Dr. Nick Risbrudt - Optometrist

Meet Dr. Risbrudt

Dr. Nick Risbrudt, an optometrist at Vance Thompson Vision in West Fargo, ND, specializes in anterior segment surgical care including cataracts, corneal diseases, glaucoma, and refractive surgeries. Dr. Risbrudt has gained experience by completing two externships at Pinecone Vision Center in Sartell, MN, and Cass Lake Indian Hospital in Cass Lake, MN. He also worked as a clinician and optometric technician with Moorhead Vision Associates in Moorehead, MN.

Education and Training

A Fergus Falls, MN native, Dr. Risbrudt chose to pursue his undergraduate studies at Concordia College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. His education continued at Southern College of Optometry where he completed his doctorate. While studying at SCO, he earned his membership into the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and completed his training at The Eye Center in Memphis, TN.

Extracurricular Involvement

He has volunteered in Nicaragua and Honduras, where he assisted local eye doctors and provided free eye exams. He is a member of the North Dakota Optometric Association and enjoys treating patients in a community near his hometown. As a Fergus Falls native, Dr. Risbrudt is excited to be working in the same area as where he grew up.

Hobbies and Personal Interests

He and his wife, Elle, enjoy spending time with family in Minnesota and North Dakota. In the summer, Dr. Risbrudt spends his weekends at the lake, fishing, and barefoot skiing. He also enjoys golfing and hunting.


"Thank you for the great experience. My son Nick had Vance do his LASIK and he was so personable. He made my son feel like he was as important as if he was one of his own family. After doing 83,000 procedures to have that kind of bedside manner was incredible. Perfect procedure and no complications and no pain. He could t be happier. The nurse Karisa was amazing and explained everything perfectly. AND we got in early and were out before expected but never rushed. AMAZING. I am saving to get my own LASIK procedure so hope to be back for me next time in a couple years. Thank you Vance"



"The facilities and staff are both outstanding. Everyone is kind and caring and helpful. And because Dr. Greenwood is so skilled, there is no need for apprehension. His associate, Dr. Risbrudt is also top-notch. ND is fortunate to have this facility!!!"



"This was my first visit to Vance Thompson Vision as a patient. From the moment I stepped into the reception area I was greeted by one of the Administrative Assistants (Jenny)with a nice warm greeting and was asked how she could help me. She did a very nice job, was very positive and professional. Alisia also works at the front desk and was very pleasant and professional. That initial contact helped to set the tone for the rest of my visit, which was all very positive. After completing some paperwork, a technician (Holly) took me back for a number of vision tests. She also introduced herself and was very positive and professional throughout the entire process, very helpful. I then met with the Optometrist, (Dr. Risbrudt) and the Physician who would be doing the surgery to remove my cataracts (Dr. Greenwood). Both of these Doctors were very professional and easy to communicate with, which is so helpful as a patient. My final contact was with Naomi and she did a great job of setting up my surgery times and coordinated my aftercare appointments with my Optometrist. She also explained the surgery process very well. Naomi also introduced herself and was very positive, helpful, and professional throughout our conversation. The Vance Thompson Vision facility is new and it is really set up well for the patients and the employees. As a facility it is warm and inviting also, which is important to me as a patient. Based on my positive experience with all of the staff that helped me and the facility itself, I would give Vance Thompson Vision a 5 star rating. Also because of my overall experience I feel very confident about my upcoming cataract surgeries with Dr. Greenwood taking care of me. I cannot forget to mention the nice work Paula does in answering the telephone for Vance Thompson Vision. She was very helpful and pleasant in answering my questions. That's an important job for any organization as that employee is actually the first contact a patient may have with that organization and that conversation can set a positive or negative tone. In this case, it was very positive!Thanks to all the good folks at Vance Thompson Vision! Keep up the good work!!"



"I was referred to Vance Thompson Vision, Fargo, ND by my local Grand Forks Optometrist from Valley Vision in Grand Forks, ND, Dr. Jason Schaff. I'm very happy that he did. The Drs. at Vance Thompson Vision were very professional, explained everything that would be done, and corrected my vision to my satisfaction. Dr. Michael Greenwood, Dr. Nick Risbrudt, Dr. Hanson, Kendra, Laura, Jake, and numerous others, were people that worked with me during this process. They were all professional, knowledgeable, and extremely courteous.It's nice not having to worry about glasses and contacts anymore. Being handicapped makes going through this process even more rewarding. This process all started with my developing a cataract on my right eye. What a life changing experience this has been.Thank you everyone at Vance Thompson Vision."