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Mark D. Wade, O.D. – Clinical Director

St. Ann Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 1991

Dr. Wade received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University in 1987, graduating with honors. He continued his education at the Illinois College of Optometry and received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science in 1990 and a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1991. Upon graduation, Dr. Wade left his position as a consultant with the Wesley-Jessen Contact Lens Corporation to join Crown Vision Centers and continue his advanced training in Corneal Refractive Surgery. In addition to serving as the Director of Professional Relations for Crown Vision Centers, Dr. Wade is the clinical Director of Crown Laser Center as well as an Assistant Adjunct Professor for the University of Missouri, St. Louis College of Optometry. Licensed in Missouri and Illinois, Dr. Wade is a longstanding member of the Missouri, Illinois and American Optometric Associations.

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Dr. Barbara Balabas

Alton Square Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2014

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Dr. Jerri Birsinger

Mackenzie Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2014

Dr. Birsinger graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Missouri St. Louis and them went on to graduate College of Optometry.  She received externship training from at Washington University, Barnes Hospital Eye Clinic, St. Louis Community Services, O’Donnell Eye Institute, and the University of Missouri clinics on campus and East St. Louis. Dr. Birsinger takes great pride in being a provider that is not only knowledgeable, but personable with and accessible to her patients. She enjoys helping patients of all ages.

Dr. Birsinger is a member of the American Optometric Association, Missouri Optometric Association, and Families of Russian and Ukrainian Adoption.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fishing, spending time with family, and issues surrounding autism and international adoption.

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Dr. Daniel Ethakoti

Ferguson Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2015

Dr. Ethakoti graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Optometry from the Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad India in 2009. He then graduated with the Doctors of Optometry from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry in 2015. He was on the dean’s list and member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor’s society. He received the Carl Zeis and L.V. Prasad Eye institute Scholarship awards. Dr. Ethakoti did an internship in LV.Prasad Eye hospital in India and externships at the Saint Louis V.A. Hospital and Carl Albert Indian Health Services Ada, OK.

He has a passion for serving his community. He has done several vision screening camps at Prisons in India and has been to Haiti (2013) for a mission trip with the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. His hobbies are playing guitar, drums, writing songs, playing soccer, cricket and ping pong. He was part of the first optometry student band at UMSL called  “POWER CROSS”.

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Dr. Molly Gorder

Chesterfield Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2017

Dr. Gorder graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and then graduated from University of Missouri St. Louis’s College of Optometry. She is from St. Cloud, Minnesota.

In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her 2 cats (Winston & Clementine), baking, and knitting.

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Dr. Traci Hahn

Kirkwood & Arnold Locations
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2016

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Dr. Diane Hamill

Loughborough & Kirkwood Locations
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2015

Dr. Hamill attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Optometry. She graduated with her Doctorate of Optometry in 1987.

When not working, she spends time with her two dogs and traveling to Denver, CO with her husband to visit their grandson.

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Dr. Mary Hohenberger

Florissant Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 1991

Dr. Hohenberger graduated with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Missouri in 1978 and then graduated from University of Missouri St. Louis’s College of Optometry in 1990.

In her free time, Dr. Hohenberger enjoys being outdoors and kayaking, snow skiing, playing tennis and gardening.

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Dr. James Hollmann

Tesson Ferry Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2010

Dr. Hollman attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating cum laude, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. From there, he attended attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), graduating in 1997 with high honors with Doctorate of Optometry.  He graduated with several honors, including the Missouri Optometric Foundation Dean’s Award, the Wesley Jessen Contact Lens Achievement Award, and the VSP Scholarship Award.  While a student at UMSL, he was involved in the student chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists and worked at two different private practices to gain practical experience in the field.

In his spare time, he spends time with his family, my wife and son, two dogs and a cat. He enjoys just about any outdoor activity,  loves to cook, and play the piano.

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Dr. Abby Kilgore

St. Peters Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2005

Dr. Kilgore graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from University Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry in 2001 and then went on to graduated on the Dean’s List from UMSL’s College of Optometry.   Dr. Kilgore is a member of Beta Sigma Kappa (Honors Society), American Optometric Association (AOA), Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and St. Louis Optometric Society.   While in school, Dr. Kilgore worked as an Optician at a private practice in St. Louis.

In her free time, Dr. Kilgore likes to spend time with her family.

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Dr. John Konopik

St. Peters & O’Fallon, MO Locations
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2006

Dr. Konopik graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Bio Technology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2000 and graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in 2004. Dr. Konopik did his externship with Southern Eye Institute in Memphis, as well as, a private practice in Cold Water Mississippi.

In his free time Dr. Konopik likes to camp, exercise, do yard work, and play with his young children.

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Dr. Christina Levi

Alton Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 1997

Dr. Levi graduated from Truman State University in 1993 and then went on to graduate from University of Missouri St. Louis’s College of Optometry in 1997 where she received the Alcon Excellence Award. Dr. Levi joined Crown Vision Center right after graduation in 1997.

She likes the theatre, singing, and musicals. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.

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Dr. Jacqlyn Long

Ladue Crossing Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2014

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Dr. Stephanie Long

Ballwin Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2014

Dr. Long attended Southeast Missouri State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences. She went on to attend University of Missouri-St. Louis for her Doctorate of Optometry, graduating in the Class of 2014.

She is an animal lover and has three cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece and two nephews. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, finding new music to listen to, and working on arts and crafts projects.  She is currently learning how to play guitar and oil pant.

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Dr. Charles Lutz

St. Charles & Lindenwood Locations
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2000

Dr. Lutz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Truman State in 1973 and graduated from UMSL’s College of Optometry in 1993. Dr. Lutz is a member of American Optometric Association (AOA), Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), St. Louis Optometric Society, and American Optometric Association Contact Lens Cornea (AOACLC). While in school, Dr. Lutz worked the front desk for Dr. Doell and Dr. Franzel in St. Louis.

In his free time, Dr. Lutz likes to golf, make golf clubs, and play the guitar.

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Dr. Vinh Nguyen

Southtown Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2017

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Dr. Salena Pho

Oakville Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2002

Dr. Pho graduated from UMSL School of Optometry in 2001. She was on the Dean’s List, a member of Beta Sigma Kappa and an honor student. During school she worked part-time for UMSL in the Financial Aid office, Biology Department, and eye clinic, as well as, at some private optometric practices.

Dr. Pho likes spend time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys shopping on her off days and studying/reading with her daughter.

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Dr. Jennifer Redfern

Lindell Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2017

Dr. Jennifer Redfern started out her education in 2006 at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology. In 2010, Dr. Redfern pursed a Doctorate of Optometry at Unveristy of Missouri – St Louis College of Optometry.

Along with being an Optometrist for Crown Vision Center, Dr. Redfern is also an adjunct associate clinical professor for University of Missouri – St Louis. She enjoys helping people and instructing the up and coming Optometrists.

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Dr. Melanie Ruoff

Mackenzie Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2017

Dr. Ruoff graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emporia State University in 1989. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In 1993,  she graduated from Northwestern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK with a Doctorate of Optometry.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading, and crocheting.

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Dr. Chih-Jen Wang

O’Fallon, IL Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2007

Dr. Wang graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from Texas Christian University in 1995 and then graduated from Indiana University, School of Optometry in 2003. Dr. Wang is a member of American Optometric Association (AOA), Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and Ohio Optometric Association (OOA). Dr. Wang has been with Crown Vision Center since 2007.

In his free time, Dr. Wang likes to attend Bible classes and he enjoys playing tennis with his wife.

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Dr. Matthew Woodyard, O.D.

City Place Location
Crown Vision Center Doctor since 2003

Dr. Matthew Woodyard graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. In 2003 he graduated the salutatorian from the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry. Directly out of school he started working at Crown Vision Center. Dr. Woodyard not only sees patients for comprehensive eye exams and medical eye exams, but he also specializes in LASIK consultations and surgery post-op. He lives in St. Louis and is happily married with two boys.