Dr. Doug Wallin – Optometrist

Meet Dr. Doug Wallin

Before joining the team at Vance Thompson Vision in the early 1990s, Dr. Wallin had his own private practice in Marshall, MN. Early in his career, Dr. Wallin specialized in refractive and cataract clinical care and contact lenses. Then, he joined forces with Dr. Vance Thompson in refractive and corneal surgery care as the clinical director of refractive surgery. Even with a brief absence from this practice from 2002 – 2003 (as the clinical director of The Laser Vision Center at the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in Rapid City, SD), Dr. Wallin returned to Sioux Falls, SD to work with Dr. Thompson again in 2004.

After extensive studies and many years devoted to optometry, Dr. Wallin developed special skills in providing advanced clinical care of refractive, corneal, and cataract surgery. He has also participated in refractive surgery clinical care, surgical co-management clinical trials, and FDA investigative research as an associate investigator.

Education & Training

During his undergraduate education, Dr. Wallin attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA. While Dr. Wallin attended the University of Houston College of Optometry, he earned the Overall Clinical Excellence Award for his graduating class. He was awarded his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1991, continuing on to study under the direction of Dr. Steven Slade and Dr. Richard Baker at a one-year advanced clinical residency in refractive and corneal surgery care at the Houston Eye Clinic in Houston, TX.

Hobbies & Personal Interests

Dr. Wallin and wife Missy have enjoyed living in Sioux Falls and raising their loving family. They have two children together, Sam and Grace. As a family, they love exploring the great outdoors by camping, hiking, kayaking, and golfing. Living a healthy lifestyle (eating nutritious food and working out consistently) is very important to the Wallin family. You may even catch Dr. Wallin training for his next marathon. He also is an avid antique collector of home furnishings (from clocks to chairs) of the 1950s and 1960s. This hobby has outfitted their 1969 home in Sioux Falls. Dr. Wallin loves to restore objects and projects back to their original state. At work and home, Dr. Wallin is always striving to make things better, and finds fulfillment in his career restoring or helping to maintain a patient's eyesight.