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.

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.

Rodney A. Melgard, O.D.

About Dr. Melgard

Dr. Melgard received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Los Angeles, CA. Clinic rotations included primary care, pediatric, contact lenses, low vision and geriatric care. Clinic services were located at the Optometric Center of Los Angeles, Indian Health Services, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Las Vegas Rehabilitation Services, March Airforce Base and East L.A. School Screenings.

Prior to Optometry School, Dr. Melgard earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. Cloud State University. Upon graduation from Southern California, Dr. Melgard started his first private practice in the fall of 1980 in Buffalo. “It has been wonderful to experience growth and changes in the office to our current location.

Dr. Melgard has been involved in Buffalo and Wright County soccer for many years. He also provides vision care to non-English speaking patients without access to health care and is a member of Buffalo Rotary Club since 1981.
Dr. Melgard enjoys snow skiing with his grown daughters Ana and Ali in Park City, Utah and water skiing at his home on Lake Pulaski.

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.

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.

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.

Savannah Johnson, O.D.

About Dr. Johnson

Dr. Savannah Johnson has been a member of the American Optometric Association, North Dakota Optometric Association, and the Minnesota Optometric Association. She is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as a licensed therapeutic optometrist.

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.

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 and graduate of Tech High School, she attended St. Cloud State University and earned 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. When away from the practice, she enjoys spending time with family, outdoor activities and community involvement. She is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease. Dr. Watson is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and treating each patient as family.

Aaron R. Boatz, O.D.

About Dr. Boatz

Dr. Aaron Boatz joined Northway Eye Center in 2003. He is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry, Saint John's University and Sartell High School. Dr. Boatz is a member of the Minnesota Contact Lens Society and the St. Joseph Lions Club. Dr. Boatz was inspired to become an Optometrist when he got his first pair of glasses as a child. He enjoys building relationships and helping his patients as well as supporting various organizations in his community.

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.

Brittany Radke, O.D.

About Dr. Radke
Dr. Brittany Radke was born and raised in Hastings, Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Radke received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN while graduating summa cum laude. After practicing in Madison, WI for 5 years, Dr. Radke joined SPMI in March of 2018.

Dr. Radke enjoys seeing patients of all ages and offering full comprehensive eye care — including fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses, ocular disease management and treatment, as well as surgical co-management. Dr. Radke is a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association, Wisconsin Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In addition, Dr. Radke participates in the Cottage Grove Area Women in Business. Dr. Radke looks forward to meeting you and providing you and your whole family personalized eye care.

Dr. Radke is happy to finally get back to her MN roots. She enjoys spending her free time cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers with her husband, son and golden retriever.

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.