Meet the Doctors
Rachel A. Biedenbach, M.D. the youngest of seven children, was born in Canton, Ohio. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Ohio Wesleyan University she went on to medical school at the Medical College of Ohio, where she graduated top ten in her class. Her internship was completed at Akron General Medical Center which was followed by her residency training at the University of Rochester Eye Institute at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Biedenbach is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Biedenbach offers comprehensive ophthalmic care. She specializes in a wide array of medical and surgical ophthalmic services, including cataract surgery, pediatric exams and evaluation of glaucoma, diabetic and age-related eye disease.

On a personal note, Dr. Biedenbach is married to Dr. Reno Alessio, who is also an ophthalmologist. They have four daughters, Alaina, Vivian, Gianna and Celia, and currently reside in Medina.


Dr. Michelle E. Dawson attended Ohio Northern University, where she graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. While performing her clinical responsibilities, she completed a twelve week externship program at the Akron Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2006. She was recognized for her outstanding patient care during her ocular disease rotation, by being awarded the Odyssey Ocular Disease Award.

Upon graduating, Dr. Michelle began practicing optometry in Brunswick, Ohio. Dr. Michelle and Dr. Dave, were married in September of 2006, and currently reside in Rittman, Ohio. Dr. Dave and Dr. Michelle joined Pioneer Physicians Network and opened Tallmadge Family Eye Care together in April, 2008.

In her spare time, Dr. Michelle enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.