Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Vision Clinic – Springfield the leading provider of vision care products and services in Springfield.
Dr. Stephen R. Rice
Dr. Steve Rice received his Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) from SIU-E in 1983 and his Doctor of Optometry degree (with honors) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry in 1987. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Steve is very involved in his chosen profession as he has previously served as the President of the Greater Ozarks Optometric Society, Trustee of the Missouri Optometric Association, and Chair of the Clinical/Educational Affairs Committee, Chair of the Missouri Optometric Political Action Committee, and Board Member of the Missouri Optometric Foundation. In addition, Steve is the State Administrator for Vision Source and was recognized as the Vision Source Administrator of the Year in 2008. He was awarded the Missouri Optometric Association’s highest honor in 2012 when he received the Optometrist of the Year Award.
His past community involvement includes: Springfield Catholic Schools Development Board (member 1996-2000); Junior League Community Advisory Board (member 2001-present); United Way (past Optometry Chair, Professional Division); Easter Seals (former Telethon VIP Chair); Cub Scout Den Leader and Assistant Scoutmaster; Ozark Trails Council Executive Board; Youth Baseball and Basketball Coach; and Leadership Springfield Graduate-Class VIII. Steve holds membership in the American Optometric Association, Missouri Optometric Association, Greater Ozarks Optometric Society, Heart of America Contact Lens Society, and Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH). VOSH is a volunteer group that travels to third world countries to deliver free eye care (exams, eyeglasses, and medicines). Dr. Rice has provided free eye care for patients in Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bolivia, Honduras, and Panama. His most proud accomplishment was being honored with Rotary International’s ‘Service Above Self’ Award. This award is Rotary’s most esteemed award as it is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts on a continuing basis. There are over one million Rotarians worldwide. In addition, in 2014, he received Springfield Southeast Rotary’s highest award when he was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award.
His family includes his wife, Karen; his son, Kevin; and his daughter, Stephanie. The family enjoys bike riding, snow skiing, sports, travel, and time spent together.
Dr. Darren A. Plank
Dr. Plank received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University and his Doctor of Optometry degree (with honors) from the University of Missouri- St. Louis School of Optometry. Dr. Plank has served as President of the Greater Ozarks Optometric Society and as a Board member of the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce. He has previously been honored as the Young Optometrist of the Year by the Missouri Optometric Association, and is a longstanding member of the American Optometric Association. Volunteer work includes time assisting the United Way and Lion’s Club International, as well as supporting crippled children as a Shriner. Dr. Plank is married to Niesje and they enjoy spending time together. Dr. Plank is an excellent fisherman as evidenced by his many tournament victories.
Dr. Brad C. Lewis
Dr. Brad Lewis is a 2002 graduate (with honors) of the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. He is a member of the MOA, AOA, and AOA PAC. While attending Optometry School, Dr. Lewis received numerous accolades including the National AOA Student Leadership Award and the Missouri Optometric Foundation Leadership Award. He is married to Mitzi Lewis, also an optometrist, who is the daughter of Dr. Lynn Herndon. Mitzi and Brad have two kids named Gaige and Gannon who keep them quite busy while at home. In his free time, Dr. Lewis enjoys golfing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, traveling to remote islands, and spending time with family and friends. Community activities include: Leadership Springfield, Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Committee chairman for the Education division of the Missouri Optometric Association, and Chairman of the Optometric Division of the United Way.
Dr. Mitzi H. Lewis
Dr. Mitzi Lewis received her Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) from Southwest Missouri State University in 1998 and her doctor of optometry degree (with honors) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry in 2002. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Missouri Optometric Association, AOA-Political Action Committee, and Greater Ozarks Optometric Society. She currently serves on the Missouri Optometric Association Clinical Education committee. Mitzi is the wife of Dr. Brad Lewis and daughter of Dr. Lynn Herndon, both of which work with her at the Vision Clinic. Dr. Lewis spends most of her free time taking care of her two sons, Gaige and Gannon. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and Cardinals baseball.
Dr. Emily S. Thomas
Dr. Thomas is a 2008 graduate (with honors) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. She also attended UMSL for her undergraduate studies, majoring in Biology and graduating from the Pierre Laclede Honors College. Currently, Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Optometric Association (specifically, the Contact Lens and Cornea Section), the Missouri Optometric Association, Greater Ozarks Optometric Society, and the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. She is also a provider for InfantSee, a national program which allows optometrists to give free eye examinations to babies less than one year old to detect and prevent future vision problems.
In 2007, Dr. Thomas had the opportunity to travel to northern Thailand where optometric volunteers provided over 26,000 Thai people with eye examinations and prescription glasses. She plans on participating in more of these humanitarian trips throughout the rest of her career.
Dr. Thomas enjoys living in Springfield, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Additionally, she is President of the Greater Ozarks Optometric Society and an advisor for Leadership Academy (a leadership program for high school juniors). She is a past board member of the Springfield Rotaract service organization and is an alum of Leadership Springfield Class XXV.
Dr. M. Kory Scullawl
Dr. Scullawl is a 2003 graduate (with honors) of the Oklahoma College of Optometry. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Dr. Scullawl is a member of Missouri Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, AOA-PAC, and OAOP. He is also a member of the Downtown Springfield Association and the Urban Districts Alliance. While attending optometry school, Dr. Kory received numerous awards including “Excellence in Ocular Disease” and was elected the AOA-PAC national liaison.
Dr. Kory married his wife Bethany in Springfield on June 5th, 2010. They have have two daughters, Eliza and Emilia, and two dogs, Gryffen and Cassie. In his free time, Dr. Kory enjoys golfing and water sports. He also enjoys traveling, and has backpacked in Europe four times.
Dr. Katie Galbraith
Dr. Galbraith is a 2016 graduate (with honors) of the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. She attended Missouri State University for her undergraduate studies, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and graduating from the Honors College. Dr. Galbraith is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and has a passion for working with pediatric patients. She is currently working to achieve her fellowship through COVD. Dr. Galbraith is also a member of the Missouri Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. During her time in optometry school Dr. Galbraith was the recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal. In 2015 she had the opportunity to travel to Roatan, Honduras to provide medical eye care and glasses to people on the island. Dr. Galbraith married her husband Daniel in 2012. In their free time they enjoy traveling, weekends on the lake and spending time with their friends, family, and two dogs.
Dr. Kevin Rice
Dr. Kevin Rice is a 2017 graduate (with honors) of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate studies, majoring in Biology and graduating from the Honors College. Dr. Rice was the recipient of many scholarships and recognized in Who’s Who of Optometry 2017. He was a member of Gold Key, Beta Sigma Kappa, and the MOA student organization. He is a current member of the Missouri Optometric Association as well as the American Optometric Association. In his spare time Dr. Rice enjoys attending sporting events, golfing, biking, traveling, hanging out at the lake, and spending time with his friends, family, and dog. He recently married Dr. Sandy Trybus and is looking forward to starting their life together in Springfield.
Dr. Sandy Rice
Dr. Sandy Rice is a 2017 graduate (with honors) of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She attended East Carolina University for her undergraduate studies, majoring in Biology and graduating from the Honors College. Dr. Trybus was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was Vice President of Gold Key She is the recipient of the Ocular Instruments, Inc. Award, Clinical Skills Award, and Bays Family Service Award. She is a current member of the Missouri Optometric Association as well as the American Optometric Association. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, listening to live music, watching football, and spending time with family and friends.
Operations Manager: Lori Melton
With over twenty-five years in administration Lori looks forward to helping the Vision Clinic remain the best in the Ozarks. She is excited to build lasting relationships with patients and the Vision Clinic team. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Clinc Manager: Cortney
Cortney joined Vision Clinic in 2010 after earning her B.S degree from University of Central Arkansas. She brought with her a minor in FACS offering her merchandising background as the perfect compliment to our showroom. Cortney’s keen eye is responsible for each pair of glasses you see neatly placed throughout our 5 clinics. She and her husband Jordan are excited to welcome a sweet baby boy to their family this Spring!
Kate received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Drury and is currently working toward her MBA. In her free time she enjoys watching movies and hiking.
Distinguished for her smile and sweet disposition, Deann has twenty plus years of providing customer service to our patients. In her spare time, Deann loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors with her furbabies Zoey and Kacey.
If you have been a patient of Vision Clinic for many years, more than likely, you have met Shawna. Going on twenty-two years, Shawna has been greeting our patients as they check-in or answering any questions as they check-out. She serves as our resident notary and holds credentials as a Certified Paraoptometric. In her spare time, she enjoys going to her son’s baseball games and going to the lake with her husband Jeff of 18 years.
Having 18 years of experience in the optical field, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to Vision Clinic. Being a Wonder Woman fan, Kim’s love and eagerness to help patients pick the perfect pair of glasses makes her our very own superhero!! Kim loves spending time with her family. Her other passions include her fur babies, her love of sewing and being a Walking Dead Fan.
Amy is new to the front desk brings great customer service experience. She is originally from California but has settled in Missouri. In her spare time she enjoys time with family and anything outdoors.
Terrie is from Illinois and moved to Missouri in 1993. She has a large family that she enjoys along with her horses, chickens, and donkey.
Laura’s job combines some of her favorite parts of vision care; she enjoys interacting with patients and providing top notch service to anyone she encounters! In the lane as a scribe, assisting the doctor, is where you will find her most of the time. She loves the challenge that her position brings and looks forward to her next opportunity! Outside of patient care, you will find Laura spending time with her 5 kiddos and soon to be husband.
Georgette happily scribes for our doctors in the examination room and has obtained national recognition as a Certified Paraoptometric Technician. Vision Clinic has a successful reputation of fitting speciality contact lenses and Georgette leads the team in this endeavour.
With over 11 years experience, Stacie enjoys giving patients the best eye care possible. She has seen the Vision Clinic grow from a 2 clinic practice to the current 5 clinic practice. She believes that the Optomap Digital Retinal Imaging is the best technology and that everyone should have one. When she is not at the Vision Clinic, she is cheering her
Chelsea enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them to have the best experience possible. Always professional, but sure to make you laugh with her quick wit!
Kelsie grew up in the small town of Ava where fun was found at the creeks and grassy fields. She moved to Springfield several years ago and loves it. Since working at Vision Clinic, she has not only learned so many things about the medical field but has also built a relationship with the people she works with.
Rachael graduated from OTC in May 2016 and joined team Vision Clinic early 2017. She is so excited to be apart of this great team and enjoying all the benefits her position here at Vision Clinic has to offer. Patient care is extremely important to her and she brings with her CPR certification and ACE certified personal training. Attending college as a single mother, while working, is an accomplishment of Rachael’s that she is very proud of.
Paige loves working for the Vision Clinic! She loves to smile and spend time with her family. She is a big turtle fan and would love to be able to swim with turtles and sharks one day scuba diving.
A fresh and friendly addition to the Vision Clinic technician lane is Whitney. Whitney’s gentle and gracious demeanor will surely make for a refreshing visit with the clinic. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys hanging out with her husband and young daughter watching Netflix.
Stacy comes to VC with a background in nursing but is excited to learn a new field. In her extra time she enjoys Netflix, crafts, shopping, and time with family.
Chelsie comes to VC with over 10 years of healthcare experience and 2 years of eye care experience. When she can she enjoys time with her dog Bailey and kayaking.
TJ comes to the clinic with a degree in Biology and Chemistry from Drury. In his free time he enjoys sports and time with friends and family.
Celena comes to us from Chicago. She has worked in her family business for many years and is now the first face of VC! In her free time she enjoys time with family.
Angie comes to VC with a background in retail management. While new to the field of optometry she is very excited to learn a new field. Angie enjoys time with her husband watching netflix and kayaking.
Always full of personality, Kelli brings 21 years of optical experience to Vision Clinic. Having a flair to make each patient’s experience memorable, is just one of Kelli’s many talents. Kelli enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, and a great cup of coffee!
Inna has been working in the optical industry from the fashion aspect. Crazy, fun and colorful is what she is most drawn too. Coming from private practices, Inna enjoys working for community-focused businesses like Vision Clinic. While spending most of her free time outdoors on high peaks.
Next time you find yourself at Vision Clinic, stop off in our showroom to say hello to KD. She is so excited to be apart of the Vision Clinic culture and sees this as another new adventure! Other adventures include studying abroad in China for 4 months and spending as much time as she can with Luther, her 95 pound fur baby!
Sydni comes to the clinic with previous optical experience. She is super excited to be a part of the VC team. In her spare time she enjoys running, time with family, and her labradoodle!
Tyler comes to the clinic with previous optical experience. He has a bachelors degree in education from MSU. His hobbies include motorcycle rides, time with family, and Chiefs games.
Tonya has been with Vision Clinic for over 26 years! During that time she has had the unique pleasure of working with every doctor who has practiced at the clinic, including Dr. Sommers and Dr. White. Away from the office she likes to spend time with her husband, three children, and three fur babies.
Beginning his optical experience in 1993 and Vision Clinic experience in 2008, Rob truly finds his passion working in the optical laboratory. In 1994, he acquired his certification with the American Board of Opticianry. The most enjoyable part of working as a lab technician for Rob is making eyewear for small children and seeing their eyes light up when trying them on for the first time. An avid collector/reseller of vinyl records, Rob spends his free time working on a hobby that has led him to helping organize a local event, the Route 66 Record Show, that occurs bi-annually here in the Springfield area. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Deann, who also works at Vision Clinic, his son Josh, and their 2 dogs.
Jeff brings many years of experience to the Vision Clinic. Originally from California Jeff moved to the area 14 years ago. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking, hiking, and working in the yard.
Cindy, CPOC, CPO
Cindy has worked at Vision Clinic for fourteen years and has attained national recognition via certification as an Optometric coding expert. When not with her Vision Clinic family, she is spending time with her husband and son.
Erenia comes to us with a background in the healthcare industry. She enjoys helping people and greeting them with a smile. In her spare time she enjoys time with family and working out.
Inventory and Merchandising
Sherry has been with the clinic for 3 years, with 9 years of experience in the optical field. She has previously worked on our optical floor and as a lab technician. Recently she changed positions to the inventory side of the clinic. Outside of the clinic she loves spending time with her family.
Brandie wears several hats here at Vision Clinic, and she wears them well! She works alongside Cortney with frame inventory and merchandising, as well as assisting her fellow opticians throughout the day to make the patient experience the best it can be. A few days a week, you will also see Brandie’s friendly and welcoming smile as she awaits your arrival as Vision Clinic greeter. Brandie has worked for Vision Clinic for close to 5 years, and truly enjoys everyone she works with. She is a mother of 3 girls and with any spare time, you can find her reading a good book or watching a good ol’ game of hockey or baseball.
*ABOC – Certified by the American Board of Opticianry
*CPO – Certified ParaOptometric
*CPOA – Certified ParaOptometric Assistant
*CPOT – Certified ParaOptometric Technician
*CPOC – Certified Paraoptometric Coding Certification