An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.
– Centers for Disease Control

Meet Our Doctors

Our talented team of highly trained doctors are absolutely committed to providing the highest standard of eyecare available. From protecting the health of your eyes, to ensuring the best vision possible, our doctors deliver the care you and your eyes deserve.

Birch Lake & Village Eye Clinic

White Bear Lake & Blaine, MN

Brian Grudem, O.D.

About Dr. Grudem
Established Birch Lake Eye Clinic in 1979. Dr. Grudem received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his Doctorate of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Minnesota Optometric Association, and is on the Board of Directors for TLC Laser Center. Dr. Grudem resides in Blaine with his wife.

Kevin Lucas, O.D.

About Dr. Lucas
Dr. Kevin Lucas received his Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Chemistry from Mankato State University.

Dr. Lucas has been in practice since 1998 and specializes in glaucoma treatment and contact lens fitting. As an optometrist, Dr. Lucas applies his knowledge and experience to each patient’s particular needs as they relate to vision problems and overall eye health.

In addition to addressing available treatment options, Dr. Lucas enjoys his role in continuously helping patients to understand their eye health and vision needs.

Brad Schwantke, O.D.

About Dr. Schwantke
Dr. Brad Schwantke received his Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University in 2011. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from St. John’s University.

Dr. Schwantke, whose field specialty is in pediatric eyecare, has been practicing optometry since 2011. As a young man, Dr. Schwantke was particularly influenced by his hometown eye doctor who he was able to observe and, through him, learned more about the optometry profession. He saw firsthand the importance of his mentor’s role in the community and his enjoyment as he helped provide people with better vision. It was then Dr. Schwantke knew that optometry was a profession he would really enjoy.

Dr. Schwantke especially enjoys getting to know and connect with his patients and their families. He truly considers all of his patients as friends.

Deanna Lundell, O.D.

About Dr. Lundell

Deanna Lundell, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2019 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from College of St. Scholastica.

Dr. Lundell specializes in pediatrics, amblyopia management and myopia control. After being diagnosed with amblyopia at a young age, Dr. Lundell knew she always wanted to help children like herself see the world clearly.

As an eyecare provider, it means a lot to her to be able help children to succeed and do well in school. To Dr. Lundell, there is nothing better than a parent saying their child’s grades are significantly improving simply from getting a pair of glasses!

Buffalo Eye Clinic

Buffalo, MN

Jeffrey P. Sanderson, O.D.

About Dr. Sanderson

After finishing his Medical Doctorate, Dr. Sanderson completed a comprehensive medical and surgical internship at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He received his formal residency training in Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota, and sub-specialized in cataract and corneal surgery and disease management at the prestigious Pepose Vision Institute in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Sanderson has had extensive training on all of the newest intraocular lenses used to both treat vision loss from cataracts and restore functional reading vision without the need for glasses. He offers a full repertoire of corneal and lens-based surgical solutions for vision correction including the latest in personalized wavefront guided laser treatment.

Through his comprehensive practice, Dr. Sanderson provides comprehensive Ophthalmology care for patients with glaucoma, diabetes, lid disorders, dry eyes, and a variety of ocular diseases.

Dr. Sanderson strives to offer his patients the most technologically advanced treatment for ocular disease and surgical management. He has been involved in FDA clinical trials in Ophthalmology and has performed research in the areas of glaucoma, cataract surgery, LASIK, and diseases of the eye.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Sanderson has also been published in medical journals and has presented at national meetings.

Warren Stoltman, O.D.

About Dr. Stoltman

Warren J. Stoltman, O.D.Dr. Stoltman grew up in Brainerd, MN. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and then his Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. While at Ohio State he was president of Beta Sigma Kappa, an optometric honor society, and earned the William Feinbloom Low Vision Award for his class. Dr. Stoltman is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association.

“I love being an optometrist. During my day I can help a 6 month old see their parents clearly for the first time, discuss diabetic concerns with a patient’s eye, help a teenager with their first prescription for contact lenses or help a patient understand how cataract surgery can improve their vision while reducing their need for wearing glasses. No day is ever the same. Helping people with their visual and ocular health needs has been a very rewarding profession.”

Dr. Stoltman enjoys being a part of the Buffalo community. He is involved in the Buffalo Rotary Club and has served as the club president. While he has enjoyed volunteering for local community projects he has also spent time internationally volunteering to provide visual and ocular health needs with other local medical providers through Mission Jamaica.

Dr. Stoltman is married to another optometrist, Dr. Amanda Stoltman. They have 2 teenage boys and a British Lab named Brutus. In his spare time Dr. Stoltman enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, shooting and golfing.

Alex Austing, O.D.

About Dr. Austing

Alexander Austing, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, Indiana, in 2021 and earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Dr. Austing also completed clinical rotations in the treatment of ocular diseases and dry eye management.

Specializing in the management and treatment of dry eye, Dr. Austing found that a career in optometry allows him to connect with the community, get to know his patients and have a direct impact in their lives. “The reason I love what I do is that in the span of one day, I am able to connect with and talk to a variety of patients ranging from young to old. The greatest joy in my day is when my patients leave the office seeing and feeling better than when they came in,” said Dr. Austing. In his free time away from the office, Dr. Austing likes to spend time outdoors and especially enjoys hunting and fishing.

Courtney Duberry, O.D.

About Dr. Duberry

Courtney Duberry, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University in 2020, and completed her residency at the VA Medical Center of St. Louis, Missouri, in 2021 where she specialized in ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, and low vision optometry. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where she was also a captain of the women’s basketball team.

Dr. Duberry decided to become an optometrist after shadowing her local eye doctor. She saw that the career offered a variety of cases each day, the ability to connect with patients, and provided a feeling of satisfaction from helping others. She loves seeing the moments of clarity and excitement when a patient realizes they have the potential to improve their vision. She also values the connections she makes with her patients while educating them about their eye health.

When Dr. Duberry is not in the office treating patients, she and her husband enjoy finding new restaurants to try, going to the movies, and taking care of their two German shepherds, Dexter and Knightly.

Eagan & Savage Eye Clinic

Eagan & Savage, MN

Benjamin Stout, O.D.

About Dr. Stout

Dr. Stout grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in 1995. He completed his Doctorate and earned a Bachelor of Science of Visual Science from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1999. Dr. Stout’s professional interests at Savage Eye Clinic include specialty prescription contact lenses and the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular diseases.

Stephanie Norberg, O.D.

About Dr. Norberg

Dr. Stephanie Norberg joined Eagan & Savage Eye Clinics in 2019. Dr, Norberg grew up in Burnsville, MN and she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Dakota in 2013. While on break from UND, Dr. Norberg interned here at Eagan Eye Clinic. She went on to Oregon to complete her Doctorate of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry in 2018. After optometry school, Dr. Norberg completed a one-year residency program ant the Minneapolis VA Medical Center specializing in Primary Care, Brain Injury and Low Vision Rehabilitation. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the lake, biking and traveling.

Maggie Asman, O.D.

About Dr. Asman

Maggie Asman, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry in 2019 from the New England College of Optometry and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Asman completed her residency at the Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina, where she specialized in low vision rehabilitation, specialty contact lens fitting, and the treatment of ocular diseases.

In her free time away from the office, Dr. Asman enjoys traveling and spending time at the lake with her family, friends, and dog.

Kelsey Moore, O.D.

About Dr. Moore

Kelsey Moore, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry, with academic and clinical honors, in 2017 from the College of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University, and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Vision Science from Iowa State University.

While in optometry school, Dr. Moore took on many leadership roles, including Student Government President of the College of Optometry and President of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. She also received the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) Award of Excellence and was a member of the Gold Key Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Moore is actively involved in the American Optometric Association, the Minnesota Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

In practice since 2017, Dr. Moore says her interest in optometry began as a 5-year-old when she put glasses on for the first time and saw the world in an entirely different way. Throughout her training, she especially enjoyed working with children of all ages, and she developed a special interest in children’s vision development. Dr. Moore particularly likes getting to know her patients and helping them improve their daily lives by improving the quality of their vision.

In her free time away from the office, Dr. Moore loves traveling, being outdoors, discovering new restaurants, volunteering in her community and being involved with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program.

Eye Associates of Alexandria

Alexandria, MN

Jeremy Anderson, O.D.

About Dr. Anderson
Jeremy Anderson, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Pacific University College of Optometry. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Valley City State University where he also studied mathematics.

Dr. Anderson enjoys working with people and finds optometry to be a new challenge every day.
When he is not treating patients, Dr. Anderson is a high school football official and enjoys boating.

Melissa Hoven, O.D.

About Dr. Hoven
Melissa Hoven, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the Pacific University College of Optometry. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Dr. Hoven has always wanted to be in the healthcare industry and felt optometry was the perfect fit. She enjoys the variety in each day working with patients.

When she is not treating patients, Dr. Hoven enjoys traveling.

John Hoven, O.D.

About Dr. Hoven
John Hoven, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Pacific University College of Optometry. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hamline University.

Specializing in ocular disease and medical optometry, Dr. Hoven became an optometrist because he feels it is a caring and people first profession. He enjoys making a personal connection with patients.

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Hoven enjoys cooking, traveling, and family time.

Carie Stotesbery, O.D.

About Dr. Stotesbery
Carie Stotesbery, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the Pacific University College of Optometry. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bemidji State University.

Dr. Stotesbery enjoys helping others and finds great pleasure in what she does everyday to improve the vision care needs of her patients.
When she is not treating patients, she enjoys being outdoors, bicycling, and spending time with family.

Insight Eye Care

Becker, Paynesville & Waite Park, MN

Greg J. Friederichs, O.D.

About Dr. FRIEDERICHS

Dr. Greg J. Friederichs is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and contact lens section of the AOA, sports vision section of the AOA and American Academy of Optometry-candidate, optometric clinical affiliate of Summit Technology and Minnesota Optometric Association, third party/insurance committee and co-editor-MOA EyeCare Benefits newsletter, and advisor to St. John’s University’s pre optometry program.

Dr. Friederichs is board certified by the International Associations of Board Examiners. He is certified in basic and clinical sciences of optometry as well as treatment and management of ocular disease. Dr. Friederichs holds research and advisory positions in many ophthalmic companies including Johnson & Johnson, Alcon, Polymer Technology, EyeSys Technology, Allergan, Menicon, Ciba Vision, Bausch & Lomb, Storz, and Cooper.

He has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Optometry, EyeQuest magazine, the Journal American Academy of Optometry, the Journal British Contact Lens Association, Optometric Management, Review of Optometry, and Contact Lens Spectrum. Dr. Friederichs also lectures nationally on contact lenses, contact lens solution, eye diseases and practice management.

Giving back to the community is a priority for Dr. Friederichs. He is past president of the Paynesville Jaycees, past cub master of Paynesville’s Cub Scouts, member of the Paynesville Lions, Paynesville and St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, and the Knights of Columbus. Dr. Friederichs is a member of the Minnesota chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and has lead eye care mission trips to South America. His awards include St. John’s University’s Senate Service Award, Beta Sigma Kappa Optometry honor student, and Minnesota Young OD 1995. Dr. Friederichs received his BS from St. John’s University and his doctorate of optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1991. Dr. Friederichs and his wife, Ann, have three sons (Nathan, Zachary and Benet) and live in Paynesville.

Alexander W. Paradis, O.D.

About Dr. Paradis

Dr. Alexander W. Paradis is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Minnesota Optometric Association. He is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as a licensed therapeutic optometrist with strong interests in dry eye and ocular allergies.

Anna C. Malikowski, O.D.

About Dr. Malikowski

Dr. Anna Malikowski has been a member of the American Optometric Association, the Minnesota Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Society. She is board certified by the International Association of Board Examiners as a licensed therapeutic optometrist. Dr. Malikowski has a passion for the profession of Optometry. Achieving crisp vision and maintaining sight throughout a lifetime are crucial. “I take my responsibility seriously and genuinely appreciate the relationships that are built along the way.

Bennett W. Nelson, O.D.

About Dr. Nelson

Dr. Bennett W. Nelson has been a member of the American Optometric Association, Indiana Optometric Association, Northern Illinois Optometric Association, Loves Park Rotary, Knights of Columbus, the VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) organization, the Gift of Sight Foundation, and the Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Nelson has received many awards through his work with these organizations. He was awarded the Gift of Sight Spirit award for Sears Optical, the Cole Vision Award for Outstanding Customer Care in 2000, Luxottica Passion Ownership & Speed Award in 2004 and 2006, and he was named Doctor of the Year nominee in 2003. Dr. Nelson also received the Helen Keller Award from the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation for his mission work and contribution to helping others.

Matt Anderson, O.D.

About Dr. Anderson

Dr. Matt Anderson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bethel University. In 2020, he graduated from Indiana University with his Doctorate in Optometry.

Dr. Anderson understands that vision is an integral part of his patients’ lives. His passion for optometry comes from having the honor of helping his patients achieve their best vision possible. He enjoys meeting with each patient to develop unique eye health and vision plans.

Northway Eye Clinic

St. Cloud, MN

Dr.Michael D. Sufka, O.D.

About Dr. Sufka

Dr. Michael Sufka is a co-owner of the practice. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1999. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and Cathedral High School. Dr. Sufka carries on the Sufka name taking over the business after his father Dr. David Sufka retired. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association.

Kimberly H. Watson, O.D.

About Dr. Watson
Dr. Kimberly Watson joined the practice in 2014. A St. Augusta native, she attended St. Cloud State University earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biomedical Science and Chemistry. She received her Doctorate of Optometry with honors from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2001. She is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease.

Matt Anderson, O.D.

About Dr. Anderson

Dr. Matt Anderson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bethel University. In 2020, he graduated from Indiana University with his Doctorate in Optometry.

Dr. Anderson understands that vision is an integral part of his patients’ lives. His passion for optometry comes from having the honor of helping his patients achieve their best vision possible. He enjoys meeting with each patient to develop unique eye health and vision plans.

Woodbury, Oakdale, Cottage Grove & Mendota

Minnesota

Trent Cole, O.D.

About Dr. Cole
Trent Cole, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1999 and completed his undergraduate studies at Luther College. Dr. Cole is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Minnesota Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision and Development, and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

Dr. Cole serves as a vision consultant resource for numerous local school districts and is a resource for Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy services. He is co-founder of the Minnesota Vision Coalition, which works to improve children’s vision through legislation in Minnesota. Locally, Dr. Cole also serves on the Executive and Education board of the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Cole provides patients of all ages with comprehensive eye care and is passionate about providing neuro-optometric rehabilitative vision therapy to adult and pediatric patients who experience binocular vision dysfunction.

In his time away from the office, Dr. Cole loves spending time with his children, being outdoors, and traveling.

Taylor Lauermann, O.D.

About Dr. Lauermann
Dr. Taylor Lauermann received his Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University in 2020 and received his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Moorehead, MN.

Dr. Lauermann decided to become an optometrist after shadowing and working in optometric practices and seeing just how they can manage and treat patients’ eye health throughout their life. Dr. Lauermann feels that seeing patients yearly provides him the opportunity to help them function to the best of their visual potential and make everyday life easier for them. He can also direct patients to the proper physician if a systemic condition is discovered.

Dr. Lauermann says his career in optometry is very rewarding and intriguing, and he is constantly motivated to provide the best care to every patient he sees. He particularly enjoys seeing his patients smile when they get their first pair of glasses allowing them to see how clear the world can be.

Eric Thiem, O.D.

About Dr. Thiem

Eric Thiem, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed his undergraduate studies at the College of St. Scholastica.

In practice since 1999, Dr. Thiem specializes in contact lens fitting. He enjoys interacting with a wide range of patients each day and especially loves being able to provide his patients with clearer vision and offer them unique solutions that also improve the overall health of their eyes.

In his time away from the office, Dr. Thiem enjoys spending time with his family and staying active by doing yard work, skiing, cycling, and playing golf.

Kim Nguyen, O.D.

About Dr. Nguyen
Kim Nguyen, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in 2013 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2006.

Dr. Nguyen specializes in contact lenses. Her experience with myopia, also known as nearsightedness, began at an early age where she struggled to see at a distance and had to stand next to the whiteboard to take notes. She soon was fitted for glasses and contacts, which immensely improved her vision and quality of life. Dr. Nguyen’s personal experience with myopia developed into a passion for optometry giving her the opportunity to incorporate her love for both medicine and science. Optometry allows Dr. Nguyen to detect, treat and manage various ocular conditions to help patients achieve and maintain their maximal visual potential and ocular health.

In her free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys traveling, drawing, and staying active through outdoor activities and sports.

Look And See EyeCare

Minneapolis, MN

Andrea VanMeter, O.D.

About Dr. VanMeter
Andrea VanMeter, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the State University of New York College of Optometry in 2012, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Coe College.

Shortly after graduating college, Dr. VanMeter accompanied a dental-service mission to Guatemala where she witnessed dentists relieving sources of pain for many patients. She was greatly influenced by this experience and realized she wanted a profession where she could provide meaningful solutions to people’s immediate needs. She spends each day helping to improve her patients’ vision, so they are able to function at their very best.

Dr. VanMeter particularly likes the overlap between health care and the tangible vision solutions she provides as an optometrist. Every day, she hears about the varied and interesting lives of her patients, which helps her work with them to identify options to improve their individual vision needs.

In her spare time away from the office, Dr. VanMeter loves to travel and visit new places.

Sarah Jerome, O.D.

About Dr. Jerome
Sarah Jerome, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 2000 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources and Life Sciences from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her special field of interest is binocular vision.

Dr. Jerome has been practicing optometry since 2000, and says she has always loved the idea of being able to have a positive impact on other people’s lives. Becoming an optometrist has given her the best opportunities to do just that.

Getting to know her patients over the years and learning about what is important to them allows her to not only address their visual needs, but also provide them with the tools and solutions they need to make their lives better.

When Dr. Jerome is not treating patients, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, and staying active by hiking and working out. She also enjoys playing soccer and cheering on all the Minnesota sports teams.

Jordan Stidham, O.D.

Northeast Eye Care & Pine Eye Associates

Dr. Rafe Garofalo, O.D.

About Dr. Garofalo
Rafe Garofalo, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry with distinction from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon, and completed his undergraduate studies in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He spent four years working in a research facility where he studied microcellular processes.

Dr. Garofalo has been practicing optometry since 1996, and his special fields of interest include geriatric eye care, glaucoma, and cataracts. Dr. Garofalo says the most rewarding part of being an optometrist is being able to help his patients with maintaining good eye health and improving their sight.

In his spare time outside of the office, Dr. Garofalo enjoys staying active by biking and participating in a variety of sports

Kristi Iverson, O.D.

About Dr. Iverson
Kristi Iverson, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry with Distinction from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon, in 1996. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and Minor in Chemistry, summa cum laude from Minot State University. While attending Pacific University, Dr. Iverson was acknowledged for her merit and accomplishment, and also received the Humanitarian Service Award for her work with underserved and underprivileged patients.

Dr. Iverson, who is legally blind without eyeglass or contact lens correction, considers herself a testament to the important role an eye doctor can have in improving the appearance and vision of their patients.

Dr. Iverson loves meeting new people every day. She likes building strong relationships with her patients and helping them to see their very best, as well as educating them on how to protect their eyesight.

When Dr. Iverson is not in the office treating patients, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Calli Toler, O.D

About Dr.Toler

Calli Toler, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry in 2020, and completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry, with a Minor in Mathematics, at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Toler recalls that her visits to the eye doctor began as a young child and were always a fun family experience. She chose a career in optometry after being fascinated with the improved vision that wearing contact lenses gave her. As a result, she knew that she wanted to help others have that same feeling. She particularly enjoys getting to know the community and helping others as much as she can.

In her time away from the office, Dr. Toler loves spending time with her family, whether they’re taking the dog on a walk or snuggling on the couch to watch Disney movies. She also enjoys staying active by swimming laps and participating in Zumba classes.