Dr. Danise J. Miller

Clinical Director-Thrive With Vision and Thrive Vision Therapy

I’d like to introduce myself! I’m Dr. Danise Miller, Doctor of Optometry. I’ve been an optometrist since 2002, although I’ve been in the biz’ since I was in college, when I worked as an optician. I graduated, with honors, from St. Cloud State University, with a BA degree in Biomedical Science in 1998, and from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, with a doctorate in 2002. I was initially very anxious about having to move away to attend graduate school. However, moving away made me realize that I truly love where I grew up, and that I wanted to return to Central MN to practice optometry.

I pride myself in my approach to vision and how vision affects the entire person. Whether I am working with a child with difficulties in school, with an athlete who has suffered a concussion or with an adult who has suffered a stroke, I am thinking about my role to provide for the whole person and his/her family. I listen to my patients and I strive to provide the best recommendations for clear, comfortable, effortless vision. This describes my emphasis as a Behavioral Optometrist.

Behavioral optometry addresses vision and visual skills beyond seeing 20/20 detail. If visual skills have developed to be inefficient, or if they have been altered with acquired brain injury, visual skills can be trained to be more efficient through optometric vision therapy and rehabilitation. I have taken extensive post-doctorate training from internationally-known experts in the area of vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. I opened Thrive Vision Therapy in June of 2015. There, I am able to fulfill my dream of providing vision therapy.

I am a proud member of the Minnesota affiliate of the American Optometric Association, the College of Optometry in Vision Development, the Optometric Extension Program, and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

Because I am a ‘country kid’, I love almost any outdoor activity. I especially enjoy playing volleyball, bicycling, boating, golfing, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.


Traci L.

Vision Therapist

I have been a vision therapist with Thrive Vision Therapy since its inception in June 2015. I was introduced to vision therapy when my youngest child was diagnosed with convergence insufficiency, an eye-coordination problem. Becoming my son’s home therapy partner gave me the insight and hands-on experience that confirmed my desire to help others with visual inefficiencies.

As a vision therapist, I am proud to be a part of a team that offers a compassionate, holistic, custom-designed treatment program, for our patients. I am passionate about teaching and helping people understand the impact vision can have on learning, as well as their daily life. However, the best part of my job is seeing a patient reach their highest visual potential and graduate from our vision therapy program.

When I am not at Thrive Vision Therapy I am spending time with my family. We love Minnesota and all the outdoor experiences each season has to offer.

Deborah M.

Billing Specialist

Hi, I’m Deborah. I grew up in St. Paul, MN, married that country boy, and moved up North. My husband and I have two boys and a recent addition, a wonderful daughter-in- law. We have made Pierz, MN our home.

I worked for 3M, a St. Paul based company, for many years. Recently, I joined this amazing team at Thrive with Vision as a billing specialist. I’m so proud to be a part of it!
My Interests include gardening, outdoor activities, and spending time with my family & friends.

I can contribute to the testimonial of pure excellence. In 1996, Dr. Miller diagnosed my son with amblyopia and esotropia. She encouraged a visit to MN Vision Therapy Center in Minneapolis (one of two clinics in the state of MN that handled Vision Therapy at that time). With weekly visits and much effort, we were able to make a life change with his vision.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Miller bring Vision Therapy and Optometry services to Little Falls, MN. Her extensive knowledge, brain injury specialty, and compassion/care to each individual patient makes Thrive with Vision a wonderful choice for vision care.

Pennie M.

Director of Business Operations

While not from Little Falls, I am a small-town girl! I attended the University of St. Thomas and became a Certified Professional Project Manager. I have held various jobs in business as well as an ophthalmology office. Most recently I worked for DataMyte, a quality software and hardware company, as the Director of Business Operations. I managed the operations and small teams of people in marketing, customer service and administration.

I have known Dr. Miller all her life. I joined her team in June of 2020 because I know the empathy she has for her patients and her dedication in making their lives better. My goal is to help Dr. Miller grow the business and continue to have Thrive With Vision be the best resource and asset we can be to the community. While I am focused on working on the back office and business side of things, you may also find me answering phones, doing billing, fitting and adjusting glasses, assisting patients in Brain Tap Sessions and maybe even just chatting it up with patients. But shhhhhh – don’t tell Dr. Miller 😉

I am glad to be a part of this amazing community! My earliest memories of coming to Little Falls are as a child to see the dentist, Dr. Bramhall, who I’m sure was a fixture in the community. I loved seeing him, getting to pick a prize from the treasure box and then stopping by to see the water rush over the dam!

I have one daughter and she is off to college. She played volleyball and we spent most of our free time on the court, which I loved! Now that she is finding her way on her own as an adult, I too am finding my way with an empty nest. I am looking forward to exploring all this city on the river has to offer and serving its amazing people!

Stephanie S.

Optician/Patient Care Representative

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I joined Dr. Miller and her amazing team back in May of 2021. Every day has been such a great learning experience. Being able to see so many new faces and meet so many new people has been such a fun perk to my job. I’m lucky to be a part of such a compassionate, caring team as Dr. Miller and her staff.

I have spent most of my years leading up to this point being a caregiver. I have been doing in-home care and working at an assisted living facility for many years. Taking care of people has always been such a big passion of mine.

Aside from being a mom of boys, which keeps me pretty busy, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love being outdoors and my favorite thing to do is laugh! I look forward to my future at Thrive With Vision and look forward to meeting and helping many new people.

Megan T.

Front Desk Receptionist

Hi, I’m Megan. I joined Dr. Miller and her team in February of 2023. I am the front desk receptionist and will likely be the first face you see in the office and the first voice you hear on the phone. I enjoy those interactions so much. I have recently started learning about the optical side of things, so that I may help patients with glasses as well.

I have a background as an emergency medical technician; where I assessed patients, provided first aid treatment as needed, and put together a plan to quickly stabilize patients for transport and continued care.

I have always been interested in patient care and providing the best customer service possible. I look forward to seeing you in the office!

In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching documentaries, and outdoor activities.