Northern Waters Ophthalmology proudly serves the Ashland, Spooner, and Hayward area with quality eye care services and a friendly staff. Dr. Mark Sneed, Dr. Craig Florine, Dr. Leah Danner,Dr. Sam Kuchinka , Dr. Camile Sateren, and Dr. Jake Pray take great pride in offering the best vision care possible for your entire family.

Whether you need to be fitted with eyeglasses or contact lenses, or you need a comprehensive eye exam, our practice utilizes the latest technology and treatments available. Our staff will take the time to answer all of your questions and explain treatment options through your entire eye care experience.

If you are looking for quality eye care with a personal touch, then give us a call and schedule your comprehensive eye exam today!


Meet Our Doctors

Our Optometrists

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry specializing in primary eye care and contact lenses.  An optometrist diagnoses and treats eye and vision problems, while coordinating care with other medical providers.

Dr. Pray

Jake Pray, O.D
Dr. Jake Pray earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry with working rotations at a private practice, University eye clinic, and Indian Health Service facility.  Originally from rural Kansas, he is excited to be back in a small town and close to family.  Dr. Pray looks forward to utilizing his training to provide a broad spectrum of medical and primary eye care.  “The staff and doctors at Northern Waters Ophthalmology are unbelievably talented and friendly, offering the best patient care possible.  Thanks to the diversity of our doctors and their specialties, we have the ability to take care of everything within our practice, from regular exams to surgeries.”



Sateren_IMG_7891_3inCamile Sateren, O.D.
Dr. Camile Sateren earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Sateren came from a family with eye issues, so visits to the optometrist were a big part of their lives. Now, as a family eye doctor herself, she enjoys seeing children for their annual checkups, and their families as well. She enjoys helping people with their contact lenses, and is an expert in fitting soft contacts. She also sees patients for eye problems such as dry or red eyes, pink eye and allergy eyes. She likes educating patients about eye care and how their overall health can affect the health of their eyes. “I love our team approach to eye care. Working with our wonderful doctors and support staff at Northern Waters Ophthalmology means we can provide great patient care because we have a good team.”


Our Ophthalmologists

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor specializing in eye and vision care. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes medication, in addition to prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research on the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders.

leah dannerLeah Danner, M.D.
Dr. Leah Danner
 Dr. Leah Danner is an ophthalmologist who earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, and ophthalmology training from the University of Minnesota.  She chose ophthalmology out of a strong desire to positively impact others.  "It is humbling to be entrusted with another's vision care and concerns, and rewarding to improve someone's quality of life.  I believe strongly in helping people understand their conditions and treatments so they can maintain good eye health."  Dr. Danner is especially committed to giving seniors and veterans the respect and care they deserve, and enjoys getting to know and treat entire families over the years.  “Patients see that we deliver a very personal style of care.  From registration to our outstanding optical department, we have an entire staff of kind, skilled individuals that put our patients' well-being first."



Mark Sneed, M.D.sneed
Dr. Mark Sneed  is a board-certified ophthalmologist who earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota. Originally from Washburn, WI, Dr. Sneed is a second-generation ophthalmologist, following his father.  In 1962 Dr. Robert Sneed founded Ashland Eye Clinic, now known as Northern Waters Ophthalmology.  While in medical school, Dr. Mark Sneed found that ophthalmology fulfilled his interest in internal medicine. “When I looked inside an eye for the first time, I was amazed at what you could see.  An eye exam can often lend hints to other medical conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Nearly every medical condition has corresponding findings in the eye.”  He says the team of providers at Northern Waters Ophthalmology is very well trained in both medical and surgical eye diseases and they enjoy providing personalized, patient focused care. 



Craig Florine, M.D
Dr. Craig Florine is a board-certified ophthalmologist who earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He grew up in southern Minnesota as the son of a physician. He loves the variety of care he can give as an ophthalmologist, from family eye care to complex eye surgery. Most of all, Dr. Florine enjoys being part of a wonderful midwestern community and the friendly people that make up his patient roster and the Northern Waters Ophthalmology clinic staff. He sees patients at the Ashland and Hayward offices.



Sam Kuchinka, M.D
Dr. Sam Kuchinka is an ophthalmologist who earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota after a career in engineering. Originally from Minnesota, he enjoys ophthalmology because: “It’s a little bit of everything, from primary care to surgery. We see patients from every age group and make a huge impact on people’s lives. You don’t realize how important vision is until it is compromised.” Dr. Kuchinka practices comprehensive ophthalmology and is a new addition to the Northern Waters Ophthalmology group. “What impressed me most when I chose this practice is how much the patients appreciate their doctors and, in turn, how our doctors really care about their patients