Greg J. Friederichs, O.D.
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.
Bennett W. Nelson, O.D.
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.
Being involved and giving back to the community is very important to Dr. Nelson. In 2006, Dr. Nelson was a participant in the Relay for Life. He helped start the first Gift of Sight mission in Cincinnati in 2007 and has gone on several missions, domestic and international with the Gift of Sight Foundation. He traveled to Zacatecas, Mexico in 2005 with seven other doctors, and together they saw 25,648 patients in two weeks. In 2006, Dr. Nelson traveled to China and, again with seven doctors, saw 7,000 patients in four days. He’s also taken domestic trips to Chicago seeing 3,000 patients in one week. After being involved in the mission work, Dr. Nelson saw first-hand how the Lions Club offer support through volunteers and collected glasses, so he decided to become a member of the LeSauk Lions club in which he is a member of the board. Dr. Nelson is actively involved with church activities by helping with the youth group and being a member of the Faith Formation Board and Parish Council. Dr. Nelson is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Being involved in scouting has been very important to Dr. Nelson. He has been an Adult Boy Scout leader for many years and has been the Committee Chair for Troop 21 for a couple years. Dr Nelson received his Wood Badge from the Boy Scouts of America after completing the advanced national leadership training. He also is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow – Scouting’s National Honor Society.
Dr. Nelson received his BS in biology from Western Illinois University and completed his doctorate of optometry at the Indiana University School of Optometry in 1991. Dr. Nelson joined a private practice in Rockford after optometry school and seven years later, he joined the optical team of Sears as the lead OD where he practiced until his move to St. Cloud. Dr. Nelson specializes in contacts, pediatrics, and diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. He and his wife, Mona, have three children (Isaac, Marijana and Caleb).
Anna C. Malikowski, O.D.
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.”
Community involvement is meaningful to Dr. Malikowski. She sits on the Gathering of the Arts Board at St. Francis Xavier Church. She also has had the opportunity to volunteer at the Sartell Community Gardens. Students in high school, college and medical school have shadowed Dr. Malikowski. She has guided these students as they choose their career paths. Dr. Malikowski has also participated in career day for ISD 742 middle school students for a number of years. She also helped locally in the effort to package food sent to refugee camps in Africa.
Dr. Malikowski has a special connection to Ethiopia. She has contributed her time, talent and expertise to those in need in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In the future, she plans to return to Africa for mission trips to further aid people in extreme need.
Originally born in Alexandria, Minnesota, Dr. Malikowski was raised a portion of her life in Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Dakota and completed her Doctorate in Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2003. She received honors in her clinical rotations. She was pleased to move back to Minnesota when she married a gentleman from Sauk Rapids. She has worked mainly in private practice in Minnesota. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys running, spending time with her family and traveling. Dr. Malikowski and her husband, Jason, have two kids (Abigail and Samuel).
Dr. Malikowski encourages you to discuss any eye care concerns that you may have with her. She will provide caring and straightforward answers that will guide your eye care decisions.
Savannah Johnson, O.D.
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.
Dr. Johnson has always been drawn to the healthcare field because she has a passion for helping others. “Vision is a sense I can’t imagine living without and to impact this aspect of someone’s life is truly humbling.” She enjoys the profession of optometry because she gets to know people from all walks of life and help them to see the world more clearly.
In addition, she has a passion for serving the underserved through volunteer and mission work. Her most recent outreach took her to Costa Rica to aid in providing eye care and glasses to those in need. She is excited to continue serving others both locally and abroad throughout her career.
Dr. Johnson grew up in Beulah, North Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her Doctorate of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. She specializes in primary care optometric services including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, pre- and post-surgical care, ocular disease management and urgent care services.
Outside of her practice, Dr. Johnson enjoys traveling, wine tasting, watching Twins baseball at Target Field and spending time with her family. Dr. Johnson and her husband, Benjamin, have two children.
Alexander W. Paradis, O.D.
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.
Dr. Paradis grew up in Bloomington, MN, and graduated Cum Laude from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2014 where he received his BS in biomedical science with a minor in chemistry. Actively involved at MNSU, Dr. Paradis was the president of the Pre-Optometry Club, member of Chemistry Club, and a four-year MCLA Division I Club Lacrosse player. He was awarded the UMLL 2nd Team All-Conference Midfielder award in 2012 and Exception Senior award in 2014.
In 2019, Dr. Paradis received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University. There, Dr. Paradis was an active member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society for three years and Student Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) for four years, including serving as club president for two years. While completing his schooling, Dr. Paradis played as a goalkeeper in various local Southern California soccer organizations.
Dr. Paradis started volunteering and traveling at a young age and has carried the joy and passion of both into his optometric career. He found his true passion for optometry in the summer of 2013 while completing a 40-day optometric internship through the nonprofit organization, Unite for Sight, receiving a Certificate in Global Health and Program Delivery. Since then, he has completed four other optometric service trips to a number of under privileged communities in Mexico.
Outside of practice, Dr. Paradis finds true peace outdoors. He takes regular trips to the Boundary Waters, fishing, backpacking and practicing survival skills. He enjoys watching all sports, traveling and dives deep into all forms of health and nutrition.
Burt W. Dubow, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Dubow is a member of the Minnesota and American Optometric Associations, from whom he has received many awards for leadership and service, and a charter member and past national chairperson of the AOA’s contact lens and cornea section. He’s also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice.
Dr. Dubow was the founding editor-in-chief of EyeQuest Magazine and the founder of the Optometric Assistant and Technician Program (OPAT), a training and certification program for optometric staff. He is board certified as a licensed therapeutic optometrist by the International Association of Board Examiners. Dr. Dubow serves on the advisory board of AllAboutVision.com, a website providing information on eye care and vision correction topics. Dr. Dubow has been a published author in numerous optometric journals and has also been an international lecturer and has participated in many FDA clinical studies of new contact lenses and contact lens care solutions. He has been a consultant to most of the major companies in the ophthalmic industry.
Dr. Dubow is a co-administrator of Vision Source Minnesota, a network of private practice doctors of optometry committed to enhancing the optometric profession through communication and education.
Giving back to the community is a priority for Dr. Dubow. He is a past president of Morrison County United Way, a past chair of the Boy Scouts of America’s Lone Eagle District and the Scenic District’s Eagle Board of Review, a past chair of Tri-CAP, the founder of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra, and a former Waite Park Lion’s Club president. Dr. Dubow is an Eagle Scout and has been honored with the prestigious Silver Beaver award.
Dr. Dubow graduated from Little Falls High School in 1967 and obtained his BA from the University of Minnesota in 1971. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1975, graduating with honors. Dr. Dubow and his wife, Cheri, have three children (Kate, Tom and Becca) and nine grandchildren (Deegan, Cullen, Lucas, Danica, Tatum, Brady, Lylah, Renner and Rylee).