Practice Guided by Golden Rule

The parent testimonials that trumpet the success of children and line one whole wall in Dr. Rick Graebe’s office in Versailles serve as a reminder of the underlying principle of his practice – the Golden Rule.

And what better time to celebrate treating others the way you’d like to be treated than the holidays?

“It’s gratifying to hear those testimonials and to know that we have made lifelong changes in people, because that’s why our office exists,” Dr. Graebe says.

“If I visited a doctor with a problem, I would want him to do everything he could to help me.

“That’s what we try to do.”

And Dr. Graebe makes sure he backs up that claim by investigating every innovative and progressive technique that can help his patients.

The center-piece of that progressive spirit is Vision Therapy, a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain that treats many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities.

Although he’s required to take only 15 hours of continuing education every year, Dr. Graebe routinely logs more than 100 hours in classes and seminars.

Topics are as diverse as occupational therapy, autism, dyslexia, learning disabilities, developmental delays and neuro-cognitive training.

No wonder some colleagues consider Dr. Graebe the most innovative eye doctor around.

“If I have a patient and I have not properly prepared myself to help them, then I’m not doing my job,” he says.

It helps that Dr. Graebe has an insatiable curiosity.

His insistence on getting to the root cause of problems translates into success for his patients.

Just look at the wall of testimonials.

“I’m using the gift I’ve been given,” he says, “to help in my way to make the world a better place.”