Deborah Gess Ristvedt, DO

Alexandria, MN

Dr. Ristvedt is a board-certified ophthalmologist who leads our Alexandria, MN location where she treats her patients with respect and compassion. She is skilled in cataract and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and oculoplastics. Read More


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Meet Dr. Ristvedt

Dr. Deborah Gess Ristvedt is a third-generation, board-certified eye surgeon. Her ophthalmology legacy is backed by her grandpa Lowell Gess and her dad, Timothy Gess. The innovative techniques and advanced technology she has always used made her and her practice a great addition to the Vance Thompson Vision family when they joined in 2018.

She specializes in advanced cataract surgery, glaucoma care, and oculoplastic surgery. It is important to Dr. Ristvedt that her patients are involved in their own care, and she works with them to formulate customized treatment plans that achieve restorative, desirable results.

Interests & Added Expertise

Dr. Ristvedt also leads Kalon in Alexandria, a medical spa that complements the oculoplastic surgeries she performs. Kalon offers a full menu of laser skin treatments for rejuvenating, restorative results.


  • Alexandria Area High School, Alexandria, MN
  • Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Genesys Regional Medical Center Residency, Grand Blanc, MI

Personal & Hobbies

Debby, as she’s known to loved ones, enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is married to Eric, and together they have a daughter and two sons. Debby’s greatest hope is to leave a legacy of a faith-filled life that’s evidenced by the compassion she shows for all people. Debby also enjoys painting, paddle boarding, and wake surfing.

Prioritizing Research

Dr. Ristvedt has a curiosity and passion for research and participating in clinical trials. She loves education, speaking at national meetings, and writing for ophthalmology journals.

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Dr. Ristvedt always looks forward to welcoming new and current patients. To schedule a consultation with her team, simply call the number below or click Contact Us, and we’ll be in touch shortly. We are honored by the opportunity to serve you.

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