CRT lenses and scleral lenses.
Dr. Derek is trained to treat and manage various ocular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
In his free time, Dr. Derek likes to hunt, fish, play guitar, and enjoy time with friends and family.
“I am thrilled to return to this excellent team and I look forward to providing the highest quality eyecare!”