MEET THE DOCTORS
LASIK & Cataract Surgeons
DR. STEVE BAGAN, MD
Dr. Bagan received his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in 1976. He then completed his specialty training in Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic. He has had an eye surgical practice in Fargo since 1980.
Dr. Bagan has done over 10,000 major eye sugeries and over 10,000 Lasik and PRK laser procedures. He is also a cornea transplant surgeon, giving him valuable experience in all aspects of cornea surgery. Dr. Bagan has had refractive surgery himself. This unique perspective and his careful personal approach will provide you with an excellent refractive surgery experience.
He goes overseas to perform volunteer surgery, and has performed and taught eye surgery in the Philippines, Nigeria, India, Peru, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Romania and other countries.
DR. TOM STRINDEN, MD
Dr. Strinden received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1988. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has had an eye surgical practice in Fargo since 1995.
Dr. Strinden has performed over 15,000 major eye surgeries. He began performing LASIK in 1998 and implanting multifocal implants in 1999.
Dr. Strinden’s practice emphasis is refractive surgery and cataract surgery but he also offers a range of services related to general ophthalmology. He is an associate clinical professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and does a yearly medical mission trip to Honduras.
He and his wife, Michelle, have four children and reside in Fargo. He is active in his church and enjoys outdoor activities with his kids such as hunting and fishing. He also serves on the FCA hockey National Board.
DR. SARAH SWANHOLM, OD
Dr. Swanholm, originally from Fargo, ND, received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota. She went on to obtain her doctorate degree, graduating with honors, from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. While at Pacific University, she spent time as a teaching assistant, volunteered on a mission trip to El Salvador, and served as the Class of 2012 president.
She then completed a hospital-based/rehabilitative optometric residency at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, specializing in ocular disease and low vision.
Her professional areas of interest include primary eye care, ocular disease prevention and treatment, specialty contact lenses, and surgical co-management. She is a current member of the American Optometric Association and the North Dakota Optometric Association. She has served as a member of the Heartland Healthcare Network Ancillary Board as well as been a member of the United Way’s 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership program.
She and her husband, Chaz, live in Fargo with their two daughters. She enjoys running, golfing, and traveling, in her free time.