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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:

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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.”
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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.
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Kim – Office Manager

Kim, our office manager, is very qualified in all areas of the practice. Kim can be heard encouraging us all to "treat our patients like family". She prides herself on striving to find each patient's needs and what will work the best for them. Kim is a real people person and enjoys meeting each and every one of our patients and hearing all about their families. She's a team leader, keeping our office running smoothly and efficiently. Kim has three daughters and enjoys spending her free time on her family's farm surrounded by all her loved ones.

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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!

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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 eyewear 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.

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Mary – Optometric Technician

Mary, our optometric technician, is committed to help you in your visual needs. She has been working in the Optometry industry for five years. Mary has taken a lot of experience from working with an ophthalmologist in Shawnee before moving to Lawrence. Mary graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts of Science. She is currently at the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering. Mary is also bilingual, her native language is Spanish, and she is originally born in Lima, Peru. She loves working with patients on a daily basis and likes to bring her previous experience and knowledge to the practice.   

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Dara – Front Desk

Greeting each patient with a warm smile, Dara is the first team member 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.

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