Dr. Kent Dobbins is not your ordinary optometrist. After completing his Bachelor of Science at Kansas University, where he was an All Big Eight Gymnast and was on the Academic Honor Roll, he went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry where he took a special interest in General Optometry. Dr. Dobbins has been in practice for 38 years, and is a member of the Kansas Optometric and American Optometric Society.
Growing up on a farm in Lawrence, Kansas, where he also attended high school, Dr. Dobbins competed in football, gymnastics and track.
Dr. Dobbins served in the United States Marine Corps as infantry and a tank platoon commander for 4 years. He was awarded a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
Says Dr. Dobbins, “As soon as I got out of the Marine Corps, I knew I wanted to find a job where I could be my own boss, as well as help others. That's why I chose this field.” Dr. Dobbins enjoys the simple pleasures that come with knowing that his patients are happy with how he helps them maintain long term eye health.
When not in the office, Dr. Dobbins avidly follows KU sports of all types, and enjoys travel, staying active and participating in Triathlons, where he has won first place in his age group in both national and international competitions.
Dr. Dobbins is also proud of his family, “My wife, Liz, is an accomplished athlete. I have one son, 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Every one of them is smarter and better looking than me.”
Dr. Letourneau, originally from Concordia, Kansas, attended the University of Kansas as an undergraduate and student-athlete playing football for the Jayhawks. He received his bachelor's degree in Human Biology in 2003. After graduating from KU, Dr. Letourneau went on to study optometry at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, one of the top optometry schools in the country.
Dr. Letourneau enjoys all areas of eye health care, especially treating ocular diseases such as diabetes, dry eye/ocular surface disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. He has written on the importance of early detection of macular degeneration, most recently in Review of Optometric Business.
Dr. Letourneau has a special interest in fitting specialty contact lenses, especially for patients with corneal diseases such as ectasia, keratoconus, and high astigmatism. “To literally change a patient’s visual experience, after years of them struggling with their everyday vision, is one of the most rewarding moments we enjoy as physicians.” He is a member of the Scleral Lens Education Society.
He is passionate about myopia management. “With our creation of Mighty Eyes, our myopia management clinic, we are treating at the highest level, improving the quality of life and future opportunities for children with myopia.” Dr. Letourneau is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia control, as well as a certified Brilliant Futures Myopia Management prescriber.
The most rewarding part of Dr. Letourneau’s profession is assisting those in need through SEE International. He travels annually with a group of eye surgeons to Milot, Haiti at Hospital Sacre’ Coeur providing medical and surgical care to thousands of patients in need.
Dr. Letourneau’s greatest accomplishment is being a husband to Karla, and a father to their 5-year-old daughter, Isla. Their family enjoys exercising, traveling, watching Isla participate in sports, always looking for new and memorable experiences.