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 Michael R. Penney, O.D.

     Dr. Michael R. Penney has been in private practice optometry in Poplar Bluff since 1987.  A native of Dexter, MO and a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Penney graduated with honors from the University of Missouri St Louis School of Optometry (UMSL) in 1987, where he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa  Optometric Honor Society. Later that year, he became an associate of Dr. Robert W. Huntington, from whom he later purchased his practice.

     Dr. Penney is a member of the Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), where he was on the Board for four years before serving consecutive years as Secretary, Treasurer, and President-Elect.  He served as MOA President in 1999-2000.  He also is a member of the American Optometric Association, as well as the Southeast Optometric Society.

     In addition, Dr. Penney is one of only 53 of over 900 licensed optometrists in Missouri to be certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO). 

     Dr. Penney holds the highest certifications and pharmaceutical licenses possible for optometric care, which allows him to diagnose and treat eye infections and injuries, monitor diabetic eye conditions, and provide post-operative care for cataract surgery and Lasik procedures.  He also can diagnose and monitor conditions as Macular Degeneration, and also treat Glaucoma.

     Early in his career, Dr. Penney donated his time, service, and materials to help persons in third-world countries as part of the Missouri chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH).  He has traveled to Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, Dominican Republic, and Bolivia to bring eye services to those in need.

     “I thank God for all the ways I have been blessed…to be in a profession where I can truly help others on a daily basis,” says Dr. Penney.  “The gift of eyesight is so precious, and so many unfortunately take that gift for granted until it is threatened or even gone.  My job is to preserve that gift for others”.

     Dr. Penney and his wife, Karen, reside in Poplar Bluff, where they raised their two children, Michael and Caroline. He is a member of Temple Baptist Church.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, studying World War II history, and enjoys participating in parades and WWII reenactments utilizing his restored historical vehicles.

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