Dr Gary W. Fredericksen comes from Boston, Massachusetts where he received his BS from Boston College, and his Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry. Upon receiving his degree, he entered the United States Air Force as an Optometrist. Dr. Fredericksen served in the Air Force for 25 years, just recently retiring in 2006 at the rank of Colonel. His distinguished Air Force career took him both to many stateside locations and overseas. After a stint at the Air Forces Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama, Col Fredericksen served as Chief of Optometry and consultant for Air Combat Command at nearby Langley Air Force Base Virginia.
He finished his career as Chief of Optometry at the Air Forces 2nd largest Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Mississippi. His military decorations include Meritorious Service Medals, Outstanding Unit Awards and a Humanitarian medal for his role in the Katrine hurricane disaster that devastated his home base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Throughout his career he has repeatedly set up clinical rotations for Optometry students to train and has been named adjunct clinical faculty at Southern, Indiana, and Pennsylvania Colleges of Optometry. In addition Dr. Fredericksen earned his fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry, and is a clinical examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Fredericksen is married to his wife Terri from St Louis, Missouri. They have two children who are college graduates, Holly and Abby.