The Chu Vision Institute Staff

Our Surgeon


Dr Chu Photo 300X300Founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center, Dr. Chu is an internationally recognized leader in cataract and refractive surgery. He is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist whose practice focuses on cataract, refractive, cornea and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. 

Learn More about Y. Ralph Chu, M.D.

Our M.D. Fellow

Dr. Tersigni

Dr. Tersigni is currently completing his cornea and refractive fellowship training here at Chu Vision Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Chu. His ophthalmic interests include cataract, refractive, corneal and glaucoma surgery, and he has a passion for global health and providing care for underserved populations. 

Learn More about Steven Tersigni, M.D.

Our Optometrists


Chu Vision is the embodiment of Dr. Ralph Chu’s passion for providing an unforgettable patient experience while furthering the practice of ophthalmology. Learn more about the people committed to living out his mission—to preserve and improve vision.

HeckmanJ_300 X 300Dr. Heckman has experience in full-scope patient care with a special interest in the management of ocular diseases, pre- and post-op care of cataract and refractive surgeries. She has participated as a sub-investigator in over 20 clinical trials at Chu Vision Institute, and lectures locally and nationally. 

Learn More about Jessica Heckman, O.D.

Dr. Marc Harrie2Dr. Harrie has experience in full-scope patient care with a special interest in the management of ocular diseases, cataract pre- and post-operative care, and refractive surgery. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry.

Learn More about Marc Harrie, O.D.


Dr. Bruehl is an optometric resident who recently graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Some of her interests include patient advocacy, volunteering at community vision screenings, surgical co-management and treatment of ocular disease.

Learn more about Lauren Bruehl, O.D. 

Dr. Ellingson

Dr. Emily Ellingson is excited to be back in the Twin Cities as an optometric resident. Dr. Ellingson then pursued her doctorate of optometry at the State University of New York College of Optometry in Manhattan.She looks forward to advancing her training in management of ocular disease, surgical planning and post-operative care during her residency.  

Learn More about Emily Ellingson, O.D.

     Chief Business OfficerJodi
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     Exec. VP of Operations, Chu Vision Institute
     Administrator, Chu Surgery Center Secretary

     Secretary, Chu Vision Foundation
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     VP of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs
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     Manager of Professional Relations
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Katie     Patient Care Concierge

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     Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
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     Clinical Director
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Carolyn     Director of Social Media and Communications
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Jay     Chief Technology Officer

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     Patient Care Counselor
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     Billing Specialist
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