Doctors and Staff

Bagan Strinden Vision wants to provide you with the best possible service and the best possible outcomes for all of your vision needs. We have worked hard to establish and maintain a reputation of personal service and careful quality care.

Our Doctors

Dr. Bagan

Steve Bagan received his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in 1976. He then took his ophthalmology residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and has had an eye surgical practice in Fargo since 1980.
He is a cornea transplant surgeon, giving him valuable experience in all aspects of cornea surgery. He has had refractive surgery himself and is experienced in a wide range of vision correction procedures. He has performed and taught eye surgery in the Philippines, Nigeria, India, Peru, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Romania and other countries.
He and his wife, Angela, have seven children and reside in West Fargo. His special interests include reading, writing and numerous family activities.

Dr. Strinden

Tom Strinden received his M.D. degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks, ND, 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’s practice emphasis is refractive 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 is the President elect of the North Dakota Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He has performed volunteer mission surgery in third world countries.
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 is on the Park Christian School Board and is a volunteer youth hockey coach.

Dr. Swanholm

Sarah Swanholm received her O.D. degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. She completed a hospital based/rehabilitative optometric residency at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her areas of interest include primary eye care, diagnosis and management of ocular disease, specialty contact lens fitting, pre- and post-operative care of refractive, cataract, corneal transplant and other surgical cases. She and her husband, Chaz, live in Fargo. Her outside activities and interests include golfing, traveling and running.

Our Staff


Our staff is well trained to understand your eye condition, and with twenty-five years in practice we have a wealth of experience. We have 3 certified ophthalmic technicians on staff and provide ongoing continuing education for staff to insure the best possible experience for you at Bagan Strinden Vision.