The Difference is Clear. The Difference is Care.
Meet Our Doctor Team
Malbar has the most experienced team of eye doctors in the Omaha, NE area. We are dedicated to delivering a remarkable patient experience and the highest quality care. We know every patient has unique needs. Whether it’s a fitting for contact lenses or frames, treatment for eye conditions, or LASIK vision correction, we make your comfort and care our highest priority.
Dr. Stephen Felt
Dr. Stephen Felt completed his undergraduate schooling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He performed an academic rotation at Evens Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, Colorado as well as a medical rotation at the Omaha Eye and Laser Institute. While not in the office Dr. Felt enjoys cheering on his son in youth sports and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Douglass Fruin
Dr. Douglass Fruin graduated from college with a degree in biology from Hastings University. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Dr. Fruin interest in photography plus his passion for the sciences lead him to the study of optometry. “They eye acts as a camera for us, and I want to get people to see as well as they can and keep it that way.” “It’s always the most rewarding when it’s a difficult case. A patient that maybe hasn’t been able to see and they really don’t know why. When you give them an answer as to why, and if they can get better, seeing the relief or joy spread across their face makes it all worth it.” Outside of work Dr. Fruin enjoys reading and listening to podcasts, as well as spending time outside golfing and biking. He also loves spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Valerie Leff
Dr. Valerie Leff completed her undergraduate education at the University of Northern Iowa where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She furthered her education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, graduating at the top of her class! Dr. Leff always had a passion for learning and healthcare. After she discovered the field of optometry, she knew she was meant to be an optometrist. Dr. Leff believes that “vision is such an amazing thing, and I wanted to be able to make a difference in patients’ lives.” Outside of work Dr. Leff enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and swimming! She also loves to spend time with her husband and dog.
Dr. Kirk Maynard
Dr. Kirk Maynard completed his undergraduate schooling at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from the Ilinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Dr. Maynard spent 23 years serving his country in the Air Force. He twice won Optometrist of the year honors in the Air Force. While in the Air Force Dr. Maynard directed a number of clinical internship programs and held adjunct clinical faculty positions with Ferris State College of Optometry, Indiana University College of Optometry, University of Houston College of Optometry, and the Illinois College of Optometry. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife, Cynthia and his two children.
Dr. Larry Malashock
Dr. Larry Malashock completed his undergraduate schooling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned a Bachelor of General Studies. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry. He has been practicing solely at Malbar Vision since July 1984. Dr. Malashock knew from an early age that he wanted to follow his father’s footsteps and become an optometrist. He truly enjoys educating patients about their eye health and helping them differentiate between functional and health conditions without searching the web. It also gives him the opportunity to improve his patients’ lives. Outside of work, Dr. Malashock enjoys spending time with his grandsons, reading about the Civil War period, and attending Husker games!
Dr. Neal Malashock
Dr. Neal Malashock completed his undergraduate schooling at Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physics and general sciences. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Nebraska Optometric Association, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. His specialty areas are pediatric vision, vision therapy, and low-vision care and is licensed to administer and prescribe both diagnostic and therapeutic medications. “There are few things more rewarding than for me to find that the next name in my appointment book is one that I’ve known for decades.”
Dr. Jacob Nordhues
Tower & Brentwood Locations
Dr. Jacob Nordhues has always had a love for science and a fascination with the eyes, which is what inspired him to become an optometrist. He’s excited to provide comprehensive primary eye care to all ages, contact lens fittings, and advanced care of ocular diseases. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 2017. During his externships, Dr. Nordhues received specialized training in ocular disease, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry-eye treatment. Dr. Nordhues is married and has two young children. He enjoys playing softball, racquetball, tennis, and travel.
Dr. Matthew Schekirke
Dr. Matthew Schekirke attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha before obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry. He has been practicing for 11 years before joining Malbar Vision in late 2018. Dr. Schekirke enjoys his work because every day brings a new set of challenges. “I enjoy that optometry differs from many other healthcare fields in that we spend more one-on-one time with patients and really get to know them over time.” Outside of work you can find Dr. Schekirke spending time with his wife and two children. He also holds a pilot’s license and is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhusker fan.