Our Staff

Our staff is here to assist you with any questions you have including questions related to your care or insurance coverage. Please feel free to contact our office at anytime with your questions:

Office: 701-235-5200
Toll Free: 1-877-255-2745
Fax: 701-237-0927
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-4pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Friday Summer Hours: 8am-3pm

You may also email us at info@bergstromeye.com and one of our trained staff professionals will get back to you. Please be sure to include your name, email address and telephone number so that we may contact you as soon as possible.

Dr. Bergstrom

Lance Bergstrom, M.D., is a Fargo native. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, at the UND School of Medicine and Fellow of the America College of Surgeons.

Since 1992, Dr. Bergstrom has successfully performed over 10,000 eye surgeries.

Lance K. Bergstrom, M.D., FACS

Credentials

Education

1987-1991 MD, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
1982-1986 BA, Magna cum Laude, Luther College, IA
1982, H.S. Oak Grove Lutheran School, Fargo, ND, Salutatorium

Postgraduate Training

1992-1995 Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Missouri, Harry Truman VA Medical Center
1991-1992 Internship: Transitional, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Certification/Licenser

Diplomat – American Board of Ophthalmology
1996
 Diplomat – National Board of Medical Examiners
1992 – 
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Current – 
ND & MN Medical & Surgery Licenses
Fellow of American College of Surgeons
2005 
Visx Excimer Laser System PRK with Astigmatism & High Myopia Course
PTK Training Course
Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis Program
Photorefractive Keratectomy
C-LASIK: Lamellar Refractive Surgery Course
Visian ICL Certification
Intralase Certification, 2008

Clinic/Hospital Privileges

Sanford Health (Fargo, ND), Essentia (Fargo, ND) 
Essentia (Ada, MN), 
Essentia (Detroit Lakes MN), 
Essentia (Lisbon, ND), 
Northern Plains Surgery Center (Fargo, ND)

Professional Research & Work Experience

1997- Present Private Practice, Bergstrom Eye & Laser Clinic – General Ophthalmologist
1995-1996 Dakota Clinic Ltd. – Staff Ophthalmologist
1992-1995 University of Missouri Hospitals – Moonlight as emergency room physician
1990 University of Minnesota Dept. of Ophthalmology – Research in corneal immunology
1987 Mayo Clinic – Thoracic Biochemistry Dept. clinical and laboratory research
1986 Medtronic Inc. – Pacemaker research
1985 Chicago Medical School. Dept. of Immunology and Microbiology – Immunology research

Academic Appointments

1996-Present, Associate Clinical Professor, UND School of Medicine, Dept. of Surgery
1995 Chief Resident, University of Missouri Hospitals, Dept. of Ophthalmology
Illinois College of Optometry, Pacific College of Optometry, Adjunct Clinical Professor

Professional Memberships/Societies/Activities

American Academy of Ophthalmology, 
Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology
, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, 
North Dakota Medical Association, 
Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, 
Phi Beta Kappa Society
, National Eagle Scout Association, 
Northern Lights Council Board Member, 
Boy Scout Council, 
Urban Plains Aquatics Club

Dr. Collins

Nicole Collins,O.D., a Fargo native, joined the staff of Bergstrom Eye and Laser Clinic in 2012.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry.  She received her doctorate from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

She completed her clinical rotations at the Family Vision Center in Westminster, Colorado focusing on primary care; at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania focusing on low vision; at the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California focusing on ocular disease and neuro-ophthalmic conditions; at Chu Vision Institute in Bloomington, Minnesota focusing on refractive surgery and anterior segment ocular diseases; at the Cornea and Contact Lens Institute of Minnesota in Edina, Minnesota focusing on specialty contact lens fits.

She is a member of the North Dakota Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the United Way’s 35 under 35 Women’s Leadership Program.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the lakes, skiing and running.

Dr. Tracie Teig Malsom

Dr. Tracie Teig Malsom was born and raised in Marshall, MN. She attended Minnesota State UniversityMoorhead and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish. She went on to study for her doctorate at the Indiana University School of Optometry. She completed her external rotations at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH and at John Kenyon Eye Institute in Jeffersonville, IN.She graduated with honors in 2005 with a Doctorate of Optometry. Dr. Malsom practiced medical optometry for 7 years in Indiana before returning to the area in 2012 to be close to family.

Dr. Malsom’s areas of interest are: pre- and post-op care of LASIK, PRK, and cataract patients; nutrition and its effect on the eye; managing ocular injury and infections; foreign body removal; and the detection, treatment, and management of ocular disease including but not limited to Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Retinopathy. She is a member of the ND Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Malsom and her husband Brett have one son, Garett. She enjoys traveling, reading, and is a car enthusiast.

Teri Doschadis

Teri has worked in our office since 2005 as the Office Manager.  She has been in the Optical business Managing for over 30 years in the Twin Cities and Fargo/Moorhead area. She lives in Moorhead, Minnesota with her husband and Golden Retriever.  She enjoys watching her 2 boys play football for Concordia College and baseball. She also enjoys sports and spending time at the lake with her family.

Jenny Berg

Jenny has worked in our office since 2011 as a Ophthalmic Technician and Refractive Surgery Coordinator.  Before joining us Jenny was a Lasik Specialist for 10 years in the Fargo area.  Jenny lives in Fargo with her husband and has a daughter at UND and a son at NDSU.  She enjoys spending time with her family watching UND Hockey and time at the lake with her family.

Peter Strand

Peter Strand was born in Moorhead, Minnesota and has lived in the FM Area growing up. He has worked in our office since 2006. He graduated from Fargo South High School in 1982. He then went into the United States Air Force in 1985 and Retired in 2005. He has been an Optometry technician for 22 years. His hobbies are shooting pool and he loves all sporting events and concerts. His favorite teams are the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild and North Dakota State University.

Marti Christopherson

Marti Christopherson has worked in our office since 2012 as our Front Desk Receptionist. Before joining us, she had worked as a Medical Assistant at the Barnesville Area Clinic.  She is currently maintaining a Certified Nursing Assistant position while working full time at our office.

She lives in Barnesville, MN with her husband and 3 children.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the lake.

Drisauna Swanson

Drisauna has worked in our office since 2015. She is a Moorhead High School graduate that lives in Moorhead with her family. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors and going to the Lake.

Angela Patch

Angie joined our clinic in 2013. Before joining us she worked as an optician for 13 years. Angie lives in Fargo with her husband and 3 boys. She enjoys spending time with her family camping and scrapbooking.

Allison Christian

Allison joined our clinic in 2016. Before joining us she worked as an Ophthalmic Technician and optician in the Fargo area for the past 6 years. She lives in Moorhead.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and going to the lake.

Joey Thorson

Joey Thorson

Joey joined our clinic in 2017. He is a Fargo South graduate who went on to receive his BA in Business Economics from Concordia College. His hobbies include: playing guitar, reading, and spending time at the lake with is family.

Gunar Loftsgard

Gunar Loftsgard

Gunar Loftsgard is originally from Fort Ransom, ND, but graduated from high school in Pelican Rapids MN. He earned a Bachelor’s in biology with emphasis in health and medical at MSUM. Gunar has been working in the optical field for 5 years now and is studying and applying for optometry school to become an Optometrist.

Kristen N. Peterson, CCRC, CCRP, LPN

Kristen has been a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator since 1998 and has various therapeutic experience in oncology, cardiovascular device, internal medicine, ophthalmology and Phase I. Kristen is a nurse and certified through ACRP and SOCRA. She joined us in 2013.

Jill Kollman

Jill Kollman attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing where she received her RN, graduated from MSUM with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and The Salon Professional Academy for her Esthetics training. Kollman has been a make-up artist for 25 years and is an expert on facial and skincare treatments including: Microdermabrasions, Rejuvapen, microneedling, peels, herbal steams, Casmara facials, airbrush tanning, eyelash extension, and waxing.

Jill brings a more holistic and organic approach to skincare and treatments by eliminating toxic chemicals and irritants from the skincare and body products. Jill will provide a no charge consult to help you have the most beautiful, healthy skin possible.

– Licensed Registered Esthetician /Skin Therapist
– Skin Laser Specialist
– MUA. (Makeup Artist)

Cassandra Johnson

Cassandra Johnson
Cassandra graduated from Josef’s School of Hair Design with an Aesthetics specialty in Chemical Peels and Spa Facials. Johnson has been in the cosmetic industry for 10 years and is an expert on anti-aging skincare treatments including: microdermabrasions, chemical peels, Dermalogica facials, anti-aging masks, extractions, hyperpigmentation reduction, tanning, and waxing. Cassandra brings a more updated and fresh perspective to treatments by staying up to date on skincare evolutions and remaining current with new trends and approaches. Cassandra will provide a consultation upon request to help you have the most youthful, healthy looking skin possible. 
– Licensed Registered Esthetician/Skin Therapist
– Makeup Artist

About the Eye Care Team

Know Who is Taking Care of Your Eyes

When you go to “get your eyes checked,” there are a variety of eye care providers you might see.  Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians all play a role in providing eye care services to consumers. However, each group has different levels of training and expertise; you should be sure you are seeing the right provider for your condition or treatment.

Ophthalmologist

An Ophthalmologist-Eye M.D. is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care.  Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to the diagnosis and treatment- medically and surgically-of eye infections, injuries and diseases, including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration.  Many Ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.

An Eye M.D. receives a minimum of 12 years of education, which typically includes four years of college, four years of medical school, one or more years of general clinical training and three or more years in a hospital-based eye residency program, often followed by one or more years of subspecialty fellowship.

Optometrist

An Optometrist receives a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and is licensed to practice optometry, not medicine.  The practice of Optometry traditionally involves examining the eye for the purpose of prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, screening vision to detect certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. An Optometrist has a minimum of seven years of post High School training, consisting of three to four years of college and fours years in an optometric college.

Ophthalmology Technician

Ophthalmology technicians assist ophthalmologists in identifying, diagnosing, and treating illnesses, diseases and conditions of the eye. They usually work in an ophthalmologist’s office, a vision care clinic or a hospital. Common job duties for ophthalmology technicians include testing and measuring vision function, testing vision acuity, testing color perception, examining the eyes and cornea, applying drops and medications, and performing other tests and duties as needed.

Optician

Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight.  They use prescriptions supplied by Ophthalmologists of Optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions.  Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.