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Dr. Michael Nelson, North America Regional Representative

Dr. Michael Nelson, OD, FAAO, grew up in on a hog farm in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada and studied undergraduate science at the University of Alberta.  He received his Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1994 and then completed a family practice & low vision residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Optometry.  Dr. Nelson & his wife, Dr. Selena Friesen, operate 2 optometry clinics in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Dr Nelson has served as the president of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists from 2000-2003 and is currently (2021-2022) the Past-President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists.   He is also a board member of Eye Recommend, a co-op of independent Canadian optometrist business owners.  Dr. Nelson also enjoys educating the public on all topics related to the eye on his YouTube channel “Good Optometry Morning.”