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Our Eye Doctors & Team

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

Sonja – Scheduling Coordinator

Jamie – Contact Lens and Check Out Coordinator

Natalie – Front Desk Coordinator

TJ – Optometric Technician

Kathi – Special Testing Coordinator


Dr. Kent Dobbins

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. Jake Letourneau

Dr. Jacob Letourneau is an exceptional optometrist, with a true humanitarian spirit. After growing up in Concordia, Kansas, Dr. Letourneau received his Bachelors' Degree in Human Biology from University of Kansas where he was a 4 year member and a 2 year starter on the football team, Big XII Academic All Conference, and District 6 Academic All-American selection.
He then went on to University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry, where he received his Doctorate of Optometry and specialized in diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, including glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes, as well as pediatric and family eye care.
Dr. Letourneau is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association. He participates in the InfantSee program, a program in which participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. As a volunteer with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, or VOSH, Dr. Letourneau has traveled to many countries, including Costa Rica, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, to provide eye health exams and prescribe and distribute glasses to those in need.
When Dr. Letourneau is out of the office he likes to attend University of Kansas athletic events with his wife, Karla, and daughter, Isla, spending time with his family and friends, running and working in the yard with his dog, Blue.

Jackie – Optician

Jackie, our optical lab coordinator is definitely one of our more creative employees. Thanks to her Fine Arts Degree from KU, her artistic skill can often be found in many of our eye wear displays throughout the office. She may be a hidden face in our office, but it is only because she is busy in our in-office lab, constructing each and every pair of glasses; this includes even our most challenging frame designs. Jackie prides herself on frame repairs; if it can be fixed she will fix it!

When she's not at the office, you can find her at home with her husband and dog Gracie. Jackie also enjoys working on her various art projects and taking yoga at a local studio.


Debbie – Insurance Coordinator

Debbie, our insurance coordinator is determined to assist you with all your insurance needs and questions. If it can be researched and resolved Debbie will find it. She is an amazing insurance investigator. Billing questions and insurance filing keep her busy throughout the day.

Debbie loves to host a party and has a real knack for event planning. Her photo albums and scrapbooks are beyond awesome. She loves cheering on her KC Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks. You will always find her in team colors football and basketball game days!


Dara – Front Desk

Greeting each patient with a warm smile, Dara is one of the first team members you will see upon your arrival. Dara’s rosy outlook in life is evident in her interactions with patients. She brings years of valuable customer service experience. Dara owed 10 different sets of unique eyewear before working in eye care, so she fits right in!

She earned three bachelor degrees from the University of Kansas (textile design, English, and political science). Dara strives to keep learning in her life. She enjoys playing games of all types, RPG’s, billiards, to any board game. She has a passion for nature, reading, art, and meeting people with cultures different from her own. Her son is currently studying at KU and plans to pursue a PhD in statistics.


Smantha, ABOC – Optometric Technician

Smantha, who is as unique as the spelling of her name, is one of our opticians; she earned her certification of opticianry in February of 2018. She combines multiple years of experience with a unique sense of style to give each patient a customized experience. She will help you choose your eye wear with enthusiasm and honesty. Her detail-oriented nature and love of numbers makes her a perfect fit to maintain and organize our contact lens department. She is always ready to lend a helping hand to her team members.

A lifelong Kansan, Smantha grew up in Burlington. She received her Economics degree from Emporia State University in 2013 and shortly after, moved to Lawrence. In her spare time, you can find her embroidering, playing games, reading or discovering new music. She is an avid Harry Potter fan, and once made eye contact with Beyonce. She shares her home with her two rescue animals; a cat named Biscotti and a wire-hair terrier, Lucy. Smantha is a bright and witty addition to our team.


Cory – Optometric Technician

Cory is one of our optometric technicians and helps patients find the best combination of frames and lens options. Cory knows no two patients have the same lifestyle or priorities and works hard to provide individualized products, care, and advice.

She once scored 17 straight holes-in-ones at mini golf. At that point, she retired from the sport forever citing lack of challenge. Her husband refutes this story but lacking evidence, the statement stands. Cory and her family moved to Kansas 4 years ago. They think Kansas is very nice, despite what the other states say.


Nicole – Optometric Technician

Nicole joins our optical team bringing her smiling face and vibrant personality to our office. She has a knack for bringing in new frame lines that helps capture the essence of Lawrence. Before joining our team, Nicole managed a local clothing boutique. With her background and expertise in fashion, it makes finding eye wear that fits your unique, personal style an exciting and fun experience.

Nicole grew up in a suburb just north of Chicago and moved to Lawrence in 20013; she says it's one of the best decisions she's ever made. Nicole is an animal fanatic! When she is not a work, she loves spending quality time with her dogs Rosco and Scarlet. She also enjoys socializing with friends, and spending weekends down at the lake with her family.