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Visionworks welcomes 2 new doctors

Published 11:26am Monday, July 1, 2013

A pair of new doctors have joined the optometric community to help improve vision in Fergus Falls.

Visionworks in the Westridge Mall recently welcomed Drs. David Hilber and Eric Von Holdt, two optometrists who bring a wealth of experience to the eye care team.


Hilber has ties to PR

Hilber, a Minnesota native returning from life on the East Coast, is involved in an interesting side venture when he is not at the office: He co-manages Lida Greens Golf Course in Pelican Rapids with his parents. Hilber has had to strike a balance between the two jobs, but said he enjoys the opportunity to run a golf course and continue in his career here in the lakes area.

“It’s a nice change from the Washington D.C.-to-New York pace of life,” Hilber said. “I’m out on the golf course early sitting with a cup of coffee and thinking that this isn’t so bad. It’s a nice change of pace.”

Hilber has 24 years of experience in optometry, which he spent working as a member of the U.S. Army. He retired with the rank of Colonel after an accomplished career. In April 2006, he was deployed in Iraq and served as the Chief of Optometry for Detainee Healthcare.

His experiences in the military have given him a number of unique skill sets he said he is excited to bring to residents of the community.

“What I bring is personal attention,” Hilber said. “I was able to completely focus on the needs of my patients in the military, so I want to keep doing that.”

Driving between Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids, Hilber said the active, yet small town life he has in the area is a bonus to working in such close community.

“I’m just looking forward to getting to know the people and to get involved with the community,” Hilber said.


Von Holdt returns to Minnesota

Dr. Eric Von Holdt, who is originally from Bemidji, has also returned to the area after finishing school in the south.

“I’d take northern nice to southern hospitality any day,” Von Holdt said with a laugh. “I enjoy the lakes. I grew up around the lakes so it’s always nice to be back here in the lakes country.”

Von Holdt has five years of experience in optometry, but said his visits to the eye doctor at an early age helped him make his career choice. After having his own vision corrected, Von Holdt decided he wanted to help others in the same way.

“I’ve been going to the eye doctor since I was five,” Von Holdt said. “I enjoy making people see better and have always appreciated that.”

The opportunity to serve patients personally was one reason Von Holdt said he joined the Visionworks team. With a family cabin nearby, Von Holdt, who works most of his days in Alexandria, said he can use his time in the area in order to reach out to more patients.

His passion for the business also extends to work with children, who Von Holdt said he makes a special effort to reach out to. With school out for summer vacation, Von Holdt said now is a perfect time kids have young ones’ vision checked. Having correct eyesight is very important when the school year comes around again, according to Von Holdt.

“I like to make sure people are bringing kids in as well,” Von Holdt said. “It’s important for kids to be able to see since they are visible learners.”

Most importantly, Von Holdt said he wants to bring customers in the tight-knit Fergus Falls community a fun and comfortable place to receive the vision care that they need.

“I’m a one-on-one person, so I like to sit down and chat to get to know a person,” Von Holdt said. “I’m just excited to be part of the eye care team here at Visionworks and excited to get to know the people here in the Fergus Falls community.”

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